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West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #2

New Legislation Limits Tax Sharing Agreements - California Senate Bill (SB) 533, which was signed into law in October 2015, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and limits local government from executing tax-sharing...more

Significant Changes to U.S. Taxation of REITs and Investments by Non-U.S. Investors in Real Property under the PATH Act

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law an omnibus appropriations bill which included the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "Act"). In addition to extending or making permanent a number of...more

New FIRPTA Reform Creates PATH to Potential Benefits for Existing REITs and Foreign Investors in the United States

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among other changes, the PATH Act significantly modifies provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of...more

Property Tax on Italian Photovoltaic Plants to Decrease Sharply

There is good news for owners of photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy. In circular no. 2/E, released on 1 February 2016 (the circular), the Italian Revenue Agency has provided official guidance on new rules enacted by on 28...more

New FIRPTA Changes Provide Significant Opportunities, But No Panacea for Encouraging Non-U.S. Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Under FIRPTA, a non-U.S. person’s gain from the sale of U.S. real property interests is treated as income that is effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business (“ECI”), and therefore, is subject to U.S. federal income...more

FIRPTA Withholding Amounts Change

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act) as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016. The new PATH Act reforms the Foreign Investment in...more

IRS Releases February 2016 Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for February 2016 will stay at 2.2%. The February 2016 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found here. Please see full Article below for more information....more

"Important FIRPTA and REIT Reforms Enacted"

The newly signed Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act) includes several reforms to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) and the taxation of real estate investment trusts...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

Significant Changes Affecting REITs in The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, an omnibus spending bill, with a division referred to as the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which...more

New PATH Act Changes Rules for Foreign Investment in US Real Estate and for REITs

The PATH Act exempts certain foreign pension funds from taxation under FIRPTA and significantly modifies the tax rules applicable to REITs. On December 18, 2015 (Enactment Date), US President Barack Obama signed the...more

Extenders Bill Puts an End to Tax-Free REIT Spinoffs but Includes a Number of Favorable Changes to the Taxation of REITs

On December 18, 2015, the President signed the Omnibus Appropriations Act (the “Act”) into law. Notably, the Act contains a number of substantive changes to the tax laws applicable to “real estate investment trusts”...more

Tax Code Amendments Facilitate Foreign Investment in REITs and U.S. Commercial Properties; Increase FIRPTA Withholding Tax Rate

On December 18, 2015, the United States Congress enacted the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Act). Among other things, the Act permanently extends many “popular” tax provisions (e.g., the research and...more

PATH Act Provides Favorable New Rules for Foreign Real Estate Investment Through REITs

On Friday, December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). The PATH Act includes a number of important changes relating to the tax treatment of foreign...more

"Extenders Bill Makes Important REIT Reforms and Closes Door on REIT Spinoffs"

President Obama signed into law a bill that will significantly reform the taxation of real estate investment trusts (REITs). Most notably, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the Bill) prevents companies from...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

New Way to Avoid Probate on Real Property

Probate avoidance is a primary consideration for estate planners and their clients. A revocable trust is usually the vehicle of choice for making nonprobate transfers, but alternatives have always existed for personal...more

Congress Proposes Legislation Which Would Eliminate REIT Tax-Free Spin-Offs; Provision Would Also Fund FIRPTA Relief

In our December 3, 2015 REIT Alert we suggested that the Prop Co/Op Co structure implemented by a tax-free REIT spin-off may not be dead. On December 7, 2015 House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Kevin Brady (R-TX)...more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2015

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

Darden Restaurants and MGM Resorts International Take Different Paths in Unlocking Real Estate Value

In recent years, a number of public companies have sought to unlock the value embedded in their corporate real estate assets by separating the real estate and other assets into two separate entities – a so-called PropCo/OpCo...more

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

IRS Releases Final Regulations Facilitating P3s and Mixed-Use Developments, and Remedial Actions

On October 26, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released final allocation and accounting regulations (the Final Regulations) under Section 141 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) related to...more

At Long Last – Allocation and Accounting Rules

Good things come to those who wait. The tax-exempt bond industry has waited 18 years for a missing reserved section of the private activity bond regulations, the allocation and accounting regulations, Treas. Reg. Section...more

Russia’s New Advanced Development Territories Law: Far East Focus

An initiative to spur investment in this underdeveloped region. Amid the ongoing loud noise surrounding the situation in Ukraine (and in Syria) and the related sanctions and counter-sanctions, a new Russian development...more

City of Chicago to Tax Assignments of Mortgages

Recently the City of Chicago’s Department of Finance issued Real Property Transfer Tax Ruling #4, which clarifies the intent of the City’s Real Property Transfer Tax. The ruling details the application of the exemptions to...more

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