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Seven ways 1031 Exchange Can Help The Economy

1031 Exchange transactions can help business owners leverage valuable cash to finance critical growth strategies.

At least once a week I get asked:   What are the benefits of doing a Section 1031 Exchange?  I normally give the usual answer:  Deferral of Taxes resulting in more funds to spend on possible Replacement Properties.

That is the simple one-sentence answer.  But there are really a lot more reasons.

The Federation of Exchange Coordinators (FEA), because of the COVID-19 crisis, prepared these seven points on how Section 1031 helps businesses, and I thought you would find these interesting.

1. LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES STIMULATE BUSINESS GROWTH OF ALL SIZES.

·  Section 1031 is important to the efficient operation and ongoing vitality of thousands of American businesses in a wide range of industries, business structures, and sizes.

·  Small and mid-size business owners and middle-class taxpayers use Section 1031 to transition into facilities and locations that more efficiently meet their needs, instead of being tax-locked into yesterday’s inefficiencies.

·  Section 1031 allows taxpayers to shift into more productive like-kind property, change geographic location, and diversify or consolidate holdings.

2. LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES STIMULATE NEEDED CAPITAL INVESTMENT.

·  As a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, large amounts of retail and office space are expected to become vacant or underused as businesses transition to different operating models.

·  Like-kind exchanges encourage capital investment for the highest and best use of real estate, thus improving communities and increasing the local and state tax base.

3. LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES HELP REPURPOSE AVAILABLE REAL ESTATE.

·  Section 1031 like-kind exchanges are a useful tool in repurposing available retail and office space because they allow capital to efficiently and effectively flow to where it’s most needed.

·  According to a 2015 study by Professors David Ling & Milena Petrova, Section 1031 like-kind exchanges give businesses and entrepreneurs more incentive and ability to make real estate and capital investments.

·  Taxpayers engaged in like-kind exchanges invested 33% more capital in replacement property than non- exchanging buyers.

·  The Ling & Petrova study found that without the Section 1031 tax incentive, many transactions would be delayed or abandoned and real estate values would erode.

4. LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES CREATE JOBS.

· Like-kind exchanges generate jobs and taxable revenue for unrelated businesses upstream and downstream from the exchange transaction, such as real estate agents, title and property insurers, escrow/settlement agents, lenders, appraisers, surveyors, attorneys, inspectors, contractors, building supply vendors and more.

5. LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES HELP FAMILY FARMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

·  Farmers and ranchers use Section 1031 to relocate, consolidate, or improve their operations without diminishing cash flow.

·  Retiring farmers are able to exchange their most valuable asset, their farm or ranch, for other real estate without diminishing the value of their life savings.

·  Like-kind exchanges are used in conservation easements to improve water quality, reduce soil erosion, maintain wetlands, and sustain critical wildlife habitat.

·  These exchanges enable landowners to acquire replacement farm or ranchland in less environmentally sensitive areas.

6. TAXES ARE DEFERRED, NOT ELIMINATED.

·  A common myth of Section 1031 is that taxes are eliminated. However, the truth is at some point the tax is paid.

·  The Ling & Petrova study found that the overwhelming majority (88%) of properties acquired through an exchange are later sold in a taxable transaction, at which time the tax is paid.

·  The remaining 12% includes ALL non-taxable transfers such as subsequent exchange, foreclosure, eminent domain, partition or other court-ordered transfer, divorce, partnership dissolution, gift, and death.

·  One-third of all exchanges pay some tax during the year of the exchange because some taxable boot is received.

7. ELIMINATING LIKE-KIND EXCHANGES WOULD HURT CASH-STRAPPED BUSINESSES.

·  Eliminating or limiting like-kind exchanges in the best of times would have a negative impact, increasing the cost of capital, slowing the rate of investment, increasing asset holding periods, and reducing real estate transactional activity.

·  In the face of the current pandemic, recession, and economic upheaval, the contractionary impact on American business and the U.S. economy would be even more severe.


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