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Month: September 2020

Know the Benefits of Cost Segregation

The main benefit that you should know about cost segregation is accelerated depreciation. For outsiders, that may not sound right. No one wants depreciation, especially when accelerated. But in this instance, we are talking about depreciation of income property for tax purposes. Now, tax and depreciation sound good together. 

You should know, you will save a lot of money when you employ cost segregation. It’s hard to give a number to it considering that these would refer to different numbers. What you save from cost segregation will largely depend on the total amount of the assets. 

This is probably the only time when we like to hear the word depreciation of the property. Depreciation refers to the reduction of the value of an asset. When you are selling a property, then depreciation isn’t too good as this means that you will be receiving a low amount. However, when it comes to tax, it also means that you will be taxed low for a depreciated property or asset. 

With cost segregation, you can depreciate assets even if they haven’t really decreased in value. 

In a cost segregation analysis, assets are divided into two categories: real property and personal property. The former is the permanent things like the building or foundation of the building. The latter refers to the opposite, things that can be removed from the real property. This could be cabinets or air conditioning units and the like. 

Depreciation years

Generally, real property will depreciate over 27.5 years. Personal properties depreciate in fewer years, between five and 15 years. When you do cost segregation analysis, you are basically adding more years to the depreciation. This way, the amount to be taxed will be lower. 

The money you saved from cost segregation will allow you to be able to invest into worthwhile things. 

Now, let’s talk about what happens when a person sells a property for more than the value that they were taxed on? What they can do is to have a depreciation recapture. This is the process of reporting the gains that should be taxed through a capital gains rate. 

Another way to equalize this is through the 1031 exchange, or the trade of one income property for another or more just to have the same value on both sides. 

However, this kind of deduction may only be available to people that the Internal Revenue Service recognizes as real estate professionals. 

Not to worry, though, as you can always get in touch with real estate professionals for this. Don’t forget to get in touch with a CPA, too. They are the ones who are experts in cost segregation study. It is only when you do things right that you can actually save substantial amount of money. 

It really helps to be informed. Even if you don’t know how to do cost segregation study, the fact that you know it exists, it will already help you out. Even if you have to hire a CPA and real estate professional to complete the process. Ignorance will not save you a cent!

Real Estate Investing to Alleviate Economic Difficulties

Who hasn’t been affected by the coronavirus? No one! Everybody experienced something from the coronavirus. Some were infected by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, while others were emotionally affected by it. Some experienced psychological turmoil. 

There is one thing, though, that everybody uniformly experienced from the COVID-19 pandemic: everybody was economically hit by it. Yes, everybody! Even rich people and large corporations. Fortunately for them, they have a lot of funding to get them through the pandemic. 

However, some of these wealthy individuals and companies had to let go of some employees. There was a time when economies all over the world were halted in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. People lost their jobs. In the US, 40 million people apparently claimed unemployment assistance from the government. 

Lessons from the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic taught people the importance of having savings and investment. In case the world turns into shambles again, at least there will be a cushion fund so that one doesn’t have to depend on government aid. 

This cushion can be created through the passive income via real estate investment. Not only can this allow people to have their own savings in case of another similar situation to a pandemic when there is possibility that income will be gone, it can also be used in retirement. 

First, what is passive income? It is money that a person earns with little effort on their part. Unlike with work, a person really has to make a lot of effort in order to earn money. With a passive income, one may invest on something and you earn from it without doing anything at all, hence, the term. 

The best way to make a passive income is through real estate investment.

How does it work? 

The first step is to really analyze expenses. It’s actually quite surprising that many people actually spend more than they earn. One logical reason for this is the credit cards. They give the people the impression that they have more money than they can actually spend. Now, a person has to be more meticulous with their expenses. They should stop buying unnecessary expenses and get out of unused contracts.

For example, a lot of people have gym memberships but they don’t actually use it. Some also have cable connections that they don’t get to maximize the use of because they also have Netflix. One has to get rid of unnecessary expenses so they can use the money to invest in real estate. 

Now, how to choose a real estate investment? It should be something that fits a person’s lifestyle. If a person has a lot of time, then they can build their own building that they can eventually lease to people and businesses. Those that don’t have the time and energy can find something that is already for use. They can purchase this building and have the spaces rented out either for residential or commercial purposes. 

Anyone interested in real estate should be guided by rules and strategies. They should have the right information on how to go about getting passive income. A person can have substantial earnings when they do real estate right. 

The earnings are good enough, but that’s not the only benefit from investing in real estate. Among them are appreciation and depreciation, mortgage paydown, inflation projection, and tax deductions.

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