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Rebecca Dawson

Retirement, Investing, Taxes
“Rebecca Dawson is an experienced, independent financial advisor offering personalized wealth and investment management guidance to a select group of individuals, families, and businesses in Southern California and around the country.”

Silber Bennett Financial

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Senior Vice-President


Rebecca Dawson is an experienced, independent financial advisor offering personalized wealth and investment management guidance to a select group of individuals, families, and businesses in Southern California and around the country. Her mission is to be a trusted advisor to her clients by partnering with them to identify what is most important in their financial lives while providing tailored solutions to help achieve their goals.

For over 20 years, Rebecca has served as a financial advisor. She has developed highly refined methods for evaluating client's needs and formulating successful investment strategies. She and her staff provide an exceptional level of service to her clients, who are typically worth well in excess of $1 million and include some of the most prominent people in the United States.

Before joining Silber Bennett, Rebecca managed her own independent brokerage office since 1999. Prior to that she held similar positions with PaineWebber, Merrill Lynch, and Alex.Brown & Sons.

Her clientele have included corporate presidents, and officers, charitable foundations, pension funds, business owners, and wealthy retirees. Her affiliation with Silber Bennett Financial provides her clients with full service wealth strategies.

Professional & Securities Licenses:

FINRA Series 53 Municipal Securities Principal

FINRA Series 79 Investment Banking

FINRA Series 7 General Securities

FINRA Series 22 Direct Participation Programs

FINRA Series 63 Uniform Securities Agent State Law


BA, Liberal Arts, Magna cum Laude, University of Texas at Austin




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April 2017
    ETFs, Financial Planning, Investing, Mutual Funds
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    Real Estate, Taxes
How can we minimize capital gains taxes when selling rental property?
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If you have already sold your rental property and purchased a new property then a 1031 exchange is no longer available. The 1031 exchange has specific guidelines to be followed. Once you sell your rental/investment property there must be an exchange of properties.  The simplest type of Section 1031 exchange is a simultaneous swap of one property for another.

To qualify as a Section 1031 exchange, a deferred exchange must be distinguished from the case of a taxpayer simply selling one property and using the proceeds to purchase another property (which is a taxable transaction).  Rather, in a deferred exchange, the disposition of the relinquished property and acquisition of the replacement property must be mutually dependent parts of an integrated transaction constituting an exchange of property.  Taxpayers engaging in deferred exchanges generally use exchange facilitators under exchange agreements pursuant to rules provided in the Income Tax Regulations.

Both the relinquished property you sell and the replacement property you buy must meet certain requirements. 

Both properties must be held for use in business or for investment. Property used primarily for personal use, like a primary residence or a second home or vacation home, does not qualify for like-kind exchange treatment. So this would also disqualify your 1031 exchange as well, although if you do want to use the property you swapped for as your new second or even primary home, you can not move in right away. In 2008 the IRS set forth a safe harbor rule under which it said it would not challenge whether a replacement dwelling qualified as investment property for purposes of a 1031. To meet that safe harbor, in each of the two 12-month periods immediately after the exchange: (1) you must rent the dwelling unit to another person for a fair rental for 14 days or more; and (2) your own personal use of the dwelling unit cannot exceed the greater of 14 days or 10% of the number of days during the 12-month period that the dwelling unit is rented at a fair rental.

Both properties must be similar enough to qualify as "like-kind."  Like-kind property is property of the same nature, character or class.  Quality or grade does not matter. Most real estate will be like-kind to other real estate.   

The first limit is that you have 45 days from the date you sell the relinquished property to identify potential replacement properties.  The identification must be in writing, signed by you and delivered to a person involved in the exchange like the seller of the replacement property or the qualified intermediary. 

Replacement properties must be clearly described in the written identification.  In the case of real estate, this means a legal description, street address or distinguishable name. Follow the IRS guidelines for the maximum number and value of properties that can be identified. 

The second limit is that the replacement property must be received and the exchange completed no later than 180 days after the sale of the exchanged property or the due date of the income tax return for the tax year in which the relinquished property was sold, whichever is earlier. The replacement property received must be substantially the same as property identified within the 45-day limit described above.

It is important to know that taking control of cash or other proceeds before the exchange is complete may disqualify the entire transaction from like-kind exchange treatment and make all gain immediately taxable.

If cash or other proceeds that are not like-kind property are received at the conclusion of the exchange, the transaction will still qualify as a like-kind exchange.  Gain may be taxable, but only to the extent of the proceeds that are not like-kind property.

One way to avoid premature receipt of cash or other proceeds is to use a qualified intermediary or other exchange facilitator to hold those proceeds until the exchange is complete.

It is critical that you and your tax representative adjust and track basis correctly to comply with Section 1031 regulations.

Gain is deferred, but not forgiven, in a like-kind exchange. You must calculate and keep track of your basis in the new property you acquired in the exchange.

August 2018
    Career / Compensation, Debt, Financial Planning, Retirement, Asset Allocation, Choosing an Advisor, Women & Money
As a single, 40-year-old mother, what are some fairly safe ways to grow my investments?
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August 2018
    Financial Planning, 401(k), IRAs
Are there any benefits in contributing to my employer's 401(k) as opposed to my individual Roth IRA if my employer doesn't match my contributions?
August 2018
    Career / Compensation, College Tuition, Debt, Pensions, Mutual Funds, Real Estate
Considering our financial situation, is paying off our debt, buying a house, and then starting to build up a college fund a good order in which to use our finances?
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August 2018
    Estate Planning
What should we do when we receive a big check from a family trust in the amount of more than $100,000 dollars?
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August 2018