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How to Get in on the Offshore Fund Flow to the U.S.

A recent report estimates that foreign investors are expected to spend more than $70 billion on U.S. commercial real estate in 2015. Another report states that nearly a quarter of all recent commercial real property sales in...more

Tax Court Clarifies Meaning of Worthlessness for Real Property Loss Deductions

In the recently published case of Tucker v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2015-185, the Tax Court held that a taxpayer was not entitled to a loss deduction for real property subject to a recourse mortgage unless and until a...more

New Business Rates Relief Power for Scottish Local Authorities

From 31 October 2015, Scottish local authorities will have freedom to implement targeted business rates relief schemes within their own areas. The power to do so is introduced by section 140 of the Community Empowerment...more

New Rhode Island Acquired Real Estate Company Conveyance Tax Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

Effective July 1, 2015, Rhode Island now imposes a realty conveyance tax on the transfer of controlling interests in a “real estate company,” in addition to any other state taxes. Under prior law, if a person or business...more

IRS Announcements Create Market Uncertainty for REIT Spin-Offs

In issuing IRS Notice 2015-59 and Rev. Proc. 2015-43 last week, the IRS intentionally created significant market uncertainty about the viability of “PropCo/OpCo” spin-offs as part of the PropCo’s REIT conversion (e.g., where...more

New IRS Guidance Limits Tax-Free Spin-Off Rulings – Implications for REIT Spin-Offs

On September 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2015-59 (the “Notice”) and Revenue Procedure 2015-43 (the “Rev Proc”; together with the Notice, the “Spin-Off Guidance”). Under the Spin-Off Guidance,...more

The Treasury and the IRS Issue Spin-Off Revenue Procedure and Notice Announcing No-Rule Areas That Are Under Study

On September 14th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2015 43 (the “Rev. Proc.”) announcing new “no-rule” areas with respect to spin offs involving substantial amounts of investment assets, small amounts of active trade or business...more

Section 1031 Exchanges: Innovative Strategies and Issues

This webinar addresses the requirements for 1031 Exchanges, the various types of 1031 Exchanges, and issues involving 1031 Exchanges in partnerships, limited liability companies and tenant-in-common situations. Please...more

IRS Announces Intent to Tax Transfers to Partnerships

On August 6, 2015, the IRS issued Notice 2015-54 (the "Notice"),[1] which states that the IRS and Treasury Department intend to issue regulations under section 721(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the "Code") to...more

Treasury Imposes Toll Charge on Some Transfers of Assets by U.S. Taxpayers to Partnerships with Their Foreign Affiliates

On August 6, 2015, the Treasury and the IRS issued Notice 2015-54, which implements a Clinton-era tax provision intended to prevent U.S. taxpayers from using the partnership provisions of the Code to shift built-in gain on...more

Actual or Constructive Receipt of Funds During a Code Section 1031 Deferred Exchange is More Than a Bad Hair Day for the Taxpayer

Background - Actual or constructive receipt of the exchange funds during a deferred exchange under IRC Section 1031 totally kills an exchange and any tax deferral opportunity. Treasury Regulation Section 1031(k)-1(f)(1)...more

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance To Disregard Single-Member LLC Interests for New York Estate Tax

In a recent New York State Advisory Opinion, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance advised that a federal income tax entity classification election could impact whether property held by a nonresident through a...more

Another REIT Ruling by the IRS – This Time, Billboards

The IRS has released yet another private letter ruling (Letter 201522002) in the REIT area. This time, the IRS addressed the REIT treatment of income from the rental of outdoor advertising space (i.e., billboards). At issue...more

New Requirement to File BE-10: Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad

Any U.S. person with a foreign affiliate is required to file the 2014 Form BE-10, Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad by June 30, 2015 or face civil penalties between $2,500 and $25,000. Further, a willful...more

M&A Update: IRS Mulls Change to Spinoff Rules

In a statement that would mark a stark change in approach, an IRS official recently indicated that the IRS may begin requiring that companies seeking to effect tax-free spinoffs conduct active businesses that represent a...more

The Magic GST/HST Registration (or How to Make a Multimillion-Dollar GST/HST Assessment Disappear)

It is well known that a GST/HST-registered person can purchase certain types of commercial real property without paying GST/HST to the vendor. ...more

M&A Update: Market Pressures, Favorable Law Spur REIT Conversions and Spinoffs

Urged on by activists and institutional shareholders, a large number of companies with real estate holdings pursued real estate investment trust (REIT) conversions or spinoffs in 2014. At least half a dozen companies...more

1031 exchange: a business strategy to defer capital gains tax, P.2

In our last post, we began speaking about the potential for businesses to take advantage of tax law to defer capital gains tax on business property they want to relinquish. One important thing to point out, though, is that...more

Real Estate Acquisitions in Japan

Interest in acquiring Japanese real estate, such as hotels, office buildings and retail complexes, is increasing due to Abenomics and the depreciation of the yen against major currencies. Japan expects to have a robust estate...more

Sold Only an Interest in Your Property? Get Ready To Pay More Tax

California state and local government agencies looking for more revenue have long been looking at real estate sales to increase their tax take. Last month, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District...more

New Amendment To The France-Luxembourg Tax Treaty: Capital Gains On Sale Of Real Estate Entities Will Be Taxable In The State...

Based on the press release issued by the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance (MoF), the amendment allocates the right to tax capital gains realised upon the sale of stock, shares or other rights in companies, trusts or any other...more

It Wasn’t Wirth It: Nonresident Limited Partners Liable for Personal Income Tax on Discharge of Nonrecourse Debt

In June 17, 2014, in Wirth v. Commonwealth, 82-85 MAP 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (the “Court”) affirmed the Commonwealth Court’s holding that nonresident limited partners were liable for Pennsylvania Personal Income...more

Input VAT Deductibility in Case of Mixed Used Buildings

Proportion of deductible input VAT relating to mixed used buildings is generally determined based on an area based allocation formula. With judgment dated 7 May 2014 (V R 1/10), the Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof,...more

Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles Affirmed; AB 2372 Passes Assembly

On June 3, 2014, in a published decision, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed the Superior Court ruling in Ocean Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, holding that even though 100 percent...more

IRS Issues Another Significant Ruling on Spin-off of Real Estate

In certain recent transactions, a corporation distributes a subsidiary corporation holding the distributing corporation’s real estate assets to the distributing corporation’s shareholders in a tax-free “spin-off.” Not only...more

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