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Top 10 Tax Strategies for Real Estate Investors

  1. Select the best entity for your real estate investments – the proper entity will ensure asset protection and minimize exposure to taxes.
  2. Become a Real Estate Professional – by meeting certain tests losses from rental real estate will be fully deductible against ordinary income without any passive activity limitations.
  3. Maximize your deductions and keep good records – all ordinary and necessary expenses incurred to carry out your business is deductible. 
  4. Time the depreciation deduction according to your needs – use accelerated depreciation, Section 179 deduction and cost segregation studies to maximize the tax benefit of depreciation.
  5. Defer Taxes with a Like-kind Exchange (1031), installment sale or investment in an Opportunity Zone – defer or completely postpone capital gains taxes using the right strategy. 
  6. Use your retirement plan for investing – convert your 401(k) or traditional IRA to a Self-Directed IRA and invest in real estate.
  7. Take advantage of long-term capital gains rates – avoid becoming a “dealer” and hold properties that you flip for more than one year to benefit from favorable long-term capital gains rates.
  8. Play the moving game – live in a property for two years as your principal residence and exclude $250,000 of capital gains and up to $500,000 for a married couple filing a joint return.  
  9. Use the 20% pass-through deduction – small business owners can deduct the lesser of the combined qualified business income or 20% of the taxable income. 
  10. Hire a Tax Professional who specialize in real estate – we efficiently handle complex financial matters and strategic tax planning to help you achieve your goals.