January 1, 2021

SA&M Attorney Michael Shaff Co-Authors “Real Estate Investment Trusts Handbook”, 2020-2021 Ed.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles' attorney Michael Shaff co-authored the “Real Estate Investment Trusts Handbook, 2020-2021 ed.” This handbook will guide your Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) clients safely through the pitfalls of federal tax requirements, SEC rules, and state Blue Sky provisions. The book will also discuss the related tax requirements and SEC rules in order to maximize the profitable opportunities offered by REITs. provide analysis and guidance on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements affecting REITs, reviews the effect of non-GAAP financial rules on REIT FFO reporting. and advises the reader on the latest rulings on Taxable REIT Subsidiaries (TRS.) The handbook also helps ensure total compliance with coverage of federal securities requirements, such as registration, disclosure, and financial statements. It contains income, asset, and distribution tests to help ensure appropriate tax guidance.

For more information and to purchase the Real Estate Investment Trusts Handbook, click here.

About Michael Shaff
Michael Shaff joined the firm in 2011 as Of Counsel. He is the Chair of the Tax Practice group. Michael specializes in all aspects of federal income taxation. Mr. Shaff has served as a trial attorney with the office of the chief counsel of the internal revenue service for three years. Mr. Shaff is certified by the board of legal specialization of the state bar of California as a specialist in tax law. Mr. Shaff is a past chair of the tax section of the orange county bar association. He is co-author of the “Real Estate Investment Trusts Handbook” published annually by West Group.

Michael received his A.B. at Columbia college in 1976, his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1979 and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 1986. He is admitted to practice law in the states of California, New York, and Massachusetts and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association.

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