Reviewed by Vineeth | Updated on Nov 11, 2021



The boot is the cash or other asset that is added in order to make the worth of the goods traded equal. Cash boot is permitted to be a part of a non-financial transaction or exchange as per the accounting principles of the United States of America.

Nevertheless, for this kind of transaction to qualify as nonmonetary, the worth of the boot must be less than 25% of the overall fair value of the transaction.

Understanding Boot

When one exchanges their old vehicle for a new one, they do so on paying an additional sum on the deal. In this case, the amount of money that is paid apart from the old vehicle is referred to as the boot in the transaction.

As it is rare to find two commodities of the exact same value, one of the parties involved in the transaction will be making up for the deficit in the form of cash contribution or another similar commodity or physical asset. This is done so as to ensure that both the parties involved in the exchange are contributing equally.


In this kind of a transaction, the base sum of the transaction will remain deferred with respect to the taxation. However, the boot is subject to the taxation rules, and there is no route to avoid this.

Even with the presence of boot, the recipient would be paying lower taxes on the capital gains in the current financial year. This is possible only if the recipient has sold the property that has appreciated and then went onto buy another property.

The parties in the transaction will generally be engaged in transacting commodities of a similar kind so as to alleviate or reduce the taxability of putting the appreciated property up for sale.

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