FEA Meeting with Representative Raja Krisnamoorthi

On Friday, March 30, Accruit's Martin Edwards and Jordan Born joined other members of the Federation of Exchange Accommodators (FEA) in a meeting with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-8) to discuss 1031 like-kind exchanges and their value to economy.

Retain Like-Kind Exchanges in Tax Reform - Op-Ed

Excerpted from the Denver Business Journal, "Beware changes in 'like-kind' transactions under proposed federal tax reform":

Rarely do the interests of small businesses owners and a broad range of local entrepreneurs agree with almost a century of federal income tax policy – especially when it results in billions of dollars in taxes being paid.

Five Years of 100% Expensing Not Worth Repeal of Like-Kind Exchanges

The new tax bill unveiled today by House Republicans proposes to repeal like-kind exchanges for personal property. In its place, the bill provides for 100% expensing of property, however this provision is only temporary, sun-setting after five years. 100% expensing may be extended, as other unrelated provisions have in the past, but the uncertainty makes long-term planning difficult for businesses.

Capitol Hill Visit and the Unified Framework for Tax Reform

Last week, the "Big Six" released a new tax proposal titled the "Unified Framework for Fixing our Broken Tax Code." While laying out broad principles for tax reform, the Framework is lacking in details and does not speak specifically to the preservation or repeal of 1031 like-kind exchanges.

Are like-kind exchanges still advisable with tax reform on the horizon?

Often, when learning of the tax deferral benefits of like-kind exchanges for the first time, sellers are surprised. It seems too good to be true, but it is. Capital gains taxes, recapture of depreciation, state taxes and a health care tax can all be deferred in full. But given the current climate of impending tax reform, is it still advisable?

Like-Kind Exchange News Round-Up, June 29 – July 11

What brings farmers, small business owners, and legislators together to speak out about tax reform? Like-kind exchanges do.

In this week's round-up of 1031 news, Judd Vande Voorte, a fifth generation farmer, calls like-kind exchanges "a continuous circle of economic stimulus and liquidity" and cites a recent study showing that like-kind exchange repeal would shrink overall U.S. GDP by $61 billion to $131 billion over the next ten years. Ben Mattlin, in his Financial Advisor article, quotes one estimate that shows like-kind exchange repeal could raise $41 billion in tax revenue within 10 years but is also quick to point out the long-term negative consequences to the U.S. economy. Carrie Roider, CEO of Erb Equipment, a John Deere distributor, calls like-kind exchanges "a win-win for the country." And don't miss Representative Steve Stivers' support of like-kind exchanges in The Hill.

Representative Steve Stivers Calls for Preservation of Like-Kind Exchanges

In an op-ed in The Hill, Representative Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) called for the preservation of 1031 like-kind exchanges. Stivers, a member of the Financial Services Committee, called Section 1031 an "important tax benefit," citing the tax provision's value to the community and the economy and stating the importance that it be kept out of the crosshairs of tax reform.

Advocates Aim to Preserve Like-Kind Exchange in Tax Reform

In a May 8, 2017 Tax Notes article, “Advocates Aim to Preserve Like-Kind Exchange in Tax Reform,” Emily Foster explores the issue of repealing 1031 like-kind exchanges as part of the current tax reform efforts in Washington. In the absence of specific guidance regarding like-kind exchanges in either the House GOP tax reform blueprint or President Trump's one-page tax reform plan, analysts are looking closely at former House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp's 2014 tax reform draft, in which Camp had proposed repeal of Section 1031 in its entirety.

AED Washington Fly-In 2017, April 4-6, 2017

Earlier this month, as part of Accruit's ongoing advocacy efforts, I attended the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) 2017 Washington Fly-In, an opportunity for AED members to actively participate in the legislative process on important issues. Tax reform is one such issue, along with the preservation of Section 1031 like-kind exchanges and the benefit they represent to the industry and the economy.

Tax Reform: 10 Talking Points in Favor of Preserving Like-Kind Exchanges

Early April is the expected date for committee discussions on a preliminary tax reform bill. Or is it May? Perhaps before the August recess?

That was the comical consensus I received after attending 17 meetings in Washington D.C. last week. Lately, when monitoring the news out of our nation’s capital, we’ve all become a bit skeptical of what defines “good reporting.” The proposed House tax plan labeled A Better Way is reported to have the full support of Republican lawmakers. However, some closed-door conversations with members of Congress last week provided me with an entirely different story.

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