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The Magic GST/HST Registration (or How to Make a Multimillion-Dollar GST/HST Assessment Disappear)

It is well known that a GST/HST-registered person can purchase certain types of commercial real property without paying GST/HST to the vendor. ...more

Sham Guaranties Are Hard To Come By

In prior posts I highlighted the difficult position occupied by guarantors of real estate secured loans. In short, while California law extends very strong anti-deficiency protections to borrowers, those same protections can...more

House Bill 59, Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, Expands Alabama Abatements Significantly

The Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, HB59, Act No. 2015-24 (the “Act”), makes several changes to Alabama abatement law and expands the list of industries and types of projects that are eligible for those abatements....more

Church Property Tax Liability in Arizona for Commercial Leases

Arizona House Bill 2128, which was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey on March 23, 2015, has potential impact on the commercial real estate leasing market. The bill enables owners of real property that is leased to...more

Georgia Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Property Tax Incentives

On March 27, 2015, the Georgia Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the legal validity of property tax incentives in Georgia, largely on procedural grounds. SJN Properties, LLC v. Fulton County Bd. of Tax Assessors, No....more

European Competition Law Newsletter – April 2015

On 19 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a significant judgment on the application of EU competition law to information exchange between competitors. ...more

Scottish Property Transactions Tax - March 2015

Scottish Parliament approves LBTT rates and bands - The rates and bands for the new Scottish property transactions tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax ("LBTT") have been formally approved by the Scottish...more

1031 exchange: a business strategy to defer capital gains tax, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the potential for businesses to take advantage of tax law to defer capital gains tax on business property they want to relinquish. One important thing to point out, though, is that...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: “The General Manager” – Property Tax Value Management

Managing costs is of key importance for any successful business. Property tax is a necessary cost of doing business, and it can be significant. The good news is that Ohio and other states provide options for challenging...more

Repair Reg Relief for Small Businesses? Not So Fast.

January 1, 2014, marked the date that the final Repair, Maintenance and Disposition Regulations (Regulations) went into effect and apply to any business with material and supplies, repairs or depreciable fixed assets. Since...more

How the Real Estate Industry Can Use the R&D Tax Credit

When most people think of the research and development (R&D) tax credit, they think of manufacturing. However, other industries can also benefit from this credit. In my August 5th post, we discussed the basics of the R&D...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

"Unlocking Value Through REIT Spin-Offs"

Real estate investment trust (REIT) spin-offs provide a means for companies to unlock the value of their real estate. Due to current economic conditions, more companies in more business sectors are considering separating...more

How Low Can You Go? Here’s A Clue: RPTL 720(1)

As The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center was gearing up for it’s New Year’s Eve celebration, on December 31, 2014, the Appellate Division (Third Department) handed down a decision in Village Square of Penna, Inc. v Board of...more

OSC Expects REIT Distributions Disclosure to Yield More Information

In the current low interest rate environment, yield-hungry investors have been particularly attracted to real estate investment trusts (REITs), which, as tax-efficient, flow-through investment vehicles, aim to pay regular...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 2

In This Issue: - Governor Cuomo Releases 2015-16 Executive Budget, Including New York City Corporate Tax Reform - New Commissioner of Taxation and Finance - ALJ Holds That Husband Changed His Domicile to...more

IRS private letter ruling on non-conventional real estate assets enables taxpayer to convert to REIT: key points

The Internal Revenue Service recently released a private letter ruling regarding the treatment of certain assets as qualifying “real estate” for real estate investment trust (REIT) purposes. That ruling effectively enabled...more

Overview of UK Real Estate Structures and Transactions

This Overview provides a general summary of the different corporate structures that may be used to hold, and transact in, UK real estate (such as special purpose vehicles, property unit trusts, partnerships and REITS), the...more

Breaking The Code

I saw the movie Imitation Game last weekend, which is the story of Alan Turing and his role in breaking the Enigma Code which shortened World War II and saved millions of lives. (Spoiler Alert: He did it, we won.) Turing,...more

Rescission: Another Remedy to Address Unintended Tax Consequences

While the equitable remedy of rectification is often sought as a means to address unintended tax consequences, rescission is also an available remedy in the appropriate cases. The British Columbia Supreme Court’s decision in...more

Commercial Buildings in D.C. Face Potential Big Property Tax Increases Due in 2015

Landlords and tenants of commercial buildings in the District of Columbia should brace for potentially significant increases in their property taxes payable in 2015 and future years. The District of Columbia Office of Tax...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: “The Clean-Up Hitters” – Enterprise Zone and Community Reinvestment Area Property Tax Exemptions

Capital investment projects often involve tight margins, and every single dollar counts to ensure that the project is a success. For that reason, property tax exemptions are key components of any economic development...more

New UK Withholding Tax Exemption Set to Boost the UK Private Placement Market

On 4 December, George Osborne in his Autumn Statement, announced a new UK withholding tax exemption for interest payments on UK private placements. The announcement was followed by draft legislative clauses with the Finance...more

Business Privilege Taxes Paid On Leases Refund/Appeal Filing Needed By March/April 2015

On September 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Fish, Hrabrick and Briskin v. Township of Lower Merion, No. 1940 C.D. 2013, held that lease receipts are not taxable under local business privilege tax ordinances....more

Autumn Statement 2014

Yesterday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the UK 2014 Autumn Statement. Below we summarise some of the main announcements: Taxation of multi-nationals - Diverted profits tax (aka the "Google tax")...more

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