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International Tax News - September 2014

BASE EROSION PROFIT SHIFTING PROJECT RECOMMENDATIONS TO COMBAT TAX AVOIDANCE BY MULTINATIONALS - At the request of the G20 Leaders, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has been considering...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

Investment in French real estate: France-Luxembourg double tax treaty changes

On 5 September 2014, the Governments of France and Luxembourg signed an amendment to the France-Luxembourg treaty dated 1 April 1958 (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in French...more

How Windstream Ruling Will Affect Foreign Taxpayers

In general, a REIT is a special purpose entity for U.S. federal income tax purposes that requires at least 75 percent of the value of the entity’s gross assets to consist of real estate assets, cash, cash items, and...more

Synthetic Investment in U.S. Real Estate by Foreign Investors

According to recent reports, foreign investment in commercial U.S. real estate exceeded $38.7 billion in 2013 - a 40 percent increase over 2012. Leading the way in 2013 were investors from Canada, China, Australia, Germany,...more

Real Estate Investment in Australia

Australia continues to be viewed as a destination of choice for global real estate investors seeking a safe haven in a well-regulated and highly transparent growth-orientated market for doing business. In addition, the...more

3 Red Lights And 3 Green Lights For Non-US Investors In US Real Estate: Tax Challenges And Solutions

Investment in US real estate by non-US investors is increasing. Non-US investors acquired almost $23 billion in US real estate, representing a 9% increase over 2012 and accounting for 13% of all real estate transactions in...more

Doing Business in Canada: Taxes & Duties

SALES AND TRANSFER TAXES: GOODS AND SERVICES TAX - Canada has a 5% value-added tax imposed on goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST is applied to each transaction in the production and...more

Ten Major Differences Between Real Estate Investing In China And Real Estate Investing In The United States

Commercial real estate is an approximately USD$26 trillion (RMB 162 Trillion) global industry, The United States has over 25% of the global commercial real estate at almost USD$7 Trillion. (RMB 43.7 Trillion). It has been...more

U.S. and European Cross-Border Real Estate Investment: Key Structuring Considerations

Deploying real estate capital across international markets can be a complex exercise, and structuring cross-border investments so that capital can be brought back efficiently adds to the complexity. Accommodating the...more

Japan Back In Spotlight For Real Estate Investment

Japan is back in the spotlight for international real estate investors. Recent surveys indicate that Japan was the third most active market globally in 2013 after the U.S. and the U.K., with transaction volumes of...more

Using Multiple Sources of Alternative Financing for Hotel Development

Four years after the collapse of the traditional financing markets for new hotel developments, most hotel developers are still struggling to find the necessary financing to fill the capital stack required to build new hotels....more

The Portfolio Interest Exemption: A Pretty Good Thing

You know what’s better than earning portfolio interest? Nothing. OK, that may be an overstatement. But for non-U.S. lenders looking to earn a return on their U.S.-based investments, with respect to paying U.S. taxes, that’s...more

Capital Gains Tax on U.K. Property for Non-Residents

According to various reports, the Chancellor of the Exchequer is considering announcing in his Autumn Statement in December that capital gains tax (“CGT”) will be imposed on non-U.K. resident property sellers for the first...more

Tax Refund Litigation Update: Court of Federal Claims Relies on “Substance Over Form” Doctrine to Recharaterize Transaction

A decision by the United States Court of Federal Claims originally filed under seal and reissued on October 23, 2013 evidences an important trend in the substance over form doctrine created by the courts to recharacterize...more

Comprehensive Tax Reform Remains a Top Priority for Key Members

Congressional Consideration Continues, Including Provisions That Would Impact the Real Estate Industry - The House Ways & Means Committee is currently holding Member-level discussions on tax reform and is in the...more

Proposed FIRPTA Changes Would Attract More Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate

Non-U.S. taxpayers are generally exempt from U.S. federal income tax on gain from the sale of U.S.-situs capital assets. The one major exception is U.S. real estate. Under the Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Property Tax...more

House Bill Proposes Narrowing Scope Of Firpta; Eases Burdens On Reits

A bill introduced late last month in the United States House of Representatives (H.R. 2870) by Congressmen Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, and Joseph Crowley, a Democrat from New York, sets forth several proposed...more

Tax Planning Important For Foreign Purchasers Of U.S. Real Estate

It is no secret that the South Florida real estate market has been a buying opportunity for wealthy foreigners, in light of the decline in U.S. home prices and the lower value of the U.S. dollar against some foreign...more

Project Blue: A Stamp Duty Land Tax Case That Made Headlines

In July 2013, the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) case of Project Blue Ltd v. HM Revenue & Customs, concerning the high-profile development of Chelsea Barracks, was the first real test of the SDLT’s broad anti-avoidance rule...more

Seeing the Forest through the Trees -- A New Method for Structuring Investment by Foreign Investors in U.S. Timber and...

Overview - Large institutional investors including pension plans and endowments and foundations have made significant investments in timberland over the last forty years. These same investors have also made significant...more

Spike In Real Estate Creates Tax Planning Opportunities For South Florida Property Owners

Although it may come as a surprise to many, it is no secret that South Florida property values are on the rise. ...more

Personal Use Of Corporate Property In A USRPI Holding Company Structure

To insulate the ultimate individual owners from U.S. estate taxes, nonresident aliens often hold U.S. real property in a U.S. corporation, which corporation is owned by a foreign corporation. The foreign corporation is owned...more

Tax Kung Fu – Tax Structuring for Chinese Investment in U.S. Real Estate

Overview - Unless you have been traveling the galaxies for the last twenty years, you haven’t missed the “Chinese Miracle”. Its enormous impact is felt globally. When you see the skyline of Shanghai, the new meaning of...more

Buying Real Estate in Spain - FAQs

Prices in the Spanish real estate market have been cut down by around 30% in the last 5 years, which means a wealth of opportunities for real estate funds, savvy individual investors and anything in between. But there are...more

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