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The Knowledge Group Has Scheduled a Live Webcast on Significant Changes to the REITs and FIRPTA Rules in 2016 and Beyond

New York, NY, September 28, 2016 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, announced today that it has scheduled a live webcast entitled: Significant Changes to the REITs and FIRPTA Rules in 2016 and Beyond. This two-hour event is scheduled on October 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET.

Event Synopsis:
In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 that contains significant changes relevant to the rules governing real estate investment trusts (REITs) and the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA). The modifications, including the new FIRPTA exemption for qualified foreign pension funds, are highly significant to certain classes of non-U.S. investors.

Other key changes include, among other modifications, an enhanced FIRPTA exemption for holders of small interests in publicly traded REITs; a new exception for certain qualified foreign shareholders of REITs; elimination of the FIRPTA "cleansing rule” for REITs; and an increase in the rate of withholding now required under FIRPTA.

In a two-hour Live Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide an in-depth discussion of tax rules governing investments in U.S. real estate, including FIRPTA and REITs. They will also discuss significant issues and provide the latest insights relevant to the reforms made to REITs and to the FIRPTA rules by the new PATH Act as they relate to foreign investors in U.S. real estate. The speakers will offer their expert thoughts and opinions on how best to take advantage of these changes.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

Overview of U.S. tax rules applicable to foreign investors
Specific tax rules for real estate, including FIRPTA and use of REITs
FIRPTA exceptions
Comparison of structural alternatives
Recent reforms affecting REITs and FIRPTA
New rules applicable to “Qualified Foreign Pension Plans”
Other available FIRPTA exemptions
The “cleansing rule”
Impacts on and advantages to investments in U.S. real estate
Current legislative and other developments

Speakers/Faculty Panel
Carl J. Riley
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
John P. Napoli
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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