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The 7 Deadly Pitfalls that Threaten Real Estate Investors

Strategic real estate investments have resulted in some of the world’s most renowned multi-billionaires. Real estate investors benefit from rental income, capital gains, leverage, tax incentives and inflation resistance. Still, investing in the industry requires immense prudence in order to overcome the huge risks involved. Show More Summary

It's All About Cereal: Tedesco vs. Donovan

County elections may not grab the big headlines but elections do matter. In Bergen County where the number one concern of constituents is always real estate taxes, an important need now is to support Democrat James Tedesco's battle to unseat Republican Kathleen Donovan as County Executive. Show More Summary

Retired IRS Agent Pushes NY to Audit Tax Cheats

Following up on my previous posts (links below): Albany Times-Union, Audits Sought on Tax Cheats: For two years, a retired Internal Revenue Service officer has been urging state officials to audit big real estate partnerships, particularly in Manhattan, to track down tax cheats owing the state hundreds of millions of...

Realtors give $600,000 to defeat anti-speculation tax

flipproperties.org Two Realtor groups have dumped nearly $600,000 into the campaign against Prop. G, the tax on flipping properties to discourage real estate speculation and evictions in San Francisco, a massive early donation that could signal the beginning of an campaign onslaught by the Realtors. Read more »

What Can I Deduct? The Answer That Will Save You on Real Estate Taxes

I have never met anyone who tells me “Amanda, I think I should be paying more taxes.” Let’s face it, we all feel that we overpay in our taxes. Most people not only feel they have been overpaying in their taxes, but they feel helpless...Show More Summary

Disclosure of Tax Returns of Publicly-Traded Companies

Washington Post op-ed: Shareholders, Public Deserve Tax Transparency, by Catherine Rampell: Tax inversions. Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich. Spinning off tangible assets into real estate investment trusts. Son-of-BOSS shelters. These are among the array of eye-glazingly complicated tax avoidance strategies adopted by America’s biggest companies. Each gets a moment...

Strategy to Take Out Cash in a 1031 Exchange –Tax Free!

Dan is a new client that I started working with just a few months ago. He is an old timer in the real estate business and in fact Dan has owned most of his real estate for over 20 years. Almost all of his properties were single family...Show More Summary

Broker who thought he was bidding on house pays $150K for vacant lot

Clutching a photo of a home in affluent Marin County, California, real estate broker Jeff Helm was thrilled when he ended up as the winning bidder at an auction of properties in tax default, handing over a check for $150,000. But...

Scarsdale Rudely Interrupts NYT Couple’s Retirement

Seymour Topping and his wife are already paying a hefty annual real estate tax bill. But according to a recent report by Journal News ”Tax Watch” columnist David McKay Wilson, the couple may be forced to move due to a newly revised amount. The pair’s yearly property-tax burden is set to double from $43,415 to $85,704. Show More Summary

New Market Tax Credits Fail to Deliver

Nicole Kaeding Created in 2000 as part of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act, the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program provides tax credits to “spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real estate projects...Show More Summary

Universally Accepted Lies In Real Estate EXPOSED!

There’s so much out there in the real estate investing world perceived to be universally understood as ‘known’. Just a few examples might be.... “Buy ‘n hold, and never sell.”   “Only fools pay taxes when a tax deferred exchange is an option.” “Leverage is all about down payment. Show More Summary

Fair Game: A Corporate Tax Break That’s Closer to Home

By allowing a telecom company to spin off part of itself into a real estate investment trust, the I.R.S. has opened a window to a way for many corporations to have lower tax bills.

The High-Yield Investments That I Won't Touch

I have been a huge fan of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and master limited partnerships (MLPs) since I began investing. These tax-advantaged entities avoid paying corporate-level taxes as long

Michigan Personal Property Tax Reform Voted into Law

Big news out of Michigan: voters yesterday approved Prop 1, a personal property tax cut that will amount to about $500 million per year on net. While individuals only pay property taxes on their real estate, businesses in many states...Show More Summary

The High-Yield Investments That I Won’t Touch

I have been a huge fan of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and master limited partnerships (MLPs) since I began investing. These tax-advantaged entities avoid paying corporate-level taxes as long

How REIT Spinoffs Will Further Erode the Corporate Tax Base

While Congress has been obsessing about tax inversions, it turns out another—potentially more important–tax avoidance technique is getting increased attention from the business community: Spinning off tangible assets into Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Show More Summary

REITs and MLPs make tax inversions a diversion

U.S. authorities are letting Windstream call its telecom cables real estate, qualifying them for tax breaks. And a partnership will shield Hess assets from the IRS. Politicians, though, are indignant over firms that move overseas – even when home-grown tax loopholes are costlier.

Leona Helmsley's Haunted Mansion For Sale

Who remembers the 'Queen of Mean', Leona Helmsley...the real estate investor and hotelier who did time in the hokey for tax evasion? She was friends with Imelda Marcos and the Noriega family...and left a $12 million trust fund to her dog when she passed away. Show More Summary

Inversions May Be the Least of U.S. Corporate Tax Issues

Politicians are indignant over firms that move overseas -- even when home-grown tax loopholes, like real estate investment trusts and master limited partnership trusts, are costlier, Christopher Swann of Reuters Breakingviews writes...

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