Can Anyone Act as a Qualified Intermediary?

In this 1031 FAQ video, Jeff Peterson talks about who can and cannot act as your qualified intermediary in a 1031 exchange. Watch more 1031 educational videos here.

Video Transcript:

Sometimes people want to know who can act as a qualified intermediary in a 1031 exchange. The treasury regulations specify that the person that acts as your qualified intermediary cannot be a disqualified person.

For example, anyone that has been your employee or agent - your accountant, your attorney, etc. during the last two years cannot be your qualified intermediary. The idea is they're looking for someone that is unbeholden and beyond the sway of the taxpayer.

Furthermore, people that are related to you by blood or by business affiliation are also disqualified. So your business partners, your son, your mother, your daughter - these people are also disqualified. Typically people go to a corporate 1031 company that’s business is to facilitate exchanges and have that neutral unbeholden and professional qualified intermediary company facilitate the exchange.

There is a certain amount of credibility that goes along with using a reputable 1031 company that's been in business facilitating exchanges for a long time. Furthermore 1031 professionals typically know what they're doing because that's what they do and they can be a resource for you as you go through this process. So to summarize, anyone that's been your employer, relative, or agent during the past two years is excluded from being eligible to be your qualified intermediary.

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