There is rarely a single person behind any wealth management strategy, and a Deferred Sales Trust is no different.
A DST has two beneficial uses: First, it allows you to structure an asset sale to defer the capital gains tax payments indefinitely. Second, it provides a vehicle for you to invest the full proceeds to best suit your financial and lifestyle objectives.
The deferred sales trust (DST) is a tax strategy that builds on the installment sale concept explained and regulated by Section 453 of the Internal Revenue Code. For nearly a century, this process has provided sellers with capital gains tax relief if they do not receive full payment for an asset at the time of the sale.
Sellers of highly appreciated assets including owners of real property and businesses are keenly aware of the tax ramifications of selling their assets. People will choose to sell their businesses or property for many reasons, including health reasons, lifestyle choices, a desire to be free of the time and other commitments required to manage such assets. Many owners are reluctant to sell their appreciated assets because of the tax burdens they may face, even when doing so is at odds with the goals they desire and could achieve by selling.
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An IRS 1031 exchange is a fantastic tool for an investor to transfer a real estate asset into another without recognizing a taxable capital gain. However, there are limitations of its use and strict rules governing its use: like-kind limitations, time windows and asset type restrictions. If you wish to diversify your real estate asset into other investments or if your asset is not real property to begin with, then you need a 1031 exchange alternative like a Deferred Sales Trust.
Tax strategists are buzzing more and more about Deferred Sales Trusts as flexible alternatives to a 1031 exchange and valuable estate planning tools. A DST could defer capital gains tax obligations indefinitely, while producing cash flow, on the sale of any appreciated asset, not just real property.