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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

Disclose of Cash Real Estate Purchases

The purchase of real estate without bank financing presents an opportunity for those with unclean funds to launder those funds and make them appear legitimate, at least in the opinion of the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act,” Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

U.S. Treasury Seeks to Stanch Flow of Proceeds of Corruption and Other Crimes Into Manhattan and Miami Luxury Real Estate

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s financial intelligence unit, known as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced the issuance of geographic targeting orders (GTOs) to certain unnamed real estate...more

International Tax Advisory: New Law Brings Some Welcome FIRPTA Changes

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Despite the new law’s name, a number of its provisions affect foreign investors. The PATH Act introduces several...more

PATH Act Presents Opportunities for Tax-Efficient Non-U.S. Investment in U.S. Real Estate

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among its numerous revisions to federal tax law, the PATH Act significantly amended various...more

New PATH Act Modifies Tax Rules Applicable to Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate and Introduces a New Exemption for Certain...

On December 18, 2015, as part of the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes of 2015” (the “PATH Act”), President Obama signed into law provisions that make significant changes to the so-called FIRPTA rules that govern the U.S. ...more

Consolidated Appropriations Act Impacts REITs, FIRPTA Requirements and Depreciation

The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 makes some significant changes that affect real estate investment trusts, Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act reporting and withholding requirements, and...more

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act Makes Substantial Changes to Tax Law

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015, as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The PATH Act alters the regime for taxing foreign persons holding U.S....more

The PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act). - extends or makes permanent a number of temporary tax provisions that had expired or were set to...more

FIRPTA Withholding Rate Bumped Up To 15%

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was recently signed into law. Section 324 of the Act modifies Code Section 1445 to increase the required withholding amount on dispositions by nonresident aliens and foreign...more

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law on December 18, 2015. The Act extends retroactively certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that had expired...more

Congress Passes New Tax Laws Affecting REITs - Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law. The Act provides for a number of favorable and flexible REIT-specific tax provisions, and implements...more

"New FIRPTA Reform: The Long-Awaited Game Changer for US Real Estate"

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA). The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) will...more

President Obama Signs Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 or PATH Act. Among the provisions in the PATH Act is an increase from 10% to 15% for the Foreign Investment in Property Tax Act...more

Kyiv Tax Alert (Ukrainian)

On 11 December 2015 the representatives of the governments of Ukraine and Cyprus have signed the Protocol on amending the Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Cyprus on the Avoidance of Double...more

Kyiv Tax Alert - Amendments to the Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Cyprus on the Avoidance of...

On 11 December 2015 the representatives of the governments of Ukraine and Cyprus have signed the Protocol on amending the Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of Cyprus on the Avoidance of Double...more

Tax Planning for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

According to recent estimates, Chinese investors represented the largest group of foreign investors in U.S. real estate in the second quarter of 2015 with $1.9 billion in acquisitions. In the last 12 months, Chinese investors...more

Six Recommendations For Clients With Connections to France

There have been a number of changes to EU laws recently that have had, or will have, a direct impact on your clients who have connections with France. There are six stand-out issues that are worth careful and immediate...more

IRS Issues Notice Announcing Intention to Require Gain Recognition on Certain Transfers of Property to Partnerships with Related...

I. Overview - On August 6, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and the Treasury Department announced their intention in Notice 2015-54 (the “Notice”) to issue regulations (the “Future Regulations”) under...more

Revised Property Transfer Tax Return Form Requests Additional Information About Hidden Buyers of New York City Real Estate

In February, the New York Times published an 8,000-word investigation into wealthy foreigners buying New York City real estate and taking advantage of U.S. laws that allow them to set up shell companies in order to obscure...more

Australian Tax Alert – Victoria Introduces 3% Stamp Duty Surcharge For Foreign Purchasers Of Residential Property

As announced in the Victorian 2015-16 budget, a bill introducing an additional 3% stamp duty surcharge on "residential property" purchases by "foreign purchasers" was introduced into the Victorian parliament on 5 may 2015....more

The House Joins the Senate Finance Committee in Proposing FIRPTA Reform

FIRPTA real estate tax reform continues its momentum with the recent release of bill text for H.R. 2128, the latest House bill introduced by Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and J Crowley (D-NY). In connection with the filing of the...more

New REIT Bill Coming?

In late April, Senator Orrin Hatch introduced Senate bill 915, the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of 2015. When a foreign person invests in property in the U.S., that person is subject to U.S. tax when he/she/it...more

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