Tax Advantages of REITs

Income generated from REITs is tax advantaged

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 introduced a 20% tax rate reduction on REIT ordinary distributions

Additionally, a key tax advantage of REITs is the Return of Capital (ROC) tax shelter, which may reduce the taxable portion of distributions1

SREIT’s Return of Capital for 2021 is 100%, which means the maximum effective federal tax rate on SREIT’s 2021 distributions is 0%2

In the following example, utilizing SREIT’s 4.53% annualized distribution rate (for the I Share as of June 30, 2022) and the 2021 tax year actual ROC of 100%, the tax equivalent yield is 7.2%3

  • 347 basis points higher than the US Bond Aggregate Index Yield
  • 549 basis points higher than the S&P 500 Index Dividend Yield

Illustrative Example 4
$100,000 Investment

Assumes the maximum
ordinary tax bracket of 37%

US Bond
S&P 5006 SREIT7
Investment $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
2021 ROC 100%
Current Pre-Tax Yield
(As of June 30, 2022)
3.72% 1.70% 4.53%
Distributions $3,720 $1,700 $4,530
ROC ($4,530)
Taxable Basis $3,720 $1,700
Tax Rate 37.0% 37.0% 29.6%
Tax Payable ($1,376) ($629) $0
After Tax Distributions $2,344 $1,071 $4,530
Effective Federal Tax Rate 37.0% 37.0%
After-Tax Yield8 2.3% 1.1% 4.5%
Tax Equivalent Yield 3.7% 1.7% 7.2%

Each investor’s tax considerations are different and consulting a tax advisor is recommended. Any of the data provided herein should not be construed as investment, tax, accounting or legal advice.

  1. Return of capital reduces the stockholder’s tax basis in the year the distribution is received, and generally defers taxes on that portion until the capital asset is sold. Certain non-cash deductions, such as depreciation and amortization, lower the taxable income for REIT distributions.
  2. Assumes the maximum ordinary tax bracket of 37%. Please note the effective tax rate is after the 20% reduction in rates introduced under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
  3. SREIT cannot guarantee that we will make distributions, and if we do we may fund such distributions from sources other than cash flow from operations, including, without limitation, the sale of assets, borrowings, return of capital or offering proceeds, and we have no limits on the amounts we may pay from such sources. SREIT Annualized Distribution Rate is as of June 30, 2022. It reflects the Class I share June 30, 2022 distribution annualized and divided by the prior month’s net asset value, which is inclusive of all fees and expenses. For the month ended June 30, 2022,  100% of our distributions were funded from GAAP cash flows from operations. Distributions are not guaranteed and may be sourced from non-income items.
  4. The illustrative example assumes $100,000 investment and a maximum ordinary tax bracket of 37%. It does not include state taxes. Investors could be subject to state income tax in their state of residence which would lower the after tax yield received by the investor. The illustrative example does not reflect the impact of increasing net operating income (“NOI”); an increasing NOI from higher rents would reduce the amount of ROC. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
  5. Bloomberg Barclays US Bond Aggregate as of June 30, 2022.
  6. S&P 500 Dividend Yield is as June 30, 2022, as calculated by the dividends per share trailing twelve months (TTM) divided by the close price for the month.
  7. SREIT Annualized Distribution Rate as of June 30, 2022.
  8. After-Tax Yield does not take into account other taxes that may be owed on an investment in SREIT when the investor redeems their shares. Upon redemption, the investor may be subject to higher capital gains taxes as a result of a depreciating cost basis due to the return of capital portion of distributions.
Summary of risk factors

An investment in Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. involves a high degree of risk. You should purchase these securities only if you can afford the complete loss of your investment. You should carefully read the information set forth in the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus before buying our shares. Risks include, but are not limited to:

  • We have incurred GAAP net losses attributable to stockholders and an accumulated deficit in the past and may incur GAAP net losses attributable to stockholders and continue to have an accumulated deficit in the future.
  • This is a “blind pool” offering. You will not have the opportunity to evaluate our future investments before we make them.
  • Since there is no public trading market for shares of our common stock, repurchase of shares by us will likely be the only way to dispose of your shares. Our share repurchase plan provides stockholders with the opportunity to request that we repurchase their shares on a monthly basis, but we are not obligated to repurchase any shares and may choose to repurchase only some, or even none, of the shares that have been requested to be repurchased in any particular month in our discretion. In addition, repurchases are subject to available liquidity and other significant restrictions. Further, our board of directors may modify or suspend our share repurchase plan if it deems such action to be in our best interest and the best interest of our stockholders. As a result, our shares should be considered as having only limited liquidity and at times may be illiquid.
  • We cannot guarantee that we will make distributions, and if we do we may fund such distributions from sources other than cash flow from operations, including, without limitation, the sale of assets, borrowings, return of capital or offering proceeds, and we have no limits on the amounts we may pay from such sources.
  • The purchase and repurchase price for shares of our common stock are generally based on our prior month’s NAV (subject to material changes as described in the prospectus) and are not based on any public trading market. While there are independent annual appraisals of our properties, the appraisal of properties is inherently subjective, and our NAV may not accurately reflect the actual price at which our properties could be liquidated on any given day.
  • We have no employees and are dependent on Starwood REIT Advisors, L.L.C. (the “Advisor”) to conduct our operations. The Advisor will face conflicts of interest as a result of, among other things, the allocation of investment opportunities among us and Other Starwood Accounts (as defined in the prospectus), the allocation of time of its investment professionals and the substantial fees that we will pay to the Advisor.
  • This is a “best efforts” offering. If we are not able to continue to raise a substantial amount of capital on an ongoing basis, our ability to achieve our investment objectives could be adversely affected.
  • There are limits on the ownership and transferability of our shares.
  • If we fail to qualify as a REIT and no relief provisions apply, our NAV and cash available for distribution to our stockholders could materially decrease.
  • The acquisition of properties may be financed in substantial part by debt. The use of leverage involves a high degree of financial risk and will increase the exposure of the investments to adverse economic factors.
  • Investing in commercial real estate assets involves certain risks, including, but not limited to: changes in values caused by global, national, regional or local economic performance, the performance of the real estate sector, unemployment, stock market volatility and other impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, demographic or capital market conditions; increases in interest rates and lack of availability of financing; vacancies, fluctuations in the average occupancy and room rates for hospitality properties; and bankruptcies, financial difficulties or lease defaults by our tenants.
  • A change in U.S. tax laws could adversely impact benefits of investing in our shares.


This sales and advertising literature does not constitute an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell securities. An offering is made only by the prospectus. This material must be read in conjunction with the Starwood Real Estate Income Trust, Inc. prospectus in order to fully understand all of the implications and risks of the offering of securities to which the prospectus relates. A copy of the prospectus must be made available to you in connection with any offering. No offering is made except by a prospectus filed with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Attorney General of the State of New York nor any other state securities regulator has approved or disapproved of these securities or determined if the prospectus is truthful or complete, or determined whether the offering can be sold to any or all purchasers in compliance with existing or future suitability or conduct standards. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.