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The Real Property Business And The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017[1] went into effect only two weeks ago. Many of its provisions represent significant changes to the Code, and it will take most of us several months to fully digest them,[2] to appreciate...more

Proposed Changes to HVCRE in 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

International banking regulators responded to the 2008 financial crisis by increasing capitalization requirements with the Basel III Capital Accords. Increased capitalization requirements affect any loan secured by High...more

The “Real Dirt” Tax Reform and the Real Estate Industry

by Burr & Forman on

Just prior to 2017 year end, Congress passed tax legislation that legislators and tax pundits alike describe as the most significant overhaul of the Internal Revenue Code since the 1986 Tax Act] championed by President Ronald...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Real Estate and Construction Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

Tax Reform Advisory: Real Estate Industry

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 1, informally known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act”). The Act will have a significant impact on many sectors of the economy including the real estate sector....more

West Coast Real Estate Update - December 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New California Ballot Initiative Targets Proposition 13 Tax Limit for Corporate Properties - Proposition 13, which was approved in California 40 years ago, could potentially be up for debate in 2018. A ballot initiative...more

IRS Announces Property Tax Prepayments May Not Be Deductible

One of the outstanding questions from the new tax bill is whether individuals can prepay their 2018 property taxes in advance to claim the full deduction in 2017. The IRS announced in an advisory late Wednesday that prepaying...more

Het Vlaams Onteigeningsdecreet - Klaar voor de start?

by DLA Piper on

Bij de zesde staatshervorming werden de gewesten in ons land bevoegd voor het onteigeningsrecht. Het Vlaams Parlement maakte van deze bevoegdheid gebruik en keurde op 15 februari 2017 het nieuwe Onteigeningsdecreet goed. De...more

The Flemish Expropriation Decree: Ready for take-off?

by DLA Piper on

Since the sixth state reform, the regions have been entrusted with expropriation law in our country. Flemish Parliament used this power to adopt the new Expropriation Decree on 15 February 2017. The proposed entry into force...more

Last Minute Tax Change Benefits Commercial Real Estate

In general, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill allows pass-through owners making less than $157,500 ($315,000 for married couples) to take a flat 20 percent deduction on certain business income, before computing the ordinary...more

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

Legalized Marijuana Resulting in Real Estate High

The real estate industry is booming in states where marijuana is blooming—that is, in states that have legalized the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. Here is a quick overview. In November 2016, voters in...more

The Codextrain has reached its final destination

by DLA Piper on

After a few stops and after being put on a side track for a while, today the "Codex train" has reached its final destination during the plenary session of Flemish Parliament....more

Important changes to the Model Land Lease Agreement (Ukrainian)

by Dentons on

On 22 November 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved Resolution No. 890 On Introduction of Amendments into Certain Resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as Resolution No....more

Important changes to the Model Land Lease Agreement

by Dentons on

On 22 November 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved Resolution No. 890 On Introduction of Amendments into Certain Resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (hereinafter referred to as Resolution No....more

CrunchedCredit.com’s 8th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

by Dechert LLP on

As we look back each November to bestow the year’s crop of Golden Turkeys to the silliest and most annoying instances of regulatory overreach, legislative inanity, governmental misfeasance or the mere idiotic behavior of...more

HVCRE Reform is HOT HOT HOT: Pittenger Bill Progresses to Senate

by Dechert LLP on

Add HVCRE reform to the list of things that have bi-partisan support (currently on the list: flag pins and banning the use of Twitter in the White House). On Tuesday, the House passed (with bi-partisan support…which should...more

Denver Green Roof Initiative Passed by Denver Voters

By a narrow margin, on Nov. 7, 2017, Denver voters approved a Citizen Ballot Initiative (“Initiative”) that mandates green roofs on all new buildings with over 25,000 square feet of floor area. The Initiative also requires...more

Florida Lawmakers Take Action To Curb Access Suits, But Will It Work?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Florida’s recently-enacted House Bill 727 gives businesses a way to deter serial plaintiffs from suing them in Florida state courts....more

Changes in Real Estate legislation - 3 quarter 2017

by Dentons on

Amendments to the federal laws - Federal Law No. 135-FZ On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Improving the Procedure for Establishing and Using the Territory Adjacent to an Airfield and...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

Expanded ARO pilot program poised for Chicago City Council approval

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Earlier this week, after a four-hour hearing, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate recommended approval of a three-year pilot initiative to expand and modify the City of Chicago’s Affordable...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....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

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