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Final Regulations Define “Real Property” for REITs: Considerations for Renewable Energy and Transmission Assets

The recently released final regulations are generally consistent with the 2014 proposed regulations in their treatment of renewable energy and transmission assets, with several useful clarifications provided. ...more

Changes to PA Business Corp. Law may affect the way Commercial Real Estate is owned in PA

For decades owners of commercial real estate in Pennsylvania took title in limited partnerships, not necessarily because it was the best entity to own and manage property, but because it minimized the effect of the Capital...more

Regulations Finalized on REIT Real Property Rules

The Department of Treasury and IRS have finalized the regulations defining “real property” for purposes of the REIT rules. The regulations essentially adopt the proposed regulations...more

IRS Publishes New Management Contract Safe Harbors for Property Financed with Tax-Exempt Bonds

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Rev. Proc. 2016-44, which provides new guidance on the treatment of “management contracts” for purposes of the restrictions on use of property financed with...more

Client Alert: New Safe Harbors for Management Contracts of Tax-Exempt Financed Facilities

The Internal Revenue Service on August 22, 2016 released Revenue Procedure 2016-44 which revises the safe harbor guidelines for management contracts of service providers for tax-exempt financed facilities, under which the...more

South Carolina Property Tax Incentives: The Special Source Revenue Credit

While South Carolina has low income taxes, and comparatively low sales taxes as well, the state makes up for this by having some of the highest business property tax rates in the Southeast. These property taxes are generally...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

South Carolina Department of Revenue Audits

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) administers the state’s tax laws. Like the IRS, SCDOR audits tax returns, but only certain returns subject to South Carolina tax, such as South Carolina income tax returns,...more

Good News on “Bad Boy” Guarantees – IRS Reverts to Prior Position in Recent Legal Advice Memorandum

On April 15, 2016, the IRS released a generic legal advice memorandum (GLAM 2016-001) (the “April GLAM”) addressing the impact of so-called “bad boy” guarantees (also known as nonrecourse carve-out guarantees) on the...more

Key Economic Incentives for Businesses Considering a Florida Location

The State of Florida offers economic incentives to businesses that are thinking about locating—or relocating—in Florida. These incentives target corporate headquarters and certain high growth industries. In addition, many...more

Lease Receipts Subject to Business Privilege Taxes After All

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently reversed a 2014 Commonwealth Court decision in which the Commonwealth Court had ruled that the Local Tax Enabling Act (“LTEA”) bars local taxing jurisdictions from imposing business...more

How Smartphones, Showrooming Impact Property Taxes and More

The battle between physical stores and online retail rages on, but the recent explosion in smartphone usage is blurring the battle lines. Using smartphones, consumers in a store now can simultaneously shop and compare pricing...more

New Guidance on Bad Boy Guarantees

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently released a memorandum (#AM2016-001) addressing the proper tax treatment of nonrecourse carve-outs (or bad boy guarantees) in the partnership context. According to the memorandum, such...more

Taxpayer Entitled to Section 1033 Gain Exclusion Despite Holding Only a Beneficial Ownership Interest in Condemned Property

In PLR 201609003, the IRS determined that a taxpayer was entitled to exclude gain attributable to the forced transfer of the taxpayer’s ownership of public use facilities, even though the taxpayer did not hold legal title to...more

The Complexities of Assessing Big Box Stores

Recently, Fair and Equitable Magazine published an article on the topic of the valuation and assessment appeals of big box stores, which make up a large volume of cases before the Property Tax Appeal Board and valuation...more

IRS Reverses Position on “Bad Boy” Guarantees

Earlier this year, the IRS issued Chief Counsel Advice 201606027 (February 5, 2016) concluding that, for purposes of the basis and at-risk limitations, an LLC member’s guarantee of entity-level nonrecourse debt conditioned...more

San Francisco Gross Receipts Tax – Frequently Asked Questions from the Real Estate Industry

The extended due date to file 2015 San Francisco Gross Receipt Tax (“GRT”) returns is April 29, 2016. In anticipation of preparing these returns, below are frequently asked questions (“FAQ”) posed by commercial real estate...more

Country Survey Taking Security Over CIS Real Estate

As you know, secured loans often include real estate as a key element of the security package, whether the loans are granted for general corporate purposes, specific projects (e.g., commercial real estate and infrastructure)...more

Stamp duty land tax reforms

Stamp duty land tax – Reform of charging provisions for non-residential property - In his Budget 2016 speech, the Chancellor announced changes to the rules for calculating the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) charged on...more

PATH Act Creates New FIRPTA Withholding Tax Rate and Exemption for Foreign Pension Funds

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”), signed into law on December 18, 2015, has resulted in a number of changes to the taxation of investments in U.S. real property by foreign investors. Among...more

Ontario Retroactively Eliminates Land Transfer Tax Exemption for REITs, Other Pooled Investment Vehicles

On February 18, 2016, the Ontario Ministry of Finance published retroactive amendments to regulation 70/91 to the Land Transfer Tax Act (Ontario), pursuant to which an acquisition of an interest in a partnership that owns...more

Withholding Tax Set to Increase

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) subjects foreign sellers to U.S. tax when they sell their interest in real property located in the U.S., including interests in companies that predominately hold real...more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds Lease Exception of Local Tax Enabling Act Does Not Prevent Business Privilege Tax from...

On December 21, 2015, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that the exception in 53 P.S. §6924.301.1(f)(1) of the Local Tax Enabling Act (LTEA), which prohibits the taxation of leases and lease transactions, does not...more

A Closer Look at "Accidental Contracts"

While the intention of the parties in the deal may be straightforward, unfortunately the law is often not. Most real estate deals begin with a letter of intent (or term sheet) spelling out the principal terms of the deal....more

Tax Considerations in Real Estate Dispositions

In a typical real estate transaction, the seller deeds the real property to the buyer. This transaction is simple and straightforward for both buyer and seller. Although it is simple, is it the best structure from a tax...more

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