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Prospective Changes in Tax Law and the Value of Depreciable Real Estate


  • Patric H. Hendershott
  • David C. Ling


The Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 significantly reduced the taxation of income-producing properties by accelerating tax depreciation on both new and, especially, existing properties. A partial reversal of the 1981 legislation appears likely. To provide some insight into the possible effects of a decrease in tax depreciation of income-producing properties, two potential tax changes are analyzed: an increase from fifteen to twenty years in the tax service lives of both new and existing properties and an increase for existing properties only. Both residential and commercial/industrial properties are considered. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • Patric H. Hendershott & David C. Ling, 1984. "Prospective Changes in Tax Law and the Value of Depreciable Real Estate," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 12(3), pages 297-317.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:12:y:1984:i:3:p:297-317

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    1. Colwell, Peter F., 2002. "Tweaking the DiPasquale-Wheaton Model," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 11(1), pages 24-39, March.
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    5. Baroni, Michel & Barthélémy, Fabrice & Mokrane, Mahdi, 2007. "Optimal Holding Period for a Real Estate Portfolio," ESSEC Working Papers DR 07008, ESSEC Research Center, ESSEC Business School.
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    7. Timothy W. Viezer, 1999. "Econometric Integration of Real Estate's Space and Capital Markets," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 18(3), pages 503-519.
    8. Patric H. Hendershott, 1997. "Uses of equilibrium models in real estate research," Journal of Property Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(1), pages 1-13, January.
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    11. Patric H. Hendershott & David C. Ling, 1985. "The Administration Tax Reform Proposal and Housing," NBER Working Papers 1740, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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