HOW THE 2017 TAX LAW WILL AFFECT REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

HOW THE 2017 TAX LAW WILL AFFECT REAL ESTATE INVESTORS

 

One thing, for sure, about the new tax bill is that real estate investors are big winners.

This article is not meant to be a comprehensive analysis of the new law. I have just excerpted some parts of the bill that I thought would be relevant to real estate investors.

Almost all of these changes begin on January 1, 2018, and revert in 2025.

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US Now Controls Cash Deposits in Foreign Banks

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer country.

On March 18, with very little pomp and circumstance, president Obama passed the most recent stimulus act, the $17.5 billion Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (H.R. 2487), brilliantly goalseeked by the administration’s millionaire cronies to abbreviate as HIRE.

As it was merely the latest in an endless stream of acts destined to expand the government payroll to infinity, nobody cared about it, or actually read it. Because if anyone had read it, the act would have been known as the Capital Controls Act, as one of the lesser, but infinitely more important provisions on page 27, known as Offset Provisions – Subtitle A—Foreign Account Tax Compliance, institutes just that.

In brief, the Provision requires that foreign banks not only withhold 30% of all outgoing capital flows (likely remitting the collection promptly back to the US Treasury) but also disclose the full details of non-exempt account-holders to the US and the IRS. And should this provision be deemed illegal by a given foreign nation’s domestic laws (think Switzerland), well the foreign financial institution is required to close the account. It’s the law.

If you thought you could move your capital to the non-sequestration safety of non-US financial institutions, sorry you lose – the law now says so. Capital Controls in the U.S. are now here and are now fully enforced by the law.

For details of the provisions of the law, go here.