Capital Gain Tax Information
Under normal circumstances, when you sell a property you have to pay tax
on the gain. Gain is caused by taking depreciation deductions for tax
purposes or by the property appreciating in value during its ownership.
A Section 1031 tax deferred exchange, named for the Internal Revenue Code
Section it refers to (also known as a Starker Exchange, Tax Free Exchange,
or Like-Kind exchange), allows an exception to the real estate capital
gains tax. When you sell your business or investment real estate, replace
it with a different business or investment property, and complete a 1031
exchange, you can defer payment of the capital gains tax normally required
on these sales. You can also avoid capital gains tax on rental property
capital gains tax.
If your plans include using the money from the sale of a business or
investment property to buy more of the same, a 1031 real estate exchange
provides greater proceeds for your next investment-more than you could
gain through the re-investment of after-tax proceeds.
Understanding the Capital Gains Tax Rule and Avoiding the Capital Gains Tax
All relinquished (old) and replacement (new) property must be vacant land,
rental property or property used for trade, business or investment. The
property must be held for at least a year and a day to qualify for a 1031
Exchange. If the properties meet these requirements, you may exchange any
real estate for any other type of real estate.
- You cannot have actual or constructive control of any of the
proceeds received from the sale of the old property. By law, all money
is held by a Qualified Intermediary (also referred to as an
Accommodator or Facilitator). You cannot have an associate or
employee, your attorney, broker or CPA hold the proceeds, nor can you
leave the proceeds in escrow until the second property is purchased.
- You have 45 days from the date of closing on the old property to
identify a list of properties, from which you will purchase the new
- From the date of closing, you have 180 days to close on one or more
of the properties from your 45-day list.
- The titleholder on the old property must be the same titleholder on
the new property.
- You must reinvest all cash proceeds from the sale, and purchase a
new property or properties of equal or greater value, in order to
avoid taxation on the gains.
- A 1031 and the Capital Gain tax rule is not a tax loophole. It is a
section of the Internal Revenue Code, written by Congress, to allow anyone
who meets all the requirements to sell their property and defer paying
taxes on the gain.
1031 Reverse Exchange
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