Tax Consequences of Launching a Real Estate Venture

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Published by West Information Publishing Group in Real Estate Law Journal Volume 23, issue 4, Page 345.

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Timing;Tax deductions;Startup costs;Real estate;Internal Revenue Code


West Information Publishing Group

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Real Estate Law Journal


Launching a real estate venture may entail start-up costs, organization costs, syndication costs, capital expenditures, and business expenses. Under the general rule, start-up costs are capitalized and not amortized (deducted). However, if the entity files the proper election, such costs may be amortized (straight-line) over 60 months or more. Only start-up costs paid or incurred before business begins are eligible for amortization. In general, costs are incurred when: 1. goods or services are received, and 2. there is an obligation to pay for them. Capital expenditures are capitalized and eligible for depreciation, amortization, or depletion, assuming the asset is used in business or an income-producing activity.

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