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How a Two-Year Installment Sale Strategy Can Save on Taxes



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Navigating the intricacies of asset sales demands a strategic approach akin to conducting a finely tuned orchestra. Among the array of tactics available, the two-year installment sale strategy emerges as a sophisticated method for optimizing tax outcomes, particularly for assets with a low basis.


Essentially, an installment sale, as defined by the IRS, involves selling an asset with at least one payment received after the tax year of sale. This approach offers a strategic advantage by allowing sellers to spread their capital gains tax liabilities over a predetermined period, typically two years. The appeal lies in its ability to mitigate tax exposure, enabling sellers to manage their tax burden more efficiently.