Like-Kind Exchange: Definition, Example, Pros & Cons
Definition of 'Like-Kind Exchange: Definition, Example, Pros & Cons'
Here is a step-by-step guide to like-kind exchanges:
1. Identify the property you want to sell.
2. Find a qualified replacement property.
3. Sign a written exchange agreement with the seller of the replacement property.
4. Close the sale of your property.
5. Close the purchase of the replacement property.
6. File Form 8824 with your taxes.
If you meet all of the requirements, you will not have to pay capital gains taxes on the sale of your property. However, you will still have to pay taxes on any depreciation recapture that has accrued on the property.
Here are some of the pros and cons of like-kind exchanges:
* You can defer capital gains taxes on the sale of your property.
* You can use the proceeds from the sale of your property to purchase a larger or more expensive property.
* You can diversify your investment portfolio by investing in different types of properties.
* The exchange must be completed within 180 days of the sale of the first property.
* The properties must be of equal or greater value.
* There are a number of rules and regulations that you must follow in order to qualify for the exchange.
If you are considering a like-kind exchange, it is important to speak with a qualified tax advisor to make sure that you understand all of the rules and regulations.
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