Cost Segregation Services

Property owners that build remodel, expand, or purchase a facility often overlook cost segregation provisions that could help defer federal and state incomes taxes—and avoid paying taxes sooner than required.

Cost segregation is a tax-deferral strategy that frontloads depreciation deductions into the early years of facility ownership. Segregating the cost components of your buildings into the proper asset classifications and recovery periods could result in significantly shorter tax lives of five, seven, and 15-year spans—rather than standard 27.5 or 39-year depreciation periods.

Deferring taxes with these strategies could help put cash back into your business so you can focus on the business goals that matter most to you.


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Cost Segregation Opportunities

Businesses in the real estate, retail, restaurant, manufacturing, automotive dealerships, and health care industries can potentially benefit the most from cost segregation studies.

Studies can generally be performed for:

  • Ground-up new construction
  • Purchased properties
  • Remodel or expansion
  • Leasehold improvements, paid by tenant or landlord

Your facilities could benefit from a study if they:

  • Have a depreciable basis of at least $1 million or leasehold improvements of greater than $300,000
  • Have been placed in service or undergone improvements any time since 1987

Common Reclassification Percentages

Cost Segregation Example

  • Facility: Newly constructed commercial office building with a cost basis of $5 million placed into service in 2022.
  • Cost Segregation Study Finding: $1 million in property identified to reclassify for shorter depreciable lives.
  • Change: First five years of ownership depreciation increases $875,000 compared to the standard depreciation without a study.
  • Long-Term Benefit: $260,000 tax deferral over the first five years of ownership.
  • Net Present Value of Tax Deferral: $190,000 based on a 7% rate of return.

Benefits of a Cost Segregation Study

Accelerate Depreciation

Cost segregation is a strategy that results in assets being reclassified to shorter depreciable lives resulting in accelerated depreciation.  This is achieved through bonus depreciation, section 179, and qualified property incentives.

Identify Key Assets

Using engineering techniques, industry accepted valuations, and leveraging tax case law, assets are carved out from larger lump sum values.

Maintain Compliance

Cost segregation studies provide the added benefit of following with IRS guidelines and relative case law. Your project costs will be thoroughly reviewed to maintain compliance.

Plan Proactively

By breaking an asset down to various components—such as building electrical system, plumbing system, and HVAC system—you lay the foundation for future dispositions.

Boost Cash Flow

Possibly the greatest benefit of a cost segregation study is ability to free up cash, which in turn can be reinvested or held to weather a tremulous economy.

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Comprehensive Tax and Structural Perspectives

Matching the experience of engineers and construction specialists with accounting professionals versed in tax law complexities, our cost segregation team can guide you through complicated and time-sensitive studies.

Our collaborative approach takes time to contextualize the specifics of your business to customize an appropriate solution. Immersing ourselves in your business while keeping your resource commitments minimal, we deliver thorough analysis and research with recommendations that strike the proper balance between risk and tax savings. 

Complimentary Benefits Estimate

Taxpayers often miss tax benefits and reduced cash flow. Find out how to turn tax liability into opportunity by filling out our complimentary benefits estimate request form. A Moss Adams professional will contact you with a preliminary estimate of the potential tax benefit to your organization.

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