Form 8875 (Rev. 9-2014)
When To Make the Election
The corporation and the REIT can make
this election at any time during the tax
year. However, the effective date of the
election depends upon when Form 8875
is filed. See the instructions for line 11.
Where To File
File Form 8875 with the:
Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Ogden, UT 84201
Do not attach it to the corporation’s or
REIT’s tax returns.
Revocation of Election
Once the TRS election is made, it is
irrevocable unless both the corporation
and the REIT consent to the revocation.
Notify the IRS of the revocation by jointly
filing a new Form 8875, and writing the
word “REVOCATION” across the top of
the form. Complete Parts I and II and
provide both signatures. This revocation
does not require IRS consent. The
revocation is effective on the date the
new Form 8875 is filed.
If the employer identification number
(EIN) of the TRS changes as a result of a
change in status (for example, a merger),
the election is automatically terminated.
A new election must be made using the
Include the suite, room, or other unit
number after the street address. If the
Post Office does not deliver to the street
address and the corporation has a P.O.
box, show the box number instead of the
If the electing REIT has the same
address as the TRS, enter “Same as
corporation” in Part II.
If either the TRS or the electing REIT
changes its mailing address or
responsible party after the election is
filed, it should notify the IRS by filing
Form 8822-B, Change of Address or
Enter the TRS’s EIN. If the TRS does not
have an EIN, it must apply for one. An
EIN can be applied for:
• Online—Click on the Employer ID
Numbers link at www.irs.gov/businesses.
The EIN is issued immediately once the
application information is validated.
• By mailing or faxing Form SS-4,
Application for Employer Identification
If the TRS has not received its EIN by
the time the return is due, enter “Applied
for” in the space for the EIN. For more
details, see Pub. 583.
If the securities of a corporation are
owned directly or indirectly by more than
one electing REIT, each electing REIT
seeking to treat the corporation as a
taxable REIT subsidiary must file a
separate Form 8875.
The effective date of the TRS election
entered on line 11 cannot be more than:
1. Two months and 15 days prior to
the date of filing the election or
2. Twelve months after the date of
filing the election.
If the election specifies a date earlier
than the date in 1 above, it will be
treated as being effective 2 months and
15 days prior to the date of filing the
election. If the election specifies a date
later than the date in 2 above, it will be
treated as being effective 12 months
after the date of filing the election.
If no date is specified, the election is
effective on the date Form 8875 is filed.
A TRS that directly or indirectly owns
35% of the total voting power or value of
the outstanding securities of a
corporation (other than a REIT) must
attach a statement to Form 8875 with
the name and EIN of that corporation.
Under section 856(l), this corporation
also will be treated as a TRS of the REIT
named in Part II.
If at the time that an election is filed on
Form 8875, the TRS named in Part I
directly or indirectly owns less than 35%
of the total voting power or value of the
outstanding securities of another
corporation and subsequently acquires
securities in that corporation that will
result in an ownership interest of 35% or
more, the TRS and REIT that filed Form
8875 must file a copy of Form 8875
marked “Automatic Taxable REIT
Subsidiary” at the top of the form and
attach a statement including the name
and EIN of the new lower tier TRS. The
new Form 8875 must be filed in the
same manner as the original Form 8875
within 30 days of the end of the quarter
of the REIT’s tax year in which the lower
tier corporation became a TRS.
If the 35% interest is not the result of
an acquisition, no filing is necessary.
Example. REIT and Corporation X
jointly filed Form 8875 on January 15,
2014, with an effective date of January
1, 2014. On the date that Form 8875
was filed, Corporation X owned 30% of
the outstanding voting securities of
Corporation Y. On March 15, 2014,
Corporation X acquired an additional
10% of the outstanding voting securities
of Corporation Y. Under section 856(l)(2),
Corporation Y will be treated as a TRS of
the REIT effective March 15, 2014. The
REIT and Corporation X must jointly file a
copy of their previously filed Form 8875
marked “Automatic Taxable REIT
Subsidiary” at the top and attach a
statement including the name and EIN of
Corporation Y within 30 days of the end
of the quarter of the REIT’s tax year in
which Corporation Y became a TRS.
Form 8875 must be signed by persons
authorized to sign the tax returns of the
TRS and the electing REIT.
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Recordkeeping . . . . 6 hr., 56 min.
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Instead, see Where To File above.