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High Court Affirms Theater, Church’s Entitlement to State’s “Mandatory” Property Tax Exemption

The Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, recently published decisions in the Maetreum of Cybele v. McCoy and Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Inc. v. Auburn cases. In these decisions, the Court affirmed that the exemptions...more

The Secret Is Out: The Documentary Transfer Tax Will Now Be Part of Public Record

The Documentary Transfer Tax Act allows each county and city to impose a tax on each deed, instrument, or writing by which any real estate is sold within the county at the time the document is recorded. Assembly Bill No....more

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Clarifies Changes to New Realty Transfer Tax Law

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently released an Information Notice explaining the implications of Act 52 of 2013, which enacted some significant changes to the Pennsylvania realty transfer tax, effective January...more

IRS Rules That Some Basis in Solar System Must Be Allocated to Structural Functions

On October 31, the IRS released Private Letter Ruling 201444025, which was addressed to a manufacturer of solar systems that are mounted on real estate. The nature of the real estate, along with many other interesting facts,...more

Going Multijurisdictional - Laying the groundwork for shared business parks

It is a basic, universally accepted fact that in order for an area to win new recruitment projects—and in some cases retain expansions of an existing company facility that will be on a site other than its current...more

Pa. Department of Revenue Delivers Good News and Bad News Regarding New Realty Transfer Tax Provisions

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DOR) recently issued Information Notice - Realty Transfer Tax 2014-01 (the Information Notice) delivering some good news and bad news about how the new law that became effective January...more

California Seeks to Clarify Standards of Review for Hotel Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Hotels are one of the most misunderstood properties when valued by local assessors for property tax purposes. A hotel’s enterprise activity is comprised of tangible property, in the form of real estate and personal property,...more

Recent Decision on Imposing a Business Privilege Tax

The Commonwealth Court has rendered a significant decision regarding ability of municipalities to impose a business privilege tax on the gross receipts generated by real estate leases. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in...more

Following FASB: Leases, Revenue Recognition Proposals On the Horizon

There are two proposals making their way through FASB that will have far-reaching implications for most financial statements—including those of private companies. Even though neither of these proposals has been finalized,...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - September/October 2014

The Williams Mullen Southeast State and Local Tax (SESALT) team is pleased to provide you with a comprehensive recap of important tax developments around the Southeast. VIRGINIA - INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX...more

Sale-leasebacks accommodate buyer and seller in today’s healthcare real estate market: 7 reasons why they work, 5 pitfalls to note

For many years, low interest rates allowed companies with strong credit ratings to obtain access to cheap capital through traditional financing methods – meaning there was little enthusiasm for sale-leaseback...more

New Scottish property transaction tax: Highest rate band for commercial property announced as 4.5%

John Swinney, the Scottish government's Finance Secretary, has announced the proposed rates and bands for the new Scottish property transaction tax known as the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). On 1 April...more

B.C. Supreme Court Rescinds Land Transfers

In Re 0741508 BC Ltd and 0768723 BC Ltd (2014 BCSC 1791), the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC”) considered whether rescission should be granted in respect of two real estate transactions in which the applicant...more

Leases Not Subject to Business Privilege Taxes - Commonwealth Court Case Presents Refund Opportunities

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, in a 5-2 decision, held that the Local Tax Enabling Act ("LTEA") bars taxing jurisdictions from imposing business privilege taxes, on leases or lease transactions. Fish, Hrabick and...more

Commonwealth Court Rules That Pennsylvania Municipalities May Not Impose Business Privilege Tax on Rental Real Estate Business

Action Item: In a decision with wide-ranging implications and potential refund opportunities, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled on September 19th that Pennsylvania municipalities (other than Philadelphia) may not impose...more

International Tax News - September 2014

BASE EROSION PROFIT SHIFTING PROJECT RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMBAT TAX AVOIDANCE BY MULTINATIONALS - At the request of the G20 Leaders, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has been considering...more

Grunderwerbsteuer: Das Ende von 94/6-Strukturen bei Personengesellschaften?

Bundesfinanzhof verschärft den Rahmen für steueroptimierte Akquisitionsstrukturen durch mittelbare Zurechnung nach wirtschaftlichen Maßstäben . Thema der aktuellen Entscheidung – In einer am 10. September 2014...more

German Real Estate Transfer Tax: The end of so-called 94/6 Partnership Structures?

German Federal Fiscal Court severely tightens framework for acquisition structures by using beneficial ownership as the standard for the attribution of indirect participations. Key Subject of the Decision - With a...more

How to Land Projects in California

Until recently, California’s state-level economic development cupboard was looking a little bare — its 400 redevelopment agencies were dissolved in February 2012, property tax increment financing has been discontinued and...more

Avoiding and Defending Florida License Tax Audits

Florida hotels and restaurants are facing license tax audits, assessments and penalties in increasing numbers. A "license" is statutorily defined as the granting of a privilege to use or occupy a building or real property....more

Legal Update: New Transfer Tax Disclosure Requirement

After January 1, 2015, documentary transfer tax will no longer be a private affair. It is common practice in commercial real estate purchase and sale transactions to provide the amount of documentary transfer tax on the...more

Vorsteueraufteilung bei gemischt genutzten Gebäuden

BFH: Aufteilung der Vorsteuer bei gemischt umsatzsteuerpflichtig und umsatzsteuerfrei vermieteten Gebäuden richtet sich im Regelfall nach dem Flächenschlüssel. Im Grundsatz bestätigte der V. Senat des Bundesfinanzhofs...more

How Windstream Ruling Will Affect Foreign Taxpayers

In general, a REIT is a special purpose entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes that requires at least 75 percent of the value of the entity’s gross assets to consist of real estate assets, cash, cash items, and...more

Recent Amendment Implements Important Changes to the Georgia Brownfield Program

Effective on July 1, House Bill 957 (2014) (the “Amendment”) amended the Georgia Brownfield Act, O.C.G.A. § 12-8-200 et seq. (the Act). The Amendment broadens applicability of the Act, expands the pool of eligible parties...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2014 Tax and Related Legislation

During the 108th General Assembly 2014 Session, the Tennessee Legislature considered several tax and related initiatives before adjourning in late April. Although the number of proposed tax and related initiatives this...more

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