Urgent Reminder for 1031 Exchangers: Act Now to Protect Your Tax Deferral Benefits

If you recently sold a property and initiated a 1031 exchange, an important tax deadline may be closer than you think. Failing to file a timely tax extension could prematurely end your exchange and lead to unexpected tax consequences. Here’s what you need to know.

The 180-Day Rule… With a Catch

Typically, you have 180 days from the sale of your relinquished property to complete a 1031 exchange by acquiring suitable replacement property. However, a lesser-known rule dictates that your exchange deadline actually aligns with your tax filing due date if it falls before the end of the 180-day period.

Why Extensions are Crucial for Many Exchangers

If you closed on your relinquished property later in the calendar year, chances are your tax return would be due before the 180-day exchange window closes. Filing your return without fully completing your exchange terminates the tax deferral opportunity. Obtaining an extension ensures you have the full time allowed under the law.

The Hidden Danger of Filing Taxes Prematurely

The IRS strictly enforces 1031 exchange timelines. Once your tax return is filed, there’s no going back – even if you’re still actively searching for replacement property.

What You Should Do Right Now

  1. Consult Your CPA: Discuss your exchange situation and the need to file an extension even if you don’t yet have replacement property identified or if title acquisition for replacement property won’t be complete.
  2. Contact a Qualified Intermediary: Ensure your 1031 exchange facilitator (Qualified Intermediary) is aware of potential timing constraints and confirm all required exchange paperwork is on schedule.

Avoid Unnecessary Tax Burdens through Informed Action

1031 exchanges offer great advantages, but they demand close attention to deadlines. A simple tax extension avoids costly potential mistakes and secures your maximum tax-deferred benefits.

WealthBuilder 1031 – Committed to Your Exchange Success

Our team understands the complexities of real estate investing and tax strategy. We’re here to provide clear guidance and support throughout your exchange process. Contact us at (888) 508-1901 with any questions or for assistance.

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