The Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Multifamily Real Estate

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Tax Incentives for Multifamily Homes

Are you looking for investment opportunities in 2020? Then multifamily home investments are an excellent choice, particularly for tax benefits. The odds are stacked in your favor when you consider the tax breaks provided by the government.

Clued-up multifamily property owners can take advantage of tax breaks to reduce operational costs. The amount of money saved by each type of tax break differs, but it’s worthwhile taking advantage of each of them. Let’s go through the various tax incentives available to multifamily home investors.

Depreciation Tax

The IRS views your home like a car or any other asset that decreases in quality over time. The roof gets old, the paint begins to peel, and the plumbing gets rusty. It may seem counterintuitive, but the value of a home can still rise as the quality decreases. Many outside factors influence a home’s price, such as job opportunities and average incomes in the area.

Even though real estate prices increase over time in most neighborhoods, houses are still a depreciating asset. You can claim the depreciated amount as a tax deduction, which usually exceeds the “wear and tear” costs of property maintenance.

You might be wondering how the depreciation tax laws work. Essentially, the government views real estate as profitable for 27 years. Consequently, deprecation tax claims are eligible for that same amount of time.

Passive Income Tax Benefits

If you spend less than 500 hours on real estate activity per year, you won’t be considered a real estate professional, and you must pay a passive income tax for real estate income. So why would you want to pay passive income tax? Because then you don’t have to pay federal income tax, which is usually much higher than passive income tax.

Research to figure out how many hours you work on real estate and the tax cost difference if you’ve become a successful passive multifamily real estate investor. The tax benefit from not working more than 500 hours means you can save a lot of money annually.

1031 Exchange Tax Benefits

The 1031 Internal Revenue Code states that there are no capital gains tax obligations when property owners swap rental units. Consider the following to meet the specific criteria to qualify for this tax break:

  • The swapped properties must be similar.
  • The new property use must also be for business purposes.
  • The new property valuation must be the same or higher value.

Make sure the transaction does not violate the rules of the tax law. You may need to hire a professional to review the transaction beforehand to make sure you are eligible for this tax incentive. Errors could potentially result in the transaction being taxable, which could be a big hit to your bottom line.

Cost Segregation

Cost segregation is a similar tax incentive to depreciation. However, in this case, the depreciating asset is not the house but the items within the multifamily home. It might be furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, and appliances. It’s another type of tax benefit that will increase the ROI of running a multifamily home rental business and build more of your wealth via real estate.

There is a catch to know about before you take advantage of cost segregation tax benefits—they affect your tax bill when you want to sell the property. The tax bill’s size increases in proportion to the amount of cost segregation tax breaks you use.

Real Estate Investment Tax Deductions

Tax deductions are another smart move to lighten your tax load. Tax laws allow real estate owners to deduct taxes from the costs of running a business, such as:

  • Marketing
  • Utilities
  • Mortgage interest
  • Repair and maintenance costs
  • Insurance premiums

Get the specialist’s help to give you ideas on what tax deductions for which your property can apply. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of tax deductions you can get when you ask for them. However, don’t push your luck—you can’t make claims for everything related to running a multifamily home rental business.


Taking advantage of all of the tax incentives for multifamily homeowners can significantly reduce your costs from renting your property. Furthermore, it helps you compete against properties in your local area. Other property owners might be offering a lower rental rate because they are also taking advantage of all the possible tax incentives. To learn more about your property’s tax incentive potential, get in touch with Yankee Capital’s expert.

Key Takeaways from our Webinar: Tax Benefits from Multifamily Real Estate Syndication

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In our latest Webinar, we shared insights on the tax advantages produced by investing in Multifamily properties. The key takeaways are below.


A dreaded tax season just finished after the delay by the federal government. If you are a passive investor in real estate, you received your K-1 and realize the paper loss created by real estate provides lucrative tax benefits.


A key addition to the core benefits of multifamily investing, capital preservation, and cash flow are the tax benefits that relate to investing in real estate. The key tax benefits that investors value most are deductions. The most common deductions are as follows:


  • Accelerated Depreciation
  • Property Tax
  • Operating Expenses
  • Mortgage Interest
  • Repairs

More Insights

An equity investor through syndication is typically considered a passive investor or limited partner in the partnership. Therefore, the investment is allowed to share in the above deductions based on their proportional ownership interest in the investment partnership.

During the K1 season, real estate companies like Yankee Capital Partners issue K-1 for tax reporting purposes. This does not reflect the overall well-being of the investment. You’ll often receive a paper or passive loss that can offset passive gains in other areas of your portfolio.

An important question we often get is why real estate investors attain so many great tax benefits. The biggest reason is that the government wants us to invest and accelerate the economy.  In turn, the government has paved the way to create tax loopholes for active and passive investors to benefit themselves. These benefits go to entrepreneurs, founders of these entrepreneurs, and real estate investors. The government offers tax incentives in the form of tax deductions to promote their pursuits, thereby stimulating the economy.

