We think Real Estate Investors need to look at this
Starting March 1, 2016, and ending August 27, 2016, FinCEN will require title companies to report the beneficial ownership information of legal entities purchasing real estate for cash if the purchase price is over $1 million in Miami-Dade County, or $3 million in New York City.
FinCEN is testing the waters to see if foreign or domestic criminals are using real estate to hide their illegally obtained cash in money laundering schemes. It is very common for foreigners and others to have their lawyers to create Delaware, Nevada, or Wyoming limited liability companies or Florida land trusts to be used to take title to real estate for which the member or beneficiary is using cash to purchase the property. The U.S. Government is concerned that they are unable to track the source of the cash being used to purchase the properties.
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Because Real Estate Investors use LLC’s on so many transactions, we do think you need to be aware of the laws and changes in reporting that may cause limits in your protections in Real Estate Investing.