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Tax-Free Exchange

Under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, the exchange of two assets of like kind, even if of different quality, that are used for a business or for investment purposes. The goods exchanged are not assessed capital gains taxes. More precisely, capital gains taxes are deferred until an asset is resold with no intention of reinvestment. Tax-free exchanges also apply if one sells an asset with the intention to use the proceeds to buy a similar asset. For example, if a farmer sells his farm and uses the money to buy another farm, capital gains taxes are likely deferred on the money he made on the sale of the first farm. The same would be true if the he traded farm for farm.
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tax-free exchange

An exchange of assets between taxpayers in which any gain or loss is not recognized in the period during which the exchange takes place. Rather, taxpayers are required to adjust the basis of assets exchanged.
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tax-free exchange

A common term for a tax-deferred exchange. It is not tax free; one pays the taxes at a later date. See 1031 exchange.

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The bank also offers business escrow services and facilitates tax free exchanges through its Bankers Exchange Division.
Heicklen's most recent representative transactions include: Acquisition of Main Street Restaurant Group Public Company by The Briad Group; Acquisition of Maxwell on the Hudson development in Hoboken, New Jersey by Pinnacle Companies and Toll Brothers Joint Venture; Acquisition and development of 305 East 85th Street, New York, New York by Ascend Group and The Carlyle Group Joint Venture; Establishment of Joint Venture between Direct Invest, LLC and Lehman Brothers for the acquisition of properties and syndication to Tenant in Common Investors for Tax Free Exchanges. As co-chair of the Real Estate Group, he concentrates his practice in the area of real estate law and corporate and general business transactions.
Bay Commercial Bank also offers business escrow services and facilitates tax free exchanges through its Bankers Exchange Division.