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Ownership Structures In Real Estate

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

The common types of ownership structures in real estate are owned as an individual, in a corporation, in a partnership or in a joint venture. The type of structure generally depends on the purpose of the use.

Individual Ownership

  • Less complexity but income is taxed at personal tax rates which can be the highest rates.
  • Any losses incurred can be offset against any income.
  • There is no liability protection for the individual besides the insurance policy on the property.

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County Auditors Seek Legislation To Increase Real Estate Conveyance Fee Tax Collections

Thomas Zaino, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Columbus, Ohio, USA TaxConnections

County Auditors in Ohio are permitted to collect a fee for the administration related to the transfer of deeds.  There are two elements to the “real estate conveyance fee” (which is also commonly referred to as the “real estate transfer tax”).  R.C. 319.54 levies a fee that is measured as 10 cents of every 100 dollars of the value of the real property transferred.  Counties, under R.C. 322.02, are also given the authority to levy an additional real estate transfer tax of up to 30 cents per one hundred dollars of value (grand total of maximum fee/tax of 40 cents of every 100 dollars of value of real property transferred; or, denoted as a decimal 0.004).  Read more

4 Ways The Federal Tax Overhaul Affects Commercial Real Estate

Allen Walburn, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, San Diego, California, TaxConnections

The 2017 “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” is the most significant change to U.S. tax law in 30 years. It lowered the maximum federal corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, as well as lowering rates for many individuals, though nearly all individual reductions sunset at the end of 2025.

Below are highlights of particular interest to commercial real estate owners and developers. In general, while the tax code changes will reduce taxes for many commercial real estate owners and developers, the long-term impact of these changes is difficult to predict. Fundamentals should remain the market driver for commercial real estate. Read more

Real Estate Expenses During Pre-Acquisition

Grant Gilmour, Tax Advisor, Tax Blog, Vancouver, Canada, TaxConnections

There are various real estate expenditures that are deductible to the corporation and others that are capitalized or allocated to inventory. In this FAQ, we will discuss the real estate expenses that are deductible during the pre-acquisition phase as an operating expense to the corporation in the fiscal year that expenditures were incurred.

There are many “soft” costs in real estate such as representation costs, site investigation costs and financing expenses.

Representation costs are eligible for a deduction for amounts paid in the year. Examples of these costs are rezoning applications, project planning and preliminary design costs. Read more

Foreign Investors In United States Real Estate

Richard Lehman, Tax Advisor, Boca Raton, FL, TaxConnections

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Foreign Real Estate Investments & Taxation in Italy

Marco Rossi, Tax Advisor

Italian taxation of foreign investments in Italian real estate is complex.

Transfer taxes charged upon the acquisition of the real estate (alternatively, registration tax or VAT) vary depending on the nature and tax status of the buyer (foreign private individual, foreign company purchasing and owning the real estate directly, or foreign individual or corporate investor purchasing and owning the real estate through an Italian controlled entity), as well as the nature and tax status of the seller (private individual vs. unincorporated business or commercial company registered as a VAT taxpayer).

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How To Maximize Deductions For Business Real Estate

William Rogers, Tax Advisor

Currently, a valuable income tax deduction related to real estate is for depreciation; however, the depreciation period for such property is long and land itself isn’t depreciable.

Whether your real estate property is occupied by your business or is being used as a rental, here’s how you can maximize your deductions:

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Real Estate Taxes For American Expats Abroad

.All Americans are required to file US taxes and report their worldwide income, wherever in the world they live. Thankfully there are a number of IRS exemptions that can be claimed to reduce or eliminate US tax liability for expats, however even if no US tax is owed, expats still have to file an annual federal return.

There are thought to be around 9 million Americans living overseas, many of whom, particularly those who have moved abroad permanently, consider purchasing foreign real estate. Read more

Selling Your Home May Not Be A Taxing Event

Spring and summer in some areas of the country are prime times to sell a home.

In warmer climates like Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and the Carolinas, the home buying/selling season is less defined. In more temperate climates it rarely matters when you put you home on the market. Read more

What Is Really The Cost? Part II – Cost Tacker Worksheet

Jim Marshall

In response to a question from Lisa Foster on Part II of the blog, she asked if there was a worksheet to track the cost basis. I have found no universal worksheet that could be used in all circumstances. If you would like me to send you an example of a Cost Tracker, please email me at and I will be happy to send you a Cost Tracker Worksheet which will be very helpful. Read more

Qualifying As A Real Estate Professional

John Dundon

This is a continuation from a previous post from last week, “Real Estate Professionals For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes.”

What many taxpayers have a difficult time understanding is that qualifying as a real estate professional does not guarantee that your rental activities are non-passive. It simply means that your rental activity is not NECESSARILY passive regardless of your level of participation.

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Equity Stripping – Creating A Plan

David Southwell

There are a number of viable alternative plans for equity stripping and for protecting your home and other assets. We recognize that everybody’s financial situation is unique and work with everybody individually to tailor a plan that best protects their properties.

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