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How a 1031 Exchange Is a Key to Building Wealth

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jul 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

As any savvy investor knows, deferring taxes is a key part of building wealth. And that's exactly what Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code enables business owners and investors to do.

By completing a 1031 Exchange, the taxpayer can sell an investment property and use all of the equity from the sale to acquire other investment property without having to immediately pay taxes on the capital gains from the property sold.

In other words, a 1031 Exchange helps you accomplish what most investors desire: to buy a new property, build wealth, increase equity, and defer paying capital gains taxes. Of course, the IRS requires that any taxpayer taking advantage of Section 1031 retain the services of an independent Qualified Intermediary (like a trustee) to facilitate the exchange.

A Qualified Intermediary, like Brazos 1031 Exchange Company, provides the critical link between the taxpayer selling the property (the Exchanger) and the party acquiring the replacement property (the Builder). We act as a neutral third party to hold the proceeds from the sale of your property and then disburse those funds to purchase your replacement property according to your instructions. This hands-off approach ensures that you won't run afoul of IRS rules and jeopardize your tax-deferred exchange.

While there are many benefits to deferring taxes through a 1031 Exchange, investors should also be aware of a few key things before embarking on a 1031 Exchange. First, you must identify your replacement property within 45 days of selling your original property and you must close on that replacement property within 180 days of selling the original property.

You'll also need to have a clear understanding of the types of property that are eligible for a 1031 Exchange. The IRS prohibits investors from exchanging properties like personal residences, vacation homes, and undeveloped land. But most other types of investment property, including rental houses, commercial buildings, office space, and warehouses are eligible.

Finally, again, it's important to remember that you can't complete a 1031 Exchange on your own. You must work with a Qualified Intermediary to ensure that your exchange is completed correctly and in compliance with IRS rules.

At Brazos 1031 Exchange Company, we have years of experience helping investors defer taxes through this IRS approved method. If you have questions, we would be happy to answer them and guide you through the process. To speak with one of our Qualified Intermediaries, simply contact us at (888) 508-1901.

About the Author

Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson is the owner of Peterson Law Group. He practices primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estate planning; probate and trust administration; elder law; and business law. Chris is also the owner of Brazos 1031 Exchange Company.

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