Advice on reducing investment risk abounds. Unfortunately, however, little of it applies to you if you have a highly appreciated asset, such as a business or a piece of commercial real estate, that you wish to sell, but are hesitant to do so because of the capital gains tax you will face paying. This is where the Deferred Sales Trust may be just the solution you’re looking for.
As a financial and investment advisor, you wear many hats as you serve your clients. Some of your important roles include the following:
As an investor, you’re all too familiar with the way in which capital gains taxes can eat up a substantial portion of your profit when you sell a highly appreciated asset. To review, today’s federal long-term capital gains rates are as follows:
Per Section 453 of the Internal Revenue Code, you can defer capital gains taxes on the sale of your substantially appreciated investment real estate or business by means of an installment sale. A Deferred Sales Trust is an innovative type of installment sales contract that not only defers your capital gains taxes, but also provides you with numerous other benefits as well.
When you think about a Deferred Sales Trust, you likely think of it as a unique strategy for selling highly appreciated investment property while deferring capital gains taxes. But you may not realize that you can also use a DST as a business exit strategy and when selling your primary residence.