Cost Segregation Services

A cost segregation study is a federal income tax tool that increases your near-term cash flow in the form of a deferral. Whether newly constructed, purchased or renovated, the components of your building may be properly classified through a cost segregation study into shorter recovery periods for computing depreciation. The result is that you can accelerate the return on capital from your property investment. The study carves out certain qualifying building assets into 5-, 7- and 15-year lives that are normally buried in 39 or 27.5-year categories. The cost segregation specialists at Engineered Tax Services will help you to uncover the most possible potential tax savings. 

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Next-Generation Cost Segregation Services

Through our next-generation cost segregation services, we work to uncover potential tax savings and increase cash flow through the reclassification and depreciation of property. ETS provides a Detailed Engineering review as part of our reporting process and works seamlessly with the IRS and your CPA firm for minimal disruption to your business.

Cost Segregation Studies During COVID-19

tele engineeringThe majority of ETS cost segregation services are conducted onsite. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, calls for a safe alternative—one that provides you with the same ability to reduce tax liabilities and increase cash flow.

Tele-Engineering – a virtual approach to cost segregation – offers the same high level of detail and support as in-person visits, while eliminating costs and social safety issues. Learn More

Engineered Tax Services provides the following cost segregation services:

  • Free – No Risk Initial Review
  • Evaluate your current tax status and future business plans to determine the applicability of a cost segregation study specifically for your project
  • Evaluate the building’s construction costs by component or systems
  • Review the project’s/facility’s construction documents, including as-built drawings and project specifications
  • Visit the facility/project or provide virtual Tele-Engineering™ services to determine and identify how the components and systems are utilized – as well as to document the systems and components
  • Provide a “Detailed Engineering” review of the assets including special purpose mechanical and electrical systems, decorative finishes, site improvements, and any process related to special purpose construction
  • Classify or reclassify each building component into the appropriate tax life as prescribed by IRS guidelines
  • Identify and allocate indirect costs to each asset
  • Complete a written report with the asset detail supporting the reclassifications and completion of the necessary tax form(s)

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Reclassification Percentages

Apartment Building20-40%
Assisted Living Facility22-45%
Auto-Car Dealership29-35%
Conference Center25-35%
Fitness Center22-45%
Golf Course28-60%
Grocery Store20-45%
Leasehold Improvements20-80%
Medical Office/Clinic22-35%
Mixed Use20-40%
Office Building20-30%
Research Facility22-45%
Retail Strip Mall18-40%
Self Storage 40-100%
Theme Park16-22%

The Different Approaches Our Cost Segregation Specialists Take To Cost Estimation

At Engineered Tax Services, a qualified engineer always performs a site visit for your cost segregation study. This helps to gather all details for cost estimation, as well as avoid an IRS audit. However, there are different types of cost estimation depending on what is right for your property specifically.

Engineered Documentation Approaches To Cost Segregation Studies

ETS cost segregation specialists take the data compiled to produce a comprehensive report for the cost segregation study. To date, the IRS does not have a standard or required procedure in compiling a cost segregation study. The IRS guide on cost segregation numerates certain methodologies that are often utilized by specialists including the detailed cost approach, the detailed cost estimate approach, the survey approach, the residual estimation approach, and the sampling approach.

  • The Detailed Cost Approach

The detailed cost approach compiles costs from construction and accounting records to build a report. Since this method relies on true documentation and few estimates, it is typically the most time-consuming but  accurate method.

  • The Detailed Cost Estimate Approach

The detailed cost estimate approach is generally used for new construction. Much like the detailed cost approach, the detailed cost estimate approach will also require a compiled list of documents. However, when a record is not found the specialist will prepare an estimate of the cost of the component to report. In order to find these estimates, the specialist must find the cost from a reliable source and have the source referenced in the study. For this reason, it is important that the client provides all requested invoices to avoid depending on an estimate of a component.

  • The Survey Approach

For the survey approach, the specialist performs a site inspection and has all the components of the property listed. Then the cost segregation specialist will reach out to the contractor or subcontractors in writing, and ask for the prices of each item. The reliability  of costs for each component will depend on how long ago the work was done. 

  • Residual Estimation Approach

The residual estimation approach is a method that determines the cost of short-lived assets, such as on a 5- or 7-year property. These costs are added together and then subtracted from the total project cost, while the remaining price is assigned to the building itself or other long-lived assets.

  • Sampling Approach

The sampling approach can significantly reduce costs and resources of the study.  However, sometimes the accuracy of this approach is more likely to be flawed. This method is applied by performing a cost segregation study on a sample of a large portfolio of properties. Based on those results, a standard model is developed for each facility type. The prices are then taken from the model and repositioned on a percentage basis. If you are a firm with many properties, this approach may work well for you.

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