Perhaps you have heard the term 1031 or like-kind exchange, or maybe you have already gone through the process before. Either way, before you jump into your next exchange, make sure that you know how to do it and what the potential tax consequences are without a 1031 exchange.
When it comes to rental real estate, 1031 exchanges are a great tax deferral tool. A 1031 exchange allows you to essentially “trade up” one property for another. The value of the property and the gain that you would have paid taxes on the sale are reassigned to the replacement property and may be deferred until the replacement property is sold. However, the strategy is only effective if done the right way, and unfortunately that oftentimes does not happen. Let’s take a look at some of the rules.