International customers: Foreign Investment Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

International customers: Foreign Investment Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)

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Published by the National Association of REALTORS Read here

FIRPTA Withholding Rate Increasing to 15%

JANUARY 14, 2016
 The recently-enacted Protecting American Taxpayers from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act (H.R. 2029, P.L. 114-113) includes two NAR-supported provisions affecting the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) that are estimated to boost significantly foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate.  However, as part of a package of tax changes to offset the cost of the two provisions, Congress also included an increase in the FIRPTA withholding rate from 10% to 15%.  But property acquired from foreign persons that is to be used as a personal residence is exempt from the increase if the sales price does not exceed $1 million.

An explanation of the changes to the FIRPTA rules by NAR’s Washington staff was recently released and can be found here(link is external).

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