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Cost Segregation: A Strategic Tax Planning Tool

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Cost Segregation: A Strategic Tax Planning Tool


Cost segregation is a critical tax planning strategy that can significantly benefit property owners and real estate investors. At DimovTax, we specialize in offering comprehensive cost segregation services to enhance your tax savings. Here’s a detailed look at what cost segregation involves and how it can benefit you.

Understanding Cost Segregation

Cost segregation is a tax savings strategy that allows individuals and businesses to increase their cash flow by accelerating depreciation deductions and deferring federal and state income taxes.

The process involves a detailed examination of real estate properties to identify and reclassify certain assets for accelerated depreciation.

  • Identification and Reclassification: The first step is a thorough review of the property to distinguish personal property assets from real property. Personal property, such as non-structural elements like carpeting and specialized plumbing, is identified for reclassification. These assets are then reclassified into categories with shorter depreciation lives (typically 5, 7, or 15 years) instead of the standard 39-year life for non-residential real property.
  • Accelerated Depreciation and Tax Savings: This reclassification under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) allows for accelerated depreciation, leading to immediate tax deductions. This results in a significant reduction in taxable income in the early years after acquiring or renovating a property, enhancing cash flow, which can be reinvested in the business or used for other strategic investments.
  • Broad Applicability and Compliance: Cost segregation can be applied to a wide range of property types, including office buildings, manufacturing facilities, retail spaces, and residential rental properties. Each property type has unique components and requires a tailored approach to identify and reclassify the maximum number of assets for accelerated depreciation.

Cost segregation is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It is most beneficial for specific types of property owners and investors. It’s important to know if this strategy is right for you, as it can really help in saving taxes. The ideal candidates for cost segregation typically include:

  • Property Owner: If you’ve recently bought, built, or renovated a property, cost segregation can be a smart move for you. It can significantly lower your taxes in the first few years after your investment, helping you save money.
  • Real Estate Investor: If you’re investing in real estate and want to make your investments as tax-efficient as possible, cost segregation can be a key tool. It can help you increase your cash flow, giving you more money to reinvest or use elsewhere.
  • Business Owner: If you’ve invested heavily in your business’s physical location, cost segregation can help optimize your tax situation. This strategy can lead to better cash flow, giving you more flexibility and opportunities to reinvest in your business.

Cost segregation is a powerful tool in strategic tax planning. At DimovTax, we are committed to helping our clients leverage this strategy to maximize their tax benefits. Contact us today to learn how cost segregation can enhance your financial position.

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