1031 Like-Kind Exchanges
Real estate investors who sell a property can sometimes take advantage of a section in the U.S. IRS’ tax code that allows them to defer capital gains or losses on the property. This is called a 1031 exchange, after the section of tax code that offers this benefit.
No matter the timeline, the property exchanged must be what the IRS calls “like-kind.”
According to the IRS, like-kind property is defined as:
“Like-kind property is property of the same nature, character or class. Quality or grade does not matter. Most real estate will be like-kind to other real estate. For example, real property that is improved with a residential rental house is like-kind to vacant land. One exception for real estate is that property within the United States is not like-kind to property outside of the United States. Also, improvements that are conveyed without land are not of like kind to land.”