Client Background:
Our client, a successful businessman from Canada, decided to diversify his investment portfolio by venturing into the real estate market in the United States. After thorough research and consultation with financial advisors, the client found a promising commercial property in Florida. However, being a foreign investor, our client was confronted with the complexities of FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) regulations.


  1. FIRPTA Compliance: As a non-U.S. citizen, our client was subject to FIRPTA regulations, which impose withholding tax obligations on the disposition of U.S. real property interests by foreign persons.
  2. Tax Implications: our client was concerned about the potential tax implications of FIRPTA, including the withholding rate and the process of obtaining a refund.
  3. Transaction Complexity: The commercial property transaction involved various parties, including brokers, lawyers, and financial institutions, adding layers of complexity to the FIRPTA compliance process.

Solution Provided by The Finkelshteyn Group:

  1. FIRPTA Analysis and Planning: We conducted a detailed analysis of the investment structure and proposed transaction to assess FIRPTA implications. We provided strategic planning to mitigate potential tax liabilities while optimizing clients investment objectives.
  2. Withholding Tax Calculation: Utilizing their expertise in international tax law, we calculated the applicable FIRPTA withholding tax rate based on the property’s selling price, clients tax status, and other relevant factors. We ensured compliance with IRS regulations to avoid penalties and legal complications.
  3. Documentation Assistance: We assisted our client in preparing and submitting necessary documentation, including IRS Form 8288 and Form 8288-A, required for FIRPTA withholding and reporting purposes.
  4. Refund Optimization: Recognizing the eligibility for FIRPTA withholding tax refund under certain circumstances, a proactive approach to facilitate the refund process was created.
  5. Ongoing Compliance Support: Beyond the transaction, we provided ongoing support to ensure our clients continued compliance with FIRPTA regulations. They offered guidance on tax reporting obligations, potential tax planning strategies, and any legislative changes affecting foreign investors in U.S. real estate.

Outcome: Thanks to expertise of The Finlkeshteyn Group and tailored solutions, our client successfully navigated the complexities of FIRPTA regulations and completed the commercial property transaction with confidence. By optimizing FIRPTA compliance and minimizing tax liabilities, our client achieved his investment objectives while safeguarding his financial interests as a foreign investor in the United States.

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