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Selling Real Estate without Paying Taxes: Capital Gains Tax Alternatives, Deferral Vs. Elimination of Taxes, Tax-free Property Investing, Hybrid Tax ... Paying Taxes: A Guide to Capital Gains) [Paperback]

Richard T. Williamson

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419584375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419584374
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,227,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The decline and instability of the financial market has led to a white-hot market in real estate. Millions of investors are moving their money from equities to real estate. As the rate of transactions increases sellers are discovering that there are some tax surprises associated with selling real estate. The two primary tax considerations are capital gains and recapture of depreciation. Between the two, Federal and State taxes can be as much as one third of the profit on the sale of a property. Both individual investors and real estate professionals can discover legal methods for deferring or eliminating these taxes by reading this book. "Selling Real Estate Without Paying Taxes" is a non-technical, plain-English look at the various ways to avoid taxes when selling real estate. It explores both tax deferral and elimination methods, discusses the pros and cons of each, and gives examples of how each method works in everyday practice. This book will be a valuable tool for individuals and professionals so that they can make the most out of each real estate transaction.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for property investors! 27 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is just what the doctor ordered. I am not an accountant or big time property investor but I needed to find out how to deal with the taxes I faced on the sale of a small apartment building. This book covered the stuff my realtor talked to me about and went far beyond. I quickly found out that what I was planning on doing wasn't going to work out the way I (or my realtor) thought. However, this book gave me other ideas and choices I hadn't considered; some of which would work pretty well for my situation. I don't necessarily enjoy reading business or tax books, but this one was surprisingly easy to read and understand. I was able to get through the book in a few days and didn't get bored or mind boggled. Now I've got both my realtor and accountant reading it. This one is worth the time invested. Hat's off to the author.
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best real estate tax book. Period. 18 Sep 2004
By Coug Fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read a number of books about real estate tax planning, and this is by far the best. It is clear, to the point, and very readable. The author goes through the basics of how a capital gains basis is calculated, rules about stepping up basis, primary residence exclusion rules, etc. He then discusses various ways of deferring or eliminating capital gain consequences via 1031, installment sales, private annuity trusts, charitable remainder trusts and Roth IRAs. The chapter on private annuity trusts is one of the least known, yet most valuable strategies that exists. Buy this book!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 17 May 2003
By Matthew Crammer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a "must read" for anybody who is considering buying or selling real estate in their lifetime. Many of the strategies listed in this book are very cutting edge. There are so many detailed tax advantages that are expressed in an easy to read format. This book is an excellent resource and I highly recommend it.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Usable and easy to understand. 18 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I was extremely happy to find a "How To "book that got right to the point. It is obvious that the author has "Been There, Done That".
The technical explanations were clear and thorough.
There are alot of new (to me) and interesting approaches on how to structure transactions. Annuities,IRA's etc.
Easy read,a lot of useable content.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summary of RE Tax Strategies 27 Jun 2008
By Brother Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the book to plan my tax strategy when selling an investment property that incurred significant gain. The sections on CRUTs, Installment Sales, and 1031 Tax Free Exchanges were very helpful and thorough. It is somewhat technical information, but written in a manner that a layman (non-CPA) can understand. My only complaint is that he doesn't address the implications of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) anywhere in the book, and it has become a VERY significant consideration for selling highly appreciated property. The other thing I noticed is that his evaluation of TIC 1031 Exchanges covers some of the risks, but neglects to mention that the vast majority of 1031 TICs include HUGE fees or loads. One I examined had a 20% profit to the sales company when the property was flipped to the 1031 investors. Most have 8% - 12% commissions to the salesman. Otherwise, I thought this was an extremely helpful book and I would recommend it...with the caveat that the reader get additional advice on the AMT.
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