Las Vegas Real Estate Qualified Intermediary

In a 1031 Exchange the net proceeds you make from the sale of a property must be held by a qualified 3rd party before they are allocated to the next identified property. The role of a Las Vegas qualified intermediary (QI) is to securely hold those funds.

About 1031 Exchanges

(as explained by The Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA):

In a typical transaction, the property owner is taxed on any gain realized from the sale. However, through a Section 1031 Exchange, the tax on the gain is deferred until some future date.

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code provides that no gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business, or for investment. A tax-deferred exchange is a method by which a property owner trades one or more relinquished properties for one or more replacement properties of "like-kind", while deferring the payment of federal income taxes and some state taxes on the transaction.

The theory behind Section 1031 is that when a property owner has reinvested the sale proceeds into another property, the economic gain has not been realized in a way that generates funds to pay any tax. In other words, the taxpayer's investment is still the same, only the form has changed (e.g. vacant land exchanged for apartment building). Therefore, it would be unfair to force the taxpayer to pay tax on a "paper" gain.

The like-kind exchange under Section 1031 is tax-deferred, not tax-free. When the replacement property is ultimately sold (not as part of another exchange), the original deferred gain, plus any additional gain realized since the purchase of the replacement property, is subject to tax.

If you are doing a 1031 exchange you must prepare ahead of time. Make sure you have a QI in place in advance of the close of escrow. If you wait until after the transaction has closed you will be taxed on the capital gain. The money must be held and accounted for so that no "boot" is claimed.

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