FIRPTA stands for Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act and it is the Federal law governing the taxation & withholding by foreign persons selling US real estate.
Under FIRPTA, the buyer is required to withhold either 10% or 15% of the gross sales price from proceeds as a “deposit” due to IRS within 20 days after closing; when purchasing from a foreign seller (certain exceptions apply).
New for February 16, 2016 – If the total sale is more than $1,000,000 OR the property is not being acquired as a residence, the buyer is required to withhold 15% of the gross sales price.
A “foreign person” is defined under FIRPTA as a:
Affidavit can be executed by an “eligible” buyer.
Withholding Certificate may allow lesser amount withheld at closing.
No withholding required under FIRPTA if:
According to IRS.gov, the withholding amount on the sale of US property can be adjusted if the IRS issues a withholding certificate. A withholding certificate is an application for a reduced withholding based on the gain of a sale instead of the selling price.
If 15% of the selling price is more than the tax you will owe on this sale, then a withholding certificate may be ideal for you.
Important features to know about withholding certificate applications:
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