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Foreign Asset Disclosure Program
Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have long been a tax-efficient vehicle for foreign persons seeking to invest in U.S. real estate. Now, two legislative proposals titled the Real Estate Investment and Jobs Act of 20131...more
On June 6, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Ruling 2013-14, which concludes that a Fideicomiso or a Mexican Land Trust (MLT) is not taxed as a “trust” for U.S. income tax purposes. While most practitioners...more
On June 6, 2013, the IRS released Revenue Ruling 2013-14, which holds that Mexican fideicomisos or Land Trusts are not trusts for U.S. tax purposes. “Fideicomisos have been an issue in the offshore disclosure world for quite...more
International buyers invested $82.5 billion in U.S. residential real estate (4.8% of total U.S. sales) according to the most recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors for the 12 month period ending with...more
It has long been popular for high net-worth people who are not domiciled in the United Kingdom (“non-doms”) to form an offshore company, often in the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”), for the purposes of holding property in the...more
Every time I’m presented with a contract, I’m quickly transported to a small room in which Willy Wonka, played by Gene Wilder, is vehemently scolding the good natured Charlie Bucket and the poor, protective Grandpa Joe:
Overview of Fideicomisos
If you own a home or a vacation home in Mexico, chances are that your property is held in a fideicomiso. A fideicomiso is a contractual arrangement that is arguably something in between a trust...more
Due to the “financial crisis” in U. S. real estate and the relative strength of the Canadian dollar in the past couple of years, an increasing number of Canadians are purchasing a second home or vacation property in the U.S....more
Conducting due diligence is a key aspect of any transaction, international or otherwise. Attorneys working on transactions conducted in Mexico or that involve Mexican entities ought to be aware of registration and...more
U.S. residents, and other nonresidents of Mexico, are restricted from owning certain real estate in Mexico. The Mexican Constitution prohibits foreigners from purchasing or owning real estate within 60 miles of an...more
This article is part of our series of articles on the risks and rewards of buying U.S. real estate as a non resident alien.
Accountants know a lot about keeping track of your money, but estate planning isn’t their...more
This fictional example is drawn from our guide Buying U.S. Real Estate When Your Child Studies in America.
Hiro Sasaki, 19, will be a freshman at Stanford this fall (Class of 2015). Hiro’s parents, Emiko and Dai Sasaki...more
This article is part of our series on Buying U.S. Real Estate When Your Child Studies in America
Trend: more NRAs purchasing in college areas
The June 29, 2011 article “U.S. is Top Choice for Real Estate Investors,”...more
Presenting our newest guide on international estate planning
We've just posted a new international estate planning guide, Buying U.S. Real Estate When Your Child Studies in America. (Note: If you get value from it, would...more