Many investors have asked what exactly is a 1031 exchange, what are the guidelines and timelines, and can you legally defer your capital gains taxes? I thought it would be beneficial to answer some of your most common questions in this article.
What is a §1031 Exchange?A §l031 Exchange is a transaction in which a taxpayer is allowed to exchange one investment property for another by deferring the tax consequence of a sale. The transaction is authorized by §1031 of the IRS Code.
The IRS Code actually reads: "No gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment, if such property is exchanged solely for property of like kind, which is to be held either for productive use in a trade or business or for investment."