The key difference for real estate investors is the gift of Depreciation, which is unique to real estate since it’s an extra write-off. The benefit of depreciation may look odd since it’s common for a cash-flowing property to look like it’s losing money. However, because of depreciation or paper loss, your property generates real income that you take to the bank without paying any taxes on it! The government provides this overall benefit to real estate investors since it needs them to keep building and managing (rental) commercial properties around the country.




Depreciation is an accounting method of allocating a tangible asset’s cost over its useful life and accounting for declines in value. A common form of depreciation is straight-line depreciation. This allows for equal amounts of depreciation each year. The annual deduction is divided by its useful life, which the IRS considers 27.5 years for Multifamily real estate. This is different from office, retail, and industrial, which have a useful life of 39 years.


So, the annual depreciation on a commercial real estate asset worth $1,000,000 is $1,000,000 / 27.5 years = $36,363,64 per year. This does not include the land value


As one of the tax benefits of commercial real estate syndications, the depreciation amount is such that a passive investor won’t pay taxes on their monthly, quarterly, or annual distributions during the hold period. They will, however, have to pay taxes on the sales proceeds.


Depreciation often accelerates on large commercial assets through cost segregation study.


Cost Segregation (Bonus/Accelerated Depreciation)


Cost segregation is a strategic tax planning tool that allows companies and individuals who have constructed, purchased, expanded, or remodeled any kind of real estate to increase cash flow by accelerating depreciation deductions and deferring income taxes. A cost segregation study performed by a cost segregation engineering firm dissects the construction cost or purchase price of the property that would otherwise be depreciated over 27.5 years, the useful life of a residential building. A cost segregation study’s primary goal is to identify all property-related costs that can be depreciated over 5, 7, and 15 years. As a result, we’ll see significant deductions, which can result in a sizable “paper loss” in the early years of owning the asset.


  • Bonus Depreciation: One of the major changes with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the bonus depreciation provision, where businesses can take 100% bonus depreciation on a qualified property purchased after September 27th, 2017.
  • Accelerated Depreciation: Accelerated depreciation is any method of depreciation used for accounting or income tax purposes that allows greater deductions in the earlier years of an asset’s life.


Capital Gains


When you sell the asset, and the partnership ends, passive investors receive the initial equity and profits. Thus, the IRS classifies the profit portion as a long-term capital gain.


Under the new 2018 tax law, the capital gains tax bracket breakdown is as follows:


Taxable income (individual or joint)


  • $0 to $77,220: 0% capital gains tax
  • $77,221 to $479,000: 15% capital gains tax
  • More than $479,000: 20% capital gains tax


Cash-Out Refinance


It’s common for value-add syndicators to optimize a property’s value (i.e., an apartment) over ~2 years once renovations are completed (higher rents are achieved), go to the bank, and refinance the property since the value most likely increased and pull equity out. There is no taxable event when you return a part of an investor’s equity.


1031 Exchanges


A 1031 exchange allows one to swap like-kind properties and defer the capital gains tax on the first property’s sale. Most syndications are not set up to take in a 1031 exchange from an investor’s personal property. However, you could do a 1031 exchange from one syndication deal to another syndication deal. This can take place under the same sponsor if that type of opportunity presents itself down the road. Most syndicators will try to make this happen because deferring your investment gains many years into the future is highly beneficial to investors.


Self-Directed IRAs


A growing number of retirement savers are becoming aware that they can choose investments other than the traditional offerings of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and CDs within an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Self-Directed IRAs offering non-traditional investments had increased in popularity in recent years and are somewhat more accessible for investors compared to 1974, when the IRA was first introduced. These Self-Directed IRAs allow you to invest in real estate, precious metals, notes, tax lien certificates, private placements, and many more investment options.


Investing in real estate through a Self-Directed IRA can be a great way to diversify your retirement account. Traditional and Roth IRAs can change to Self-Directed IRAs, where the individual has more control over what to do with the cash and still has the tax-deferred benefits that an IRA offers. 401(k) plans work a little differently; if the individual is still working for the company that sponsors the 401(k) plan, he or she can’t move the money around. If it’s an old 401(k), a rollover is completely possible. That’s what I did for my first two multifamily investments, having rolled over a traditional IRA to a Self-Directed IRA. The process was fairly easy and straightforward. It allowed me the opportunity to begin investing in multifamily syndication deals as a limited partner.



Commercial real estate syndications are highly tax-efficient investment vehicles. The IRS has provided ways to keep more profits in your pocket. These ways can also defer paying the taxes for some time in the future. The ways provided by the IRS applies to:

  • Standard property tax
  • Loan interest
  • Accelerated depreciation opportunities
  • Refinance
  • Potential 1031 exchanges, and
  • Qualified plans.


As a person involved in real estate syndications, these are brief summaries and not recommendations or advice. Consult a tax professional regarding your investment situation to learn more about these strategies and how they apply.


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