Investors focus on real estate for a variety of reasons. There are great tax benefits for real estate investors and most investors agree that, while supplemental, they invest to reduce their tax burden.
After consulting and strategizing with hundreds of investors, I’ve come to realize that most don’t actually know how real estate investing impacts tax rates. Here at Camuso CPA, we offer a wide array of tax services for real estate investors including tax preparation and tax planning.
Effective Tax Rate – What Is it?
The effective tax rate is defined at the tax liability divided by total net income. Your federal tax liability is found on Line 63 of Form 1040. However, if you hold a W-2 job, you also need to factor in your share of FICA taxes (7.65% of your gross wages). Lastly, you should also factor in your state tax liability. The combination of these three taxes will yield your total tax. You will then divide your total tax by gross wages plus net income from trades, businesses, and investments. Note that net income does not equal net taxable income. The result will be your effective tax rate.
Real Estate Benefits
The largest benefit for real estate investors results in additional non-cash deductions that they can take against their rental income such as depreciation and amortization. These benefits can be furthered increased through cost segregation studies.
Many real estate investors may see an increase in total tax and think that real estate is not offering its promised tax benefits. But that’s clearly not the case. Thanks to the real estate generating income that was not taxed, our effective tax rate drops meaning you are paying less in tax per dollar earned.
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.