When you own a piece of highly appreciated investment real estate that you’d like to dispose of, you normally face paying substantial capital gains tax on the sale. However, one way to defer those taxes is to do a 1031 exchange for another like-kind property instead of an outright sale.
1031 Exchange Alternative
When you hear “Deferred Sales Trust,” what comes to your mind? In all likelihood, it’s capital gains deferral. Yes, the DST is an innovative tax strategy for deferring the capital gains exposure you face when selling a highly appreciated asset. But are you aware of the top three reasons why savvy investors choose the DST? If not, they are:
One of the biggest advantages a Deferred Sales Trust offers you when you sell a substantially appreciated asset is not only deferral of your capital gains taxes, but also the opportunity to build and maintain your wealth and that of your family. This is especially true when you use a DST as an alternative to a 1031 exchange.
If you’re thinking about doing a 1031 exchange of investment real estate or a business, or have already started the process, you know that the stringent time frames required by a 1031 exchange can be challenging at best and impossible to meet at worst. You have only 45 days from the sale of your property to identify “like kind” property to buy. You have only 180 days from the sale of your property to close on the purchase of the “like kind” property.
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: