Increase Cash Flow Using Powerful Tax Breaks

There’s no such thing as a perfect investment … but real estate sure comes close!

But with any investment … you have to be smart. One important aspect of smart real estate is taking advantage of powerful tax breaks. 

We’re diving deep into one of the best tax benefits that real estate offers to investors like YOU … cost segregation. 

In this episode of The Real Estate Guys™ show, hear from:

  • Your appreciated host, Robert Helms
  • His depreciating co-host, Russell Gray
  • Cost segregation authority, Erik Oliver

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Increase cash flow and reduce taxes

You can make a lot of money in real estate … but you can also pay a lot of taxes. 

Today, we’re going to show you how you can increase cash flow and reduce taxes with investment real estate. 

Beyond monthly cash flow from a real estate property, you can also make money as your property appreciates over time. 

That equity is locked into the property until you do something about it … like refinancing or selling. 

You also have the benefit of amortizing a loan. Every month when you make your mortgage payment, part of it goes to pay interest while the other part pays down the principal. Each time you pay down the principal, you own more of the property.

But the way to make money we are focusing on today is … tax benefits!

CPA Tom Wheelwright has taught us that if you want to know what a nation wants its citizens to do with their invested capital … just look at the tax code.

The tax code is a series of incentives … and these incentives will benefit your bottom line and enhance your cash flow.

The tax code can be especially helpful in those early years of purchasing a property when there is a lot of expense … above and beyond what you get over the life of the property. 

We should remind you that we’re not tax advisors or professionals. We give ideas and information. We’ll be sharing a lot today … but sit down with your tax professional before you make any major decisions. 

Make sure you have a tax professional that truly understands this niche … preferably one who owns investment property themselves or whose practice serves a large percentage of real estate investors.

And … don’t let the tax tail wag the investment dog. 

You don’t want to invest in something just because of a tax benefit. Instead, find a great market, a great property, a great niche. 

Then, you’re going to seek to exploit the tax law legally in your favor to the best degree you can. 

Today, we’re going to talk about a tax benefit that most multifamily and seasoned long-term developers and investors know about … but many smaller investors haven’t discovered yet. 

What is cost segregation?

Erik Oliver is an authority on cost segregation. 

Depreciation accounts for a loss of worth in your asset. Some things depreciate, while others don’t. 

Land doesn’t wear out … so it isn’t depreciable. But gutters do … so they are. 

“Cost segregation is simply accelerated depreciation,” Erik says. Many people get into real estate in order to take advantage of the depreciation loss. 

“We depreciate our real estate over either 27.5 years for residential properties or 39 years for commercial properties,” Erik says. 

Cost segregation means that you accelerate that timeline instead of taking 1/39 of your depreciation each year. 

It starts by identifying the different components of your building and segregating out those components into shorter asset lives. 

For example, the IRS allows you to depreciate carpet over five years. Instead of having to lump that together with your 39-year asset cost, cost segregation comes in and puts a value to that carpet, allowing you to depreciate it over a much shorter time frame. 

Accelerating the depreciation means more tax benefits, sooner. 

Let’s put some numbers to it for a simple example. 

If you own a $270K duplex, you’ll get to write off $10K every year against your income for the next 27.5 years without doing cost segregation. 

If you were to do cost segregation on that duplex, the analysts will identify roughly around 30 percent of that $270K and categorize it into 5, 7, or 15 year property. 

Depending on when you bought the property and what the laws were at that time, you may be able to write off all of that 5, 7, and 15 year property in year one. 

That’s over $70K that can be written off in the first year instead of $10K. 

What does an analysis look like?

Cost segregation is a process generally done in conjunction with an engineering firm and accounting firms. 

In order to complete a cost segregation study, you’ve got to have construction engineers that can go in and reverse engineer these buildings, so to speak. 

You also have to have someone with tax knowledge to take that information and make it work for you. 

Many CPA firms will partner with an engineering firm to offer this service to their clients. 

The IRS has actually put out an audit guide that most cost segregation companies follow. It’s 13 steps and requires a site visit. 

“Typically, we’ll send one of our construction engineers out to the property for them to do an inspection,” Erik says. “They’re looking for things like retaining walls outside, drainage in the parking lot, what type of flooring and window coverings are used, etc.”

