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Boot refers to “something that is given in addition to.” Boot is the money or other property which is added to an exchange to equalize the value of a trade.  

In the context of like-kind property under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, it refers to cash or other property which does not qualify for the exchange and is taxed. For example, if a taxpayer sells a relinquished property for $150,000 and buys a replacement property for $120,000, the difference of $30000 is referred to as boot and is taxable. 

[Last updated in June of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]