1031 Exchange COVID-19 Tax Relief

 
Notice 2020-23 (which updates Notice 2020-18, “Additional Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic”), released on April 9, 2020, provides Taxpayers who are currently engaged in a 1031 exchange some relief from the 45-Day Identification and 180-Day Exchange Period deadlines.
 
The notice provides that any person performing a time-sensitive action listed in either
§ 301.7508A-1(c)(1)(iv) – (vi) of the Procedure and Administration Regulations or Revenue Procedure 2018-58, 2018-50 IRB 990 (December 10, 2018), which is due to be performed on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020 (Specified Time-Sensitive Action), is an Affected Taxpayer.
 
Section C of the Notice states that “Affected Taxpayers also have until July 15, 2020, to perform all Specified Time-Sensitive Actions, that are due to be performed on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020.”
 
This appears to provide that any Affected Taxpayer with a 45-Day Exchange Period or 180-Day Exchange Period deadline between April 1 and July 15, 2020, will have an automatic extension to July 15, 2020. 
 
Examples:
 
1) If your identification period falls between 4/1/2020 and 7/15/2020 you have until 7/15/2020 to identify prospective replacement properties.
 
2) If your 180 deadline falls between 4/1/2020 and 7/15/2020 you have until 7/15/2020 to complete your exchange transaction.
 
This notice is not intended to serve as legal or tax advice. Please consult with your tax or legal advisor regarding your specific circumstances.
 
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