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Exchange With Caution 

Congress addressed what it considered to be abusive sale leaseback transactions involving tax exempt entities, known as sale in, lease out, or SILO transactions, by creating Internal Revenue Code Section 470 as part of the American Jobs Creation Act of

IRS Guides Taxpayers on Repeal of Installment-Sales Repeal 

The Internal Revenue Service has clarified the implications of Congress' recent change of heart about repealing the installment sales method for accrual basis taxpayers. Signed in December 2000, the Installment Tax Correction Act repeals former Internal Revenue Code Section 453(a)(2),

Cost Segregation Helps Property Owners Maximize Depreciation Deductions 

While most property owners are aware of depreciation benefits, few take full advantage of them. It is rare that a building's entire cost is depreciated over the 39 year or 27.5 year life assigned to real property, but when owners

Constructive Receipt: Timing Is Everything 

A fundamental principle in efficient tax planning is the contemplation of the timing of income and loss events. While this principle seems relatively elementary, determining when a tax item actually becomes taxable can be more complex. Statutory Background IRC Section

Analyzing Local Tax Laws Can Save Property Owners Money 

Property taxes are a major expense for commercial property owners often second only to financing costs. Yet many owners resign themselves to rising property tax expenses, accepting their annual assessments as a cost of doing business. Because property values rise

Accrual-Basis Taxpayers Lose the Use of Installment-Sales Tax Break 

Congress periodically has provided taxpayers with relief from the burden of current income tax liabilities generated in qualified transactions. Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, which governs like kind exchanges, is a familiar example of such a provision that allows taxpayers

5 Tax Tips for Developers and Investors 

In today&rsquo s economy it is essential for commercial real estate professionals to be aware of tax planning opportunities and the potential cash savings available to their companies. The following five tax tips may help real estate owners and developers

Clarifying Entity Classification Conversions 

Two recent Internal Revenue Service rulings on the tax treatment of converting single member limited liability companies into partnerships and vice versa likely will affect the commercial real estate industry because many transactions take place with partnerships and other entities

Tax Squeeze 

The feeble transaction market is pushing commercial real estate professionals to expand their scope to include non transaction services that clients need in today&rsquo s shaky economy. Tax consultation, particularly property valuation protests, is a recession resistant service that is

Big Breaks 

Last fall President Bush signed into law the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, which provides additional deductions and reduced tax rates for many qualifying U.S. businesses. The AJCA is the most far reaching tax cut in years and benefits

Inbound Investments 

In the midst of an unprecedented commercial real estate boom, some investors, particularly those from outside the United States, believe assets currently on the market reflect bargain basement prices. As these opportunities spring up throughout the country, international investors are

Condemnation Caveats 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to decide the scope of a local government’s ability to use the power of eminent domain to take private property. Several New London, Conn., residents contend that the city’s condemnation of their homes

Foreign Affairs 

Foreign investment in U.S. real estate is a substantial industry. U.S. properties currently account for 56 percent of foreign investors' overall real estate holdings, and office, industrial, retail, and hotel properties account for about 85 percent of their target

Bonus Deductions 

The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 provides a number of tax breaks and incentives to the commercial real estate industry. One particular benefit is the increased bonus depreciation amount, which creates an even greater tax incentive

Plan Now, Save Later 

At the beginning of each year, company owners and individual practitioners should review their business practices to determine if they are making the most of their tax deduction opportunities. Knowing which travel, meal, entertainment, home office, and education expenses to

A Taxing Workout? 

The slumping global economy and stagnant credit markets have taken a toll on nearly all commercial real estate properties. Many assets are struggling to generate sufficient income to meet financing obligations in the current market. As a result, many real

1031 Details 

Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 tax deferred exchanges may look similar to simple property acquisitions in which the buyer uses funds from a previous building sale. However, these transactions entail specific closing details that differ from traditional real estate sales.

Considering Commercial Property Investments with an IRA 

With today’s fierce competition in the commercial real estate world, it’s important to find a way to distinguish oneself as a professional. Having a specialized knowledge of inventory possibilities and ideas for creatively funding investment projects can set you apart

Taming Your Taxes 

While property taxes are one of the most significant expenses affecting a property's bottom line, many owners don't take advantage of available strategies to reduce them. Especially in a slow economy, market and property specific factors should be considered to

Exchange Eligibility 

Joseph and Sara bought a three bedroom rental home that needed repair. After several months, they had completed the repairs and put the refurbished property on the market for substantially more than their original investment. Subsequently, a buyer put a

Give & Receive 

Is a non productive commercial real estate asset draining your client's cash flow? What can you do to help get rid of this white elephant while still adding value to your business? Many investors and corporate real estate professionals are

Disappearing Lease Detour 

During the last several years, many tax deferred exchangers sold properties for a premium but found it challenging to locate and buy suitable replacement properties. Construction exchanges are a growing alternative because taxpayers can build value into the property to

LLC Self-Employment Regulations Can Be Taxing 

The limited liability company has emerged as the ownership vehicle of choice for real estate in most jurisdictions. Because of federal "check the box" regulations — which allow newly formed entities to choose how they will be taxed for federal

History in the Making 

By taking advantage of rehabilitation tax credits sprovided under Internal Revenue Code Section 47, owners or developers of historic properties can inject significant equity into their real estate projects to cover funding gaps, increase project amenities, or avoid expensive bridge

IRS Ruling May Free Up Corporate Real Estate Value 

In June, the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Ruling 2001 29, which states that a real estate investment trust might be party to a tax free separation of corporate owned real estate if certain conditions are met. This ruling comes