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The Basics of 1031 Exchanges - Part One

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

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

Florida Building Owners Going Solar: Legal Considerations

As the cost of customer-sited solar power-generation plummets, more and more commercial and industrial electric customers are turning to solar power to cut their energy costs....more

Ringing in the New Year: The Tax Man Cometh. Appealing Your New Maryland Real Estate Tax Assessment

With the ringing in of the New Year it also means it’s that time of year again for Maryland property owners—tax assessment time. So perhaps you are one of the lucky one-third (1/3) of property owners in the State of...more

The Party's Over: Changes to the Philadelphia Realty Transfer Tax Obligations

An ordinance amending the Philadelphia realty transfer tax (RTT) chapter of the Philadelphia Code was enacted on December 8, 2016, and will come into effect on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance makes two primary changes to the...more

Court Denies City of Chicago's Tax on Assignments of Mortgages

In October 2015, we discussed Cook County, Illinois circuit court cases City of Chicago v. KTCP and Halsted West v. City of Chicago, which held that an assignment of a mortgage is a transfer of a “beneficial interest in real...more

Indiana Tax Court Reverses Classification Of An Apartment Complex’s Common Area, Modifying Application Of The 2% V. 3% Tax Caps

The Tax Court in Hamilton Square Investment, LLC v Hamilton County Assessor (Oct. 5, 2016) explained, “Indiana’s property tax caps provide taxpayers with credits against their Indiana property tax liabilities” and the “amount...more

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

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

Becoming As Rich As Donald Trump: Financial and Tax Policies of the United States Government That Can Lead To Significant Wealth...

Financial and tax policies of the United States government can help Americans achieve significant wealth through real estate ownership. These policies tend to favor taxpayers who, like the Trump family, are willing to commit...more

Disposing of Real Property in a Tax-Advantaged Manner

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

Philadelphia Toughens Its Realty Transfer Tax Law

Philadelphia just dramatically tightened its realty transfer tax rules to impose more realty transfer tax. Under the current Philadelphia and Pennsylvania realty transfer tax law, a real estate company owes realty transfer...more

MLPs, REITs and S&P's New Real Estate Sector Classification

On September 1, 2016, Standard & Poor's (S&P) upgraded real estate as a stand-alone sector within its Dow Jones Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). GICS is the de facto classification system for equity securities...more

IRS Updates Conservation Easement Audit Techniques Guide

On November 4, 2016, the IRS updated its Conservation Easement Audit Techniques Guide (CE Audit Guide) for the first time since March 15, 2012. According to the IRS’s introduction on its Audit Techniques Guide website,...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: inheritance tax and business property relief | Insights | DLA Piper Global Law Firm

In the 2016 Autumn Statement, The Chancellor announced that reforms, originally proposed in Summer Budget 2015, to inheritance tax and business investment relief for non-UK domiciled individuals will come into effect from 6...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: November 2016 #3

Owners, Developers Face Challenges Converting Parking to E-Commerce Delivery Space - Because millennials make up an increasing number of urban residents, owners and developers of apartment and condominium buildings are...more

Ontario Modernizing Land Transfer Tax

On November 14, 2016, the Ontario Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, presented the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review in the Ontario Legislature. Among the various proposals in the Outlook, the Minister proposes...more

New Regulations Issued Regarding CFCs and Investment in U.S. Property

Income earned abroad by U.S. controlled foreign corporations can often qualify for deferral of U.S. income tax. If the foreign corporation is a controlled foreign corporation (CFC), its U.S. shareholders may be taxable on...more

Philadelphia Real Estate Transfer Taxes Rising in 2017

Beginning January 1, 2017, Philadelphia’s real estate transfer tax will increase from 3 percent to 3.1 percent. That’s in addition to the Pennsylvania realty transfer tax of 1 percent, for a total of 4.1 percent....more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Beware a Prop W Higher Transfer Tax

Transfer tax on the sale of most commercial property in San Francisco will increase if voters approve Proposition W. If approved, Prop W will increase the transfer tax rate by 0.25% for sales valued above $5 million...more

Construction Industry Scheme - taxing our landlords and tenants

The Construction Industry Scheme (‘CIS’) requires contractors to withhold tax from payments to subcontractors in relation to certain construction work. It is easy to assume that CIS only applies to mainstream contractors, but...more

Purchasers of NJ Tax Sale Certificates - What You Include in Your Proof of Claim Can Cause a Loss of Your Claim and Lien

In Princeton Office Park, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district court rulings that the purchaser of a NJ tax sale certificate forfeited its claim and lien because it included the...more

Is Being a Real Estate Agent Sufficient to Show Material Participation under the Passive Activity Loss Rules?

In the recently decided case of Gragg v. United States, 118 AFTR 2d 2016-5091 (9th Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a taxpayer’s activities as a real estate professional were insufficient...more

Luxembourg Real Estate - Tax and Legal Developments

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

California real estate: Change the ownership, increase the tax

In 1978, Proposition 13 was added to the California State Constitution limiting increases in assessed value of real property to help California real property owners, particularly retirees, from suffering drastic increases in...more

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