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What is a 1031 exchange?

A 1031 exchange, derived from Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, serves as a tax-deferral strategy in real estate. This approach can prove highly advantageous for commercial real estate investors in New Jersey, enabling them to defer capital gains taxes and optimize their investment portfolios.

How does a 1031 exchange work?

To start a 1031 exchange, you must first sell your current property. The proceeds from this sale must go to a qualified intermediary, not directly to you. This intermediary holds the funds until you buy a new property, and you have 45 days from the sale of your property to identify potential replacement properties. You have 180 days to complete the purchase.

What properties qualify?

Not all properties qualify for a 1031 exchange due to several factors. The properties must be like-kind, meaning they must be of the same nature or character, even if they differ in grade or quality. For commercial real estate, this typically means trading one commercial property for another.

Benefits of a 1031 exchange

A 1031 exchange offers several tangible benefits for a wide range of goals and purposes. It allows you to defer capital gains taxes, freeing up more capital for investment. This can help you expand your portfolio and increase your potential returns. It also provides an opportunity to upgrade to a property that better suits your needs or investment goals.

Considerations to keep in mind

While a 1031 exchange can be beneficial, it’s important to follow the rules carefully. Missing deadlines or not using a qualified intermediary can disqualify the exchange and result in a large tax bill. It’s advisable to consult with professionals who have experience with 1031 exchanges to ensure compliance.