Keeping Up With Capital Gains for 2012

It's that time of year when not only are the seasonal holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are on people's minds, but so are certain real estate issues, such as capital gains taxes.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 extends the Bush era tax cuts until the end of 2012. In 2013, the capital gain rates are set to return to the old 20% and 10%, per Asset Preservation, a 1031 exchange company.
1031 exchanges may not be conducted with an owner occupied principal residences, but they do apply to a taxpayer's investment property which he/she wishes to exchange, rather than sell outright. If your tax bracket is over 25%, you will be paying at the 2003 15% capital gains rate.  Beginning in 2013, this rate will increase to 20%.

So for now, you have another year to accomplish an exchange, but time moves on quickly. Depending on the market value and the time it takes to find the qualified buyer for your current property, find the new property including its selling conditions, the year can melt away. 

To find a comparison for your selling situation, see this exchange vs. sale scenario or see general 1031 exchange information.

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