* Subpoena request tax accounting documents
* Shares fall 8 pct
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June 3 American Tower Corp (AMT.N) said it received a subpoena from the U.S. States Securities and Exchange Commission requesting documents related to its tax accounting and reporting, among others documents.
The wireless-tower operator is expected to convert itself into a REIT to benefit under U.S. tax laws, to use its depreciation losses incurred on tower assets as a shield against tax obligations. [ID:nSGE6820IB]
Last month, the company said it will start the process of reorganizing into a REIT no earlier than Jan 1, 2012 and will make a related distribution of profits to stockholders in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The wireless-tower operator said the regulator subpoenaed the company on June 2 requesting documents from 2007 through the present.
American Tower intends to cooperate fully with the SEC on this matter, it said in a regulatory filing.
The company could not be immediately reached for a comment.
Shares of the Boston, Massachusetts-based company, which fell 8 percent after the market opened, were down 5 percent at $51.89 in early morning trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Sayantani Ghosh in Bangalore; Editing by Jarshad Kakkrakandy)
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