What to Know About Improvement Exchanges
The Improvement Exchange allows a taxpayer to use exchange proceeds to improve existing property or to improve unimproved property.
The taxpayer will first sell their relinquished property as part of a standard delayed exchange. At the closing of the sale, the proceeds will be deposited with Security 1st Exchange as their Qualified Intermediary (QI). From the closing of the sale, the taxpayer has 45 calendar days to identify their replacement property. Through this identification process, they must also identify the improvements to be made to the property through the 1031 exchange process. The QI will then create an Exchange Accommodation Titleholder (EAT). This EAT will be assigned into the purchase agreement as the buyer and will take title to the replacement property at the closing of the transaction. The QI will then disburse funds to vendors to complete the identified improvements. Upon the completion of the improvements, or at the end of the exchange period, the EAT will transfer title of the property to the taxpayer.
As with any exchange, a taxpayer should consult with their counsel or tax professional before considering an improvement exchange. Please reach out to the professionals at Security 1st Exchange for more information.