Few days ago Senate Finance Committee approved a Bill that would modify the FIRPTA – Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act. The affected foreign investors are primarily the shareholders of REIT – Real Estate Investment Trusts, however, the changes would also encompass other foreign investors in US real property.
Among other things the Bill if enacted would increase the FIRPA withholding tax under IRC 1445 from 10% to 15%. It would also impose additional reporting requirements than those exist now. For example, real estate brokers may also have a reporting requirements when they sell property owned by foreign investors!
It is important to monitor the development as it would significantly increase the burden on the withholding agents and buyers of the properties.
We at CPA Global Tax & Accounting are monitoring the developments and will post an update as soon as the Bill is finalized in its present form or with any changes. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need additional information about the provisions of the Bill.