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    Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Basics Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Basics Presentation Transcript

    • Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange GuidancePresented by:Andy GelsonVice President & Assistant General CounselRockland Trust Company288 Union StreetRockland, MA 02370781-982-6738
    • Income Tax Basics• Income Tax Laws – “Gain” on the sale or exchange of an asset is taxable income• “Character” matters – there are different types of income – Ordinary income (compensation for services, depreciation recapture) – Capital Gain (short term/long term) – Active/Passive Income• Generally, all income is taxed (“recognized”) unless there is an exception: – to either defer it (such as a 1031 exchange) or – exclude it from income (such as the principal residence exclusion)• Like Kind Exchange is a means to DEFER the tax – Deferral is a postponement, not forgiveness – Basis for determining gain is carried over into the replacement property – Character generally carries over also (recapture) 2
    • History of Exchanges1913 - First income tax1921 – Like kind exchange first included1935 - Mercantile Trust of Baltimore– first use of third party to accommodate an exchange1979 - T. J. Starker case1984 - Adoption of 45/180 day rules in 10311991 – Finalized IRS Regulations for “Deferred Exchanges”2000 – IRS adopts safe-harbor for reverse exchanges 3
    • Like Kind Exchange Elements• The same “taxpayer”• May “exchange”• Both the old and the new property must be held for use in a business or investment (“qualified use”)• The properties must be “like-kind” property• Gain will be recognized only to the extent that property other than like-kind property (i.e. “boot”) is received• Certain property is excluded – Stock and securities – Property held primarily for sale (inventory) – Partnership interests – Choses in action (legal claims, insurance claims) 4
    • Like Kind Exchange – Same TaxpayerThe taxpayer must be the same on BOTH ENDS of the exchange.This seems simple, but consider…•Disregarded Entities – Single member LLC’s – Grantor trusts•Partnerships when one or more partners want out•Trusts that have different TIN but same beneficiaries•Married couples when both are not on the deed•Consider effect of changes in ownership – Before the exchange – After the exchange 5
    • Exchange Element• Not a matter of intent only, the FORM of the transaction is critical• The person with whom the taxpayer does the exchange must – Acquire the old property from the taxpayer – Transfer replacement property to the taxpayer• An exchange can take place in several ways:• Direct swap (e.g. trade-in of a vehicle to dealer)• If a direct swap is not possible, it’s necessary to introduce an “intermediary” in order to create an exchange• The intermediary transfers the old property to a third party and acquires and transfers the new property to the taxpayer 6
    • Qualified UseEligible properties must be used in a business or held for investment• Personal use does not qualify – Principal residence – Vacation home• Effect of Mixed Business-Personal Use – Moore v. Commissioner – Rev. Proc. 2008-16• Effect of Changes in Use• Is there a time period that the properties must be “held”? 7
    • Like-Kind StandardLike-kind refers to the “nature or character” and not its “grade or quality”• Real estate has a VERY BROAD like-kind standard• Raw land like kind to multi-family• Ranch is like-kind to office building• Fee simple interest is like kind to a perpetual easement• Fee simple is like-kind to a 30 year or longer ground lease• Age, condition, occupied or vacant are irrelevant 8
    • 1031 Safe Harbors• Qualified Intermediary Safe harbor• Qualified Escrow or Trust Safe Harbor• Interest and Growth Factor Safe Harbor• Restrictions on Access and Use of Funds (so-called (g) (6) restrictions”) – No actual or constructive receipt 9
    • Qualified Intermediary Safe harbor• QI must not be a “disqualified person”• Taxpayer and QI must enter into an exchange agreement• The old property must be transferred to the QI• The QI must be obligated to transfer the new property to the taxpayer• The taxpayer cannot have actual or constructive receipt of the proceeds until the end of the exchange period• The taxpayer has: – 45 days to identify replacement property ( 3 property or 200% rule) – 180 days to acquire replacement property 10
    • Exchange Funds• Taxpayer’s access to the funds is limited during the exchange period – Can be released at the end of ID period, if no ID – Unused funds can be released at the end of the exchange period – Otherwise can only be used to acquire identified replacement property• Safety and security of funds is the most important concern! 11
    • Exchanges - Handling Closing• Sale proceeds• Earnest Money Deposits• Loan Payoffs• Preparation of Settlement Statement• Receiving funds at closing• Financing replacement property• Paying additional purchase funds 12
    • Reverse Exchanges Rev. Proc. 2000-37• Instead of holding the funds, an intermediary can hold title to the taxpayer’s intended replacement or relinquished property.• Taxpayer and the accommodator (EAT) must enter into a written agreement.• EAT can’t be a disqualified person, but the EAT can also be taxpayer’s QI.• Transfer price is typically fixed by a call option and a put, but the price cannot be fixed for more than 185 days.• Taxpayer and EAT may enter into non arms’ length agreements for loan to acquire the property, management and leasing of the property so that the taxpayer gets the economic benefit of the property.• Taxpayer can’t depreciate the property while accommodator owns it.• Taxpayer has 45 days to ID and 180 days to close, the same as a deferred exchange. 13
