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Cost Segregation 101


Cost Free
Presentation Length 1.0 hour

Recorded DateJune 22, 2022
CPE:Not available
(archived webinars do not offer CPE credits)
Subject AreaTaxes
Course LevelBasic
Course Description

Cost segregation is a tool that has been used for years to assist in the acceleration of depreciation for commercial real estate. This course will present an overview of cost segregation and the depreciation of real estate assets, exploring what factors make a property a good candidate for a cost segregation study.

We will discuss how cost segregation is a crucial vehicle for capturing tax savings using legislation old and new, touching on the Tangible Property Regulations, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the CARES Act. Multiple case studies will be reviewed to demonstrate the utility of cost segregation. This discussion is designed for tax, accounting, and other professionals serving the real estate markets who are looking for a better understanding of cost segregation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize cost segregation and what assets may qualify

  • Identify property types and client scenarios most likely to benefit from cost segregation

  • Describe how cost segregation is an important tool for use in complying with the TPRs and taking advantage of legislation including the TCJA and CARES Act

  • Give examples of typical case studies

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Isaac Downing

Capstan Tax Strategies
Regional Sales Director (West Coast)
(215) 885-7510

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Over the last decade, Isaac Downing has played every role in the cost segregation industry – he’s been an engineer performing studies, an accountant reviewing studies, and a salesperson selling studies.  Now he’s bringing that wealth of experience – and the associated unique perspective — to Capstan Tax Strategies. 

It’s not typical for salespeople to have accounting and engineering experience, but Downing is anything but typical.   A proud Marine, Isaac spent 4 years as a USMC Engineer, and then earned an additional degree in Accounting and Finance.  After a stint managing over $3B worth of fixed assets for a luxury hotel REIT, he began performing cost segregation projects in-house.   Isaac later moved to public accounting where he performed cost segregation studies on all major property types, working with basis upwards of $50M.  While functioning as the engineer on the projects, he actively looked for additional savings streams and effectively communicated those solutions to his clients.  He discovered he was a natural at sales, and found himself drawn to that side of the aisle. 

As such, he spent several years in business development, building relationships with C-suite executives. Fortunately for Capstan, he decided the time was right to return to his cost seg roots.  Isaac’s professional journey means that he knows the industry inside and out, in a way that most salespeople simply never will.   This “inside baseball” enables him to serve his clients in a holistic way, and his friendly, results-driven approach speaks for itself.   Isaac exemplifies the Core Values of the Marine Corps, bringing honor, courage, and commitment to everything he does. 

In his limited spare time, Isaac enjoys volunteering for VA-related charities, studying jiu-jitsu, and palling around with his cranky cat Waffles. 

About Our Presenter

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Capstan Tax Strategies is a professional services firm that helps CPAs and commercial real estate owners navigate Tangible Property and Fixed Asset Regulations and maximize the tax benefits of real estate holdings.