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New Regulations Dramatically Alter Partnership 'Disguised Sales' and Allocation of Partnership Liabilities

On October 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued a sweeping package of proposed, temporary and final regulations under the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, significantly...more

"IRS Corrects Effective Date of Recently Issued Built-in Gain Regulations"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department today issued a much-welcomed technical correction to the effective date of the recently issued “built-in gain” regulations regarding real estate investment trust...more

"IRS Expands REIT Spin-Off Restrictions, Extends REIT Built-in Gains Period to 10 Years"

On June 7, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department issued new temporary regulations that have dramatic implications for all merger-and-acquisition activity by C corporations and real estate investment...more

"Proposed Treasury Regulations Dramatically Alter Existing Debt/Equity Law"

On April 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department proposed new Treasury regulations that, if finalized, would become retroactively effective to April 4, 2016, and dramatically alter the tax...more

"Extenders Bill Makes Important REIT Reforms and Closes Door on REIT Spinoffs"

President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Most notably, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) prevents companies from...more

"New FIRPTA Reform: The Long-Awaited Game Changer for US Real Estate"

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) will...more

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

"Senate Finance Committee Takes Unanimous Step Toward FIRPTA Reform"

On February 11, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a significant reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The proposal demonstrates the continued bipartisan legislative...more

"Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations Defining ‘Real Property’ for REIT Purposes"

On May 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released proposed regulations defining the term “real property” for purposes of the REIT rules. The proposed regulations, which provide a framework for taxpayers,...more

"Treasury and IRS Release FATCA Regulations"

New Regulations Address Some Concerns and Coordinate FATCA Rules with Other Reporting and Withholding Rules - On February 20, 2014, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued a comprehensive set of final and...more

3/13/2014  /  FATCA , IGAs , IRS , U.S. Treasury

"Chairman Camp’s Proposals Place REITs in the Crosshairs"

On February 25, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R. Mich.) proposed a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code (the Code). While the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” (the Proposals) contains a number of previously...more

3/3/2014  /  C-Corporation , IRS , REIT , Tax Reform

"IRS Introduces Long-Awaited Proposed Regulations Addressing the Allocation of Partnership Liabilities and Partnership Disguised...

On January 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) and the Treasury Department (Treasury) introduced a long-awaited package of proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) that would significantly change the rules...more

"IRS Releases Final and Proposed Regulations Regarding Dividend Equivalent Payments to Foreigners"

As part of 2010 legislation, Congress enacted section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides that payments made to foreign persons under specified notional principal contracts (“Specified NPCs”), securities...more

"IRS Completes Review of REIT Ruling Standards and Resumes Issuing Rulings"

On November 14, the IRS contacted many firms to let them know that the so-called REIT working group has completed its task. The IRS’s temporary hold on issuing rulings on what constitutes real property for REIT purposes is...more

"Treasury and IRS Move to Implement FATCA as 2014 Start Date Approaches"

On October 29, 2013, the IRS issued Notice 2013-69 as the next step in implementing far-reaching legislation commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Congress enacted FATCA in 2010 as part of...more

"New FIRPTA Reform Would Attract Foreign Investment in US REITs"

Yesterday, Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas and Joseph Crowley of New York proposed a major reform to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R. 2870, the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of...more

"With Iron Mountain Ruling, IRS Continues Consistent Approach to Defining REIT ‘Real Estate’"

A significant amount of press attention has been given to an unusual press release filed with the SEC yesterday by Iron Mountain regarding its planned conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT). Iron Mountain said...more

6/8/2013  /  IRS , Private Letter Rulings , REIT , SEC

"House Ways and Means Committee’s Tax Reform Proposals for Financial Products"

On January 24, 2013, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released a “discussion draft” of a bill relating to the taxation of derivatives and other financial products (the Discussion...more

"Treasury and IRS Finalize Highly Anticipated FATCA Regulations"

On January 17, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued comprehensive final regulations implementing Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Internal Revenue Code (commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act,...more

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