The Many Forms of Boot in a 1031 Exchange

1031 Exchange Boot

As we’ve discussed before, you want to avoid receiving boot at all costs in your 1031 exchange. But many people don’t realize that boot can come in several different forms. In this article, we are going to explain the many forms that boot can take in a 1031 exchange and how to avoid each one.

Cash Boot

Cash is the most common type of boot. Essentially, any cash that you receive during the 1031 exchange process is considered boot. You then need to pay capital gains taxes on that cash boot, which is exactly what you want to avoid in a 1031 exchange of real estate. Your exchange won’t necessarily fail if you receive cash boot, it just won’t be a completely tax-deferred exchange.

Debt Liability

Cash is not the only form of boot you can potentially receive in a 1031 exchange. If your debt goes down when you exchange into your replacement property, that can also be considered taxable boot. That’s why it’s important to make sure your replacement property is equal to or greater than your relinquished property when it comes to debt.

Non-Transactional Costs

Rent prorations, tax prorations, and any other charges to the borrower that are unrelated to the closing of the replacement property can also be considered boot. Bring cash to the closing table and use it to pay these costs so you don’t recognize any gain on them.

Minnesota Qualified Intermediary Professionals

For 20 years, Commercial Partners Exchange Company has been helping people with their 1031 exchanges from start to finish. Our qualified intermediaries are proficient in facilitating 1031 exchanges of real estate. Whether you’re interested in a forward exchange, a reverse exchange, or a build-to-suit exchange – we can help. Contact us today at our Minneapolis office to get your 1031 exchange up and running. We work with clients in Minnesota and across the country.

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