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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.