If you’re one of the nation’s 73 million baby boomers at or very near retirement age, you may well have highly appreciated assets, such as real estate or a business, that you want to sell to help fund your retirement. The problem, however, is the potentially enormous capital gains taxes you face if you dispose of these assets via a conventional sale. Unfortunately, these taxes could eat up over half of your sale proceeds.
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.