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tombo77
Level 1

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

I purchased a large storage building for my business that was built on my property. In trying to list it as an asset, there is no category for this type of asset. When choosing add an asset, the only categories to choose from are : 1- computer, video, photo and telephone equipment,  2-  tools machinery equipment and furniture, 3- Real estate property,  and 4-Intangibles, other property. None of these categories seem to work for a storage building. The building is too large to be moved and was built on site. I did run electric to it. It does not have a foundation as in typical building construction but is meant to be more or less a permanent structure. 

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DaveF1006
Employee Tax Expert

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

I would treat this as a property that does not have a class life and has not been designated by law as being in any other class as a 7-yr property.

  1. Go to the assets section in your Schedule C.  Go through the questions 
  2. When it asks "describe this asset" check  Intangibles, Other property
  3. Tell us a little more Other Asset Type
  4. Tell Us About This Asset / Large Purchase  fill in the blanks
  5. Next screen is where you can indicate this is a new purchase and that you used it 100% for business. Record the date you started using it for your business
  6. Here you will enter this as a 7-yr property.  I have checked IRS sources to see if a storage shed is listed with its own depreciation schedule and recovery period.  It is not.  If you select the asset class link, it will instruct you to use the 7-yr class life for any property that does not have a class life and has not been designated by law as being in any other class. 
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DaveF1006
Employee Tax Expert

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

I would treat this as a property that does not have a class life and has not been designated by law as being in any other class as a 7-yr property.

  1. Go to the assets section in your Schedule C.  Go through the questions 
  2. When it asks "describe this asset" check  Intangibles, Other property
  3. Tell us a little more Other Asset Type
  4. Tell Us About This Asset / Large Purchase  fill in the blanks
  5. Next screen is where you can indicate this is a new purchase and that you used it 100% for business. Record the date you started using it for your business
  6. Here you will enter this as a 7-yr property.  I have checked IRS sources to see if a storage shed is listed with its own depreciation schedule and recovery period.  It is not.  If you select the asset class link, it will instruct you to use the 7-yr class life for any property that does not have a class life and has not been designated by law as being in any other class. 
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Carl
Level 15

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

A storage building is real estate property. Yes, it's that simple. As a business asset it's cost will be depreciated over 39 years.

tombo77
Level 1

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

Thanks for your reply just wanted to ask if its possible to take the section 179 deduction for this?

fsproull
New Member

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

I HAVE A LARGE SHED WITH A CONCRETE BASE AND HAS A CAR LIFT AND MANY TOOL BOXES ET TO WORK ON CARS AND ALSO TO STORE MY BUSINESS EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS IN

WHAT ASSET CLASS DO i USE - ALSO IF I MAKE IMPROVEMENTS SUCH AS A SECURITY SYSTEM AND ALARMS HOW WOULD THAT CLASSIFY  

 

SO CONFUSED AS TO WHAT TO DO

Vanessa A
Employee Tax Expert

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

Large shed as in a pole building? A non residential building is depreciated over 39 years.  Since this is the building you are working in, it sounds like it is more than JUST a shed. This means you would enter it as an asset that is a building.

 

As for security cameras and alarms, those things would be expensed. Those are not improvements.  Improvements would increase the life of the building, like a roof or deck. 

57Mejia
New Member

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

Thank you for answering that question. Sound like its is a building being that it has a concrete slab foundation. The question for me is how do I categorize it? No residential real property? or Land improvement or other??

Thank you for you help!

DaveF1006
Employee Tax Expert

Storage Buildings and listing them as an asset

If it is a building used strictly for business you will classify it as a non-residential building depreciated over 39 years. If it is a storage shed built for personal purposes at your primary residence, it is added to the basis of your residential property, which comes into play whenever you sell your house to lessen capital gains.

 

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