Save Taxes When Selling a Dental Practice With a Section 1031 Exchange

A dental practice is sold for a variety of reasons: retirement, moving to another city, or even because of health issues. Regardless of the reason, it is critical to consider the tax ramifications of the sale. Depending on the type of assets sold, the seller can pay federal and state taxes of up to 40% of the gain. For example, a majority, if not the entire amount of the equipment sold is likely to be taxable at the highest rates for both individual and corporate owners. This is because most dental equipment is written off in the year of purchase or depreciated over a 5 to 7 year period. Therefore, there is usually a minimal amount of basis in the equipment at the time of sale.

If a corporation owns real estate, the gain is taxed at the highest corporate rate. If an individual owns the real estate and leases it to the corporation or other legal entity, the tax on prior depreciation is 25% and the gain in excess of depreciation is 20%. Goodwill, patient records, and accounts receivable are also assets usually included in the sale of a dental practice and will be taxed at the 20% rate. Needless to say, the tax liability can be substantial resulting from an outright sale.

Example of an outright sale of a practice and resulting tax liability::

Equipment: $120,000 gain X 40% tax rate = $48,000

Receivables: $ 20,000 gain X 20% tax rate = $ 4.000

Records: $ 90,000 gain X 20% tax rate = $18,000

Real Estate $250,000 gain X 20% tax rate = $50,000

Goodwill $115,000 gain X 40% tax rate = $46,000

As you can see, the total tax liability of $166,000 on this hypothetical sale is staggering, but there is a way to defer these taxes until well into the future. It is called a Section 1031 tax free exchange.

Deferring taxes through a tax-free exchange

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code has been in existence since the early part of the 20th century. If you purchase “like-kind” property within six months of the sale of the practice, your taxes will be deferred, as long as the various rules are satisfied. There are two time periods involved. The first one, called the identification period, requires the selling dentist to identify one to three replacement properties within 45 days. The second period involves the actual purchase of the property. That needs to occur within 6 months after the sale of the practice.

Exchanges can be either total or partially tax-free. If you have sold your practice and are purchasing another one, it would qualify as a total exchange if you are purchasing a more expensive practice. If it is less than the sold assets, you it would result in a partial exchange and some taxes would be due. Another example of a partial exchange is one in which a practice is sold which includes real estate and the dentist subsequently purchases an apartment building for income property. If the building cost was greater than the real estate sold, no taxes would be due on that portion. Taxes would be due on the other assets sold.

Section 1031 tax-free exchanges are a great way to defer or in some cases eliminate tax liability. It is very important to follow the rules to the letter. Therefore, it is advisable to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney and/or CPA before implementation.

Kent Harlan has been a CPA since 1984 and has provided consulting, accounting and financial services to several industries. He is the owner of Ozarks Capital Funding, LLC, a financial services firm.

Gold Rate In Chennai

Gold is a hugely important commodity in Chennai, the capital of South-Indian state Tamil Nadu. Chennai ranks above all other cities and towns in India when it comes to gold trade. This cosmopolitan city boasts the maximum number of sales and purchases of gold in India.

In keeping with the rest of the country, the people of Chennai purchase gold mainly in the form of jewelry. Needless to say, there are a number of jewelry establishments spread in and around the city to meet this demand. Gold rates or prices are updated on a daily basis and can be obtained from those dealing in gold or online via many financial sites.

India imports most of its gold requirements from abroad. Chennai which doesn’t have any significant gold production also contributes to the country’s need to substantiate gold demand through imports. Even though gold is bought as jewelry, it is done for reasons beyond ornamentation. Such purchases form a part of many buyers’ investment portfolio.

Gold is a very popular commodity in Bangalore and in India in general. Gold rates in Bangalore are decided by international trends. Gold prices are highly dynamic and are affected by a wide range of factors, from strength of the US Dollar to seasonal demand in the country. Gold is purchased in Bangalore primarily as jewelry and ornaments, following the trend of most of the country when it comes to gold usage.

Gold is also traded as a commodity in exchanges such as Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) and National Spot Exchange (NSEL). The contracts are available both as spot contracts where gold can be bought and delivered right away, and futures contracts wherein gold is bought and sold at a later date.

Indians have a history of banking on gold more than the actual banks. Gold therefore also acts as an investment portfolio for consumers in Bangalore looking at stable and long term returns from the metal. There are many large and small gold dealers in Bangalore that are exclusively into precious metals and form the backbone of the local gold industry.

Hyderabad is one of the most populated cities in India. This historic city is known for its affinity towards gold and gold products. Gold rates in Hyderabad are a direct consequence of global gold rates, which are affected by a wide range of factors such as global production, strength of currency, internal demand of the country, prices of other commodities such as oil, and so on.

Gold in Hyderabad is generally sold as jewelries and related products. This is mainly for individual consumption for occasions such as marriages, festivals, and even as a form of investment strategy for both long and short terms. Returns from gold have ideally been assured and reliable, and this is a big reason why individuals in Hyderabad are preferring gold over other forms of investments such as bank deposits or equity markets.