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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

More Flexible and Efficient, with Emphasis on Stakeholder Protection: Taiwan Amends the Business Mergers and Acquisitions Act

On January 8, 2016, an amendment (the “Amendment”) to Taiwan’s Business Mergers and Acquisition Act (the “Act”) has become effective. Through this amendment, the government hopes to encourage M&A activities in Taiwan by...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

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

Senate Passes Extenders Legislation – Moves to President for Signature

Last week the Senate voted 65-33 to pass the Extenders bill (H.R. 2029) and it moves to the President where it is expected to be signed.  As discussed in more detail in this blog, the legislation makes permanent or creates an...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

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

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

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 8, No. 3

Final and Temporary Dividend Equivalent Regulations Issued – Some Good, Some Bad, And Some Ugly: On September 17, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final and temporary regulations under Section 871(m),...more

A Reverse Morris Trust Ruling

LTR 201542004 at first seems to involve a standard spinoff for the purpose of pursuing a reverse Morris Trust combination of Controlled with a Merger Partner, with the “significant issue” for ruling being a proposed swap of...more

Guidance for IPO Issuers

On October 28, 2015, at a Practising Law Institute program, the Securities Regulation Institute, the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission joined a panel discussion on...more

Fraud Vitiated Special-Committee Process in Dole Merger

In a self-interested transaction between a company and its controlling stockholder, the operative standard of judicial review under Delaware law is the most rigorous: entire fairness standard of review. To obtain the least...more

IRS Adds Certain Spin Transactions to the “No Rule” List

Treasury and IRS announce that certain “cash rich” and REIT/RIC conversion spin-offs are under study and are added to the “no rule” list. On September 14, 2015, the United States Treasury Department (the Treasury) and...more

Employee Benefits Developments - September 2015

IRS Issues New Draft Form 1095-C and Instructions. On August 6, 2015, the IRS published its most recent updates to Form 1095-C and the instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C. Beginning in early 2016, applicable large...more

Better Late Than Never: The California Supreme Court Reverses Itself, Holding That Corporate Policyholders May Assign Insurance...

Asset purchase and sale transactions are a preferred structure for many corporate deals. For a variety of reasons, it may be prudent for businesses or product lines to be transferred through these transactions, and an asset...more

IRS Announcements Create Market Uncertainty for REIT Spin-Offs

In issuing IRS Notice 2015-59 and Rev. Proc. 2015-43 last week, the IRS intentionally created significant market uncertainty about the viability of “PropCo/OpCo” spin-offs as part of the PropCo’s REIT conversion (e.g., where...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of working days (in theory) that Congress has left to negotiate and pass a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. Here’s hoping that the Pope’s visit to the Capitol...more

IRS Suspends Private Rulings on Many REIT Spin Off Conversions

The flurry of Opco-Propco REIT conversions has hit a stumbling block this week when the IRS issued a Revenue Procedure announcing a “no rule” policy for a key corporate tax issue for many REIT spin offs. Basically to do a...more

New IRS Guidance Limits Tax-Free Spin-Off Rulings – Implications for REIT Spin-Offs

On September 14, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Notice 2015-59 (the “Notice”) and Revenue Procedure 2015-43 (the “Rev Proc”; together with the Notice, the “Spin-Off Guidance”). Under the Spin-Off Guidance,...more

The Treasury and the IRS Issue Spin-Off Revenue Procedure and Notice Announcing No-Rule Areas That Are Under Study

On September 14th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2015 43 (the “Rev. Proc.”) announcing new “no-rule” areas with respect to spin offs involving substantial amounts of investment assets, small amounts of active trade or business...more

Qualification of Certain Section 355 Spinoff Transactions Added to No-Rule List as IRS and Treasury Study the Topic

On September 14, 2015, the government released Notice 2015-59 and Rev. Proc. 2015-43, both relating to Section 355 spinoffs. They respond to government concerns about spinoff transactions that result in the distributing...more

IRS No Rule Policy Expected to Cool Down Spin-offs

On Monday, the IRS released Notice 2015-59. In it, the IRS announced that the IRS will no longer issue private letter rulings on whether a distribution satisfies the requirements of Section 355 for a tax-free spin-off where...more

Tax Policy Update

As in the 9 percent "amusement tax" that the city of Chicago recently extended to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, triggering a series of lawsuits alleging that the newly expanded tax was illegally...more

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