Could Spur Billions in Commercial Construction Investment
On April 10, Reps. John Larson (D-Conn.) and Kenny Marchant (R-Tex.), introduced the AGC-supported Invest in America Act (H.R. 2210), which would repeal a decades-old tax provision that artificially limits foreign investment in the United States. By some estimates, enacting this legislation would result in $65 to $125 billion in increased infrastructure and real estate investment, and 150,000 to 280,000 construction and construction-related jobs.
Originally created in 1980, the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) imposes U.S. tax on gain realized by a foreign investor on the disposition of an “interest” in U.S. real property. As a result, the FIRPTA tax can subject foreign investment in U.S. real estate and infrastructure (including some interests in public-private partnerships) to a much higher tax burden than applies to a foreign investor purchasing a U.S. stock or bond, or an investment in any other asset class.
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