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Cost-Segregation Solutions 

Cost segregation is an accepted Internal Revenue Service method of allocating the purchase price paid for real estate property. Generally, cost segregation enables owners to increase the depreciation deductions from their properties, providing substantial present value benefits by reducing income

Clarifying Entity Classification Conversions 

Two recent Internal Revenue Service rulings on the tax treatment of converting single member limited liability companies into partnerships and vice versa likely will affect the commercial real estate industry because many transactions take place with partnerships and other entities

The Benefits of Cost-Segregation Studies 

When a commercial property is purchased or constructed, a building asset is created and the dollars are entered into a fixed asset system as 39 or 27.5 year property. Using the straight line method,

Constructive Receipt: Timing Is Everything 

A fundamental principle in efficient tax planning is the contemplation of the timing of income and loss events. While this principle seems relatively elementary, determining when a tax item actually becomes taxable can be more complex. Statutory Background IRC Section

History in the Making 

By taking advantage of rehabilitation tax credits sprovided under Internal Revenue Code Section 47, owners or developers of historic properties can inject significant equity into their real estate projects to cover funding gaps, increase project amenities, or avoid expensive bridge

IRS Clarifies Reverse Exchange Qualifications 

The Internal Revenue Service's recent Revenue Procedure providing a safe harbor for reverse like kind exchanges adds clarity to what has been a hazy situation. In the past, many taxpayers have been hesitant to enter into reverse exchanges due to

Are You a Candidate for an IRS Audit? 

Benjamin Franklin is credited with observing, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” To whom taxpayers answer in death is a question of debate, but there is no question that U.S. taxpayers must answer to the Internal

Creative Planning May Reduce State Taxes 

State and local taxes represent an increasing portion of the overall tax cost of any real estate transaction. As more businesses become national and even global, state and local tax planning become more crucial. In early March, the New Jersey

Commercial Developers May Gain Basis Allocation Advantage 

A recent U.S. Tax Court decision may provide commercial developers with another creative tax planning tool, based upon a long standing basis allocation rule available to residential developers. In a series of judicial decisions dating back to the 1950s, courts

Cost Segregation Helps Property Owners Maximize Depreciation Deductions 

While most property owners are aware of depreciation benefits, few take full advantage of them. It is rare that a building's entire cost is depreciated over the 39 year or 27.5 year life assigned to real property, but when owners

5 Tax Tips for Developers and Investors 

In today&rsquo s economy it is essential for commercial real estate professionals to be aware of tax planning opportunities and the potential cash savings available to their companies. The following five tax tips may help real estate owners and developers

Analyzing Local Tax Laws Can Save Property Owners Money 

Property taxes are a major expense for commercial property owners often second only to financing costs. Yet many owners resign themselves to rising property tax expenses, accepting their annual assessments as a cost of doing business. Because property values rise

Accrual-Basis Taxpayers Lose the Use of Installment-Sales Tax Break 

Congress periodically has provided taxpayers with relief from the burden of current income tax liabilities generated in qualified transactions. Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, which governs like kind exchanges, is a familiar example of such a provision that allows taxpayers

Navigating Stormy Seas 
For most real estate analysts, the beginning perspective for retail real estate market analysis is often a site in search of a user, according to “A Rational Approach to Feasibility Analysis” in The Appraisal Journal. This is consistent with the theory that a user can pay the most to occupy a site since the user can place it into productive use immediately. An astute investor or developer values the property based on what the user can afford to pay to occupy the space.

The Graaskamp Legacy reiterated the Graaskamp courses of action that exist in real estate feasibility, which include the site in search of user, site selection, and an investor looking for an investment property.For years, the Chicago Housing Authority was the poster child for development gone wrong. Cabrini Green, for example, became  a breeding ground for crime and was far more dangerous than the housing it replaced. On the bright side, Austin, Texas, shows how good development planning enhances a city's prosperity enticing more companies and employees.
Taxing Changes 

In the wee hours of Jan. 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and the tax changes that resulted will drastically alter the way commercial real estate professionals plan for major transactions. Additionally, tax provisions written

Oil and Gas Options 

As commercial real estate prices continue to increase and investors seek new replacement property options to complete tax deferred exchanges, oil and gas investments are gaining more attention as viable alternatives. Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 classifies an investment in

S Corporation Shareholders Benefit From Supreme Court Ruling 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of taxpayers in a potential windfall decision for shareholders of S corporations. Many small companies, including real estate related ventures, elect to be treated as S corporations with the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS Clarifies Related-Party Rule in 1031 Exchanges 

Last December, the Internal Revenue Service published Revenue Ruling 2002 83, which clarifies its position on taxpayers buying replacement property from related parties under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031. Due to the considerable confusion about such exchanges, real estate professionals

Inbound Investments 

In the midst of an unprecedented commercial real estate boom, some investors, particularly those from outside the United States, believe assets currently on the market reflect bargain basement prices. As these opportunities spring up throughout the country, international investors are

Leveraging LIHTCs 

As the need for affordable housing increases across the country, more com mercial real estate devel opers are partnering with nonprofit companies to leverage access to low income housing tax credits as a source of project financing. Earlier this year

Condemnation Caveats 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to decide the scope of a local government’s ability to use the power of eminent domain to take private property. Several New London, Conn., residents contend that the city’s condemnation of their homes

Multi-Asset Mastery 

Of all the transactions in the tax deferred exchange arena, multi asset exchanges can be the most complicated and technical in nature. These transactions include personal property, which is not like kind with real property. While many clients and investors

Tax Nothings Are Something in Like-Kind Exchanges 

Creative real estate investors have more options in structuring complex like kind exchanges through a recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ruling on "tax nothings," or federally untaxed single member limited liability companies (LLCs) that elect not to be treated as

Foreign Affairs 

Foreign investment in U.S. real estate is a substantial industry. U.S. properties currently account for 56 percent of foreign investors' overall real estate holdings, and office, industrial, retail, and hotel properties account for about 85 percent of their target

Power Savings 

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 contains tax incentives that can benefit owners of both new and retrofitted commercial property. Part of a $14 billion package, these incentives provide new deductions for green properties and improvements placed in service in