Understanding the Tax Advantages of Depreciation: Ventura Real Estate

by Gary and Lisa Schoeffler on July 19, 2011

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Understanding the Tax Advantages of Depreciation

There’s no doubt about it – one of the greatest benefits of real estate investment are the tax benefits the investor receives!  It’s entirely legal to shelter income and defer capital gains.  It’s entirely legal to minimize taxation and maximize the money the investor keeps on an after-tax basis.

The concept of depreciation (also known as cost recovery) operates on the assumption that physical assets lose an equal amount of value each year due to wear and tear. Another term for this is “non-cash expense.”  In other words, it doesn’t really take any cash out of the investor’s pocket.  However, it’s treated like an expense or deduction when adding up your income.

And the investor gets a great result from this concept – it decreases taxable income and, as a result, lets the investor shelter positive cash flow from taxation. In other words, depreciation (cost recovery) lowers income taxes for the current year and defers them to a later date.

Do you understand how depreciation can work for you? This article does a good job of explaining this important tax benefit. If you are interested in obtaining a CMA for Ventura County Real Estate, we are happy to assist you with that.

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Gary and Lisa Schoeffler are Ventura Real Estate Professionals specializing in residential real estate. Their expertise in helping both buyers and sellers is widely recognized in Ventura County. How can they assist you today? Wondering what the market is like? Call them, they will be happy to talk with you about it. 805-320-4472

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