New tax legislation eliminated the tax deferral on exchanges of like-kind exchanges of property, except for real estate. This change (generally effective in 2018) may apply to more transactions than you think. For instance, it comes into play when you trade in one business car for another.
Here's what matters for business vehicles
Under prior law, no current tax was due on an exchange of like-kind properties, like vehicles, if certain requirements were met. You only had to pay tax on any "boot" you received (e.g., cash on a car trade-in). But now taxpayers must contend with a convoluted set of rules that could result in a taxable gain.
Let's look at an example involving a trade-in before and after the new law:
There are other tax complications, but you get the basic idea.
Keep these new rules in mind when you negotiate the price of a new business vehicle and the trade-in value of your old one. Alternatively, you might sell the vehicle personally and pay the full price for a new one. Call for help determining your best approach.
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