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IRS Issues Final Transition Tax Regulations

On January 15, 2019, the IRS and Treasury released final regulations on the section 965 transition tax. The final regulations largely adopt the basic approach and the structure of the proposed regulations (REG-104226-18) issued on August 9, 2018 but with some changes, including modifications to the election to reallocate basis to reflect the offset of positive earnings with deficits...

Discussion Draft of the “Tax Technical and Clerical Corrections Act” Released

Rep. Kevin Brady, former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued a draft of technical changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on January 2, 2019, just prior to relinquishing the Chair to Rep. Richard Neal.  The dozens of proposed changes, written to implement Congressional intent and correct provisions in the TCJA, include restoration of the applicable recovery...

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Addressing Hybrid Arrangements

On December 20, the IRS released proposed regulations under sections 245A(e) and 267A. Section 245A allows a deduction for certain related party dividends, except in the case of certain hybrid dividends, and section 267A disallows deductions for certain amounts paid in a related-party hybrid transaction or to a related hybrid entity. The proposed regulations under section 267A clarify...

Joint Committee on Taxation Releases Blue Book of TCJA

The General Explanation of Public Law 115-97, prepared by the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in consultation with the staffs of the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy, was released this week. The explanation provides a discussion of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) including a description of...

IRS Releases Proposed BEAT Regulations

On December 13, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-104259-18) concerning the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) under section 59A. Section 59A generally operates as a minimum tax on income without regard to certain deductible payments made to foreign related parties. The new regulations clarify who is an “applicable taxpayer” under the provision, as well as provide further...

OIRA Receives Final Transition Tax Regulations for Review

On December 6, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received final regulations under section 965, the so-called transition tax. OIRA will have 45 days to review the regulations, as they are not designated for expedited review. The Treasury Department has previously stated that the final regulations will provide additional detail regarding ordering rules for...

Prospects for Year-End Tax Legislation Dim

Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee, including Benjamin Cardin and ranking minority member Ron Wyden, have expressed doubt that the Retirement, Savings and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 will pass this year.  While the bill includes provisions for the retroactive application of tax extenders through 2018, several technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and...

OIRA Receives Foreign Partner Sales Regulations

On December 4th the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received regulations pertaining to the treatment of foreign partners’ gains on the sale of a U.S. partnership.  The regulations will provide guidance on section 864(c)(8), enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which treats gain from the sale of an interest in a partnership engaged in the conduct of a U.S. trade or...

IRS Releases Proposed Foreign Tax Credit Regulations

On November 28, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-105600-18) concerning the treatment of foreign tax credits and related issues taking into account the changes made by under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  Foreign tax provisions under the TCJA modified the method for calculating taxable income for purposes of the foreign tax credit limitation; added two additional foreign...

OIRA Receives Section 267A Regulations for Review

The IRS on November 13th submitted its proposed section 267A anti-hybrid regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for expedited review. Section 267A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, eliminates deductions for any “disqualified related party amount” paid or accrued through a related hybrid entity or transaction. The regulations are expected to address such issues as...

IRS Releases Priority Guidance Plan for 2018-2019

On November 8, the IRS and Treasury Department released their priority guidance plan (PGP) for 2018-2019, which includes a number of projects concerning the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Planned projects include finalizing regulations under sections 199A (the 20% deduction for qualifying business income) and 951A (global intangible low-taxed income) and issuing...

BEAT Regulations submitted to OMB

The IRS has submitted its proposed base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) regulations to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for review.  Under section 59A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the BEAT is an alternative minimum tax on income with deductions for payments between U.S. corporations and their foreign affiliates added back, which is designed to limit shifting of...

OMB Receives Proposed Foreign Tax Credit Regs for Review

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received proposed foreign tax regulations for review on November 7. The regulations include guidance on allocation of expenses to the section 951A Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) basket for purposes of determining the foreign tax credit limitation, as well as transition rules for excess foreign tax credit carryforwards. The...

Treasury and IRS Issue Proposed Regulations for Section 956

Treasury and the IRS have issued proposed regulations (REG-114540-18) that would reduce the inclusion determined under section 956 for certain domestic corporations that own stock in controlled foreign corporations.   The proposed regulations are intended to harmonize the application of section 956 and the participation exemption system (section 245A) enacted under the Tax Cuts and...

OIRA Receives Proposed Section 163(j) Regulations for Review

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received draft proposed regulations under section 163(j), addressing the limitation on business interest deductions, on October 25, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s website. As amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), section 163(j) generally limits business interest expense deductions to the sum of business...


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