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  • Writer's pictureBenjamin Dyches

Explore the Aegis Tax Deferral Trust: A Strong Alternative to the 1031 Exchange

For real estate investors seeking to defer capital gains taxes on the sale of investment properties, the Aegis Tax Deferral Trust presents a sophisticated and compliant alternative to the traditional 1031 exchange. The Aegis Tax Deferral Trust is a specialized version of the Deferred Sales Trust (DST), crafted to align with all current IRS requirements, providing a secure and efficient way to manage and defer capital gains taxes.

The tax man waits at every transaction to get his cut. Making him wait a little longer can create a win for you.

How the Aegis Tax Deferral Trust Works

In a typical Deferred Sales Trust, you, as the investor, enter into a legally binding agreement with a third-party trust company, which serves as your trustee. The trust purchases your investment property, and in exchange, you receive deferred installment payments or a promissory note, depending on the trust's structure. The trust then sells the property, holding all proceeds, which are distributed to you according to the terms set forth in the trust agreement. This setup allows you to receive immediate proceeds or defer payments to suit your financial goals while deferring capital gains taxes on undistributed sales proceeds.

Key Differences from a 1031 Exchange

While both Deferred Sales Trusts and 1031 exchanges offer tax deferral benefits, there are notable differences:

  • Investment Flexibility: Unlike a 1031 exchange, which requires reinvestment in like-kind real estate, the Aegis Tax Deferral Trust allows for diversification into various assets, including mutual funds, REITs, and bonds.

  • Timeline Flexibility: Deferred Sales Trusts are not bound by the stringent timelines of 45-day identification and 180-day closing periods typical of 1031 exchanges.

  • Ownership Flexibility: By transferring ownership to the trust, you alleviate the burdens associated with direct property ownership, providing a smoother transition and distribution of funds according to the trust structure.

Pros and Cons of Using the Aegis Tax Deferral Trust


  • Deferment of capital gains taxes.

  • Increased flexibility with future investment options.

  • Potential for indefinite deferral of capital gains.

  • Opportunity to receive tax-free payments through interest earned on the principal.


  • Complexity of the trust structure.

  • Costs associated with setting up and maintaining the trust.

  • Potential illiquidity depending on the structure of trust investments.

  • Possible increased exposure to market risk with non-real estate investments.


The Aegis Tax Deferral Trust offers a viable and strategically advantageous alternative to the 1031 exchange, providing real estate investors with greater flexibility, potential tax benefits, and diversified investment options. However, given the complexity and costs involved, it is crucial to consult with a financial advisor and tax professional experienced in such trusts to determine if this strategy aligns with your investment objectives.

This content is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, tax, or financial advice. Always consult with a professional who is familiar with your specific circumstances before making any financial decisions. The information provided is based on current IRS guidelines, which are subject to change. Aegis Lion, LLC does not guarantee the performance of the Aegis Tax Deferral Trust or any tax benefits associated with it.

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