The resulting reports are pretty detailed … usually about 40 to 60 pages long. They basically line item every component of the building. 

“We do go over everything from flooring to cabinets to countertops. We’ll even go out and count the trees and bushes,” Erik says. 

Cost segregation studies can cost anywhere from $7K to $15K. Erik says he recommends you get an estimated cost for a study for any property over $200K. 

“Sometimes, depending on a number of variables, it may not make sense to do a cost segregation, but you should always look into it in case it does make sense,” Erik says. 

Most cost segregation companies will do a free benefit analysis to make sure that you are going to get significant tax savings from completing the study. 

For more on cost segregation … listen to the full episode!


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Podcast: Increase Cash Flow Using Powerful Tax Breaks

While there’s no perfect investment vehicle, real estate done right comes pretty close.

And an important aspect of smart real estate investing is the extremely powerful tax breaks.

In this episode, we dig into one of the best tax benefits real estate offers. Let’s just say you need to see it to depreciate it.


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Benefits of Cost Segregation

Benefits of Cost Segregation

 

Cost Segregation can help you in THREE ways …

Create immediate Tax Savings – by reducing taxable income.

Increase Cash Flow – by accelerating depreciation deductions and deferring tax payments.

Catch-up Prior Years Accelerated Depreciation – “Catch Up” on previously under-reported depreciation without filing an amended tax return. All catch up depreciation can be taken in the current year.

In this special report, learn:

✓ How the recent tax reform impacted cost segregation

✓ How the CARES Act impacted cost segregation

✓ When you can expect a return on your cost segregation study

✓ Bonus depreciation

✓ And MUCH more!

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Boots-on-the-Ground Market Insights: Cost Segregation

Boots-on-the-Ground Market Insights: Cost Segregation

August 2020

Political winds of change are blowing and it is impacting the tax code …

In this edition of Boots on the Ground, we take a streamlined look at the tax codes … that could be on the books until 2022.  Join Russell Gray, Co-host of The Real Estate Guys™ Radio Show, and Cost Segregation Expert, Erik Oliver for an update on Cost Segregation and how you can utilize the benefits. 

We get an update on: 

  • How best to generate cash flow when tenants can’t pay
  • Fortifying liquidity to weather the storm
  • Recouping taxes through new provisions in the CARES Act
  • Property Reclassification
  • Laying the groundwork for Short Sales

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Cost Segregation Authority – Erik Oliver

Cost Segregation Authority – Erik Oliver

 

Get a first-class cost segregation study from experts who have conducted THOUSANDS of studies and saved their clients MILLIONS of dollars!

Since 2006, Erik Oliver and his team at Cost Segregation Authority have performed thousands of studies across all 50 states.

Erik is a cost segregation expert … and is responsible for reclassifying a variety of assets for faster depreciation … saving millions of tax dollars for investors like YOU!

Not all studies are created equal.

Cost Segregation Authority does one thing and one thing only … cost segregation. Their focus delivers unmatched experience.

Get no-cost benefit analyses on all properties in 24 hours … with 100% of the work backed up by research and no-cost audit support for any items in the study.

Your search for a first-class cost segregation study ends here!

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Appraisals – Find, Negotiate and Fund Better Deals

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder … and in real estate, an appraisal is what gives you the unbiased, third party opinion on a property.

Appraisals happen whenever a lender is involved in a transaction, but that’s not the only time you’ll need or want an appraisal.

We’ll examine the three ways appraisers can evaluate a property, why you shouldn’t accept an appraisal as gospel truth, and how you can use an appraisal to SAVE money on your next deal

In this episode of The Real Estate Guys™ show you’ll hear from:

  • Your valuable host, Robert Helms
  • His admiring co-host, Russell Gray

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Understand what an appraisal is

Nearly everyone who has purchased a property has dealt with an appraiser. In most all cases involving a lender, an appraiser is involved.

A lender is one of several parties interested in the value of a property. The seller, buyer, and lender all have an interest in knowing about value for different reasons.

But, an appraiser has no vested interest in a property’s value, making them the neutral third party. However, even though they are neutral, it’s good to keep in mind that their appraisal is an opinion of value.

While lenders are often interested in an appraisal to check out the value of the home versus the loan, it’s a FANTASTIC tool for investors, too.

