Cost Segregation

Tapping A Little-Used Opportunity To Minimize Taxes

For owners of business real estate, the cost segregation method — which involves separating personal property assets from real property assets for the purposes of acceleration depreciation — offers potential tax savings, cash-flow improvement and an enhanced return on investment.

Using an engineering-based approach, a cost-segregation study identifies assets within a building that can be reclassified into a much shorter depreciation class than the building itself. Buildings with the greatest potential for tax benefits include hotels, auto dealerships, hospitals, medical centers, office buildings, mobile-home parks, restaurants, recreation and sports facilities, shopping centers and strip malls, long-term-care facilities, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.

At DeJoy, Knauf & Blood, we use our knowledge of IRS regulations, rulings and interpretations to determine whether a cost-segregation study would benefit your business. Possible opportunities include:

  • New buildings under construction
  • Buildings undergoing renovation, remodeling, restoration or expansion
  • Purchase of existing properties
  • Office and facility leasehold improvements and build-outs
  • Post-1986 real estate construction, building acquisitions or improvements where no cost segregation study was performed for the year of purchase.

To prepare and support such a study, TeamDKB collaborates with an architectural/engineering firm to inspect the property. Using IRS-approved engineering and cost-estimating procedures, we work together to generate a highly technical study that supports the optimization of tax depreciation deductions, enhancing cash flow and improving your bottom line.

Cost Segregation Team


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Mark S. Blood, CPA

Director, Tax Services

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Michael L. Cooke, CPA

Tax Services

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Mollene B. Benison, CPA

Financial Assurance Services

Senior Managers

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Steve Wuest, CPA

Senior Manager
Tax Services


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Morgan Hopkins, CPA

Tax Services