When real property is sold for a gain, we always try to find ways to defer recognizing income so it won’t be necessary to send a check to Uncle Sam. There are two provisions within the Internal Revenue Code that allow the taxpayer to defer recognition of immediate taxable gain in the year of sale: installment sales and like-kind exchanges. Knowing how and when to utilize these provisions makes the CPA very valuable to either their client or the entity they work for. We will also discuss recent proposals which could impact the future of these two provisions.
CPAs who either represent or work for entities that own real property
Learn when and how to utilize the provisions of IRC Section 453 in order to defer recognizing gain on the sale of real property via installment sales Learn when and how to utilize the provisions of IRC Section 1031 in order to defer recognizing gain on the sale of real property via a like-kind exchange
How does the IRC define an installment sale under Section 453? When can a taxpayer utilize the provisions of IRC Section 453? When should a taxpayer utilize the provisions of an installment sale and when should it be avoided? How does the issue of a “dealer” vs. a “non-dealer” impact the use of the installment sale method? Reporting an installment sale when related parties are involved Calculating an installment sale How has the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacted the use of the installment sale method? What is a like-kind exchange as defined by IRC Section 1031? When can a taxpayer utilize the provisions of IRC Section 1031? What types of real property are eligible for like-kind exchange treatment and what types are not What is “boot” and how does it impact the like-kind exchange deferral? Calculating a like-kind exchange including any taxable portion How has the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacted the use of like-kind exchanges? Recent changes to like-kind exchanges as the result of IRS final regulations Changes that may be on the horizon regarding like-kind exchanges
A basic understanding of the provisions for recognizing gain or loss on the sale of real property