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Holding Guidelines for 1031 Exchange Properties

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code or Section 1.1031 of the Treasury Regulations clearly states that an Investor must intend to hold their 1031 Exchange property for rental, investment or use in business; however, these guidelines do not spell out how long an Investor must hold these properties for in order to qualify for tax deferred status.

There are no rules governing holding of property in a 1031 Exchange; however, a number of advisors indicate that one to two years is sufficient to satisfy the requirements of Qualified Use. When the legal title to an Investor’s replacement property is held by in a partnership and corporation, however, the transaction becomes much more complex in regards to hold time, especially if members of the partnership part ways and assets must be divided.

But ultimately, the longer an Investor holds a property before a 1031 Exchange, the easier it is for them in the long run; the shorter the time, the greater the risk of a government agency stepping to question the Investor’s intention of holding the property for rental or business purposes. At the risk of sounding redundant, using the property for business purposes is the most effective way of proving that the Investor’s intention was to hold the property for business purposes when it comes to the IRS or other government agency. Doing so for at least a year would be most effective, as in the past U.S. Congress considered a minimum holding requirement of 12 months for both relinquished and replacement properties. This measure was never enacted, but it does give a general idea of the time frame they would consider when determining the hold time on a property in a 1031 Exchange.

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