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What are the Benefits of a 1031 Exchange?

Updated: Aug 31

The path to profitable real estate investing isn’t always easy to navigate. A strategy that involves a 1031 exchange is a good example. Thanks to complex IRS rules, 1031 exchanges undoubtedly have a mysterious side to them.

However, there are numerous advantages to this type of investment, and they are substantial enough that it’s worth becoming familiar with them. After all, it’s with very good reason that we call 1031 exchange investments “The Last Great Tax Shelter.”

In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of a 1031 tax-deferred exchange.

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The 1031 Exchange Advantages

While there are numerous rules for proper execution, let’s focus on why 1031 investments work in your favor. Here’s a summary of the 1031 exchange advantages:

1. Tax Deferral

With a 1031 exchange, you defer paying capital gains taxes on the relinquished property, allowing you to maximize your investment amount and increase your potential return.

2. Flexibility

While capital gains taxes may be due in the future when you eventually sell without doing another 1031 exchange, you can choose the most beneficial time for cashing in, such as during retirement when you may have lower income and a potentially lower tax bracket.

3. Diverse Investment Opportunities

1031 exchanges offer flexibility in the types of real property you can invest in. For instance, Precision Global Corporation identifies promising opportunities in assisted living and memory care facilities, enabling you to choose investments with the highest potential.

4. Tax Benefits

By deferring taxes, you keep your equity working for you instead of paying a significant portion in taxes. If you're selling a property that has appreciated by $100,000, you're in a 20% tax bracket.

If you pay $20,000 in immediate capital gains taxes, your subsequent investment will be reduced to $80,000. However, a 1031 exchange allows you to invest the full $100,000.

5. Depreciation Resetting

As a property owner, you can benefit from depreciation deductions that allow you to offset the wear and tear of your investment property over 27.5 years. This depreciation reduces your taxable income, potentially lowering the amount of income taxes you owe.

Capital gains taxes and accumulated depreciation recapture when selling an investment property can be substantial. However, executing a 1031 deferred exchange can defer these taxes. Your CPA may choose to reset the depreciable amount of your new investment property, increasing your tax benefits.

6. Access to New Markets and Diversification

Looking for growth opportunities in diverse markets? With like-kind exchanges, you're not limited by state boundaries, allowing you to tap into real estate's advantage of risk diversification.

A 1031 exchange enables passive investors to transition from managing a single property to diversifying their investments across multiple passive opportunities. This spreads risk across different markets and frees up time that would have been spent on property maintenance.

7. Upgrading to Higher-Value Properties

Upgrade your investment property/portfolio with a 1031 exchange for higher returns and better alignment with your goals. No taxes on the new investment until you sell (unless another exchange).

One customer doubled the cash flow by trading commercial property for a portfolio of rental homes. Savvy investors leverage 1031 exchanges for greater long-term returns in affordable states with better cash flow.

8. Increased Cash Flow and Income

A 1031 tax-deferred exchange can increase cash flow and overall income. For instance, exchanging a vacant land parcel, which generates no cash flow or depreciation benefits, for a commercial building that does, can significantly enhance your financial returns.

9. Estate Planning Benefits

Instead of selling property, paying significant taxes, and passing on the remaining funds to your heirs, consider a 1031 Exchange. If you hold investment property and pass away, your heirs receive a stepped-up basis, eliminating built-in gains.

This means the property's value at death passes to your heirs through the estate. If they sell it at the same value, there would be no capital gains tax, allowing them to use the profits as they wish.

10. Relief from Property Management

Investors owning multiple rental properties often encounter challenges with management and maintenance, resulting in increased stress and expenses. By exchanging high-maintenance rental properties for apartment buildings, investors can maximize profits while reducing the time and effort required for property management.

11. Enhanced Purchasing Power

There is no restriction on the number of times an investor can utilize a 1031 exchange, allowing them to defer capital gains taxes repeatedly. By avoiding tax payments, investors can leverage this capital to enhance their purchasing power for larger and newer properties.

12. Relocation Flexibility

Investors and businesses can utilize a 1031 exchange to relocate their investments for various reasons, such as retiring to a different state, job relocation, accessing more favorable markets or lower local taxes, and taking advantage of local business incentives.

13. Tax-Free Asset Transfer to Beneficiaries

One notable advantage of the 1031 exchange is that if an investor holds onto the replacement property for an extended period and passes away, the deferred tax is eliminated when the property and profits are transferred to beneficiaries. This makes the strategy an excellent tool for building multigenerational wealth.

14. Equity Building Over Time

As previously mentioned, there are no restrictions on the number of 1031 exchanges you can perform. This allows you to begin with a small investment and progressively upgrade until you build a thriving real estate empire.

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The Role of Qualified Intermediaries

Section 1031 states that proceeds from the sale of a property must be transferred to a qualified intermediary instead of the seller.

The qualified intermediary acts as a facilitator, holding the funds until they can be transferred to the seller of the replacement property. The qualified intermediary has no other formal relationship with the parties involved in the exchange.

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Optimize Your Portfolio - Leverage the Benefits of 1031 Exchange

A 1031 Exchange allows investors to maximize gains from their investments and defer taxes on capital gains until the sale of the replacement property.

At Precision Global Corporation, we recognize the benefits of fully optimizing your portfolio. If you are interested in 1031 exchange opportunities to help you achieve this, leveraging expertise is recommended because of the tangle of IRS rules.

We understand the rules and are eager to partner with you. Contact us today to learn more.

Professional Disclaimer:

Please note that Precision Global Corporation (PGC) is not a certified public accountant (CPA) firm, and the information provided in this article should not be considered professional tax advice. Content provided by PGC is for general informational purposes only.

Tax regulations vary by location and can change over time. It is recommended to consult with a qualified CPA or tax advisor who is knowledgeable about the specific tax laws applicable to your situation. They can provide personalized guidance tailored to your circumstances.

Precision Global Corporation does not accept liability for any actions taken based on the information presented in this article. For accurate and personalized tax advice, please consult a local CPA or tax professional.


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