Tax Reform Archive

From Public Policy Battle Chaos, Flags of Success

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine After Maine lawmakers in 2009 approved tax increases on goods and services and voted to convert the state mortgage interest deduction and other itemized deductions into a tax credit, the Maine Association...

Job Creation Tops Obama’s State of the Union

By Stacey Moncrieff, Editor in Chief, REALTOR® Magazine In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama made scant reference to housing and no mention of the mortgage interest deduction. That was probably a wise move...
January 26, 2011

Tax Extension Keeps Real Estate Status Quo

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine The law enacted by President Obama last week to extend the tax cuts of President George W. Bush includes a number of provisions of importance to real estate, but it also leaves...
December 22, 2010

The $30B Small Business Loan Law in Perspective

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine President Obama signed into law a $30 billion loan find for small business. The law also provides $12 billion in tax breaks and tries to improve existing loans to small businesses that...
September 30, 2010

In Congress, Change is Coming, but What Change?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine However you look at it, the upcoming midterm elections in November will be important for real estate. Home sales and commercial real estate are still struggling, just like the broader economy. So,...
September 14, 2010

You Did It: Tax Credit, Flood Insurance Extension

By Robert Freedman, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Almost 85,000 of you sent letters to your members of Congress over the last month or so to get them to do what by any measure is the right thing to do:...
July 1, 2010

Action Coming on Carried Interest, 1099 Rules

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Look for a Call for Action on two issues of particular concern to practitioners working with investors. House lawmakers are expected to take up an increase in the capital gains tax rate...
May 14, 2010

Getting the Tax Credit Extended: Outlook

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine What are the chances of getting the first-time home buyer tax credit extended, particularly before its expiration Dec. 1? No one can know that, of course, but what’s clear is that the...
September 25, 2009