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(US) Property Reassessment is Coming to Washington County, PA

Washington County, Pennsylvania recently concluded its first county-wide reassessment in over thirty-five years, with reassessment values effective for the 2017 tax year. Property owners will receive two separate notices...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

PATH Act Changes to FIRPTA

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) made some important changes to the U.S. federal income tax...more

It’s That Time Again! Property Tax Appeals in Connecticut: Know When to File

The deadline for appealing Connecticut local property taxes is approaching. For many cities and towns, that date is February 20 unless the town has extended the deadline. If a property owner does not file a tax appeal...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

A Closer Look at "Accidental Contracts"

While the intention of the parties in the deal may be straightforward, unfortunately the law is often not. Most real estate deals begin with a letter of intent (or term sheet) spelling out the principal terms of the deal....more

Rhode Island Property Tax Appeal Deadlines Approaching

Owners of commercial, residential or investment property in Rhode Island who wish to challenge their property tax assessment(s) are reminded that significant deadlines are approaching that require immediate attention. The...more

PATH Act Presents Opportunities for Tax-Efficient Non-U.S. Investment in U.S. Real Estate

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Among its numerous revisions to federal tax law, the PATH Act significantly amended various...more

Tax Considerations in Real Estate Dispositions

In a typical real estate transaction, the seller deeds the real property to the buyer. This transaction is simple and straightforward for both buyer and seller. Although it is simple, is it the best structure from a tax...more

Consolidated Appropriations Act Impacts REITs, FIRPTA Requirements and Depreciation

The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 makes some significant changes that affect real estate investment trusts, Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act reporting and withholding requirements, and...more

FIRPTA Withholding Rate Bumped Up To 15%

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 was recently signed into law. Section 324 of the Act modifies Code Section 1445 to increase the required withholding amount on dispositions by nonresident aliens and foreign...more

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 Approved by Congress and Signed by the President

President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law on December 18, 2015. The Act extends retroactively certain provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that had expired...more

Congress Passes New Tax Laws Affecting REITs - Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 (the “Act”) into law. The Act provides for a number of favorable and flexible REIT-specific tax provisions, and implements...more

PATH Act Brings Important Tax Changes for REITs

Last Friday, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 ("PATH Act"), a permanent extenders package. Several provisions of the PATH Act are of particular importance to REITs. The...more

High court ruling imposes added notice for tax-auction property

Q: A recent Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling appears to impose additional notice requirements before the sale of real property due to property tax delinquency. What's this case? A: In the case of Crownover v. Keel, the...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

President Obama Signs Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 or PATH Act. Among the provisions in the PATH Act is an increase from 10% to 15% for the Foreign Investment in Property Tax Act...more

Property Owners: Be Aware of Upcoming Washington Country Tax Reassessment

To culminate a process that has been years in the making, in February 2016, Washington County will be issuing notices to real estate owners showing their new property assessments. Because county, municipal and school...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

Alabama Tax Developments – 2015 Year in Review

This SALT Alert summarizes many of the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama business taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes. The Spring 2015 legislative...more

Property Tax and Valuation Topics: Fall 2015

"Celebrity" Value? In 2004, in the quaint Fenwick borough of Old Saybrook, a developer purchased the beachfront summer home of the late actress Katharine Hepburn. The discovery of a discontinued road, which ran over...more

Autumn Statement 2015 - Real estate tax update

On 25 November the Chancellor delivered the 2015 Autumn Statement. From a real estate perspective, there were a few significant announcements. Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) Additional 3% on all bands on "additional"...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

Pennsylvania Court Decision Bolsters Uniformity Challenges in Real Estate Tax Assessment Appeals

Judge Wettick's recent decision in the case of S&D Shah Corporation v. Allegheny County Board of Property Assessment Appeals & Review, GD 15-13517 (Al. Cty. Comm. Pl. 2015), provides an additional arrow in the quiver of...more

How to Avoid Needlessly Exposing a Client's Assets to Creditors in an Estate Plan or Trust

Estate planners often recommend that their clients hold title in community property or in a trust in which the real property interests are held as community property. They do this primarily to give the client the benefit of...more

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