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NSW re-opens its door to foreign developers

by Dentons on

The Berejiklian Government has introduced a Bill into the NSW Parliament which may change the way surcharge purchase duty and surcharge land tax applies to foreign developers....more

Extension of Property Tax Discount in Miami-Dade and Potentially Other Counties

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On September 4, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 in response to anticipated severe damage across Florida due to Hurricane Irma. The Executive Order granted the Florida Department of Revenue authority to...more

Fall 2017 Property Tax and Valuation Topics

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Property Assessment Class Action Fails - On previous occasions, the editors of Property Tax and Valuations Topics have noted that Connecticut courts tend to be rather strict in requiring property owners to pursue statutory...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - November 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The tax proposal initially released by the House Ways and Means Committee could look very different from what Congress actually approves. However, analysts have said that, if passed, certain provisions in the tax plan could...more

Why Did My Property Tax Bill Go Up?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Property taxes have skyrocketed for many Oregonians this year – with some taxpayers experiencing double digit percentage increases over the year before and average increases in the Metro area of 11 % (Multnomah), 6.5 %...more

One Reason Your Property Taxes Skyrocketed - New Bond Measures

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Contrary to popular belief, Oregon law does not limit property tax increases to three percent per year. If you received a property tax statement this year, you may have learned this the hard way. Overall tax rates are now at...more

Current Issues for Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Campus Real Estate, Property Management, Tax Credits The 15th Annual Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers conference was held in San Francisco, where attendees listened to and learned from both in-house and outside counsel at...more

Proposed U.S. Tax Reform May Impact Investments in U.S. Real Estate

by Mintz Levin on

Last week, the long-awaited proposed bill for a comprehensive reform of the U.S. tax code (the “Proposed Tax Reform”) was finally released. While the Proposed Tax Reform is likely to be heavily negotiated further and possibly...more

Lenders Beware–Retroactive Tax Lien Trumps Recorded Mortgage [Florida]

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Under Florida law, a mortgage lender’s lien against real property takes priority over later filed liens. However, under Fla.Stats. §197.122(1), ad valorem tax liens filed against Florida real property will take priority over...more

The Bird’s Eye View of the 1033 Exchange

Although many people are aware that real property held for business or investment may be exchanged for other, “like-kind” real property (and certain personal property) while deferring recognition of gain or loss for income...more

Musings on the Unified Tax Reform Framework - What It Means for the Real Estate Industry

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

This September, the Trump Administration, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee released a unified framework for a major tax reform effort. The framework is not a set of detailed legislative...more

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Reduce a Property’s Taxes: A Supplemental Notice of Value

by Buchalter on

In the next few weeks, county assessors throughout Arizona will issue supplemental notices of value for the 2018 tax year. Supplemental notices are issued when there is new construction or additions, parcel splits or...more

REIT Implications of the New “Big Six” Tax Reform Framework

by King & Spalding on

On September 27, the Trump administration and the Republican leadership in the House and Senate released a document called the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” (the “Framework”), which lays out the core...more

Strategic Alternatives for Real Estate Portfolios Part II - Repositioning of the Portfolio

by King & Spalding on

The review of strategic alternatives can be a daunting task even for the most seasoned executives and directors of real estate companies and real estate investment trusts. This is particularly true in today’s real estate...more

Tax Deductions are Available for Taxpayers with Hurricane Harvey-Related Damage and Loss

by Jackson Walker on

Taxpayers that have sustained property damage (for example, damage to homes and vehicles) as a result of Hurricane Harvey may be entitled to deduct the amount of such casualty loss against their income for federal income tax...more

The Special Economic Zones system extended to cover the entire territory of Poland

by Dentons on

The Polish government has just announced plans to replace the existing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) — scheduled to expire in 2026 — with a new system of permits providing a tax exemption for investments made anywhere in...more

Seattle Waterfront’s Local Improvement District: An Introduction

The Seattle Waterfront Project is a step closer in its plans for redevelopment, or at least a step closer in estimating a piece of its funding. Earlier this month, the City of Seattle received a feasibility study revealing...more

NC Announces Assessment Reappraisal Counties

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

NC has announced that the following counties will begin the tax reassessment appraisal process of real properties in January 2018:-...more

Property Tax Update - 2018 North Carolina Reappraisal Counties

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Update - 9/05/17 - Anson and Avery Counties are conducting reappraisals effective as of January 1, 2018. Watauga County has delayed the next reappraisal until January 1, 2022. Real property in North Carolina must be...more

CA Supreme Court: Entity Ownership Change Can Trigger Documentary Transfer Tax

Many entities are formed for the sole purpose of buying and holding real estate. In this setup, legal title is held by the entity itself (not the entity’s owners), but the entity’s owners have a “beneficial interest” that...more

Florida Property Owners: The Notice Of Proposed Property Taxes From Your County Property Appraiser-Beware Of Deadline For Appeal

by Roetzel & Andress on

What to Do with the Notice - Immediately open the Notice of Proposed Property Taxes and examine its contents for accuracy. The Notice contains column headings which include: - Taxing Authority - Your Property Taxes...more

California Supreme Court Holds that Real Property Transfer Tax Can Apply to Transfers of Entities that Own California Real...

by Bryan Cave on

Under California law, there are two separate tax implications affecting California real estate transfers that result in a “change in ownership” of the real property - a property tax reassessment and a real property transfer...more

California Supreme Court Affirms Transfer Tax On Entity Control Change

by Akerman LLP on

California allows cities and counties to impose a tax on certain real estate transfers at a rate of 1.1 percent of the sales price. Los Angeles County enacted an ordinance to impose the tax on transfers within the county....more

NJ Adopts “Property Taxpayer Bill Of Rights”

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

New Jersey has adopted a “property taxpayer bill of rights” seeking to assist property owners with the real estate assessment process. New Jersey has one of the nation’s highest property taxes....more

California Supreme Court Decision Changes the Transfer Tax World

In 926 North Ardmore Avenue LLC v. County of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court concluded that, subject to certain limitations, California’s Documentary Transfer Tax Act (the California DTTA), applicable to direct...more

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