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Maximizing Deductions Through Prepayment of Real Property Taxes Before Potential Tax Law Changes

Currently, individual taxpayers who itemize their deductions can deduct real property taxes paid that year. Under both the House and Senate tax reform bills, the property tax deduction would be capped at $10,000. If that cap...more

Pending tax reform, prepaying 2018 real estate taxes could benefit Illinois individual taxpayers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In light of the tax reform bill pending in Congress, individuals throughout Illinois should give strong consideration to prepaying 2018 real estate taxes now to receive the largest possible benefit on their 2017 tax returns....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

It’s the Taxes, Stupid

by Dechert LLP on

In this commentary we have talked about a lot of challenges facing commercial real estate finance and other capital market activities over the years. With more or less “pants on fire” anxiety, we’ve talked about Dodd-Frank’s...more

2017 Legislative Update: New Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate Clients

by Sands Anderson PC on

On July 1, 2017, new laws passed during the 2017 General Assembly session will go into effect in Virginia that may impact you as someone interested in commercial real estate. They run the gamut of issues touching on the real...more

Client Alert: Florida’s Sales Tax Reduction Requires Commercial Lease Parties to Recalculate Their Rent Schedules

Florida is one of the only states in the country that levies a tax on commercial leases, and is the only state to do so in any comprehensive manner. Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature have been attempting to...more

Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits: a Legislative Update

by Williams Mullen on

The Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (“HRTC”) Program (Virginia Code § 58.1-339.2) has been a significant factor in the preservation of historic properties and the revitalization of urban centers across the...more

Have Yourself a Very Trumpy Tax Plan

by Dechert LLP on

Well, we’ve had the big reveal and the administration’s new tax plan is out. This plan, announced with a great deal of fanfare, feels more like a campaign promise than an actual executable plan. At two hundred forty-six...more

Is Property Tax Reform Coming to Oregon?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

As our state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers are considering a number of ways to raise taxes to bridge the gap. One current proposal asks Oregonians to reconsider Measure 50, their 1990s-era property tax...more

Tax Reform Considerations for REITs

by King & Spalding on

Various components of the tax reform proposals that have been put forth by the Congress as well as the President could have significant impacts on REITs. In 2016, the Republican leadership and Republicans on the House...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 8, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Governor Cuomo Releases 2017-18 New York State Executive Budget - New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo released his 2017-2018 Executive Budget, containing an assortment of potentially important tax proposals,...more

Impact of Tax Reform Proposals on REITs and Real Estate

by Goodwin on

This alert focuses on various tax reform proposals and their potential impact on REITs and the real estate industry. Tax reform is high on the agendas of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Trump administration....more

Alert: Massachusetts Property Tax Alert

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

On August 9, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed The Municipal Modernization Act – An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government – H. 4565, which was effective as of November 7, 2016, unless otherwise...more

2016 Year-End Tax Update: Okay, Now What?

by Cozen O'Connor on

In last year’s materials, loosely styled “Make America Great Again!,” we ruminated upon (and also thought about) what role, if any, federal income taxes might play in helping to make America great again, once the interminable...more

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California public agencies that impose transient occupancy (hotel) taxes may be limited in the tax they can collect from online transactions. The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that TOT are limited to the...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - December 2016

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Significant Changes in US Tax System Likely - In the short time since the surprising election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, much already has been written about the likelihood and likely...more

How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact the Commercial Real Estate Market

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Many economists believe that the Donald Trump presidency will bring with it an era of higher interest rates, inflationary policies, tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Such an environment would have mixed consequences for...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: real estate

by DLA Piper on

Interest relief restrictions - The adoption of the interest deductibility restrictions from April 2017 onwards will continue. The basic elements of the rules will remain as previously announced - a cap on deductions at...more

A Plethora of Propositions: Real Estate Tax, Land Use and Governance on the San Francisco Ballot

Admittedly the issues may appear benign compared to the Presidential race and the drugs, sex and other provocative topics on the state ballot. But San Francisco voters again face a long list of significant local propositions...more

Beware a Prop W Higher Transfer Tax

Transfer tax on the sale of most commercial property in San Francisco will increase if voters approve Proposition W. If approved, Prop W will increase the transfer tax rate by 0.25% for sales valued above $5 million...more

MoFo Tax Talk - Volume 9, No. 3

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

IRS Issues Proposed Regs on RIC Commodity Investments - On September 27, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) providing guidance relating to the income test and asset diversification...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

While overall there is little activity in the General Assembly, the House Revenue Committee is meeting today for a hearing on an interesting piece of property tax legislation. The hearing is on HB4363, which would create the...more

New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

by Sands Anderson PC on

Another session of Virginia’s General Assembly has now come and gone, adding one more chapter to the nearly four hundred year history of the country’s oldest law-making body. Over three thousand bills were proposed in the...more

Solar Industry Update: Clearing the Path for More Solar in the Sunshine State

In yesterday’s primary election, Florida voters approved Amendment 4, granting the Florida Legislature’s request for authority to exempt the value of solar improvements from commercial property taxes....more

Solar Industry Update:  What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About

If you vote by mail, then you’ve likely already received your August 30 primary ballot with a proposed amendment to the Florida constitution on the back. It is Amendment 4, and it is the only amendment on the primary ballot....more

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