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Cross Border Tax Planning

12 10, 2016

EB-5 Green Card Program Re-extended with no Changes through December

As I’ve mentioned previously, Altro Levy has been keeping a close eye on the outcome of proposed changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Regional Center (“RC”) Program, which was set to expire on September 30, 2016. Amid continuing debate about whether to extend the program in its current temporary form or whether to reform it with the possibility of making it permanent, the U.S. Congress has just re-extended the program for the third time in the past year, by two additional months, with no changes through December 9, 2016.

27 09, 2016

Advisor.ca – How to bring 401(k)s and IRAs to Canada

Matt C. Altro was recently interviewed by Melissa Shin from Advisor’s Edge to analyze the consequences and opportunities when it comes to crossing the Canada/US border with retirement accounts.

22 07, 2016

Is the Florida Land Trust the Right Plan for Canadians?

Originally published in November 2013 by Meghan L. Weinstein Updated in July 2016 by Shlomi Steve Levy and Jonah Spiegelman The Florida Land Trust (“FLT”) is sometimes recommended as a structure to hold title of their personal use U.S. real property. It is relatively inexpensive to set up, and is an effective way of avoiding probate [...]

17 02, 2016

FIRPTA – New Withholding Tax Requirements for Non-Residents

Currency Opportunity for Canadians The current value of the Canadian dollar has presented many Canadians with an opportunity to realize significant capital gains when selling their US real estate. These types of profits would have otherwise been unattainable had the dollar kept its value in the global market. This opportunity is not one that is likely [...]

16 02, 2016

Playing the Currency Game with US Dollars & US Real Estate

Is it a good time to buy real estate? This is a question you can hear most days, in most cities. However, for Canadian snowbirds this is a big question as they venture south to spend the winter months in the sun of Florida and other sunbelt states. This begs the question: is it a good [...]

11 01, 2016

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (“PATH”): Changes to the Treatment of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”)

Last week, I blogged about PATH and the changes the legislation makes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (“FIRPTA”). One of the most important changes is that certain foreign pension funds are now exempt from FIRPTA when they dispose of U.S. real property. It was predicted that the exemption would increase the amount [...]

4 01, 2016

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act: New U.S. Law Paves Pathway for Important Changes to FIRPTA

U.S. Congress was busy at the end of the year. There was much debate about several key pieces of legislation that have the potential to affect Canadians in 2016, including the popular EB-5 investment-for-visa program, which I most recently blogged about here. Amid the flurry of activity, President Obama signed a key piece of legislation into [...]

17 12, 2015

EB-5 Program Extended in Current Form until September 30, 2016

Altro Levy has been closely following the progress of legislative changes proposed to the U.S’s popular EB-5 investment-for-visa program, which allows foreign investors to fund U.S.-based projects with a minimum investment of $500,000 in exchange for Green Cards. (See my post from Monday here, as well as an earlier, more detailed blog explaining the program’s history [...]

14 12, 2015

EB-5 Program Gets another Five Days; Congress to Finalize New Bill December 16

I recently wrote about the popular EB-5 Regional Center program, which allows foreign investors to fund U.S.-based projects with a minimum investment of $500,000 in exchange for Green Cards. The program was originally set to sunset on December 11, 2015, but has received a short extension until December 16, when it will likely be renewed with [...]

9 12, 2015

The State of the EB-5 Program: Sunset Date of December 11, 2015 on the Horizon

The U.S.’s popular EB-5 investment-for-Green Card program is set to sunset on December 11, 2015; Congress, however, is currently considering proposed legislation that would extend the life of the program beyond December 11. I’ve prepared a short explanation of the EB-5 program, its legislative history and the most important pieces of legislation circulating in Congress right [...]

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