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July 20, 2010 - Phil Hodgen

FIRPTA for CPAs. Backwards. In Under One Hour

Slides for the presentation I made last month in San Francisco.

Why backwards? Because the moment of truth for foreign investors in U.S. real estate is the moment of purchase. First you buy, then you hold, then you sell. The tax consequences are all at the back end (at the time of sale) but all of the important stuff happens at the front end (the purchase). That’s why I like to talk about this topic backwards. I go through the sale first–tax, withholding, etc.–and end at the beginning–the purchase.

Plus I like the title. 🙂

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