The IRS recently issued guidance to grant deadline relief for both 1031 like-kind exchanges and opportunity zone investments that are already underway. Both of these programs are designed to promote economic growth in communities, and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) made the case that investors in these programs should not be harmed due to the effects of COVID-19.
1031 Like-Kind Exchanges
If an investor has taken the first step of a like-kind exchange by selling the old property, and either the 45-day or the 180-day deadline falls between April 1 and July 15, 2020, the deadline has been extended to July 15.
If an investor who sold a capital asset planned to roll over the gain into an Opportunity Fund and the 180-day deadline to do so falls between April 1 and July 15, 2020, he or she can invest as late as July 15.
Also, sole proprietors who pay quarterly estimated taxes now have until July 15 to file their second-quarter payment. As a result of an earlier IRS notice, the first quarter estimated tax payments had already been extended to July 15. This means that any individual or corporation that has a quarterly estimated tax payment due on or after April 1, 2020, and before July 15, 2020, can wait until July 15 to make that payment without penalty.
NAR has advocated heavily for these extensions since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.