What is a 1031 Exchange?
IRC Section 1031, a properly structured 1031 exchange allows an investor to sell an investment property, to reinvest the proceeds in a new investment property, and to defer all capital gain taxes.
IRC Section 1031 (a)(1) states:
“No gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of real property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment, if such real property is exchanged solely for real property of like-kind which is to be held either for productive use in a trade or business or for investment.”
Deferring taxes with a 1031 exchange can be profitable, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Reasons to Exchange
There are several reasons to exchange, such as:
- Defer Taxes: Federal, State & Depreciation Recapture
- Diversify or Consolidate a Real Estate Portfolio
- Increase Cash Flow
- Switch Property Types (Land, Industrial, Multi-Family, Office, Retail, Residential, Easements)
- Get Into Other Real Estate Markets (Exchange anywhere within the U.S. & Territories)
- Build & Preserve Wealth Set up Heirs for the Future (Estate Planning: Stepped Up Basis)
- Increase Purchasing Power
What are the Features of a 1031 Exchange?
- 180 Day Timeline
- The replacement property must be declared and acquired within 180 days of selling original property
- 45-day identification period:
- With a 1031 exchange, you MUST identify potential replacement property within 45 days
- Must use a Qualified Intermediary (QI)
- To qualify for a 1031 Exchange, you must use a qualified intermediary (QI)
- Requires purchase of “like-kind” replacement property:
- The property that is purchased to replace the relinquished property MUST be like-kind property
What are the Dos and Don'ts of 1031 Exchanges?
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