Deferred Sales Trusts (DSTs) have been in existence for years, but nevertheless remain relatively unknown today. We here at Reef Point, therefore, thought it would be a good idea to give you a brief overview of the three main pillars of a DST, namely:
If you have invested in real estate in the past, you likely have also done a 1031 exchange. As you undoubtedly learned, however, 1031s have numerous risks and disadvantages. While they defer your capital gains tax liability when you sell a piece of appreciated real estate, the rules and regulations that apply to them can make them unappealing at best and downright dangerous at worst. Why? Because they often fail, leaving you with an enormous capital gains tax to pay.
If you invest in real estate, you likely have heard about Deferred Sales Trusts (DSTs), the innovative, legal and proven method of selling investment real estate that allows you to defer payment of capital gains taxes while offering you almost total flexibility in your investment choices. But have you ever considered the DST as a real estate exit strategy?
As an astute investor, you know that long-term capital gains taxes can quickly eat away at the profits you make on your investments. Consequently, avoiding or at least deferring payment of these taxes for as long as possible is likely one of your main objectives.
Despite the fact that savvy investors have been making use of the Deferred Sales Trust (DST) for over 20 years, you may not have heard about this legal, tested and innovative way to defer capital gains tax liability when you sell a highly appreciated home, business or piece of commercial real estate. If not, we at Reef Point are happy – and proud – to present this Complete Guide to the DST.