Cost Segregation Why Isn T My Cpa Already Doing This

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Most commercial property owners, even those who use professional accountants, fail to take advantage of cost segregation, a tax mechanism that could generate substantial savings in federal income taxes. While most accountants are familiar with the approach, some are hesitant to recommend it without a documented analysis of correct depreciation amounts. The numerous intricacies of […]


Summary Regulatory History Of Cost Segregation

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BACKGROUND In order to calculate depreciation for Federal income tax purposes, taxpayers must use the correct method and proper recovery period for each asset or property owned. Property often consists of numerous asset types with different recovery periods, which must be separated into individual components or asset groups having the same recovery periods and placed-in-service […]


Investment Property Part 1

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1. Investment Property What exactly is an investment property? Since this is real estate investments 101, we will explain. An investment property is a piece of real estate you invest in with the objective of earning a return. Primary residences are not considered investment properties because the primary purpose of such real estate is to […]


Understanding Accounting Vocabulary

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The following article is an excerpt from the free online course “Using Finance & Accounting in Your Small Business”. When you learn something new like accounting concepts and terms, it helps to create links between what you know and what you are trying to learn. In some ways, it is like learning a second language […]


Single Payment Lease

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A prepaid lease is a new type of lease which has made its foray into the market in recent times. In this lease, consumers forego the cycle of lease payments if they make a large payment at the beginning of the lease. There are two amounts in a conventional lease that incur charges and determine […]


Cost Segregation Why Are 90 Of Real Estate Investors Overpaying Federal Income Tax

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By ignoring generous IRS guidelines when establishing depreciation schedules, over 90% of real estate investors are unintentionally overpaying federal income taxes. In addition they are paying federal income taxes earlier than necessary, typically years or decades earlier than necessary. Although these IRS guidelines are relatively new, they provide substantial benefits. Since this is a relatively […]


Section 179 Tax Relief From Depreciation Rules

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“Depreciation.” For business owners, this word is the one most likely to inspire headaches and fits of cussing. The expanded provisions of Section 179 are just the medicine you need to cure the depreciation blues. Depreciation Traditionally, if your business property had a life of more than one year, the cost had to be deducted […]


The Ultimate Tax Planning Strategy

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The taxes that are withheld from paychecks amount to about 25% of your gross pay (including federal tax, state tax, social security tax and medicare tax). But these taxes that are withheld could be working for you as investments if you employ what I call the ultimate tax strategy. This tax strategy consists of how […]


Fourth Quarter Machine Tool Depreciation

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Accelerated depreciation in the fourth quarter of 2004 can provide significant tax shelter to many parts production job shops or tool and die shops, according to capitol equipment financing specialists at Makino, a global provider of advanced machining technology. Operations that invest in new equipment technology and receive delivery before December 31, 2004, may see […]


Net Income Over Cash Flow

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Some Financial Analysts argue that using cash flow will provide a more accurate picture in determining the fair value of a common stock. What gives? They reason that investors should follow where the cash is. Cash flow will track the flow of cash in and out and this is the reason business exists; to get […]


How To Compare Low Cost Homeowner S Insurance In Arizona

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The state of Arizona’s conducted a homeowners insurance survey comparing insurance rates for hypothetical homes in Phoenix, Mesa, Peoria, Flagstaff and Tucson. They compared insurance premiums for dwellings valued at $100,000, $300,000 and $500,000. The survey is interesting reading and is accessible from the State Departments website, but it does not provide specific information that […]