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Can I Take Cash Out of My 1031 Exchange?

Many real estate investors don’t know this, but you can take cash out of your 1031 exchange. However, a few conditions must be met for this to happen. This post will answer the question, can I take cash out of my 1031 exchange and how Point Acquisitions can help you!

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1031 Exchange: Quick review

To understand cash out 1031 exchange, it’s important to review what a 1031 exchange is. The idea behind a 1031 exchange is that it allows investors to defer paying capital gains tax on the sale of their investment property. In short, a 1031 exchange is when an investor sells an investment property and reinvests the proceeds into a  “like-kind” asset.

For a 1031 exchange to be valid, the investor must follow certain guidelines set forth by the IRS. For example, the investor must have a “qualified intermediary,” like Point Acquisitions, handle the sale of their property, and they must reinvest the proceeds into a new property within a certain time frame.

Can I take cash out of my 1031 exchange?

1031 exchange cash out: You can take cash out of your 1031 exchange at three points: before, during, or after the process.

Before the exchange:

You can take out as much cash as possible before starting your 1031 exchange. This is because, technically, you still need to start the 1031 exchange. The only thing to note is that if you take any cash out before starting your exchange period, that amount will be subject to capital gains tax.

During the exchange:

Can I take cash out of my 1031 exchange while it is in progress? Yes, but there are a few conditions that must be met. First, the funds can only be used for “acquisition costs.” These costs include inspections, appraisal, and loan origination fees – these are costs associated with buying the new property. Second, the amount of cash you take out can be, at most, the lesser of $1 million or 20% of the value of the new property.

After the exchange:

Once your 1031 exchange is complete, you are allowed to take out any remaining cash from the sale of your property. This money will be subject to capital gains tax.

Ways to Take Cash Out of a 1031 Exchange

There are a few different ways that investors can take cash out of their 1031 exchange:

Partial exchange

A partial exchange is when the investor sells part of their investment property and reinvests the proceeds into another property. For example, if an investor owns a duplex and sells one of the units, they can reinvest the proceeds into another property.

Reverse exchange

Reverse exchange is when the investor buys the replacement property and sells the original property. This can benefit investors because it gives them more time to find the right replacement property.

Ultimately, investors need to speak with their intermediary to understand their specific situation and options. Contact Point Acquisitions today to start the conversation!

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What happens if you don’t use all the money in a 1031 exchange?

In some cases, investors may only use some of the proceeds from selling their investment property in their 1031 exchange. If this happens, the investor will be responsible for paying capital gains taxes on the money that was not used.

An investor sells an investment property for $1,000,000 and reinvests $900,000 of the proceeds into a new property. The investor would then be responsible for paying capital gains tax on the $100,000 not used in the exchange.

The good news is that there are some strategies that investors can use to try and avoid this situation:

  • If an investor only needs $850,000 to purchase their replacement property, they could put the remaining $150,000 into a “1031 exchange account”.
  • By doing this, the investor would not be responsible for paying the capital gains tax on the $150,000.

How long can money sit in a 1031 exchange?

The investor has 45 days from selling the first property to identify a potential replacement. The entire transaction must be completed within 180 days.

The maximum time the funds can be kept in escrow by the qualified intermediary is 180 days. If the transaction takes longer than this, it won’t be considered qualified. Therefore the taxpayer will have to pay capital gains tax on any value appreciation from the sale.

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Can you use 1031 funds for a deposit?

Yes, 1031 funds can be used for a deposit on a property. The funds are considered part of the purchase price and can be used to cover the down payment, closing costs, and other related expenses.

The 1031 exchange allows investors to defer capital gains taxes on selling their previous property, so it’s a great way to save money and invest in a new property.

Can you use 1031 funds for closing costs?

Yes, 1031 funds can be used for closing costs. The money can be used to pay the costs associated with the sale of the property being relinquished and the purchase of the replacement property such as title fees, escrow fees, and legal fees. It is important to consult with professional tax advisors to ensure that all of the 1031 exchange requirements are met.

1031 exchange Cash Out bottom line

Taxes on commercial real estate sales can be heavy so 1031 exchanges are a great way for investors to defer their capital gains taxes. However, investors need to understand the rules and regulations associated with these exchanges.

If you have questions about 1031 exchanges or how to take cash out of your exchange, contact us at Point Acquisitions. Our team can guide you in the right direction and connect you with experts who specialize in 1031 exchanges and can provide the guidance and support you need to make informed decisions. Take advantage of the potential benefits of a 1031 exchange and reach out to Point Acquisitions today.

About The Author

Jesse Shemesh

With a wealth of experience in nurturing diverse commercial real estate investment portfolios across multiple markets, I actively engage in the development and execution of deals spanning all asset classes. My expertise lies in collaborating with strategic partners, including corporate real estate professionals, fund managers, developers, and investors, to source, identify, and entitle opportunities. At Point Acquisitions, we take pride in our unique, proprietary platform that specializes in property acquisitions, generating a steady stream of organic deal flow that sets us apart from the competition. As a seasoned professional in the real estate industry, I am dedicated to creating lasting partnerships and delivering exceptional results for all stakeholders.


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