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  • 1. www.lawyerstitlearizona.com Foreign Buyer’s Guide For Arizona Home Purchases
  • 2. www.lawyerstitlearizona.com page 1 ForeignBuyer’sGuide Ahwatukee 15215 S. 48th St. | Building 5 | Suite 154 Phoenix, AZ 85044 (480) 706-4000 Arrowhead 17100 N. 67th Ave. | Building 2 | Suite 200 Glendale, AZ 85308 (623) 979-6060 Gilbert 225 E. Germann Rd. | Suite 130 Gilbert, AZ 85297 (480) 545-4633 Camelback Esplanade 2425 E. Camelback Rd. | Suite 700 Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 954-6774 Kierland 14648 N. Scottsdale Rd. | Suite 125 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 315-8090 Ocotillo Falls 1045 W. Queen Creek Rd. | Suite 5 Chandler, AZ 85248 (480) 899-0799 Palm Valley 13341 W. Indian School Rd. | Suite C-305 Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 (623) 535-4210 Paradise Valley 11211 N. Tatum Blvd. | Suite 220 Phoenix, AZ 85028 (602) 996-0055 Sunland 510 S. Greenfield Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206 (480) 830-4995 Surprise 15003 W. Bell Rd. | Suite 150 Surprise, AZ 85374 (623) 518-2795 Tempe / Lakeshore 4677 S. Lakeshore Dr. | Suite C-9 Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 897-8488 SURPRISE ARROWHEAD PALM VALLEY ESPLANADE LAKESHORE AHWATUKEE SUNLAND GILBERT OCOTILLO KIERLAND PARADISE VALLEY Our Local Offices
  • 3. www.lawyerstitlearizona.com page 2 ForeignBuyer’sGuide Same-Day Availability • Electronic Payment/Wire Transfer: This is the preferred method for loan proceeds and Buyer’s closing funds • Cash: Special requirements and approvals must be obtained prior to accepting cash Arizona Good Funds Law House Bill 2074 requires that an escrow agent not distribute money from an escrow account until funds related to the transaction have been deposited, have cleared and are available. The law specifies when specific forms of payments are available for the escrow agent to disburse. Lawyers Title Of Arizona Guidelines As To The Availability Of Funds All availability dates are based on funds deposited in our bank and the days are considered business days. A business day is defined as a calendar day other than Saturday or Sunday and most major holidays. Drafts: No disbursements can be made against a draft until it has been submitted for collection to our depository bank and we have confirmation that final payment has been received and credited to our account. Third Party Checks: It is Lawyers Title of Arizona’s policy not to accept third party checks: such as, any check drawn on a non-financial institution account, payable to a payee other than Lawyers Title of Arizona and subsequently endorsed over to Lawyers Title of Arizona. The one exception: United States Treasury Checks payable to Farmers Home Administration’s borrower, endorsed to Lawyers Title of Arizona. Any variance from this policy must be approved by senior management. Foreign Checks: It is the policy of Lawyers Title of Arizona NOT to accept foreign checks into escrow. 5th Day • Official Checks: Out -of-State and/or NOT Drawn on FDIC Insured Institution • Money Orders (Except Postal Money Order - See “Next Day”) • “On-US” (Lawyers Title of Arizona) Checks, Non-Local, Other • Other Checks: Personal, Corporate, Credit Union, Money Market and Travelers Checks • Non-Local, Other 2nd Day • Other Checks: Personal, Corporate (including Loan Funding Checks) Checks, Credit Union, Money Market, and Travelers Checks - Must be Local Next Day • Official Checks: Must be In-State checks drawn on a FDIC Insured Institution • Cashiers, Certified and Tellers Checks • U.S. Treasury Checks • Postal Money Orders (Other money orders see “5th day”) • Federal Reserve, Federal Credit Union and Federal Home Loan Bank Checks • State and Local Governments Check: Must be In-State • “On-Us” (Lawyers Title of Arizona) Checks: Must be Local or In-State
  • 4. www.lawyerstitlearizona.com page 3 ForeignBuyer’sGuide Home Buying Process Chart 3© 2009 Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation 3 HOME BUYING PROCESS CHART HOME BUYER Interview & Select Agent Evaluate Needs & Wants Pre-Qualify for Home Loan Find the Perfect Home Offer to Purchase Home Offer Accepted; Negotiate Terms Purchase Agreement Accepted Secure Lender Begin Loan Process Property Inspections Property Appraisal Purchase Homeowner’s Insurance Loan Approval Remove Financial Contingencies OPEN ESCROW Choose Escrow & Title Company Deposit Earnest Money Seller’s Transfer Disclosure Statement Title Search Preliminary Report CLOSE ESCROW Deposit Balance of Down Payment to Escrow Sign Closing & Loan Papers Loan Funding Record Documents Escrow Closed! 19834 Fid LT Handbook 24Pg:Layout 1 2/16/11 1:06 PM Page 3 Choose:
