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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:08 PM

Bonanza for rich real estate investors, tucked into stimulus package

The federal governmentís planned $2 trillion economic rescue package includes financial aid for individuals and industries that are struggling to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

It also includes a potential bonanza for Americaís richest real estate investors.

Senate Republicans inserted an easy-to-overlook provision on page 203 of the 880-page bill that would permit wealthy investors to use losses generated by real estate to minimize their taxes on profits from things like investments in the stock market.

The estimated cost of the change over 10 years is $170 billion.

Under the existing tax code, when real estate investors generate losses from gradually writing down the value of their properties, a process known as depreciation, they can use some of those losses to offset other taxes.

The result is that people can enjoy big tax breaks stemming from only-on-paper losses, even if they enjoy big cash profits in the real world.

At: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/business/coronavirus-real-estate-investors-stimulus.html



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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:32 PM

1. I used to be a tax accountant

and while I haven't been one for a few decades, it was my impression that real estate losses were always deductible against ordinary income (wages, interest, dividends, pensions, etc.) And I would not expect a lot of taxpayers to have gains from the stock market, unless they cashed out in January or February.

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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:10 PM

2. If they are talking losses due to tenants being unable to pay their rent

I think thatís fair enough.

Iíd they are talking about losses due to depreciation, that should be eliminated permanently, covid19 or not.

Real estate does not depreciate over time

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Response to Sucha NastyWoman (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:57 PM

3. What a racket, right?

The pretext for this has always been something along the lines of: "Hell bells - how do you expect developers to develop if they can't have that 'depreciation' deduction?"

Yeah, right! As if any developer would pass up the world's biggest real estate market by far, on account of not getting some tax giveaway.

They're just too used to taking everyone else for suckers, that's all.

Trump's specialty.

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