Commercial Properties and Capital Gains Taxes

Commercial properties and capital gains taxes together form a convergence of two topics that most people know very little about.  Unfortunately, if these two topics apply to you then you cannot afford to know very little about them or you could be facing some problems down the road.  You need to learn the basics of how these topics interrelate and where to go to learn the more intimate details.

What Are Capital Gains taxes?

Capital gains taxes are perhaps best understood by beginning with an understanding of the term itself.  You understand what taxes are but what about capital gains?  Capital refers to the investment in question.  It could be many things but in this case your investment will be commercial real estate.  The gains are the money you make when you sell the investment, again the commercial property for the purposes of this discussion.  The taxes are paid on this amount.

What Does This Mean For You?

For anyone holding commercial properties, this means that as long as you hold on to your commercial properties then you will not be paying commercial gains taxes.  This means that whether you have owned this property for years or if you have recently inherited it, it is protected from capital gains taxes until such a time as you sell it. 

It Sounds Simple, Doesn't It?

The reason why this explanation of capital gains taxes for commercial properties sounds simple is because it is.  Once you get into the actual calculation of capital gains taxes then the matter becomes much more complicated.  You have to identify if your capital gains are short term or long term because this will have an effect on the taxes.  This is easy enough but then you will need to determine your tax bracket and how that will affect how much you pay in capital gains taxes on your commercial properties.  And the rules change periodically so you have to make sure that you are aware of the latest changes.

Consulting An Attorney

You will not want to face the many questions swirling around commercial properties and capital gains taxes yourself unless you happen to be extremely well-versed in these matters.  Even if you are, hiring a lawyer to help you understand these capital gains taxes will be to your benefit.  An attorney can help you to understand what it will mean to hold on to your commercial properties and what it will cost you to sell them.

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