  • 5. www.lawyerstitlearizona.com page 4 ForeignBuyer’sGuide Ways To Take Title In Arizona Note: Arizona is a community property state. Property acquired by a husband and wife is presumed to be community property unless legally specified otherwise. Title may be held as “Sole and Separate.” If a married person acquires title as sole and separate, his or her spouse must execute a disclaimer deed to avoid the presumption of community property. Parties may choose to hold title in the name of an entity, e.g., a corporation; a limited liability company; a partnership (general or limited); or a trust. Each method of taking title has certain significant legal and tax consequences. Therefore, you are encouraged to obtain advice from an attorney or other qualified professional. Community Property Community Property with the Right of Survivorship Joint Tenancy with the Right of Survivorship Tenancy in Common Requires a valid marriage between two persons. Requires a valid marriage between two persons. Parties need not be married; may be more than two joint tenants. Parties need not be married; may be more than two tenants in common. Each spouse holds an undivided one-half interest in the estate. Each spouse holds an undivided one-half interest in the estate. Each joint tenant holds an equal and undivided interest in the estate, unity of interest. Each tenant in common holds an undivided fractional interest in the estate. Can be disproportionate, e.g., 20% and 80%; 60% and 40%; 20%, 20%, 20% and 40%; etc. One spouse cannot partition the property by selling his or her interest. One spouse cannot partition the property by selling his or her interest. One joint tenant can partition the property by selling his or her joint interest. Each tenant share can be conveyed, mortgaged or devised to a third party. Requires signatures of both spouses to convey or encumber. Requires signatures of both spouses to convey or encumber. Requires signatures of all joint tenants to convey or encumber the whole. Requires signatures of all tenants to convey or encumber the whole. Each spouse can devise (will) one-half of the community property. Estate passes to the surviving spouse outside of probate. Estate passes to surviving joint tenants outside of probate. Upon death the tenant’s proportionate share passes to his or her heirs by will or intestacy. Upon death the estate of the decedent must be cleared through probate, affidavit or adjudication. No court action required to clear title upon the first death. No court action required to clear title upon the death of joint tenant(s). Upon death the estate of the decedent must be cleared through probate, affidavit or adjudication. Both halves of the community property are entitled to a stepped up tax basis as of the date of death. Both halves of the community property are entitled to a stepped up tax basis as of the date of death. Deceased tenant(s) share is entitled to a stepped up tax basis as of the date of death. Each share has its own tax basis.
  • 6. www.lawyerstitlearizona.com page 5 ForeignBuyer’sGuide FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) Buying a Home in Arizona as a Foreign Buyer and how FIRPTA applies! • All funds deposited for the escrow must be by wire transfer. • Out of US Wire Transfers / Swift Fee: International transfers are executed through SWIFT, Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, and there is an additional charge for this type of transfer. - The charge is deducted from the wired funds and varies from bank to bank. The charge is typically a flat rate and does not exceed $50.00, so we recommend that our clients wire an additional $50.00 when wiring from outside of the U.S. • When a foreign owner gets ready to sell, they could be subject to a 10% (of the Sales Price) withholding unless the transaction is exempt from FIRPTA. • Most common exemption: Sales Price is not more than $300K. The Buyer or a member of their family must have plans to reside at the property for at least 50% of the number of days the property is used by any person during each of the first two twelve month periods after sale. • Other Exemptions that may apply are: - Seller to provide a certificate showing they are not a foreign seller - Seller receives a withholding certificate from IRS excusing withholding If applicable see forms: • W-7 (application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) • 8288-B (Application for Withholding Certificate for Dispositions by Foreign Persons of U.S. Real Property Interests) Go to www.irs.gov and click on Forms and Publications to get copies of these and other forms.
