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Blame It on the Bossa Nova! A One Note Samba for Inbound Real Estate in the U.S

As an undergraduate at West Point, I was a Spanish and Portuguese major. My Brazilian “thing” had already started a decade earlier as a ten year old growing up in the Panama Canal Zone seeing Pele play for his Brazilian team...more

Extension of Eight Valuable As-of-Right Incentive Programs Included in New York State's Budget Bill

New laws may benefit developers and businesses with applications long pending and for future applicants that depend on these incentive programs to help induce investment and economic growth in the New York City. These...more

Mortgage Recording Tax Implications for Mortgages Securing Revolving Credit Lines

In New York, a mortgage recording tax must be paid when a mortgage is recorded. The amount of the mortgage tax is equal to a percentage of the principal amount of the indebtedness secured by, or which may be secured by, the...more

U.S. and European Cross-Border Real Estate Investment: Key Structuring Considerations

Deploying real estate capital across international markets can be a complex exercise, and structuring cross-border investments so that capital can be brought back efficiently adds to the complexity. Accommodating the...more

Israel's 10-Year Tax Holiday for Immigrants Is No Tax Haven for Ex-Pats

While Israel welcomes immigrants, and even provides them with tax incentives, it is serious about ending any perceived notion that it is somehow complicit with taxes evaded by its foreign residents in their home country. As...more

Japan Back In Spotlight For Real Estate Investment

Japan is back in the spotlight for international real estate investors. Recent surveys indicate that Japan was the third most active market globally in 2013 after the U.S. and the U.K., with transaction volumes of...more

Senate tax reform proposals: “chilling effect” on real estate industry

A tax reform proposal released by the Senate Finance Committee would have a major impact on the real estate industry, according to comments submitted to the committee by a number of industry groups. If enacted in their...more

“Finding the sweet spot – Grow NJ and ERG Grant incentives are fundamentally about bringing investment and jobs to the right...

If you want to get the best value from the new Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, you will most likely be successful if your business objectives are aligned with the often location driven public purposes that the Legislature...more

Winthrop & Weinstine Summary of Revenue Procedure 2014-12

Scope of the Guidance & General Information - 1. Application of the Guidance is limited to allocations of HTC from Buildings that are placed in service on or after December 30, 2013. 2. This means the Guidance...more

Using Multiple Sources of Alternative Financing for Hotel Development

Four years after the collapse of the traditional financing markets for new hotel developments, most hotel developers are still struggling to find the necessary financing to fill the capital stack required to build new hotels....more

Safe Harbors for Rehabilitation Tax Credits

On December 30, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued much anticipated guidance, in the form of Revenue Procedure 2014-12, providing a safe harbor under which it will not challenge a partnership’s allocations of...more

Top 10 Indian Tribal Tax Developments in 2013 and Priorities for 2014

In 2013, courts were active in issues relating to Indian tribes, including ruling on state tax matters and the federal income tax aspects of Section 17 corporations. The top 10 Indian tribal tax developments from 2013...more

RETT: Decrees on anti-RETT-blocker legislation and Federal Tax Court ruling

The German Tax Authorities’ interpretation of the recently introduced Sec. 1 para 3a RETTA goes beyond just preventing RETT-blockers. Within the framework of the Act on the implementation of the Directive on...more

IRS Issues Important Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Guidance

Background - On December 30, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued its long-awaited historic rehabilitation tax credit guidance in the form of a Revenue Procedure that outlines a safe harbor for allocations of the...more

SB 692 Expands Public Services that May be Financed by a Community Facilities District, Among Other Changes

January 1 Changes to Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act and Marks-Roos Local Bond Pooling Act - Senate Bill 692, effective January 1, 2014, makes several changes to the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act and the...more

The Portfolio Interest Exemption: A Pretty Good Thing

You know what’s better than earning portfolio interest? Nothing. OK, that may be an overstatement. But for non-U.S. lenders looking to earn a return on their U.S.-based investments, with respect to paying U.S. taxes, that’s...more

Italy Real Estate Update – November 2013

A NEW TAX FRAMEWORK FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS: A FEW CERTAINTIES AND SEVERAL DOUBTS PENDING THE CLARIFICATIONS FROM THE TAX AUTHORITY - Starting from 1 January 2014 significant changes will come into effect with...more

Maryland Legislature Fixes Problems Left Over From 2012 IDOT Legislation

Prior to 2012, the Indemnity Deed of Trust ("IDOT") had long been the preferred structure for borrowers in Maryland looking to finance their property because it would allow deferment of recordation taxes that would otherwise...more

Joint And POD Accounts: Weapon of Choice Of Transferees When Exerting Undue Influence?

Joint And POD Accounts: Weapon of Choice Of Transferees When Exerting Undue Influence? by James F. McDonough, Jr. on October 1, 2013 Will contests alleging undue influence are not uncommon. A will was, for many years,...more

Tax Court Rules that IRS Too Aggressive in Applying Qualified Appraisal and Qualified Appraiser Standards

In Friedberg v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo 2011-238, the Tax Court granted summary judgment for the IRS, holding that an appraisal used to substantiate a facade easement donation amount was not a qualified appraisal because it...more

Proposed FIRPTA Changes Would Attract More Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate

Non-U.S. taxpayers are generally exempt from U.S. federal income tax on gain from the sale of U.S.-situs capital assets. The one major exception is U.S. real estate. Under the Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Property Tax...more

Creditors File Objections to Detroit Bankruptcy

Creditors File Objections to Detroit Bankruptcy by Joel R. Glucksman on August 30, 2013 More than 100 objections have been filed by creditors, opposing the eligibility of Detroit to file Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy...more

Bezos May Have Trouble Securing Tax Benefits With WaPo

Bezos May Have Trouble Securing Tax Benefits With WaPo by Frank L. Brunetti on August 21, 2013 Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos turned some heads when the billionaire decided to purchase the Washington...more

Project Blue: A Stamp Duty Land Tax Case That Made Headlines

In July 2013, the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) case of Project Blue Ltd v. HM Revenue & Customs, concerning the high-profile development of Chelsea Barracks, was the first real test of the SDLT’s broad anti-avoidance rule...more

Seeing the Forest through the Trees -- A New Method for Structuring Investment by Foreign Investors in U.S. Timber and...

Overview - Large institutional investors including pension plans and endowments and foundations have made significant investments in timberland over the last forty years. These same investors have also made significant...more

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