‘Boot’ in a 1031 Exchange: What It Is and How to Minimize Tax Implications

The part of a 1031 exchange that doesn’t meet tax-free criteria could trigger a hefty tax bill, but there are ways to manage unwanted boot.

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In the context of a 1031 exchange, “boot” refers to the portion of a transaction that doesn’t meet the tax-free criteria and thus becomes subject to immediate capital gains tax. Forms of boot might include cash proceeds, mortgage reduction and non-transaction costs. Although boot won’t disqualify a 1031 exchange, understanding its implications is crucial for optimizing tax benefits and preventing unnecessary liabilities.

Types of boot in 1031 exchanges

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Edward E. Fernandez
President and CEO, 1031 Crowdfunding

Edward Fernandez is President and Chief Executive Officer of 1031 Crowdfunding. With three-year revenue growth of 482%, 1031 Crowdfunding received ranking No. 1348 among America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies on the Inc. 5000 list. Mr. Fernandez holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 24, and 63 licenses and is a Forbes Business Council Member. He has over 20 years of inside and outside sales experience and is personally involved in raising over $800 million of equity from individual and institutional investors through private and public real estate offerings. He is highly skilled in the simplification of highly complex real estate strategies and sophisticated investments and is regularly featured on Forbes, Inc., and the TD Ameritrade Network.