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Treasury Continues to Target U.S. Real Estate Transactions by Ken Vitek, CPA


Posted on December 05, 2019 by Ken Vitek

In November 2019, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) strengthened its efforts to combat money laundering by reissuing its Geographic Targeting Order (GTO) program for U.S. real estate transactions. Under the renewed GTO, which is extended through May 9, 2020, title insurance companies must collect and report the identities of certain beneficial owners behind holding companies and legal […]

Florida Again Reduces State Sales Tax on Commercial Real Estate Leases in 2020 by Karen A. Lake, CPA, CFST


Posted on November 12, 2019 by Karen Lake

The Florida legislature recently voted to again reduce the sales tax that commercial real estate owners charge and receive from tenants to 5.5 percent in 2020 from its current rate of 5.7 percent. Real property rentals subject to the reduced rate include commercial office space, retail, warehouses and certain self-storage units, excluding storage for motor […]

Rental Property Owners May Qualify for Pass-Through Business Tax Deduction by Edward N. Cooper, CPA


Posted on October 31, 2019 by Edward Cooper

Businesses that own rental property and are organized as pass-through entities, such as S corporations, partnerships or LLCs, may have a unique ability under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) to potentially obtain a deduction for up to 20 percent of the qualified business income (QBI) they generate from leasing real estate. Section 199A of the tax […]

New Rules for Delaware LLCs with Real Estate Holdings by Joseph L. Saka, CPA/PFS


Posted on October 24, 2019 by Joseph Saka

Savvy real estate developers and investors have long relied on the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (DLLCA) to provide them with a flexible and tax-friendly solution for purchasing and holding real property. In planning for the future, current and prospective Delaware LLCs and their members should recognize that the state recently made amendments to the […]

5 Reasons You Should Not Hold Real Estate in an S Corporation by John G. Ebenger, CPA


Posted on September 04, 2019 by John Ebenger

Savvy investors know that holding real estate in their individual names is a bad idea that exposes them to a broad range of legal risks and personal financial liabilities. Instead, U.S. tax laws permit investors to structure their real estate holdings into separate business entities, such as partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs) and corporations, which […]

Tax Implications of Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session by Karen A. Lake, CPA


Posted on June 19, 2019 by Karen Lake

The Florida legislature recently passed a $91.1 billion budget for 2019 that provides some significant wins for individuals and business taxpayers located in the state while failing to address the remote and online sales tax collection issue created by the Supreme Court’s June 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair. Here are the details. Reduced […]