By: Steve Haskell, Vice President, Kay Properties and Investments, LLC
A CPA in San Diego contacted Kay Properties & Investments on behalf of his client, Peggy. Peggy owned an apartment building in East San Diego that she and her husband purchased together 50 years ago. Unfortunately, Peggy’s husband passed away five years ago and the maintenance, tenants, and looming threat of rent control had become overwhelming. She had an agent list her building and was pleased to receive the full asking price of $1.4 million the very next day. However, her excitement quickly vanished after her CPA informed her the capital gains tax and depreciation recapture will result in over 35% of her property value and prevent her from maintaining her current lifestyle. They concluded that a 1031 exchange into a passive property was critical.