March Madness is almost here. In the 1031 game, if you or your clients are considering a tax deferred exchange, what kind of “Dream Team” will you need to make it through the Final Four and on to the national championship?  There are five professionals that are needed:

  1. 1031 Qualified Intermediary. This is your point guard and your key position. Choose a reputable, well-known qualified Intermediary (QI) to strategically position and drive your 1031 game forward. Your QI is strategic, knows the 1031 game inside and out, including what’s happening around you with the other players – i.e. recent rulings that may affect your situation and will alert you to any missteps that might damage the integrity of a successful 1031 Exchange. Your QI prepares and manages the pertinent documents to comply with safe harbor regulations, coordinates with your team, proactively looks for the best play, and expertly sees you through the end of your exchange.
  2. An agent/broker who understands 1031 Exchanges. This is your guard. You want to have the best and the most experienced residential or commercial real estate agent/broker involved. Your agent/broker needs to be familiar and comfortable with 1031 Exchanges. Your agent/broker must be on top of his/her game such as putting a cooperation clause in the listing agreement and in the purchase agreement that gives notice to all parties that the taxpayer is doing an exchange. Inexperience here may lead to a quick single game elimination.
  3. An experienced attorney. A lawyer is your forward that will give you points and legal advice on any gray areas in your transaction. While your Qualified Intermediary can tell you about the 1031 tax code, QIs cannot offer specific legal advice. Your attorney is a critical player especially with complex transactions. You want your forward scoring for you here and big in the double digits.
  4. A CPA. Here’s your other forward. It is important that you choose a CPA who understands tax deferred exchanges. You will want to involve your CPA early in the planning stages of your sale, and then keep passing the CPA your information as you progress through your game. That way, when it comes time to report the exchange on your tax return, your CPA is familiar with the transaction. No fouls wanted here. Only net.
  5. A closing agent. A competent, certified closing agent is your scoring center. Depending on where you are selling, that might be an attorney or an escrow/title officer. Disbursement of funds and proper closing statement documentation are just a few of the main concerns with a 1031 Exchange. You do not want any accidental disbursements of monies or problems with closing within your deadline.  Choose someone who can slam dunk.

IPX1031® – Rounding Out Your Team

As the nationwide leader in tax deferred exchanges, IPX1031® is here to offer you the best in service, experience and security. When you choose IPX1031® as your Qualified Intermediary, you can be confident that your exchange will be handled expertly and that your funds will be safe, secure, and available when needed. IPX1031® strives to help our clients and their advisors keep current on tax and industry issues pertaining to 1031 Exchanges. For more information about us, additional resources, or our complimentary monthly webinars, visit our website at

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