5 misconceptions surrounding Sec. 1031 exchanges
Abstract: Section 1031 exchanges have become an important tax strategy for real estate investors. These transactions allow investors to exchange properties of a “like kind” and defer any gains on the relinquished properties until they sell the replacement properties. But, despite their popularity, a number of misconceptions remain regarding how they can be structured. This article looks at five misconceptions that cause people to believe that Sec. 1031 exchanges are more restrictive than they actually are. However, as a sidebar explains, excluding gain on a principal residence acquired through a Sec. 1031 exchange is a bit trickier now, thanks to the Housing Assistance Tax Act of 2008.