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In an interview by Arda Bircan from STR Tax Loophole, Alex Bagne, President of ICS, explains how savvy investors combine cost segregation with the short-term rental loophole to minimize income taxes, grow a real estate portfolio, and build generational wealth. He discusses a real-life scenario in which a successful C-level executive earning $500K annually from his job buys a $1 million-dollar short-term rental property to produce income, and then has a cost segregation performed to generate huge tax deductions that significantly reduce his tax liabilities....

On Thursday, March 21, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the Biden 2025 Budget Proposal, questioning Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on various aspects of the proposed budget, with many members noting concern about the proposed increase of the corporate tax rate and aspects of the budget that would have a negative impact on various American manufacturing industries. After weeks of silence from the Senate, many members of the committee stated their desire to see the tax bill (H.R. 7024) passed while urging Yellen and the administration for more aggressive incentivization of R&D in the US, which falls short in incentivizing R&D when compared to countries, specifically China....

The §179D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction is a federal tax incentive encouraging energy efficient construction by providing building owners and designers with substantial financial benefits. An exciting aspect in 2024 is the inflationary increase of the maximum §179D Deduction to $5.65 per square foot for projects meeting the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements and $1.13 per square foot for those that do not. In 2023, the maximum deduction was $5.36 per square foot and $1.07 per square foot, respectively. In 2022 and prior years, the maximum deduction ranged between $1.80 to $1.88 per square foot....

The proposed Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024 changes the period for when companies must start the five-year period for the deduction of research and experimental expenditures from tax years beginning after December 31, 2021, to tax years beginning after December 31, 2025....

The short-term rental loophole allows investors in vacation homes and similar properties to offset wage income with accelerated tax deductions generated by cost segregation studies. The article titled "Expanding the Short-Term Rental Loophole with Cost Segregation," co-written by Alex Bagne, President of ICS, details the mechanics of this beneficial tax strategy....

The American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP) just concluded its annual conference in Washington, DC. ICS Tax, LLC sent three of its cost segregation professionals, Alex Bagne, Roel Vicerra and Luis Barreira to stay abreast of developments within this ever changing industry. Alex Bagne, a Certified Cost Segregation Professional (CCSP) and the past ASCSP President, lead several sessions which covered the Alternative Depreciation System, updates to the 179D commercial and 45L residential energy efficiency incentives, and an Anatomy of a Cost Segregation Audit. He also reprised his role of Alex “TreBagne” and hosted Cost Segregation Jeopardy....