What Are the Steps in a 1031 Exchange?

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As a real estate investor, you need to learn about the different transactions and alternative options for you to preserve the properties and earnings that you have worked hard to accumulate. In the case of a 1031 exchange in the state of Idaho, you have the chance to defer tax payments after you have made a sale of a property and then reinvested the proceeds to a “like-kind” property.

This is provided for in Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Over the years, this has become known as a 1031 exchange and has become a good way to reinvest real estate earnings without paying taxes.

What Constitutes a Legal Exchange?

The most common real estate exchange happens when a taxpayer sells a business or property and acquires a replacement property of equal or greater value. This must be completed within the 180-day prescribed period. Otherwise, the taxpayer will be required to pay full taxes.

Business owners usually seek intermediary companies to assist them when completing a 1031 tax-deferred exchange. Qualified intermediaries are first oriented with everything that is related to the property exchange so that they can keep a strict tab on the prescribed period. These specialists have intimate knowledge and understanding of the regulations that allow them to focus on facilitating a smooth exchange of real estate through 1031.

The exchange process has three simple steps.

Step #1: Sale of the Renounced Property

Before the sale can come through, you need to secure and submit all the required documents. You can do this with the help of experts on the matter. Some investors hire intermediaries to handle the documentation and proceeds of their sale.

Step #2: Identification of the Replacement

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You should be able to identify the property to be purchased as the “Replacement Property” within 45 days after the sale of your relinquished property has been completed. You may identify three properties as potential replacements under the alternate rules of identification.

Step #3: Purchase of the Replacement

You must be able to complete the purchase of the replacement property within 180 days after the completion of the sale of the relinquished property to ensure a valid and successful 1031 exchange. Investors who hire the services of an intermediary will process all the required documents and pay for the replacement property to close the deal.

For an exchange transaction to be successful, there should be strict adherence to Section 1031 of the IRC. The Internal Revenue Service will look into the investment intent, the periods involved in the completion of the sale, the like-kind properties to be exchanged, ownership, property values and exchange values.

There are other kinds of exchanges in real estate that investors and taxpayers need to know when exploring their options in real estate and development. Some of the most common are reverse exchanges, personal property exchange and improvement changes, among others. If you are still confused about the specifics of each exchange, you should consult with experts to avoid making hasty and risky decisions.

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