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Location, Location and Tax Implications


By Alexander X. Wang  |  March 1, 2016

Foreign investors need to consider FIRPTA when purchasing US real estate

With the global economy still struggling to shed its post-recession pessimism, it’s no wonder that many foreign investors still regard the US real estate market as a better investment than most. However, foreign investors should tread carefully when approaching the US market and its wide range of tax legislation – mostly notably, the 1980 Foreign Investment in Real Property Act (FIRPTA).

In a recent article, Alexander Wang, Partner, and Kenneth Siu, Manager with the firm’s Tax Group, discuss FIRPTA and its implications, as well as best practices for foreign investors to accomplish their business goals while successfully navigating the US tax system.

This article, “Location, Location and Tax Implications”, was originally published in the March 2016 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

Foreign Investors Need a Roadmap as They Flock to New York Real Estate


By Alexander X. Wang  |  September 3, 2015

For foreign investors, it may be tempting to hurriedly rush into the flourishing New York real estate market, which has recovered much faster than expected from the 2008 financial crisis. It’s small wonder, therefore, that savvy investors are attracted to New York real estate, but they should not go it alone. In a recent article, Alexander X. Wang and Carl Leung discuss considerations that should be made prior to investing foreign capital into the market.

This article, “Foreign Investors Need a Roadmap as They Flock to New York Real Estate”, was originally published in the September 2015 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

EB-5 Visa Applicants Need Careful Tax Planning


By Alexander X. Wang  |  November 5, 2014

Immigration policy may be a sore point in Washington DC, but one immigration program has been a resounding success.  The EB-5 Visa program, created by the Immigration Act of 1990, provides a fast track to a US green card for foreign investors who promise to create jobs for US workers.  The program has the potential to be a win-win – for investors who want to become US residents, for US workers and for the US economy.

But participation in the program comes with a price – having to manage a complex set of tax issues.  If not handled correctly, the result can be excessive taxation and in some cases compliance problems. 

This article was originally published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2014.