Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Death & Taxes -- doesnt mean the end...at least not in BUSINESS or with Cost Segregation)!

DEATH & TAXES -- how Cost Segregation Advisor helps!

Having dealt with a personal tragedy recently, my own mortality has been foremost in my mind. With that, you then think about the impact of a "death" -- either to a person or a partnership -- and how it impacts those left behind.

There are two major tax strategies that we have seen during our travels in delivering Cost Segregation to commercial property / building owners.

Those two strategies include:

1) 3D Strategy ( Defer-Defer-Die ): where the owners utilizes legal strategies (i.e. 1031 Exchange, Cost Segregation) to continuously defer captial gains...over and over and over again. In the end (literally) the owner leaves the building to heirs where the deferred capital gains are not paid.

2) Step-Up Basis: is a means where the cost basis of a property gets reset to reflect the current market value at the time the new owner(s) takes control. Whether that is from an individual or a corporate entity there DEATH does NOT have to mean more TAXES.

With the new cost basis, such Commercial buildings become eligible again for Cost Segregation so they can begin the 3D strategy again...


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Step-up in basis. When you inherit assets, such as securities or property (i.e. COMMERCIAL BUILDING), they are stepped-up in basis.
That means the assets are valued at the amount they are worth when your benefactor dies, or as of the date on which his or her estate is valued, and not on the date the assets were purchased. That new valuation becomes your cost basis.
For example, if your father bought 200 shares of stock for $40 a share in 1965, and you inherited them in 2000 when they were selling for $95 a share, they would have been valued at $95 a share.

If you had sold them for $95 a share, your cost basis would have been $95, not the $40 your father paid for them originally. You would not have had a capital gain and would have owed no tax on the amount you received in the sale.

In contrast, if your father had given you the same stocks as a gift where there is no step-up, your basis would have been $40 a share. So if you sold at $95 a share, you would have had a taxable capital gain of $55 a share (minus commissions).

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