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What Are Tax Deferred Strategies?

What Are Tax Deferred Strategies?

December 04, 2022
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Tax deferral is the process of delaying paying income tax or capital gains taxes. Companies and individual taxpayers can postpone paying income taxes by generating less yearly money. Individuals can lower their taxable income by making pre-tax contributions to a qualified retirement plan or annuity premium or through tax-deferred retirement plans and annuities.

Before withdrawing or receiving income payments, taxpayers are not required to pay taxes on contributions and earnings. This can be a fantastic approach to lessen your total tax burden, but it's essential to understand the repercussions before taking action.

Tax Deferred Strategies in Real Estate Transactions

Tax deferred strategies will only excite you if you anticipate a substantial income tax obligation from selling real estate for investment, rental, or business purposes. Investors frequently refrain from selling their investment or rental property because they wish to defer taxes or avoid incurring and paying taxes on long-term capital gains.

You can avoid paying federal tax immediately by using tax-deferred accounts strategies. Stemming from this, you would be required to pay it each time you requested a withdrawal from a 401(k), IRA, or annuity. Additionally, delaying taxes allows you to gain interest on the amount you would have paid in taxes. Savings for retirement increase more quickly than annually taxed gains. The more the taxes are postponed, particularly during retirement and especially if you're in a lower tax bracket, the better.

The Benefits of Tax Deferred Investments

The primary advantage of tax deferred investments is the potential to save a significant amount of money on taxes. Delaying taxes can enable you to keep more of your earnings if you are in a high tax bracket. If you anticipate being in a lower tax bracket during your retirement, delaying tax payments can also help you save some money over time.

No doubt, there are some downsides to keep in mind. One of the most significant is that you may pay more taxes if tax rates go up. You may also be charged penalties and fees if you need to withdraw your money before retiring. In light of this, it's crucial to consider all the options before making a decision, just like any financial one.

If you are a commercial property owner or real estate investor thinking about selling your investment property, you should be familiar with the 1031 Exchange process. It's one of the best strategies to postpone capital gains taxes from the sale. Selling a property, piece of land, or other real estate used for commercial purposes is a big move for any person.

Even though the tax ramifications of selling a significant amount of assets may seem overwhelming, knowing how Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 works can help you save money while growing your business, provided you reinvest your interest income wisely.

How Does This Work for the 1031 Exchange?

Other terms for the 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange strategy include Deferred Exchange, Delayed Exchange, Like-Kind Exchange, and forward exchanges- most often referred to as 1031 Exchange. You can buy or reinvest in leased, investment, or business-use property (replaced property) that is more profitable, productive, or of higher quality by selling your rental, investment, or business-use property (relinquished property).

You can postpone paying your federal and, in most cases, depreciation recapture income and state capital gains taxes by choosing a 1031 Exchange. It enables you to omit the delayed gain from the calculation of the Medicare Surcharge (Obamacare tax) computation. In other words, it keeps all of your net proceeds (equity) invested and working for you, allowing you to accumulate wealth far more quickly than you would have otherwise.

Full or Partial 1031 Exchanged Strategy for Tax Deferral

To be able to defer 100% of the federal and, in most circumstances, depreciation recapture tax and state capital gain liabilities resulting from the sale of the investment property, you must fulfill specific reinvestment conditions. Typically, to preserve all of your taxable gains, you must:

  • Purchase one or more replacement properties with a combined purchase price that is the same as or higher than the net sale price of the property you sold (based on its net sales price and not on your equity, gain, or profit)

  • Reinvest all of the net revenues or cash (equity) from the sale of the given property.

  • Replace the old debt amount paid off by the relinquished property sale with either out-of-pocket cash or new debt.

  • Not remove any funds without recognizing all or part of the depreciation recapture and capital gain tax liabilities. Pertaining to this, you can always add more money to the 1031 Exchange transaction. For instance, even the initial cash investment of $50,000 must be reinvested in similar investment property if you purchased a property with a cash down payment of $50,000 and are now selling it as part of a 1031 Exchange transaction. This is required to postpone all your depreciation recapture income and capital gains tax liabilities.

