Sarah Ralph

Sarah Ralph

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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"Important FIRPTA and REIT Reforms Enacted"

The newly signed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) includes several reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) and the taxation of real estate investment trusts...more

1/20/2016 - FIRPTA Foreign Investment Pension Funds Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act REIT Tax-Free Spin-Offs Trusts

"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

12/21/2015 - Capital Gains Corporate Taxes FIRPTA REIT Spinoffs Subsidiaries

"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

12/21/2015 - FIRPTA Foreign Investment Pension Funds Popular Real Estate Market REIT Tax Exemptions

"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

5/1/2015 - Capital Gains FIRPTA Foreign Investment Pension Funds Property Tax Real Estate Investments REIT RICs Tax Exemptions

"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

2/14/2015 - Capital Gains Corporate Taxes Debt Securities FIRPTA Foreign Investment Investment Portfolios Pension Funds Real Estate Investments Regulatory Reform REIT Senate Finance Committee Tax Liability Tax Treaty

"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

5/13/2014 - Business Assets Proposed Regulation Real Estate Investments REIT Safe Harbors Solar Panels 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 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

11/18/2013 - IRS Real Estate Transfers REIT U.S. Treasury

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