IRS Announces Extensions for Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchange Deadlines

Jan 21, 2022


Welcome to Richardson Law Firm PC, your trusted source for legal expertise in the field of Law and Government. In this article, we bring you the latest news from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding the extensions for Section 1031 Like-Kind exchange deadlines. These recent updates have significant implications for individuals and businesses involved in real estate transactions. Read on to stay informed and understand how these extensions can impact your investments.

Understanding Section 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges

Before we delve into the recent announcements by the IRS, let's first understand the concept of Section 1031 Like-Kind exchanges. Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code provides an opportunity for taxpayers to defer capital gains taxes when they exchange one investment property for another like-kind property. This allows investors to preserve their capital and potentially grow their real estate portfolios without immediately triggering a tax liability.

For example, imagine you own a commercial property and want to sell it to acquire another commercial property of equal or greater value. By utilizing a Section 1031 exchange, you can defer the payment of capital gains taxes that would typically be due upon the sale of the initial property. This provision encourages economic growth and facilitates efficient reinvestment in the real estate market.

IRS Announces Deadline Extensions

In response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS has recognized the need for flexibility and has announced important deadline extensions for Section 1031 Like-Kind exchanges. These extensions aim to provide relief to taxpayers grappling with unforeseen circumstances and ensure continued support for the real estate industry.

The IRS has stated that qualified individuals and businesses whose exchange periods were originally set to expire between April 1, 2020, and July 15, 2020, will now have until July 15, 2020, to complete their like-kind exchanges. This extension offers additional time for taxpayers to navigate the complexities of their exchange transactions amidst the ongoing public health crisis.

Implications for Taxpayers

The extended deadlines for Section 1031 exchanges provide taxpayers with valuable breathing room during these uncertain times. This flexibility allows investors to evaluate market conditions, negotiate favorable deals, and successfully close their exchanges without the added pressure of looming deadlines.

Additionally, the extended deadline can be particularly advantageous for individuals facing logistical challenges in completing their exchanges due to travel restrictions, supply chain disruptions, or other COVID-19 related issues. The IRS recognizes the unprecedented circumstances faced by taxpayers and strives to alleviate any undue burden during these extraordinary times.

Consulting an Experienced Attorney

Given the complexities and potential tax implications associated with Section 1031 Like-Kind exchanges, it is crucial to seek professional guidance. At Richardson Law Firm PC, our team of experienced attorneys specializes in real estate law and can provide the expertise needed to navigate the intricacies of these transactions.

Whether you are considering a Section 1031 exchange, need assistance with compliance, or require advice on optimizing your real estate investments, our dedicated attorneys are here to help. With extensive knowledge of tax laws and a deep understanding of the real estate market, we can guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your investments are structured intelligently and in full compliance with IRS regulations.


The recent extensions announced by the IRS for Section 1031 Like-Kind exchanges offer much-needed relief to individuals and businesses engaged in real estate transactions. These extensions provide taxpayers with additional time to complete their exchanges and navigate the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic. At Richardson Law Firm PC, we remain committed to providing our clients with the latest updates, expert advice, and personalized solutions to help them achieve their real estate goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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