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Fiscal Year Taxpayers Reminded about Blended Corporate Tax Rate

Notice 2018-38, released April 16, reminds fiscal year taxpayers about the requirement to apply a blended tax rate under Section 15 of the Code to their taxable year that includes January 1, 2018.  The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (the “TCJA”) changed the corporate tax rate, effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, in the middle of fiscal year taxpayers’ tax year....

Notice Confirms Business as Usual for Taxpayers with Advance Payments

The IRS issued Notice 2018-35 on April 13, which permits taxpayers to continue to rely on Rev. Proc. 2004-34 for the treatment of advance payments under Section 451.  According to the Notice, the IRS will not challenge taxpayers’ use of the current guidance that provides for the limited deferral of advance payments. Additionally, the Notice requests comments with suggestions on Section...

IRS Updates Q&As about Section 965 Reporting

On April 13, the IRS updated its Questions and Answers page to include additional discussion on reporting amounts owed under section 965—the so-called “transition tax”—on a taxpayer’s 2017 tax return. The Q&As provide answers to questions on reporting requirements, such as how section 965 amounts are reported or steps that a taxpayer should take if the taxpayer had previously filed...

The OMB and Treasury Release Memo on OMB’s Oversight of Tax Regulations

The Office of Management of Budget (OMB) and the Department of Treasury recently issued a memo describing the framework for the OMB’s review of tax regulations. The memo provides that regulations will be subject to review if they 1) create a serious inconsistency or interfere with an action of another agency, 2) raise novel legal or policy issues, or  3) have an annual non-revenue...

LEGAL ALERT: IRS RELEASES NOTICE 2018-26 – RETROACTIVELY DISREGARDING CERTAIN ACCOUNTING METHOD CHANGES AND ENTITY CLASSIFICATION ELECTIONS

View the Eversheds Sutherland Legal Alert summarizing the treatment of certain accounting method changes and entity classification elections in Notice 2018-26...

LEGAL ALERT: TRANSITION TAX – ENOUGH ABOUT HOW IT WORKS; HERE IS WHAT DOESN’T WORK

View the Eversheds Sutherland Legal Alert summarizing the new anti-avoidance rules and other technical guidance described in Notice 2018-26 with respect to which the Treasury and the IRS intend to issue regulations, effective as of the first taxable year of a foreign corporation to which section 965 applies,...

VIDEOCAST: TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT – BEST PRACTICES TO MAXIMIZE CERTAINTY AND MINIMIZE CONTROVERSY

The tax reform bill passed at the end of 2017, but Congress continues to propose and make changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Many provisions provided welcome relief; others created uncertainty.  In this Bottom Line videocast, Susan Seabrook and Daniel Strickland discuss the administrative controversy processes and procedures available to taxpayers, as well as the certainty...

IRS Releases Notice on the Withholding Obligations of Non-publicly Traded Partnerships

On April 2, 2018, the IRS issued Notice 2018-29, which provides guidance related to withholding under Section 1446(f) with respect to the disposition of a partnership interest in a partnership that is not publicly traded. Read more here: Notice 2018-29

IRS Releases Guidance on Section 965

On April 2, 2018, the IRS issued Notice 2018-26, which describes additional regulations to be promulgated under Section 965. The regulations will provide anti-avoidance rules under the authority granted by the statute, provide an exception to the treatment of a foreign corporation as a specified foreign corporation (SFC) in connection with the downward attribution of stock through a...

IRS Releases Guidance on Section 163(j)

On April 2, 2018, the IRS issued Notice 2018-28, which provides guidance related to the interest deductibility limitation in Section 163(j). The Notice clarifies that Section 163(j) will treat taxpayers who file a consolidated return as a single taxpayer and that interest disallowed under the prior version of Section 163(j) may be carried forward and treated as business interest in...

Transitional Guidance on Fines and Penalties Issued by IRS

Last week, the IRS issued Notice 2018-23 to assist government officials and taxpayers with complying with Sections 162(f) and 6050X of the Internal Revenue Code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act revised Section 162(f), which disallows deductions for fines and penalties, defined to exclude amounts paid as restitution or as reimbursement for investigations, or paid in suits where there is no...

President Trump Considers Subjecting the Treasury to OMB Oversight

President Trump is considering whether to grant the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) oversight over regulations issued by the Treasury Department. While the Treasury Department has been exempt from OMB review since the 1980s with respect to tax regulations, President Trump’s move would end that autonomy and add an additional layer of review to forthcoming Treasury regulations....

House Provides a Fix for the “Grain Glitch” with Passage of the Omnibus Spending Bill

Today, Congress approved an omnibus spending bill, a step toward averting a government shutdown that would otherwise occur this evening. The bill includes a fix to the so-called “grain glitch,” which addresses a technical error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that allows farmers who sell grain to cooperatives to have a lower tax liability than those who sell to other purchasers. In...

“Phase Two” of Tax Cuts to Offer Permanence

Congressional Republicans and the White House are pushing to pass another tax package this year to make permanent the recently enacted benefits for families and small businesses. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady stated that a second tax bill would provide a permanent extension to the individual tax cuts, the majority of which currently expire after 2025. These tax...

Resignation of Treasury Official Expected to Result in Guidance Delays

Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy Dana Trier stepped down from his position on February 23. Trier’s role focused on developing guidance on various aspects of the new tax reform law, including the partnership and international tax provisions. Practioners have expressed concern that his departure will result in delays in issuing regulations, which could result in...


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