Converting Tax Deferral into Permanent Tax Savings
Converting Tax Deferral into Permanent Tax Savings: There are two scenarios that will allow a taxpayer to convert the benefits of tax deferral achieved through 1031 exchange into tax savings.
Scenario 1: Conversion of replacement property to a primary residence
Under this scenario, the taxpayer acquires a residential rental property as replacement property in his or her 1031 exchange and holds the property with the necessary investment intent. Eventually, the taxpayer converts the rental property to his or her primary residence. If the taxpayer has owned the property for a five-year period after acquiring it in the exchange and used it as its primary residence for two of those years, the taxpayer may sell it and receive the benefit of the primary residence tax exemption under IRS Code Section 121. Currently, Section 121 allows a tax exemption of $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for a married couple.
Scenario 2: Estate Planning
Through properly structured estate planning, at the time of the taxpayer’s death his or her heirs may receive property owned in the estate tax-free. Inheritance tax laws at the time of death will determine the value threshold for each beneficiary. Essentially, all deferred tax associated with the inherited property is permanently eliminated upon the transfer to the heir.
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