Closing Costs

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A question taxpayers frequently ask is “What expenses can be deducted from the 1031 exchange
proceeds without resulting in a tax consequence?” Although the IRS has not published a complete list of
qualifying expenses, there are some rulings that provide general parameters for guidance. Brokerage
commissions can be deducted from the 1031 exchange proceeds (Revenue Ruling 72-456). Other
transactional costs may also be able to be deducted if they are paid in connection with the exchange.
(Letter Ruling 8328011).


Transactional costs that are referred to as “exchange expenses” on IRS Form 8824 are not specifically listed but should generally include costs that are:

1. A direct cost of selling real property which typically includes: • Real estate commissions • Title insurance premiums • Closing or escrow fees • Legal fees • Transfer taxes • Notary fees • Recording fees

2. Costs specifically related to the fact the transaction is a 1031 exchange such as the Qualified Intermediary (QI) fees.


Although not an exhaustive list, the costs related to obtaining the loan should generally not be deducted from the 1031 exchange proceeds.


• Mortgage points and assumption fees

• Credit reports

• Lender’s title insurance

• Prorated mortgage insurance

• Loan fees and loan application fees


• Property taxes

• Utility charges

• Association fees

• Hazard insurance

• Credits for lease deposits

• Prepaid rents and security deposits

These rough guidelines do not address every potential cost or expense. Taxpayers should always review their specific transaction and closing costs with their tax and/or legal advisors.

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