  • 7. www.lawyerstitlearizona.com page 6 ForeignBuyer’sGuide FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) is Seller a US citizen or a US Resident? Does the Buyer have definite plans to use the property as their residence and sale price does not exceed $300,000?** Yes Complete Certification of non-foreign status Is Seller recognizing a gain of less than the 10% No Buyer should request for 10% withholding Yes See your CPA or tax attorney regarding application form 8288B for an IRS Withholding Certificate. Carefully review The Lawyers Title agreement concerning FIRPTA withholding. All parties, including seller’s tax professional, must agree and execute this agreement. Escrow provides an estimated seller statement. Yes Complete buyer’s declaration for $300,000 residence exemption form No ***NOTE: Escrow will withhold 10% pending receipt of Withholding Certificate, unless the parties agree otherwise. ***IRC REQUIRES: The BUYER acquires the property for use as a home and the amount realized (sales price) is not more than $300,000. The BUYER or a member of their family must have definite plans to reside at the property for at least 50% of the number of days the property is used by any person during each of the first two 12 month periods following the date of transfer. When counting the number of days the property is used, do not count the days the property will be vacant.
  • 8. ALL FORMS in this book are for SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY. Please check with http://www.aaronline.com/ or the appropriate government agency website for the most up to date forms.
  • 9. Form W-7(Rev. January 2012) Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number ▶ For use by individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. ▶ See instructions. OMB No. 1545-0074 An IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) is for federal tax purposes only. Before you begin: • Do not submit this form if you have, or are eligible to get, a U.S. social security number (SSN). • Getting an ITIN does not change your immigration status or your right to work in the United States and does not make you eligible for the earned income credit. FOR IRS USE ONLY Reason you are submitting Form W-7. Read the instructions for the box you check. Caution: If you check box b, c, d, e, f, or g, you must file a tax return with Form W-7 unless you meet one of the exceptions (see instructions). a Nonresident alien required to get ITIN to claim tax treaty benefit b Nonresident alien filing a U.S. tax return c U.S. resident alien (based on days present in the United States) filing a U.S. tax return d Dependent of U.S. citizen/resident alien e Spouse of U.S. citizen/resident alien } Enter name and SSN/ITIN of U.S. citizen/resident alien (see instructions) ▶ f Nonresident alien student, professor, or researcher filing a U.S. tax return or claiming an exception g Dependent/spouse of a nonresident alien holding a U.S. visa h Other (see instructions) ▶ Additional information for a and f: Enter treaty country ▶ and treaty article number ▶ Name (see instructions) 1a First name Middle name Last name Name at birth if different . . ▶ 1b First name Middle name Last name Applicant’s mailing address 2 Street address, apartment number, or rural route number. If you have a P.O. box, see separate instructions. City or town, state or province, and country. Include ZIP code or postal code where appropriate. Foreign (non- U.S.) address (if different from above) (see instructions) 3 Street address, apartment number, or rural route number. Do not use a P.O. box number. City or town, state or province, and country. Include ZIP code or postal code where appropriate. Birth information 4 Date of birth (month / day / year) Country of birth City and state or province (optional) 5 Male Female Other information 6a Country(ies) of citizenship 6b Foreign tax I.D. number (if any) 6c Type of U.S. visa (if any), number, and expiration date 6d Identification document(s) submitted (see instructions) Passport Driver’s license/State I.D. USCIS documentation Other Issued by: No.: Exp. date: / / Date of entry into the United States (MM/DD/YYYY) / / 6e Have you previously received a U.S. temporary taxpayer identification number (TIN) or employer identification number (EIN)? No/Do not know. Skip line 6f. Yes. Complete line 6f. If more than one, list on a sheet and attach to this form (see instructions). 