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IRS Commissioner: Congressional Action Required to Stop Inversions

As the Treasury Department considers additional steps it may take addressing corporate inversion transactions, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is saying that, to a “substantial extent,” Congress would need to act if it wishes to prevent the transactions.  In a conversation with Bloomberg BNA Koskinen stated that, while the inversion issue is being carefully examined by the...

New Inversion Notices Forthcoming

Our prior post on Notice 2014-52, Treasury’s crackdown on corporate inversions, outlined potential tools Treasury would consider using to counteract the attractiveness of inverting.  The Treasury Office of International Tax Council announced that at least one additional notice will likely be released prior to the issuance of the regulations, although the timing of the release is still...

Treasury Dropping Hints on Earnings Stripping

Treasury Department officials are stating publicly the potential methods it is considering to reduce the benefit of inversion transactions through so-called “earnings stripping.”  According to reports of an October 29 panel discussion, Treasury is considering cutting back on interest deductions under section 163(j), or treating certain instruments as equity rather than debt...

The “Very Near Future” is Now: Treasury and IRS Release Anti-Inversion Notice

After much anticipation, the Treasury Department and IRS released new “anti-inversion” guidance on September 22, in Notice 2014-52.  The Notice announces forthcoming regulations that are targeted at reducing some of the perceived economic benefits of inverting.  The forthcoming regulations would apply primarily to companies which complete inversions on or after September...

Lew: Inversion Guidance Coming “Very, Very Soon,” Rather than Just in the “Very Near Future”

Anti-inversion guidance from Treasury is now a near-certainty, but when they arrive and how they will operate remains a mystery.  Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew used strong language to warn corporations against inverting in a September 17th interview with Bloomberg Television.  “Any company considering an inversion is now on notice that there is action that is going to be taken,” Lew...

Schumer-Durbin Target Earnings Stripping

The change from summer to fall did nothing to alter the focus of the Congressional tax debate – inversions.  To that end, two Senators have introduced a new bill on “earnings stripping.” Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced new legislation on September 11 that would significantly limit earnings stripping by inverted companies.  The...

State Legislators Getting in on Inversion Game

With numerous Congressional legislative proposals, and increasingly heated and political rhetoric, regarding corporate inversions, it was probably only a matter of time before state legislators entered the political fray. New Jersey state senator Shirley Turner (D-Mercer, Hunterdon) has proposed legislation which would deny certain state benefits to companies that have taken part in...

Representative Levin Targets Earnings Stripping

Inversion transactions are making waves, and politicians are taking notice, with the number of legislative proposals dealing with inversions and other international tax issues growing at a fast rate. Of particular note, Representative Sander Levin (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released a discussion draft of the Stop Corporate Earnings Stripping...

The Topsy Turvy Status of Inversions – Levins Move Forward, Wyden and Pfizer Move Back

Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and 13 other Senate Democrats introduced legislation on May 20th that would significantly reduce the ability of U.S. companies to expatriate.  The Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014 would generally enact President Obama’s budget proposal targeting corporate inversions (see our prior post) by reducing from 80% to 50% the post-inversion ownership...

President’s Budget Targets Inversions

The Obama Administration has corporate “inversions” in its sights.  On March 4, the Administration’s 2015 budget was released, and it includes a provision which would significantly lower the ownership thresholds to keep “inverted” companies within the U.S. taxing power. The budget would make changes to section 7874, which was enacted in 2003 and targets “inversion transactions.” Under...