Here at Camuso CPA, we offer a wide array of tax services for real estate investors including tax preparation and tax planning.

While the full implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act are still unraveling, a number of tax-planning opportunities have presented themselves. Here we will outline how performing cost segregation studies can lead to permanent tax savings.

On 22 December 2017, the President signed tax reform legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This is primarily known for reducing corporate tax rates to 21%, but the new Section 199A provides non-corporate taxpayers with a potential 20% deduction against taxable income, which, when applicable, effectively discounts the maximum 37% non-corporate rate to 29.6%.

How Does It Work

The 20% discount requires a complicated formulaic deduction equal to: (1) 20% of newly defined qualified business income plus (2) 20% of the sum of (a) REIT dividends and (b) publicly traded partnership income. For taxpayers with income over certain minimal thresholds, the 20% of qualified business income deduction is limited to the greater of: (a) 50% of the W-2 wages paid by the qualified business, or (b) 25% of the W-2 wages paid by the qualified business, plus 2.5% of the unadjusted basis of depreciable property held by the business.

These limitations are calculated at the individual level and the statutory language indicates that the limitation is to be applied separately for each qualified trade or business that the taxpayer is engaged in.

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Here at Camuso CPA, we do have the ability to offer tax preparation and planning services to our real estate clients. If you are interested into how this might benefit your business or portfolio, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answers any questions you have.