6f Enter: TIN or EIN ▶ and Name under which it was issued ▶ 6g Name of college/university or company (see instructions) City and state Length of stay Sign Here Keep a copy for your records. Under penalties of perjury, I (applicant/delegate/acceptance agent) declare that I have examined this application, including accompanying documentation and statements, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and complete. I authorize the IRS to disclose to my acceptance agent returns or return information necessary to resolve matters regarding the assignment of my IRS individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), including any previously assigned taxpayer identifying number. ▲ Signature of applicant (if delegate, see instructions) Name of delegate, if applicable (type or print) Date (month / day / year) / / Phone number Delegate’s relationship to applicant ▲ Parent Court-appointed guardian Power of Attorney Acceptance Agent’s Use ONLY ▲ Signature Date (month / day / year) / / Phone Fax ▲ Name and title (type or print) Name of company EIN Office Code For Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see separate instructions. Cat. No. 10229L Form W-7 (Rev. 1-2012) SAMPLE
  • 10. Application for Withholding Certificate for Dispositions by Foreign Persons of U.S. Real Property Interests Form 8288-B OMB No. 1545-1060(Rev. November 2006) Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Identification numberName of withholding agent (see instructions)4 Address where you want withholding certificate sent (street address, apt. or suite no., P.O. box, or rural route number) City, state or province, and country (if not U.S.). Include ZIP code or postal code where appropriate. Applicant is: Transferee 1 Identification numberName of transferor (attach additional sheets if more than one transferor) Street address, apt. or suite no., or rural route. Do not use a P.O. box. City, state or province, and country (if not U.S.). Include ZIP code or postal code where appropriate. Identification numberName of transferee (attach additional sheets if more than one transferee)2 6 Description of U.S. real property transaction: Date of transfer (month, day, year) (see inst.) Contract price $ba Type of interest transferred: Associated personal property Domestic U.S. real property holding corporation Real propertyc Use of property at time of sale: PersonalRental or commercial Other (attach explanation)d Adjusted basis $e Location and general description of property (for a real property interest), description (for associated personal property), or the class or type and amount of the interest (for an interest in a U.S. real property holding corporation). See instructions. f Check the box to indicate the reason a withholding certificate should be issued. See the instructions for information that must be attached to Form 8288-B. 7 The transferor is exempt from U.S. tax or nonrecognition treatment applies.a The transferor’s maximum tax liability is less than the tax required to be withheld.b The special installment sales rules described in section 7 of Rev. Proc. 2000-35 allow reduced withholding.c 8 NoYesDoes the transferor have any unsatisfied withholding liability under section 1445? 9 NoYesIs this application for a withholding certificate made under section 1445(e)? If “Yes,” check the applicable box in a and the applicable box in b below. 1445(e)(5)1445(e)(3)1445(e)(2)1445(e)(1)Type of transaction:a Other person required to withhold. Specify your title (e.g., trustee) ᮣTaxpayerApplicant is:b Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this application and accompanying attachments, and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, they are true, correct, and complete. DateTitle (if applicable)Signature For Privacy Act and Paperwork Reduction Act Notice, see the instructions. Form 8288-B (Rev. 11-2006) Transferor Cat. No. 10128Z ᮣ Please type or print. Street address, apt. or suite no., or rural route. Do not use a P.O. box. City, state or province, and country (if not U.S.). Include ZIP code or postal code where appropriate. Phone number (optional) ( ) 3 a b Name of estate, trust, or entity (if applicable)c Identification numberd 5 See the instructions for information required to be attached. For the 3 preceding tax years:g (1) (2) Were U.S. income tax returns filed relating to the U.S. real property interest? If “Yes,” when and where were those returns filed? ᮣ NoYes NoYesWere U.S. income taxes paid relating to the U.S. real property interest? If “Yes,” enter the amount of tax paid for each year ᮣ 1445(e)(6) SAMPLE