General Instructions

Future developments.   For the latest information about developments related to Form 8824 and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were published, go to www.irs.gov/form8824.

Purpose of Form

Use Parts I, II, and III of Form 8824 to report each exchange of business or investment property for property of a like kind. Certain members of the executive branch of the Federal Government and judicial officers of the Federal Government use Part IV to elect to defer gain on conflict-of-interest sales. Judicial officers of the Federal Government are the following:

  1. Chief Justice of the United States.

  2. Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.

  3. Judges of the:

    1. United States courts of appeals,

    2. United States district courts, including the district courts in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands,

    3. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,

    4. Court of International Trade,

    5. Tax Court,

    6. Court of Federal Claims,

    7. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims,

    8. United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and

    9. Any court created by Act of Congress, the judges of which are entitled to hold office during good behavior.

Multiple exchanges.   If you made more than one like-kind exchange, you can file only a summary Form 8824 and attach your own statement showing all the information requested on Form 8824 for each exchange. Include your name and identifying number at the top of each page of the statement. On the summary Form 8824, enter only your name and identifying number, “Summary” on line 1, the total recognized gain from all exchanges on line 23, and the total basis of all like-kind property received on line 25.

When To File

If during the current tax year you transferred property to another party in a like-kind exchange, you must file Form 8824 with your tax return for that year. Also file Form 8824 for the 2 years following the year of a related party exchange (see the instructions for line 7).

Like-Kind Exchanges

Generally, if you exchange business or investment property solely for business or investment property of a like kind, section 1031 provides that no gain or loss is recognized. If, as part of the exchange, you also receive other (not like-kind) property or money, gain is recognized to the extent of the other property and money received, but a loss is not recognized.

Section 1031 does not apply to exchanges of inventory, stocks, bonds, notes, other securities or evidence of indebtedness, or certain other assets. See section 1031(a)(2). In addition, section 1031 does not apply to certain exchanges involving tax-exempt use property subject to a lease. See section 470(e)(4).

If you exchanged stock in a mutual ditch, reservoir, or irrigation company, see the discussion later.

Like-kind property.   Properties are of like kind if they are of the same nature or character, even if they differ in grade or quality. Personal properties of a like class are like-kind properties. However, livestock of different sexes are not like-kind properties. Also, personal property used predominantly in the United States and personal property used predominantly outside the United States are not like-kind properties. See Pub. 544, Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets, for more details.

  Real properties generally are of like kind, regardless of whether they are improved or unimproved. However, real property in the United States and real property outside the United States are not like-kind properties.

Deferred exchanges.   A deferred exchange occurs when the property received in the exchange is received after the transfer of the property given up. For a deferred exchange to qualify as like-kind, you must comply with the timing requirements for identification and receipt of replacement property explained in the instructions for line 5 and line 6.

  If you make a deferred exchange using a qualified intermediary (QI), the transfer of the property given up and receipt of like-kind property is treated as a like-kind exchange. If you fail to meet the timing requirements because of the QI, your transaction will not qualify as a deferred exchange and any gain may be taxable in the year you transferred the property. However, if the QI defaults on its obligation to acquire and transfer replacement property because of bankruptcy or receivership proceedings and you meet certain requirements, you may be able to report the gain in the year or years payments are received. For the requirements, see Rev. Proc. 2010-14, 2010-12 I.R.B. 456, available at www.irs.gov/irb/2010-12_IRB/ar07.html.

Multi-asset exchanges.   A multi-asset exchange involves the transfer and receipt of more than one group of like-kind properties. For example, an exchange of land, vehicles, and cash for land and vehicles is a multi-asset exchange. An exchange of land, vehicles, and cash for land only is not a multi-asset exchange. The transfer or receipt of multiple properties within one like-kind group is also a multi-asset exchange. Special rules apply when figuring the amount of gain recognized and your basis in properties received in a multi-asset exchange. For details, see Regulations section 1.1031(j)-1.

Reporting of multi-asset exchanges.

If you transferred and received (a) more than one group of like-kind properties or (b) cash or other (not like-kind) property, do not complete lines 12 through 18 of Form 8824. Instead, attach your own statement showing how you figured the realized and recognized gain, and enter the correct amount on lines 19 through 25. Report any recognized gains on your Schedule D; Form 4797, Sales of Business Property; or Form 6252, Installment Sale Income, whichever applies.

Exchanges using a qualified exchange accommodation arrangement (QEAA).   If property is transferred to an exchange accommodation titleholder (EAT) and held in a QEAA, the EAT may be treated as the beneficial owner of the property, the property transferred from the EAT to you may be treated as property you received in an exchange, and the property you transferred to the EAT may be treated as property you gave up in an exchange. This may be true even if the property you are to receive is transferred to the EAT before you transfer the property you are giving up. However, the property transferred to you cannot be treated as property received in an exchange if you previously owned it within 180 days of its transfer to the EAT. For details, see Rev. Proc. 2000-37 as modified by Rev. Proc. 2004-51. Rev. Proc. 2000-37 is on page 308 of Internal Revenue Bulletin 2000-40 at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-irbs/irb00-40.pdf. Rev. Proc. 2004-51, 2004-33 I.R.B. 294, is available at www.irs.gov/irb/2004-33_IRB/ar13.html.

Property used as home.   If the property given up was owned and used as your home during the 5-year period ending on the date of the exchange, you may be able to exclude part or all of any gain figured on Form 8824. For details on the exclusion (including how to figure the amount of the exclusion), see Pub. 523, Selling Your Home. Fill out Form 8824 according to its instructions, with these exceptions:
  1. Subtract line 18 from line 17. Enter that result on line 19. On the dotted line next to line 19, enter “Section 121 exclusion” and the amount of the exclusion.

  2. On line 20, enter the smaller of:

    1. Line 15 minus the exclusion, or

    2. Line 19.

      Do not enter less than zero.

  3. Subtract line 15 from the sum of lines 18 and 23. Add the amount of your exclusion to the result. Enter that sum on line 25.

Property used partly as home.

If the property given up was used partly as a home, you will need to use two separate Forms 8824 as worksheets—one for the part of the property used as a home and one for the part used for business or investment. Fill out only lines 15 through 25 of each worksheet Form 8824. On the worksheet Form 8824 for the part of the property used as a home, follow steps (1) through (3) above, except that instead of following step (2), enter the amount from line 19 on line 20. On the worksheet Form 8824 for the part of the property used for business or investment, follow steps (1) through (3) above only if you can exclude at least part of any gain from the exchange of that part of the property; otherwise, complete the form according to its instructions. Enter the combined amounts from lines 15 through 25 of both worksheet Forms 8824 on the Form 8824 you file. Do not file either worksheet Form 8824.

More information.

For details, see Rev. Proc. 2005-14, 2005-7 I.R.B. 528, available at www.irs.gov/irb/2005-7_IRB/ar10.html.

Exchange of stock in a mutual ditch, reservoir, or irrigation company.   The exchange of stock in a mutual ditch, reservoir, or irrigation company may qualify for the nonrecognition of gain or loss under section 1031.

  The nonrecognition of gain or loss on the exchange may apply if, at the time of the exchange:
  1. The company is a section 501(c)(12)(A) organization (determined without regard to the percentage of income collected from members for the purpose of meeting losses and expenses), and

  2. The shares of stock in the company have been recognized by the highest court in the state in which the company was organized or by an applicable statute of that state as constituting or representing real property or an interest in real property.

Additional information.   For more information on like-kind exchanges, see section 1031 and its regulations and Pub. 544.


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