Appraisers can determine the value of a property based on future use. Depending on what improvements or changes an investor plans to make, the value of a property changes.

So, why would you need to understand valuation?

  • To secure a loan
  • To evaluate a deal
  • To understand your portfolio’s value

An appraisal doesn’t only happen when evaluating or completing a real estate deal. It’s a way to understand your portfolio and properties at any point along the way.

Decode the jargon

An appraisal has a very specific purpose. Its job is to solve a problem: what is the highest and best use for this? That’s the challenge.

Appraisers in many countries use the same methods and standards to solve this problem. The Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) develops, interprets, and amends the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

The appraisal report is created using a combination of three methods:

  1. Sales comparison method. Look at similar properties and what they’ve sold for recently.
  2. Capitalization approach (income approach). This is the value the property based on the income it generates. What are people renting for right now? Where else could they go locally? In some cases, there aren’t many comps to look at, so the income a property is currently generating might be more appropriate.
  3. Summation approach (Cost segregation approach). Look at the income from the property and ask: What would it cost today for the land, construction, and development? This is a way to appraise a large, one-off or unique building.

The appraisers job is to look at the value based on these approaches and to weigh them properly.

How to use an appraisal report

Since appraisal reports are a third-party opinion of value, they aren’t set in stone, and shouldn’t be taken as the gospel truth.

Once you know what goes into an appraisal report, you can think critically about them and extract the parts that are useful.

And, it can be a valuable tool for negotiation.

In some cases, if an appraisal comes back LOWER than the offered price, it’s appropriate to go to the seller and start with that valuation in the negotiations.

Or, if you’re planning to go in on a deal with someone else and need to split the property value later, an appraisal is that neutral party that provides the numbers.

As with any expert, appraisers have a WEALTH of knowledge, and it’s worth learning a little about their craft. Some appraisers have some impressive niches, including airports, commercial buildings, and even haunted properties!

If possible, try to be on-site for an appraisal and learn what the appraiser is looking for. All of this information feeds into your education and foundation on how to improve properties to get the best bang for your buck … especially in a refinance or a sale.

Appraisals are a valuable tool for an investor. Whenever possible, be sure to spend the money on an experienced, well-respected appraiser. Then, when you get your report, understand the value AND the limitations of a report as you make your important investment decisions!


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02/22/15: New Tax Regulations Every Real Estate Investor Must Know

It’s said the only things which are certain are death and taxes.

We think this could be modified to DEBT and taxes….especially when you consider the relationship between the two.  BUT…we’ll put our tin-foil hats in our lead cased fire-proof safe and focus on the tax…er, task…at hand.

We were out in the Phoenix area to visit Robert Kiyosaki and decided to pay a quick visit to a nearby friend and tax guru.  We’d heard there was a new regulation all real estate investors need to know about…

Talking taxes in the top of office to Tom’s tower…

  • Your regular host, Robert Helms
  • His irregular co-host, Russell Gray
  • CPA, best-selling author and Rich Dad Advisor, Tom Wheelwright

Let’s face it…taxes are NOT the most titillating topic.  After all, we’d all much rather focus on MAKING money, than spending dozens of hours and thousands of dollars tallying up how big a slice to send to the tax man.

And of course, just when you think you’ve got everything dialed, the tax man changes the rules of the game and hopes you’re not paying attention.  It’s a constant and unproductive game of cat and mouse.

SO…

If you decide to play, you’ll need to find a way to keep up on the changes.  And then organize your activities to utilize EVERY deduction you’re entitled to.  That’s why you want a great tax advisor on your team.

Robert Kiyosaki makes a lot of money.  The guy he depends on to minimize the tax bite is Tom Wheelwright.

Tom Wheelwright CPA is the author of Tax Free WealthTom’s a bit of a nut job.  He actually LIKES taxes.  Weird.  But there’s no accounting for taste.

But thankfully, guy’s like Tom are out there.  And he pays attention to all the things that affect real estate investors.  So when he called and told us about some new tax regulations, we wanted to learn more.

Of course, we brought along our microphones and captured the conversation…because that’s what we do.

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

When it comes to taxes, it’s so easy to focus our efforts on paying LESS.  Sounds good, right?

Of course, the easiest way to pay less tax is to make less money…so be careful what you wish for.