The only method to withdraw money from your property without risking capital gains and depreciation recapture tax liability is to refinance it. You would have to do this either well before the start of the 1031 Exchange process or after you have completed your 1031 Exchange by purchasing all of the like-kind replacement properties.

Intentionally deferring only a percentage of your capital gains or depreciation recapture liability is also possible with the 1031 Exchange. This tactic is typically employed when you have additional tax losses that you could apply to partially offset your capital gains and depreciation recapture tax liabilities.

These tax liabilities will partially be recognized if you trade down in value or withdraw money from your 1031 Exchange. Mortgage boot or Cash Boot is the portion of the transaction that is not eligible for like-kind replacement property and generates recognition of your capital gains and the depreciation recapture income tax.

When Should You Set Up Your 1031 Exchange?

You must initiate your 1031 Exchange before transferring the surrendered property ("old investment property"). Many investors need help understanding this concept despite how simple it may appear. Many consumers mistakenly believe that a 1031 exchange entails opening a specific account after selling their previous real estate. In relation to this, an "exchange" should be established to be eligible for tax benefits under Internal Revenue Code section 1031.

The taxpayer must engage in an Exchange Agreement with a QI (Qualified Intermediary). That entity must be assigned to the previous investment property's sale contract before it is transferred to create an exchange using that QI. The QI agrees to purchase the old investment/rental property from the taxpayer through the set Exchange Agreement, transferring the property to the purchaser through the sale contract it has been assigned into.

Working With a Qualified Intermediary (Accommodator or Facilitator)

The key element of a 1031 Exchange is a qualified intermediary, also known as an exchange accommodator or a 1031 exchange facilitator, who you should engage with immediately. You choose the qualified intermediary you prefer. To correctly organize the 1031 Exchange, your QI must create the 1031 Exchange agreement and associated paperwork.

In your Purchase and Sale Agreement or any related transactional documents (such as the Escrow Instructions), you must designate your QI for the sale of each relinquished property and the acquisition of every like-kind replacement property. Your 1031 Exchange funds will be held and protected by the QI during the 1031 Exchange process.

You should consider the advice presented later in this article to help you thoroughly examine and select a qualified intermediary because of their crucial role and responsibilities during your 1031 Exchange transaction.

1031 Exchange Structures

The most typical 1031 Exchange arrangement is a forward exchange, sometimes known as a delayed exchange, in which you first sell your eligible property that has been relinquished and then buy your like-kind replacement property, either immediately after or at a later time. "Simultaneous or Concurrent 1031 Exchange" refers to closing both transactions on the same day. The term "delayed 1031 Exchange" refers to finalizing the sale deal first and the acquisition transaction subsequently.

Reverse 1031 Exchanges are the opposite 1031 Exchange structure in which you buy your preferred like-kind replacement property before selling your relinquished property. R Transactions for reverse 1031 exchange transactions are significantly more complicated than those for forward exchanges.

The like-kind replacement property can be upgraded, built, constructed, or remodeled as part of the 1031 Exchange in Forward and Reverse 1031 exchanges. The improvement (construction/build-to-suit) component can be included in both of these types of exchanges.

How Do You Get Started with a 1031 Exchange?

A 1031 exchange might be complicated, so consult a professional 1031 Exchange advisor. Here are the fundamentals of a 1031 exchange and the steps involved, but you can study the regulations and specifics in IRS Publication 544.

Step 1: Identify the investment or rental property you want to sell

Typically, a 1031 exchange is only used for commercial or investment properties. Personal property, such as your vacation home or primary residence, doesn't count.

Step 2: Identify the investment or rental property you want to buy

Both properties involved in the transaction must be "like-kind," which means they must belong to the same type, character, or class as described by the IRS for it to qualify as a 1031 exchange. A few crucial points to know:

  • Like-Kind properties make up the majority of real estate.

