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City eyes mansion-tax boost

The de Blasio administration is weighing a proposal to capitalize on soaring prices for luxury real estate by raising the so-called mansion tax on top-priced apartment sales, according to The Wall... To view the full story, click the title link.

Conservationists Spend Over $7.16 Million To Get 20% Of The Vote

North Dakotans weren’t in the mood to say “yes” to most of the ballot measures tonight. Every single ballot measure lost, by wide margins, except for Measure 2 to ban taxes on real estate transfers. But perhaps the most devastating of the losses, I’m downright giddy to report, was Measure 5. With nearly 94 percent...

From Jersey Shore To Real Housewives To Real Estate Gurus, Deducting Everything Can Be Tax Evasion

Deducting Everything Can Be Risky. Flashy Reality Stars, Self-Promoters and "Don't Pay Taxes" Evangelists Are Especially Vulnerable.

Detroit developer bids on 6,300 foreclosed properties in auction

``A Detroit real estate developer whose group won a bundle of more than 6,300 properties in a county tax foreclosure auction said on Wednesday he intended to help get low-income residents into fixed up homes and turn vacant lots into community developments.''

Megarich Foreigners To Keep Bleeding NYC Dry

Luxury real estate firms in New York City make a lot of money helping wealthy foreigners exploit the state's tax laws?now some firms overseas want to share in the joy of being richly rewarded middlemen. The Times reports that real estate...Show More Summary

Austrian investor schooled on Detroit housing market

An Austrian man who bought a foreclosed home on Detroit’s east side in 2010 to rent it out recently found himself with no tenant and a $6,000 property tax bill.  Owner Andreas Gindelhuber hired real estate agent Larry Else to...

Toronto Realtors target land transfer tax, question about commissions ‘inappropriate’

The Toronto Real Estate Board likes mayoral candidate Doug Ford’s proposal to slash land transfer taxes by 60 percent over a four-year period. But at a press conference where Ford floated the idea, TREB President Paul Etherington squashed any discussion...

Yes, You DO Need a Real Estate Accountant: Here’s Why

Successful real estate investors are those who do the essential things right. For instance, business structuring, tax preparation and deductions management are vital aspects of the real estate business that must be handled scrupulously. Show More Summary

Pied-à-terre tax fever gives real estate industry chills

The real estate industry last week swam frantically against a tide of support for a tax on pieds-à-terre valued at more than $5 million, arguing it would idle the construction of luxury... To view the full story, click the title lin...

Untaxed billionaires tip of dumb tax policy

When the Fiscal Policy Institute proposed a pied-à-terre tax on the super-luxury apartments of nonresidents, the Real Estate Board of New York claimed it would be an excessive burden. The... To view the full story, click the title l...

Your Complete Guide to the Real Estate Professional Tax Loophole

If you are an investor (which of course you are; otherwise, you would probably not be here on BiggerPockets), you may have already heard of the wonderful tax benefits of being a real estate professional. If you haven’t heard, here is a quick snapshot. Show More Summary

ABA Tax Section Fall CLE Meeting

The ABA Tax Section concludes its three-day Joint Fall CLE Meeting with the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section today in Denver. The full program is here. Tax Profs with speaking roles include: Diversity: Anthony Infanti (Pittsburgh) Employee Benefits: Jon Forman (Oklahoma), Kathryn Kennedy (John Marshall) Exempt Organizations:...

A Real Plutocracy Prevention Act

Senator Bernie Sanders Act Would Bolster Estate Tax and Reduce Inequality French economist Thomas Piketty made a sensation with his bestselling book about inequality, Capital In The Twenty-First Century. Piketty's big solution is for...Show More Summary

3 Reasons You Should LOVE the Home Office Tax Deduction

One of my favorite tax perks available to real estate investors is the home office deduction. Let’s face it, the home office deduction is generally not going to reduce your tax bill down to zero. However, it can still provide you with quite a bit of tax savings if used correctly. Show More Summary

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

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