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Seller Carry Back Notes and 1031 Exchanges

An Investor may occasionally be asked to carry back an installment note or promissory note by real estate buyers looking for assistance with financing when purchasing the Investor’s property; this can be a very effective and persuasive action when setting up real estate transactions, as well as an effective income tax planning and/or estate tax planning strategy for the Investor if they are not looking to exchange properties as part of a 1031 Exchange.

The installment note and deed of trust or mortgage will be drafted differently depending on if the seller carry-back note will be deferred under installment sale rules or will deferred by means of a 1031 Exchange; the two are regularly combined within the same deal. Once the sale is completed, the choice of these two options the Investor has made cannot be undone.

At the close of the transaction the Investor’s Qualified Intermediary will receive all of the Investor’s net cash proceeds as well as the seller carry-back installment note; as a result, the Investor’s entire relinquished property sale transaction will be assigned to the Investor’s Qualified Intermediary. Any deed or mortgage acquired under this deal would be tax-deferred under the 1031 Exchange rules and capital gain and depreciation recapture income tax liabilities indefinitely deferred, provided exchanges continue. A reverse 1031 Exchange can also utilize seller carry-back notes as well. Net proceeds from the sale would be sent to the Investor’s Qualified Intermediary at the close of the sale and the installment note would not be part of the 1031 Exchange, but owned by the Investor, and would be taxable by the IRS in the year of the sale and the Investor’s capital gain income tax liability is only deferred over the term of the installment note.

Including the seller carry back note inside a Structured Sale excludes the seller financing from a 1031 Exchange; any proceeds from the sale would be sent to the Investor’s Qualified Intermediary at the close of the sale, and the Investor’s Qualified Intermediary would only be assigned into the part of the property sale that is apart from the seller carry-back note portion of the sale; the Structured Sale would be taxable by the IRS. Depreciation recapture income tax liabilities will possibly be taxed in the year that the property sale transaction completes. Including a seller carry-back note inside of the Investor’s 1031 Exchange transaction allows capital gain and depreciation recapture income tax liabilities to be indefinitely deferred.


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