  • A U.S. property can only be exchanged for another U.S. property.

  • Foreign property may only be swapped for foreign property.

Step 3: Choose a QI (qualified intermediary)

The central concept behind a 1031 exchange is that there won't be any income to tax if you don't receive proceeds from the transaction. Working with a qualified third party, sometimes known as an exchange facilitator, is one approach to ensure you don't receive money before it's due.

Essentially, they keep the money in escrow for you while the transaction is completed (assuming the property sale and purchase don't co-occur). Choose prudently. You can lose money if they declare bankruptcy or desert you. It's also possible to miss important dates and have to pay taxes sooner rather than later.

Step 4: Decide How Much of Your Sale Proceeds Will Go Toward Your New Property

It's optional to use the entire sale money to purchase another property of a similar type. Generally, the part you reinvest qualifies for a capital gains tax deferral. Therefore, if you decide to keep some profits, you might have to pay capital gains tax immediately also know as Boot in the 1031 world.

Step 5: Keep Track of The Timelines

Two different deadlines apply to every 1031 exchange, even if the general exchange procedure could vary depending on the specific transaction. The business owner has 45 days to identify all potential replacements for selling an asset. After the original asset has been sold, the buyer has up to 180 days (or until the tax filing deadline, whichever comes first) to buy the substitute asset or assets.

Step 6: Be Cautious About Where Your Money is

Remember that the whole point of a 1031 exchange is to avoid paying federal taxes on any revenues you did not obtain from the sale. Based on this, taking possession of the cash/proceeds before the exchange may render the contract invalid and subject your gain to immediate taxation.

Step 7: Tell the Internal Revenue Service About Your Transaction

IRS Form 8824 must most likely be submitted along with your tax returns. In that form, you should outline the properties, offer a timeline, identify the participants, and provide financial information.

Investors make the most of the longer timeframe of a 1033 exchange tax deferral to avoid the pressures that can arise in a 1031 transaction. Investors need to take a proactive stand that helps them reinvest their funds in viable replacement properties that support their real estate investment goals.

Important Facts About 1031 Exchanges

Here are some noteworthy guidelines, prerequisites, and specifications for tax-exempt like-kind exchanges:

  • You will still have to pay taxes on property sale-related taxable accounts, but at a later date. A 1031 exchange delays capital gains tax; it does not eliminate it. You will eventually have to pay federal income taxes, so be prepared for that.

  • The properties do not need to be as comparable as you may believe. A parking lot or rental property does not have to be replaced with another one that is exactly like it. Typically, when you exchange one investment property for another, you mean "like-kind" (again, see a qualified 1031 advisor before taking action). For instance, it might be possible to trade undeveloped land for a building for a business and defer income taxes.

  • You cannot employ a relative, lawyer, banker, employee, accountant, or real estate agent as your qualified intermediary/exchange facilitator. The same applies to anyone who has assisted you in those roles in the previous two years. And you can't act as your professional intermediary.

Choose Pivot Professional Partners Today for Advice on Tax Deferred Strategies

It can be challenging to complete a 1031 Exchange process successfully. We are one of the professional 1031 Exchange advisory firms that can guide you through every step of the process for a tax-deferred strategy. To determine whether a 1031 Exchange is a suitable alternative, our client-focused, licensed 1031 Exchange advisors will consult with you. They will then carefully assist you in making the 1031 Exchange property selections that best meet your preferences and financial capabilities. Pivot Professional Partners' manage the 1031 and 1033 exchange cases. With our team’s assistance and the tax exchange solutions they recommend, property owners can retain a portion of their settlement monies while deferring taxes. You can schedule a consultation with the Pivot Professional Partners’ through this Contact Us form to plan the right strategy. If you prefer to discuss your requirements regarding the exchange process over the phone, feel free to speak with us at (631) 275-1444 ***While this is a tax strategy, we are not tax professionals and cannot give tax advice.***

While a 1031 is considered a tax strategy, we are not tax advisors, and you should consult your tax professional before investing.