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The CARES Act has affected many things in many ways.  We want to take a few moments and focus on a few of the ways it has had an impact on the real estate industry.  Just a few highlights and key points we wanted to make, as always please see your tax professional or financial advisor for details and strategies tailored to your situation.

  • Qualified Improvement Property depreciable life going from 39 to 15 and therefore qualifying for 100% bonus depreciation.
      • Retroactive change – Applicable to property placed in service after 12/31/2017.
      • May be worth going back and amending 2018 and 2019 returns.
  • Net Operating Loss Rule Change
      • NOLs incurred in 2018-2020 may be carried back 5 years
      • carry forward 80% limit is lifted through 2020. NOLs can be used to offset 100% of taxable income through 2020.
  • Business Interest Expense Limitation
      • Business interest expense limitation for tax years 2019 and 2020 may be increased to 50% of adjusted taxable income vs 30% under TCJA, by making an election. (Partnerships may not do this for 2019 tax year. Special rules apply to partnerships.)
      • Businesses, making the election in 2019 can also use 2019 adjusted taxable income to compute 2020 limitation if doing so results in a greater interest deduction

Other Impacts of Covid-19:

  • California Tenant and Landlord Protection Legislation:
    • The law is designed to protect tenants from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent through February 1, 2021.
      • Tenants cannot be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of past due rents between March 4, 2020 and August 31, 2020, if the tenant is able to provide a declaration of hardship which is in accordance with the legislation’s timeline rules.
      • For Hardships that occurred from September 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021, tenants must pay at least 25% of the rent due, in order to avoid eviction.
      • The legislation does not forgive any of the unpaid rent amounts. Tenants are still responsible for 100% of the unpaid rents, however those unpaid rents cannot be the basis for eviction.
    • This legislation also aims to extend anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords, who request CARES-complaint forbearance.

Written By:

Shara Rostamlou

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