A big question we see in the tax realm is: “When can I start depreciating my building?” Conventional wisdom says to start depreciating your retail property once it is open for business. However, a recent court ruling sheds new light on the issue. In this article, we examine the meaning behind the term “placed in service” and analyze the tax court case Stine LLC v. U.S., No. 2:2013cv03224, Jan. 27, 2015 (W.D. La.). In the case, the IRS ruled that a taxpayer’s building could not be considered “placed in service,” as its retail properties were not yet in operation. However, the tax court disagreed with the IRS and had their own interpretation on what “placed in service” means. Read further as we examine this case in greater detail, as it provides additional guidance on when a real estate property can start being depreciated.