Publié par : Archibelle | octobre 12, 2012

A Way to Cut Business Taxes: Become a REIT

TECHNOLOGY – October 10, 2012, 9:01 p.m. ET

Here’s a Way to Cut Business Taxes: Tech Firms Become Real Estate Trusts


Companies in technology and related fields are testing a way to avoid paying taxes: persuading the government that their real business is real estate.

American Tower Corp., AMT -1.21% which operates cellphone towers, will save more than $400 million a year by 2017, analysts estimate, thanks to its new tax status as a real-estate investment company. Equinix Inc, EQIX -1.46% whose warehouses are full of computer servers, is expected to avoid taxes of around $150 million a year. Iron Mountain Inc., IRM +4.69% which helps clients shred documents and store data, may save nearly as much.

The key: getting approval from the Internal Revenue Service to convert from a corporation into a real-estate investment trust, a type of company that generally doesn’t pay taxes.

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