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Telecommunications Services May Be Good for REITs 

The rapid advancement of telecommunications technology has made it necessary for property owners, including real estate investment trusts, to upgrade their properties with voice, video, and data communications systems to help attract new tenants. This trend particularly has been menacing

Trust-Worthy Tips 

Charitable remainder trusts are unique and powerful giving tools with useful applications in commercial real estate. CRTs often are employed to address the three biggest tax hurdles real estate investors face current income tax, capital gains tax, and estate tax.

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

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

Retail Tenants Get Tax Break for Construction Allowances 

For years, federal income tax law was unclear about how to treat payments that owners or landlords make to tenants for construction allowances to improve leased retail space. Last September, the Internal Revenue Service adopted final regulations on previously created

S Corporation Shareholders Benefit From Supreme Court Ruling 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of taxpayers in a potential windfall decision for shareholders of S corporations. Many small companies, including real estate related ventures, elect to be treated as S corporations with the Internal Revenue Service.

A PAT Answer 

Editor's note The November December 2006 issue of Commercial Investment Real Estate contains the article "A PAT Answer," which discusses private annuity trusts as a tax deferral strategy. After the magazine was printed, the U.S. Treasury Department issued proposed regulation

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

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

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

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

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

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.

IRS Ruling on Passive Activity May Offer Tax Break Possibilities 

Taxpayers often consider depreciable real estate a viable investment vehicle because of its potential for capital appreciation and cash flow and its inherent qualities as a tax shelter. From a purely tax perspective, depreciable real estate historically provides a positive

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

Leasehold Interests Offer Alternative 1031 Exchange Options 

Typical Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchanges involve the sale of real estate and the acquisition of like kind replacement property. Basically, property held for investment is like kind with any other property held for investment. Fee title investment real

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

Estate Tax Repeal Affects Property Disposition by Beneficiaries 

On June 7, President Bush signed the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, a $1.35 trillion tax cut plan. Among other things, this act provides for a phased in repeal of the estate tax with a full

New Tax Rules Offer REITs More Flexibility 

Significant new federal income tax rules governing real estate investment trusts will allow REITs to compete on a more level playing field. Without being penalized, REITs now may operate and maintain control of companies that provide valuable services to their

QI Questions 

The unregulated Section 1031 exchange industry has suffered instances of misappropriated client funds, breaches of fiduciary duty, theft, and qualified intermediary bankruptcy filings. The task of qualifying a QI has become paramount for real estate investors and their advisers. Understanding

Proposed Rules Affect Reorganizations Involving Disregarded Entities 

Proposed Internal Revenue Service regulations could affect tax planning for mergers involving commercial real estate structures such as real estate investment trusts that use disregarded entities. The proposed regulations will limit the number of reorganizational structures available to corporate taxpayers

Partnerships Can Use These Methods to Protect 1031 Gains 

Property owners wishing to dispose of appreciated assets often use Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchanges to defer capital gains taxes. However, partnerships wishing to execute exchanges face unique challenges, particularly when individuals in the partnership have diverging investment goals

QRPBI Exception Calculations 

Two calculations must be applied that limit the amount of excludable cancellation of debt income when utilizing the qualified real property business indebtedness exception to COD income. While these calculations are complex and not comprehensively covered in this article, this

Partnership Abandonment May Not Be a Capital Offense 

When selling real property, individual taxpayers generally prefer to declare the profit as a capital gain rather than ordinary income because of the lower marginal rate on capital gains. But in the case of losses, this logic often is reversed