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New Tax Plan, December 2017

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New tax laws hold modest change for investment real estate. The highly anticipated tax reform legislation making its way through Congress could be signed into law by President Trump this month. For real estate investors, the final versions appear relatively benign, with only modest changes to key provisions such as the 1031 tax-deferred exchange, mortgage interest deductibility and asset depreciation. The two versions, one from the House of Representatives and one from the Senate, have yet to be reconciled, but neither version holds any significant changes that will radically impact real estate in-vestment.

Finalization of tax rules to reduce uncertainty. Over the last year, elevated uncertainty generated by the range of potential government policy changes, including tax laws, caused many investors to move to the sidelines. A more cautious outlook pervaded the industry as investors awaited clarity on taxes, fiscal policy and a change in Federal Reserve leadership. This perspective could begin to ease as the implications of the new tax laws firm up and investors better understand how the new rules will affect their investments. With both versions of the tax plan offering generous tax cuts for corporations and pass-through entities such as Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), investors may see the new tax laws as an opportunity to reconfigure their portfolios. The new tax structure will apply to 2018 income for tax filings in 2019.

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