Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Nature Of Business

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Nature Of Business
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Nature Of Business [Abstract]  
Nature Of Business
NATURE OF BUSINESS
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (“We” or “WRIT”), a Maryland real estate investment trust, is a self-administered, self-managed equity real estate investment trust, successor to a trust organized in 1960. Our business consists of the ownership and operation of income-producing real estate properties in the greater Washington Metro region. We own a diversified portfolio of office buildings, medical office buildings, multifamily buildings and retail centers.
Federal Income Taxes
We believe that we qualify as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) under Sections 856-860 of the Internal Revenue Code and intend to continue to qualify as such. To maintain our status as a REIT, we are required to distribute 90% of our ordinary taxable income to our shareholders. When selling properties, we have the option of (a) reinvesting the sale proceeds of properties sold, allowing for a deferral of income taxes on the sale, (b) paying out capital gains to the shareholders with no tax to WRIT or (c) treating the capital gains as having been distributed to the shareholders, paying the tax on the gain deemed distributed and allocating the tax paid as a credit to the shareholders. During the three years ended December 31, 2011, we sold the following properties:
Disposition Date
Property
Type
Gain on Sale
(in  thousands)
April 5, 2011
Dulles Station, Phase I
Office
$

Various (1)
Industrial Portfolio (1)
Office/Industrial
97,491

 
 
Total 2011
$
97,491

 
 
 
 
June 18, 2010
Parklawn Portfolio(2)
Office/Industrial
$
7,900

December 21, 2010
The Ridges
Office
4,500

December 22, 2010
Ammendale I&II/Amvax
Industrial
9,200

 
 
Total 2010
$
21,600

 
 
 
 
May 13, 2009
Avondale
Multifamily
$
6,700

July 23, 2009
Tech 100 Industrial Park
Industrial
4,100

July 31, 2009
Brandywine Center
Office
1,000

November 13, 2009
Crossroads Distribution Center
Industrial
1,500

 
 
Total 2009
$
13,300

(1) 
The Industrial Portfolio consists of every property in our industrial segment and two office properties (the Crescent and Albemarle Point), and we closed on the sale on three separate dates. On September 2, 2011, we closed on the sale of the two office properties (the Crescent and Albemarle Point) and 8880 Gorman Road, Dulles South IV, Fullerton Business Center, Hampton Overlook, Alban Business Center, Pickett Industrial Park, Northern Virginia Industrial Park I, 270 Technology Park, Fullerton Industrial Center, Sully Square, 9950 Business Parkway, Hampton South and 8900 Telegraph Road. On October 3, 2011, we closed the sale of Northern Virginia Industrial Park II. On November 1, 2011, we closed on the sale of 6100 Columbia Park Road and Dulles Business Park I and II.

(2) 
The Parklawn Portfolio consists of three office properties (Parklawn Plaza, Lexington Building and Saratoga Building) and one industrial property (Charleston Business Center).
A portion of the sales proceeds were reinvested in replacement properties, with the remainder paid out to the shareholders.
Generally, and subject to our ongoing qualification as a REIT, no provisions for income taxes are necessary except for taxes on undistributed REIT taxable income and taxes on the income generated by our taxable REIT subsidiaries (“TRS's”). Our TRS's are subject to corporate federal and state income tax on their taxable income at regular statutory rates, or as calculated under the alternative minimum tax, as appropriate. On April 5, 2011, we settled on the sale of Dulles Station, Phase I, an office property held by one of our TRS's. After the application of available net operating loss carryforwards, we recognized $1.1 million in current net federal and state income tax liabilities during 2011 in connection with the sale and operations of the entities.
During the fourth quarter of 2011 we recognized a $14.5 million impairment charge at Dulles Station, Phase II, a development property held by one of our TRS's (see note 3 to the consolidated financial statements). The impairment charge created a deferred tax asset of $5.7 million at this TRS, but we have determined that it is more likely than not that this deferred tax asset will not be realized. We have therefore recorded a valuation allowance for the full amount of the deferred tax asset related to the impairment charge at Dulles Station, Phase II.
As of December 31, 2011, our TRS's had a net deferred tax asset of $0.1 million and a net deferred tax liability of $0.5 million, primarily related to temporary differences in the timing of the recognition of revenue, amortization and depreciation. There were no material income tax provisions or material net deferred income tax items for our TRS's for the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009.

The following is a breakdown of the taxable percentage of our dividends for 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively (unaudited):
 
2011
 
2010
 
2009
Ordinary income
60
%
 
55
%
 
75
%
Return of capital
17
%
 
31
%
 
17
%
Qualified dividends
5
%
 
%
 
%
Unrecaptured Section 1250 gain
13
%
 
11
%
 
7
%
Capital gain
5
%
 
3
%
 
1
%