    • Like-Kind Exchange BasicsRules of Thumb• RP must be of equal or greater value.• All of the net proceeds from the RQ must be invested in the RP.• Must cover all the debt on RQ with debt on the RP or additional cash (mortgage boot). 14
    • Rev. Proc. 2008-16Safe Harbor for Vacation/Rental Homes• Creates a safe harbor on whether a mixed vacation/rental house is considered “held for investment.”• Before this, there was some doubt as to what standard applied. Was it the “primary” purpose? Did ANY personal use disqualify the property from §1031?• The held for investment requirement applies to both RQ and RP. 15
    • Rev. Proc. 2008-16Basic Requirements • Holding Period: 2 years • Limits on personal use follow IRC §280A. – Effect of safe-harbor will be to limit personal use of these properties during the 2 year period to two weeks or less. – Before and after the measurement period, there is no such restriction. 16
    • Rev. Proc. 2008-16RQ Property Requirements:• Property must have been held for 24 months before the sale.• During each 12 month period before the sale the property must meet all of the following: – The property must have actually been rented out. – To a person (cannot be related under §267 unless the residence is the related person’s principal residence). – For at least 14 days. – At “fair value.”• The property cannot have been used for personal purposes for more than THE GREATER OF: – 14 days, or – 10% of the days it was actually rented out. 17
    • Rev. Proc. 2008-16RP Property Requirements:• The same requirements will apply to the RP (24 month hold, minimum 14 days of fair value rental, and personal use limit).• The IRS says that if you do not meet the RP requirements, you should file an amended return claiming that no exchange occurred. (This should not be the case, it would be outside the safe harbor, but would not necessarily mean that the exchange is a failed exchange…) 18
    • PLR 200805012 TDRs as like-kind real estate• T sold TDRs using QI.• TDRs were permanent rights to construct higher density development than was otherwise permitted.• Used proceeds held by QI to acquire fee interest in real estate.• IRS held that TDRs and fee interest were like-kind.• Same analysis used for easements. 19
    • PLR 200813019Failed LKE as an Installment Sale• T sold RQ in year 1 using a QI.• T timely ID’d replacement properties.• T did not buy any replacement property.• QI released funds on Day 181, which occurred in year 2.• T’s CPA treated the transaction as taxable sale in year 1 on a timely filed return. 20
    • PLR 200813019Failed LKE as an Installment Sale• Failed LKE is an installment sale.• T could have treated the transaction as a sale with payment occurring in year 2.• Filing of the return showing gain in year 1 was an “election out” of installment method, revocable only with IRS consent.• PLR granted permission to revoke election, permitting T to file amended return for year 1 and reporting the income in year 2. 21
    • PLR 200813019Failed LKE as an Installment Sale• There may be “time value of money” benefit for small installment sales.• When T holds installment paper of more than $5MM, T must pay a special interest charge on the deferred tax (see: 463A(a)(1)).• Typical reason for choice of year is matching of gains and losses. 22
    • BioAndrew F. Gelson, Esq. (Managing Director) is responsible forCompass’ strategic, legal, and product development activities. Andy has27 years of experience practicing real estate and tax law and specializesin IRC §1031. Prior to co-founding Compass, he was Senior VicePresident and General Tax Counsel at J.P. Morgan Property Exchange Inc.(JPEX) where he had primary responsibility for executing more than $20billion of exchange transactions on behalf of corporate and institutionalproperty owners.Andy is admitted to the bar in CA and MA and holds a BS from BostonCollege, a JD from Southwestern University, and an LLM (in Taxation)from New York University. He is also an active member of the AmericanBar Association (ABA) Tax Section and has spoken before the ABA andwritten about various exchange topics, including exchanges of oil and gasproperties. 23
    • If you have any questions relative to this strategy or any other like-kind exchange questions, please contact: Andy Gelson Vice President & Assistant General Counsel Rockland Trust Company 288 Union Street Rockland, MA 02370 781-982-6738 Andrew.Gelson@RocklandTrust.comAbout Compass ExchangeCompass Exchange Advisors LLC (Compass) is a Qualified Intermediary (QI) focused on providing its clients withguidance, strategies, and solutions for all their Section 1031 like-kind exchange needs. Our clients own property andwish to sell property, buy replacement property, and defer paying taxes.About Rockland TrustRockland Trust Company is a full-service commercial bank headquartered in Massachusetts, with $5.7 billion inassets.   Ranked "Highest Customer Satisfaction with Retail Banking in the New England Region" in 2012 by J.D.Power and Associates, Rockland Trusts network consists of 77 retail branches, 10 commercial lending centers, fourinvestment management and one residential lending center located throughout Eastern Massachusetts and in RhodeIsland - including nine Central Bank branches, a division of Rockland Trust as of November 10, 2012. To find out whyRockland Trust is the bank "Where Each Relationship Matters®", please visit www.RocklandTrust.com. Member FDIC.Equal Housing Lender. 24