Recent Trends in Like-Kind Exchanges
13 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2017
Date Written: August 1, 2017
Like-kind exchanges enable taxpayers to defer capital gains taxes when certain types of property are exchanged rather than sold. The deferred gains from such exchanges have grown over the years, peaking at over $100 billion before the onset of the Great Recession. Equally noteworthy, the share of corporations of these exchanges has increased in recent years, with much of the corporate deferred gain concentrated in certain sectors and accounted for by a relatively small number of firms. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, exchanges are not typically dominated by real estate transactions and, in recent years, corporations have accounted for over half of deferred gains.
Keywords: Capital Gains Tax, Deferral, Like-Kind Exchanges
JEL Classification: D1, D2, H2, H3
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