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Development of court practice of determining the starting date for payment of property tax on a fixed asset that is ready for...

by Dentons on

On 28 April 2017 the Commercial Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region rendered a decision in case No. ?56-87465/2016 (the “Decision”) under the claim of Penobeton-Pikalevo LLC (the “Company”). The case considered the...more

Have Yourself a Very Trumpy Tax Plan

by Dechert LLP on

Well, we’ve had the big reveal and the administration’s new tax plan is out. This plan, announced with a great deal of fanfare, feels more like a campaign promise than an actual executable plan. At two hundred forty-six...more

IRS Issues Guidance on “Placed in Service" Date for Retail Stores

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The IRS recently announced its disagreement with the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, that a retail store building could be considered “placed in service” before the retail store was...more

Rating – the road to revaluation: Reform

by Dentons on

The new rating list goes live on 1 April 2017. This last article in Dentons' rating series explores whether the rating system, post revaluation, is sufficient, or whether further reform is required....more

Luxembourg Real Estate -Tax and Legal Developments

by Dentons on

This brief report provides a summary of the most recent Luxembourg legal developments that currently affect and will be affecting real estate practitioners throughout 2017....more

Rating – the road to revaluation: Reliefs

by Dentons on

Whilst the government argues that the 2017 revaluation ensures that all businesses are getting a fair deal, with the majority of businesses across the country being "unaffected or better off with the changes", it has been...more

Properly structured foreign gifts of real property property can be estate and gift tax free

by Sanford Millar on

The investment in U.S. real property by Non-residents can be structured to minimize estate and gift taxes. The key is to structure the investment through a limited liability company, limited partnership or corporation so...more

Protecting Tax Deferral for A Contribution to A Partnership

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

When a taxpayer (“Taxpayer”) sells a property (“Property”) with a fair market value (“FMV”) in excess of Taxpayer’s basis in Property in exchange for cash in an arm’s-length transaction, the amount of gain that he realizes on...more

Newbigin – A reality check - Newbigin v Monk

by Dentons on

It has not been rosy in the business rates garden recently. Following the Woolway v. Mazars decision, the vagaries of the business rates revaluation and the complete uncertainty and potentially adverse consequences flowing...more

Supreme Court rating decision good news for developers and property owners

by DLA Piper on

In a decision that will be welcomed by developers and property owners, the Supreme Court has held that a commercial property undergoing extensive refurbishment works was effectively exempt from business rates....more

When A “Tax Free” Exchange May Not Be Free of Tax

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

“Tax free” – two words that often bring great delight when they are spoken by a tax adviser to the owner of a business, whether he is considering the disposition of a single asset, or of substantially all of the assets, of...more

Ratings – the road to revaluation

by Dentons on

On 1 April 2017 the business rates revaluation will take effect. This in itself is cause for significant concern. However, the ratings world is currently a maelstrom of upheaval and controversy, such that the revaluation is...more

Director ordered to pay compensation for divesting company assets

by Dentons on

A director can be ordered to pay compensation to a company for divesting the company of its assets, even though that director received no direct benefit. This occurred recently in Brentwood Village Ltd (in liquidation) v...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges – Part Two: Structuring Partnership/LLC 1031 Exchange Cash-out Transactions

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This is part two of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange transactions. The first article provided an overview of the basic rules that govern 1031 exchanges. This article describes...more

Russia: tax law changes as of 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On 1 January 2017, a number of amendments to the Russian tax law entered into force. Below we highlight the key amendments applicable to the taxation of businesses in the following areas: 1. Corporate profit tax 2....more

Recent Developments in Partnerships and Real Estate 2017

The IRS released a flurry of new rules as the Obama administration came to a close. The attached presentation provides an overview of many of these developments in the partnership and real estate tax area, including a...more

Riverboat Review: New IRS Ruling on Floating Casinos

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In PLR 201628009, the IRS determined that a dockside casino barge and a moored riverboat constituted “real estate assets” for purposes of the REIT qualification test. The taxpayer requesting the ruling owned, operated,...more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

The Basics of 1031 Exchanges - Part One

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

This is part one of a two-part series on Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 Tax-Deferred property exchanges. This first article will provide an overview of the rules that govern 1031 exchanges. Part two will deal with the...more

Michigan Governor Signs Law Excluding Library Taxes from Capture by Tax Increment Financing Entities

by Miller Canfield on

On Jan. 9, 2017, Michigan Governor Snyder signed into law a package of bills, all with immediate effect, that would exempt certain taxes levied for library purposes from being captured by tax increment financing authorities,...more

IRS Rules That Syndicated Conservation Easements With Inflated Appraisals Are Listed Transactions

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In Notice 2017-10, the IRS has determined that certain conservation easements are now “listed transactions” for purposes of federal tax reporting. “Syndicated” conservation easements are conservation easements donated by a...more

Disposing of Real Property in a Tax-Advantaged Manner

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Many of our clients are heavily invested in real property. In some cases, this investment may be a single property in a prime location; in others, the client (and maybe his family) is in the business of owning and operating a...more

Amendments to Philadelphia's Realty Transfer Tax Will Have a Significant Impact

Recent amendments to Philadelphia’s realty transfer tax will likely change the way commercial real estate is bought and sold. Rather than sell the real estate directly and record a traditional deed to evidence the...more

How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact the Commercial Real Estate Market

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Many economists believe that the Donald Trump presidency will bring with it an era of higher interest rates, inflationary policies, tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Such an environment would have mixed consequences for...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: real estate

by DLA Piper on

Interest relief restrictions - The adoption of the interest deductibility restrictions from April 2017 onwards will continue. The basic elements of the rules will remain as previously announced - a cap on deductions at...more

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