The New York State Legislature appears set to enact into law a new tax on debt financing for commercial real estate transactions involving “mezzanine debt and preferred equity investments” located solely in New York City, as part of the 2021-2022 budget.
Although similar bills have failed previously, the current bills appear likely to become law. The proposed law, reflected in both Senate Bill S2509B Pt. SS and the State Assembly Bill A03009B Pt. VV, would require mezzanine debt and preferred equity investments to be recorded and taxed in the same way that mortgages are currently. However, the bill’s text leaves a number of important questions open to interpretation, including: whether the bill applies to debt and investments outside the real estate context; whether it would have any practical impact on preferred equity investments; and whether it will be applied retroactively.
The bill is also open to a variety of potential legal challenges.
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