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This week in Salem the 1031 Exchange tax deferral is coming under fire. The 1031 Exchange is a way for investors to defer paying capital gains tax on the sale of an investment property when they use the proceeds to buy another "like property."

The 1031 Exchange is not a true waiver of the tax like the one you get when you sell your owner occupied home. The taxes are simply deferred until you finally cash the property in when you sell and keep the money. This deferment essentially pushes investors toward buying more real estate whenever they sell.

The ability to sell one property to buy another is obviously something we don't want to inhibit in economic times like these. I understand that the state is hard up for cash and looking for ways to increase revenue, but anything that hurts the already reeling real estate market is a huge mistake.

If you're reading this you at least have some interest in the real estate market, so I probably don't have to work too hard to convince you that this is a bad idea. What is needed is for you to contact your representatives and make sure they understand what a bad idea it is. There is a hearing on Tuesday, March 10th at 8:00 in Hearing Room A for any of you who can make it. Tell your representatives to vote no on House Bill 2696.