1031 reinvestment plans, explained

From First Tuesday:

The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §1031 reinvestment plan, also called a §1031 transaction or exchange, allows an owner to sell business-use or investment real estate and use the sales proceeds to purchase replacement business-use or investment real estate, called like-kind properties, without a tax on the profit. The reinvestment transfers the cost basis –– the original cost incurred to purchase and improve the property less deductions for depreciation and destruction –– remaining in the property sold to the replacement property purchased. This is an accounting matter of concern only to the investor and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). [See first tuesday Form 171 and 354]
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