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Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Deed Tax, Illuminates Constitutional Tax Analysis

In the closing days of the recently concluded May term, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision in Marks v. Vanderventer, unanimously upholding the constitutionality of a statewide surcharge on the recording of...more

Ski Lift Towers Held to Be Good REIT Asset

In order to qualify for the tax advantages available for real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), the majority of a REIT’s assets must qualify as “real property”. As the areas that REITs are investing in continue to grow, we...more

IRS Treats Rotating Digital Display Income As Good REIT Income

In PLR 201522002, the IRS clarified that REITs can earn good rent income from outdoor advertising displays even if multiple tenants rent the same display area for rotating ads. In the ruling, the REIT owned outdoor...more

The Essential Guide to UK Real Estate

This Essential Guide provides an overview of the legal and regulatory issues likely to affect developers, occupiers and investors in UK real estate. Real estate - Real estate law in England and Wales can trace...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

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Tax Code Amendments Proposed to Facilitate Foreign Investment in REITs and U.S. Commercial Properties

On April 30, 2015, Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), both members of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, introduced legislation intended to encourage foreign investment in United States real...more

Part 2: …But In the Fourth Department, Repeat Filings Are Not Required?

In Part 1 of this discussion, we highlighted the Appellate Division, Third Department’s holdings on RPTL’s “freeze” provision in the Highbridge Broadway, LLC v City of Schenectady and Scellen v City of Glens Falls cases. ...more

Tentative 2014 Cook County Equalization Factor Released

The Illinois Department of Revenue has released the tentative 2014 Cook County equalization factor. The preliminary factor is 2.6922. Prior year equalization factors are summarized...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

June Expiration of Select New York City Residential and Commercial Incentive Programs

Four major New York City based incentives programs for residential and commercial property owners and tenants are scheduled to sunset in June. Depending on individual circumstances, there may be an opportunity to vest...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

"FIRPTA Reform Opens Door to Increased Foreign Investment in US Real Estate"

This afternoon, Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) re-introduced in the House of Representatives a bill to significantly reform the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). Introduced as H.R....more

Appealing Real Estate Taxes in Florida

As the old saying goes, there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. For commercial real estate owners and developers, the latter is an inevitability that may be mitigated. Each August, Florida property tax appraisers...more

Anti-Urban Renewal Bill Progresses; Pro-Urban Renewal Bill Amended

The General Assembly will adjourn in roughly two weeks. The fate of two important urban renewal bills—one with a positive impact on urban renewal and one with a negative impact—will be decided during this time. If urban...more

Sham Guaranties Are Hard To Come By

In prior posts I highlighted the difficult position occupied by guarantors of real estate secured loans. In short, while California law extends very strong anti-deficiency protections to borrowers, those same protections can...more

Philadelphia's Nonprofit Recertification Requirement Abolished

On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill No. 150144 into law, thereby repealing a 2013 Ordinance that had required Philadelphia’s nonprofit property owners to annually recertify that their properties continued to...more

House Bill 59, Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, Expands Alabama Abatements Significantly

The Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act, HB59, Act No. 2015-24 (the “Act”), makes several changes to Alabama abatement law and expands the list of industries and types of projects that are eligible for those abatements....more

New York State Passes Budget that Continues Tax Incentives for Solar Installations

Last week, New York State enacted a budget for the fiscal year 2015-16 (i.e., April 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016) that continues two tax incentives for the installation of solar energy systems: (1) tax credits...more

Warning If You Have Not Paid Your 2012 Real Estate Taxes!

Some investor landowners and lender REO departments are holding Florida real estate and, for cash flow reasons, are not paying the real estate taxes. Some lenders are in workout or foreclosure mode holding a mortgage on...more

Property Tax Assessments: Should you appeal?

While a recovery is underway for the commercial real estate market, everyone is still looking for ways to cut expenses. Real estate taxes represent one of the most significant expenses of commercial real estate and while many...more

Part 2: …But In the Fourth Department, Repeat Filings Are Not Required?

In Part 1 of this discussion, we highlighted the Appellate Division, Third Department’s holdings on RPTL’s “freeze” provision in the Highbridge Broadway, LLC v City of Schenectady and Scellen v City of Glens Falls cases. As...more

Missouri Passes Data Center Incentive Legislation

Missouri recently joined the growing number of states that have created incentives for the construction or expansion of data center facilities. The new law, signed on April 9, 2015, provides exemptions from various state and...more

Philadelphia Eliminates Tax-Exempt Recertification Requirement

Owners of tax-exempt property in the City of Philadelphia no longer need to worry about submitting recertification forms regarding the continued use of their property. On April 7, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed Bill...more

Investment in real estate: France-German double tax treaty changes

On 31 March 2015, the Governments of France and Germany signed an amendment to the France-German treaty dated (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in real estate. For France, this...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: The New York Legislature Ends The Guessing - Brownfield Tax Credits Extended And Modified

On April 1, 2015, the New York Legislature passed a budget bill for fiscal year 2015-2016, which included numerous amendments (the Amendments) to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), a state program designed to incentivize...more

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