Tom says your focus should be on MAKING MORE MONEY…and that’s also true when selecting an advisor.  That is, your advisors are investments…just like your real estate…and you should select them based on their potential to MAKE you money.

It’s a subtle, but important difference.  Otherwise, the temptation is to think of them as an expense…hire the cheapest, and get costly results.

The goal is to INCREASE the amount of money you pay for advisors, taxes, interest and insurance…and have those investments decrease as a percentage of your income.

To Change Your Tax You Must Change Your Facts

This is no different than the person who buys a horrible property in a terrible area and rents to the tenant from hell…then shows up at some poor property manager’s doorstep with a problem they need fixed.

In other words, if you want the property’s performance to improve, the conditions and circumstances need to change.  A property manager can only do so much with a bad situation.

The same is true for your taxes.

To get a beneficial tax result, you need to create better factual circumstances.  But it’s much harder to rewrite history, so it’s wise to understand basic taxation principles in ADVANCE, and then conduct your affairs in such a way that you create the most favorable tax result as you go along.

Obviously, this means getting an education and working closely ALONG THE WAY with your tax advisor.

Duh.  But knowing you need to do it and actually doing it are two different things.  So DO IT.

This Promises to Be a Crazy Tax Year

Tom tells us there are a number of items which are making tax filing a little more…taxing…this year.

The biggie is the new repair regulations.  Without getting lost in the weeds, the short version is that the IRS has issued new regulations designed to clarify a specific area of tax law which affects ALL real estate investors and most small business owners.

It has to do with how certain expenses are classified and whether they are treated as capital or ordinary expense.

Yeah, we don’t get it either.  That’s why you need a guy like Tom.

The point is that if it affects you…and if you own investment real estate, it probably does…then you’ll have to file one (or more!) of Form 3115 Change of Accounting Method.  So be sure to ask your tax advisor before you file for 2014.

The Affordable Care Act is making things more complicated for individuals and small businesses this year also.  But that’s been all over the news, so you’re probably aware of it.  If not, your tax advisor will help you.

A couple of other items Tom says to keep an eye on are President Obama’s proposal to charge capital gains tax at death (yes, it’s true…death and taxes together again);  and a proposal to change the “carried interest rule”, which would effectively cause real estate developers to pay ordinary income tax on certain items which are currently classified as long term capital gains.  Ugh.

So listen in to CPA Tom Wheelwright and find out what’s happening and how it affects you!

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10/2/11: Zero Tax! Deductions and Benefits that Matter Most to Real Estate Investors

Active real estate investors should NEVER pay tax on their cash flow or gains..EVER!  So says CPA Tom Wheelwright, our hero with a zero (taxes that is) and Rich Dad’s tax advisor to Robert Kiyosaki.

And unless you’re Warren Buffett, we’re guessing you’d probably rather pay LESS tax than more.

Maybe when we’re multi-mega-billionaires like Warren, we’ll want to pay more too.  Give us a few years and we’ll let you know. For right now, less tax is better.  We’d rather save on taxes today and use the money to buy more real estate.  Weird, we know…but that’s just us.

The GOOD NEWS is that even while most governments’ appetites for taxes is growing, real estate investors still enjoy some of the best tax deductions and benefits there are!

To learn more about this taxing topic, we flew to Arizona and met face to face with Tom Wheelwright.  He says with proper planning, real estate investors can get their effective income tax rate to ZERO!

Manning the microphones for another exciting escapade into broadcast brilliance:

  • Your host with benefits, Robert Helms
  • Your big zero co-host, Russell Gray
  • A master of brilliant deductions, Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Tax Advisor and CPA, Tom Wheelwright

Zero tax!  Now THAT sounds pretty stimulating.  In fact, Tom says the tax code is a treasure map to a series of stimulus programs.  So to get your personal economy working better, be sure to organize your investing to maximize tax deductions and tax benefits.

Tom tells us:

  • Why the tax code is a powerful tool for increasing your cash flow and accelerating  your real estate wealth building
  • How to avoid the number one MOST COMMON MISTAKE real estate investors make on their tax returns
  • How to save money on everyday items by using the tax code to make more of your expenses tax deductible
  • Why every dollar saved in taxes is worth five dollars of real estate!

And there’s even more!  So grab a note pad and listen in as The Real Estate Guys™ interview CPA Tom Wheelwright.

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