Tax Reform Act and Real Estate Investors: What You Need To Do Right Now

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R.1– An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for the fiscal year 2018, or more commonly known as the tax reform bill. Touted as the biggest tax reform seen in the past 30 years, this Act affects every class of taxpayers and businesses, and most notably, real estate investors.

Read the full H.R. 1 Tax Reform Act on Congress.gov.

Here are three of the many benefits real estate investors can utilize, in general, starting in 2018. As always, consult with your tax professional to see how your individual tax bill may be affected. And, if you would like to optimize your business structure to get the most benefit out of this reform, we’ve listed three ways you can do that at the bottom of this article.

Lower Individual and Corporate Income Tax Rates

The maximum marginal income tax rate will be lowered to 37% from 39.6% for individuals and long-term capital gains for individuals remains steady at 20%.

The corporate tax rate will be lowered to 21% from 35%. Combined with the 20% maximum tax rate on qualified dividends paid to an individual shareholder from a C corporation, the income tax rate for a C corporation’s distributions will be 36.8%.

Deduction for Pass-Through Entities’ Qualified Business Income

Individuals with qualified business income from a pass-through entity will receive up to a 20% additional deduction on that income. Combined with the lower individual income tax, in theory this could mean a maximum marginal tax rate of 29.6% if you’re eligible for the full deduction. Limitations apply so be sure to confirm that your situation is eligible.

Increased and Expanded Depreciation Deductions

In what’s been called a major victory for landlords, residential rental property owners can now deduct the cost of personal property, such as appliances and furniture, used in rental units. Additionally, receive up to 100% bonus depreciation, phased down yearly until 2026, on both new and used business-use personal property.

Next Steps

A thorough review of your entity structure by a professional team experienced with real estate investing is absolutely critical to ensure you receive the most positive impact from the passage of the tax reform bill. Restructuring early in the new year could improve your tax situation and now is the perfect time to figure out how.

There are three ways Anderson Business Advisors can help you decipher the (tax) code:

  • Attend an Anderson Workshop
    Potential and existing clients can register for and attend an upcoming workshop in Las Vegas to get information on the tax-advantageous opportunities of properly structuring your business entity(ies) for optimal asset protection and tax benefits.

Attend, the Tax & Wise Workshop. It’s the ideal course for anyone paying taxes. We have a very special edition if you attend our February or May class. Attend in person or livestream. Limited seats available.

  • Schedule a Strategy Session
    Don’t want to wait or can’t attend? Schedule a FREE Strategy Session with an experienced Senior Advisor to go over your existing structure and identify the best possible solution for your situation.
  • Platinum Members
    Anderson clients who are Platinum Members should request their complimentary annual review of their entity structure with a Senior Advisor. Contact your Client Services Representative to schedule.

Taxes can be a confusing topic. What are your biggest questions or concerns about the Tax Reform Act? Leave us a comment below. As always, reach out to us if you have any questions about asset protection, tax planning, and your estate planning needs. We look forward to continuing to help you Preserve, Protect, and Prosper in 2018 and beyond.