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Article About Texas History And Ranching

We found an interesting article from the Texas Historical Commission titled:

The article covers ranching beginning in Texas (Tejas) in the 18th Century, including mention of the six missions set up by Spain in 1717.  It is a quick and interesting read for anyone interested in the history of ranching in Texas.  Here is a small segment of text from the article, with full credit going to the THC and the author:

Things changed in the longhorn’s favor in the 20th century. In 1927, the U.S. government sent federal agents to the Wichita Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma to save the breed from extinction. The agents examined remaining longhorns, selecting only the purest specimens to serve as the base stock. Private citizens also helped preserve the breed. One such individual was J. Frank Dobie, a native Texan and University of Texas at Austin professor, who in 1941 published The Longhorns. In his book, Dobie celebrated the breed and shared old-time cattle ranchers’ tales about the longhorn way of life. Success was achieved in 1969, when the State of Texas Legislature designated the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd.


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Government Resources About 1031 Exchanges For Ranches In Texas

Since the values for ranches in Texas can be so large, tax consequences often can become the topic of interest for both the buyer and the seller. There were some tax law changes in recent months regarding 1031 exchanges for ranches, so here are some resources of possible interest to you:

November 2018 IRS website update “Like-kind exchanges now limited to real property”. Here are some of the points from that update:

IR-2018-227, November 19, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that like-kind exchange tax treatment is now generally limited to exchanges of real property. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in December 2017, made tax law changes that will affect virtually every business and individual in 2018 and the years ahead. 
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, exchanges of personal or intangible property such as machinery, equipment, vehicles, artwork, collectibles, patents, and other intellectual property generally do not qualify for nonrecognition of gain or loss as like-kind exchanges. However, certain exchanges of mutual ditch, reservoir or irrigation stock are still eligible.

March 2019 article in Forbes about 1031 exchanges (click here)

March 2019 article from TheStreet.com about 1031 exchanges (click here). Here is a snippet from that article:

Essentially, the steps for a 1031 exchange are:
Sell an investment property;
hand your capital gains to a qualified intermediary;
identify a like-kind property with 45 days;
negotiate with the seller of the like-kind property;
agree on a sales price;
have your intermediary wire the capital gains to the title holder or the title company;
fill out the IRS form.

Instructions for IRS form 8824, used in the 1031 like-kind exchanges. Click this link to see the rules.

From this article (click for the full article) here are some of the benefits to Texas ranch owners about 1031 exchanges:

A misconception held by some taxpayers concerns the types of property that qualify as like-kind. Some mistakenly believe they must exchange their farm or ranch for another farm or ranch. This is simply not true. The definition of like-kind property in real estate exchanges is very broad; qualifying replacement real property can be virtually any real property that will be held by the taxpayer for investment purposes or used in a trade or business. Bare land can be exchanged for an apartment complex, a rental vacation home, office or other commercial property or any other type of real property held for investment. The range of real property which will qualify for tax deferral opens many options for farmers and ranchers to diversify their investments and obtain cash flow without necessarily having to be involved in the management of the acquired replacement property. Since more than one property may be acquired in an exchange, taxpayers can expand their investments from one large parcel of land into multiple smaller properties in the same or different geographic locations.

Article About Jim Long

Jim’s company, Southwest Ranch & Farm Sales, is the first ranch broker to provide its content to this website. Just recently an article came out about Jim and his company.

Here is the link that article from TheArtOfLivingBeautifully.net: https://theartoflivingbeautifully.net/southwest-ranch/

From the article:

Southwest Ranch is located in McKinney, Texas. They specialize in listing and selling farms, cattle ranches, hunting, and recreational properties. My father joined the firm in 2000. He holds his brokerage license in Texas and Oklahoma, and now owns and operates the entire firm himself.
A ranch, I learned from him, is any piece of property that is larger than 30 acres. Currently, his largest listing is 7000 acres, and his smallest is 130 acres. Most cattle ranches will include a water source (such as a lake or pond), cattle working facilities, corrals, fences, barns, equipment sheds, and some even have homes on the property. Recreational ranches often include hunting lodges or deer stands. And farms typically don’t have any fences or improvements; good farms have high quality soil and land.

Many of Jim’s listings can be found on the respective County-specific pages found at this link: http://www.texasranchesforsale.org/texas-counties/