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Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate – A F.I.R.P.T.A. Introduction

Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate – A F.I.R.P.T.A. Introduction

Many economic, political, and cultural factors make U.S. real estate an attractive investment for high net worth individuals resident in other countries.  These factors are supported by a set of straightforward tax rules that apply at the time of sale.  Alicea Castellanos, the C.E.O. and Founder of Global Taxes L.L.C., looks at the U.S. Federal income taxes and reporting obligations that apply to a foreign investor from the time U.S. real property is acquired to the time of its sale.

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Extension of German Taxation on Foreign Companies Holding German Real Estate

Extension of German Taxation on Foreign Companies Holding German Real Estate

In August, the German Federal government proposed draft legislation that will expand the scope of German taxation to cover the sale of shares in “real estate rich companies” by nonresident taxpayers. The draft legislation proposes that capital gains from shares in non-German companies will be subject to German taxation if more than 50% of the share value is attributable to German real estate. The legislative proposal has wide application, reaching a shareholding that exceeds a 1% threshold at any time in the five years preceding the sale. Dr. Petra Eckl, a partner at GSK Stockmann + Kollegen in Frankfurt, explains the proposal and the practical exposure that arises from its overly broad language.

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New Developments in the World of Reverse Like-Kind Exchanges

New Developments in the World of Reverse Like-Kind Exchanges

Tax planners to New York City real estate families understand that real estate should never be sold.  Rather, it should be exchanged in a tax-free, like-kind exchange.  The exchange can be bifurcated into two independent transactions – one a purchase and the other a sale – without affecting tax-free treatment, provided certain well identified rules are followed.  Moreover, the replacement can be acquired before the sale of an existing parcel is effected.  In a recent advisory opinion affecting property in New York State, the Department of Taxation and Finance issued a taxpayer-friendly advisory opinion involving real estate transfer tax exposure in a reverse like-kind exchange.  Rusudan Shervashidze and Nina Krauthamer explain the ruling. 

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A Year of Guest Features

A Year of Guest Features

This month, we reminisce on the best of 2016, with articles contributed by guest authors from around the world.

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In the Matter of GKK 2 Herald LLC – Effects of the Step Transaction Doctrine

In the Matter of GKK 2 Herald LLC – Effects of the Step Transaction Doctrine

Clients that invest in U.S. real property have discovered that income tax planning for the structure is only once piece of the planning puzzle.  A second piece relates to the imposition of transfer taxes on the sale.  If the property is in New York City, planning must consider the real property transfer tax rules of both the city and New York State.  Both jurisdictions impose tax.  Rusudan Shervashidze looks at recent cases in the State of New York Division of Tax Appeals Tribunal and the New York City Appeals Tribunal involving the same plan, implemented by the same taxpayer, regarding the same parcel of real property.  For New York State purposes, the plan was successful.  However, for New York City purposes, the plan was overturned.  The statutes at the state and city level are almost identical.

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