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Issues for overseas companies relating to UK land and UK government work

Recent government proposals will affect overseas companies that own UK land and that bid for UK government contracts. On 12 May 2016, the UK's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced plans to introduce a public register...more

Treasury Expands Scope of REIT Spin-Off Rules in New Regulations

On June 7, the Treasury Department released temporary regulations (the “Temporary Regulations”) that expand the types of spinoff transactions subject to the rules under Section 337(d)2 requiring gain recognition where either...more

My “Flippín” House?

Tax Strategies to Reduce Taxation and Build Wealth for House Flippers - Overview - I seem to be perpetually out to lunch. When I step on the scale too, this point is further confirmed. I do not know why I have...more

IRS Issues Temporary and Proposed Regulations Focused on REIT/RIC Conversion Transactions

The regulations affect both real estate investment trusts (REITs) and regulated investment companies (RICs) that receive appreciated property from a C corporation in a so-called “conversion transaction.”...more

Waivers of Ownership Limitation Provisions in REIT Charters

I. Why Do REITs Have Ownership Limits in the First Place? - Ownership limitation provisions are designed primarily to protect one of a REIT’s most valuable assets – its status as a REIT under the federal income tax...more

Contractors Do It, PIs Do It; Why Not Real Estate Brokers?

Individuals and corporations, but not limited liability companies, may be licensed as real estate brokers under the California Real Estate Law. This is a result of a bargain reached when California’s enacted its first...more

An Englishman’s Home is His Castle – Just!

Since the Land Registration Act 1925 the register of land in England and Wales has been interested only in legal title. All this is set to change. The Prime Minister announced on 12 May 2016 that any foreign company looking...more

Consultation on the Privitisation of the Land Registry

The Land Registry has been in existence for over 150 years and holds a pivotal role in recording the ownership of, and interests in, land and property in England and Wales. Its registers cover more than 24 million titles...more

Update: New IRS Memo on Bad Boy Guarantees

Prior Alert. The March 17 Alert noted that the IRS in a Chief Counsel Advice ("CCA") had discussed the effect that certain “bad boy carve-out guarantees” (that would trigger contingent guarantee obligations if, for example,...more

Tax and Non-Tax Reasons to be Cautious about “Bad Boy Nonrecourse Carve-out Guarantees” - IRS Backtracks on Recent Conclusion that...

On April 15, 2016 the IRS reversed its controversial position that bad boy guarantees may convert nonrecourse debt into recourse debt. General Legal Advice Memorandum Number AM2016-001 released April 15, 2016 effectively...more

SEC Interpretive Guidance Permits Tacking of Rule 144 Holding Period for REIT Common Stock Acquired Upon Redemption of OP Units in...

On March 14, 2016, the Staff of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued interpretive guidance (the “Guidance”) affirming that, in a traditional UPREIT structure, the...more

International News: Focus on Real Estate - April 2016

New UK Requirement to Publish Annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement - The United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires large commercial organisations operating in the United Kingdom to publish a “slavery...more

Investment in UK Real Estate - Considerations for overseas investors

There are no controls on foreign ownership or occupation of UK real estate. As a result the UK market continues to benefit from large amounts of overseas investment, attracted by its settled legal and planning system and...more

IRS Memo on Bad Boy Guarantees May Recharacterize Non-Recourse Debt as Recourse Liability

On February 5, 2016, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released a memorandum (a “Memo”) related to the appropriate tax treatment of individuals or entities that invest in real estate limited...more

UK Budget 2016: Real Estate

Yesterday George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget. There were some significant announcements for the real estate industry....more

UK Tax Measures—Spring 2016 Budget

The spring budget includes a number of announcements that relate to taxation, the most significant of which is a “roadmap” for UK corporate taxation through 2020....more

UK Budget 2016 – Overview

The Chancellor has presented a packed March Budget bursting at its seams with measures impacting businesses and individuals alike... ..The first reference to tax in his statement was to "tax avoidance" and that tells...more

EB-5 financing accelerates in 2016 and favors (1) Hotels, (2) Mixed-Use and (3) Multifamily as top 3 targets for EB-5 funding.

Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles at the latest EB-5 Summit - If you have been thinking about tapping into EB-5 financing for your development project, this is the time to make your decision and act quickly. If you need...more

Federal Reserve Set to Update Regulation Z to Add CFPB Rules

On February 19, the Federal Reserve noticed an information collection regarding recent changes to Regulation Z. The Notice (81 Fed. Reg. 8492) explains that the Federal Reserve is planning to update Regulation Z to include a...more

U.S. Treasury Department Takes Aim at All-Cash Real Estate Purchases

In an effort to detect money laundering and ill-gotten gains, the U.S. Treasury Department has imposed new rules requiring title companies to identify and disclose the beneficial owners of a corporate entity behind any...more

Maryland Appellate Court Says “No De Facto Series LLC”

In Kurz, et al. v. AMCP-1, LLC, et al., an unpublished opinion filed on February 10, 2016, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals refused to accept the plaintiff’s argument that the trial court, in disregard of Maryland law,...more

Senator Introduces Bill To Allow LLCs To Be Licensed As Real Estate Brokers

Section 17701.04(b) of the California Corporations Code provides: A limited liability company may have any lawful purpose, regardless of whether for profit, except the banking business, the business of issuing policies...more

Ministry of Finance Ready to Party like it’s 1989: Retroactive Changes to Ontario Provincial Land Transfer Tax

On February 18, 2016, the Ministry of Finance filed a new regulation under the Land Transfer Tax Act which purports to be retroactive to July 19, 1989 (O. Reg. 35/16)....more

171 and Done, Elimination of the Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Taxes in Pennsylvania

On January 4, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the elimination of the capital stock and foreign franchise tax effective January 1, 2016. Prior to 2016, all domestic corporations formed in Pennsylvania, including...more

FIRPTA Tax Withholding Set to Increase Effective February 16, 2016

Beginning on February 16 of this year, the rate of tax withholding required by the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) will increase from 10% to 15%. FIRPTA imposes federal tax on the sale of an interest in...more

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