A 1031 exchange is the go-to process for anyone looking to maximize their real estate investing and defer capital gains taxes. But how will president Trump’s new “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” impact 1031 exchanges?
In the past, a 1031 exchange could be used to defer capital gains taxes on both real estate and personal property. If you had a house with a bunch of furniture inside you could exchange both the house and the furniture without encountering any capital gains taxes. Under this new bill, personal property can no longer be exchanged using the 1031 method. However, if you were already in the process of exchanging personal property and had closed on a sale or acquired replacement property before December 31, 2017, then you are free to finish the exchange in 2018.
While these changes will have a big effect on art collectors, real estate investors will come out on top. Those looking to utilize the power of a 1031 exchange on their real estate are still free to do so.
If you want to see what else is covered in the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” follow this link to read the full tax plan.