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What is a section 1031 exchange?

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2024 | Real Estate |

In business, savings on taxes is desirable. Commercial real estate investors are as keen to save money as any other business people. A common way to do this is a Section 1031 exchange.

Anyone involved in commercial properties should be aware of this tactic, how it works and what its benefits are.

What is a Section 1031 Exchange?

A Section 1031 exchange, allows investors to swap one investment property for another without triggering immediate tax liabilities. The key principle behind this exchange is the notion of “like-kind” properties. The properties involved must be of a similar nature or character.

How does it work?

The process of a Section 1031 exchange involves several steps. First, the investor sells their current investment property and then identifies a replacement property. Upon selling the first property, the individual must specify the replacement property within 45 days. The buyer must then complete the purchase of the replacement property within 180 days from the sale of the original.

What are the benefits?

The primary benefit of a Section 1031 exchange is the ability to defer capital gains taxes. Investors can effectively postpone paying taxes on the gains from the sale of their original property.

Additionally, a Section 1031 exchange offers investors the opportunity to diversify their holdings or upgrade to properties with higher potential returns without incurring immediate tax consequences.

The advantages of a Section 1031 exchange make it well worth considering for commercial real estate investors who want to maximize profits and diversify their assets.