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Federal Register Publishes Proposed Transition Tax Regulations

On August 9, 2018, the Federal Register published the Treasury and the IRS’s proposed transition tax regulations. While the IRS had made an initial draft of the proposed regulations available for review, publication in the Federal Register begins the comment period for the proposed regulations. Comments on the proposed regulations must be received by October 9, 2018. Read More: Federal...

Proposed Pass-Through Deduction Regulations Released

The IRS has released proposed regulations on section 199A, a provision added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that provides a deduction for certain qualified business income with respect to individuals and pass-through entities. Read more: IRS issues proposed regulations on new 20 percent deduction for passthrough businesses;...

Regulations on Bonus Depreciation Are Mostly as Expected

The proposed regulations addressing section 168(k) bonus depreciation largely conform to expectations, however there were a few unanticipated elements. In her recent comments to the press, Ellen McElroy of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP highlighted the IRS’ failure to address the drafting error that left qualified improvement property ineligible for bonus depreciation. McElroy also...

Proposed Regulations on Contribution Limits for ABLE Act Anticipated

According to recently released Notice 2018-62, the IRS and the Treasury will issue proposed regulations to clarify the new rules regarding the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The ABLE program provides tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The TCJA increased the contribution limit to ABLE accounts under certain circumstances. The proposed...

Proposed Full Expensing Regulations Released

The IRS has released regulations on the full expensing provisions under section 168(k), as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  That section allows businesses to fully expense certain business assets. Read more: REG-104397-18.

Proposed Transition Tax Regulations Released

The IRS has released proposed regulations on section 965, a provision created by the 2017 TCJA, which imposes a one-time transition tax on accumulated earnings of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. multinationals. Read more:   IRS Floats Rules On Transition Tax On Foreign Earnings;...

OMB’s Review of 199A Regulations to Be Completed in Ten days

Last week, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received draft proposed computational section 199A regulations from Treasury. OIRA’s expedited deadline for this review is ten business days after receipt of all necessary information, subject to extension as agreed with Treasury. Guidance sent to OIRA is generally subject to a 45-day...

Nunes’s Proposed Legislation Would Consider Inflation in Determining Capital Gains Tax

Devin Nunes, a Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has introduced legislation to index capital gains for inflation. Under Nunes’s legislation, the tax basis of a capital asset for purposes of calculating capital gains would be adjusted for inflation. Republican Senator Ted Cruz has introduced similar legislation in the Senate, and Congressional Republicans are...

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Could Impact Intangible Valuation

Thomas Amendolari, a senior economist at the Treasury Department, recently stated that many of the fundamental aspects of determining the discount rate, for purposes of valuing intangible transfers under the section 482 regulations, may be affected by the 2017 TCJA. While the economic effects of the TCJA may increase discount rates, Amendolari noted that it is not yet certain and...

Tax Law Discourages U.S. Investment and Leaves Taxpayers in the Dark, According to New Report from Senate Finance Democrats

A recent report released by the Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden asserts that the new tax legislation has resulted in “more complexity, loopholes and incentives to ship jobs overseas.” According to the report, the global intangible low taxed income (“GILTI”) provisions create a new web of complexity and leave taxpayers in the dark regarding future investment decisions....

David Kautter Announces that Guidance on the Section 199A Pass-through Deduction will be Released in Weeks

On July 17, 2018, David Kautter, the acting Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”), announced that the Treasury Department is currently reviewing guidance under section 199A and anticipates the guidance to be released within weeks. Kautter further stated that the IRS is treating the section 199A deduction, the section 59A base erosion and anti-abuse tax (“BEAT”), and the...

Brady Announces that the Outline of Phase 2 of Tax Reform will be Released Next Week

Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced on July 18, 2018 that an outline of the “phase 2” tax reform legislation will be released during the week of July 23rd. Brady also stated that the phase 2 legislation will not include any technical corrections or refinements to the 2017 tax act and that the focus of the legislation will be to make permanent the...

The Office of Management and Budget Received Draft Transition Tax Regulations

On July 13, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) acknowledged receipt on its website of proposed rules under section 965.  The rules are currently under review, but OIRA has indicated that they are not economically significant, and therefore the normal 45-day review timeline (subject to extension) applies. Read more: Transition Tax...

Tax Reform 2.0 Not Expected to Address International Provisions

According to Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo, tax reform 2.0 will not address international tax provisions, such as BEAT or GILTI.  Instead, the next round of tax legislation is projected to focus on making the individual provisions permanent.  The excluded provisions are expected to be addressed in a future, separate technical corrections bill.  Curbelo also noted that the draft...

Vote on Technical Corrections Bill Not Expected Until After Midterm Elections

While House Republicans are in the process of drafting a technical corrections bill, House Republican leaders do not expect vote a on the bill until after the midterm elections in November. The technical corrections bill would be separate from the “phase 2” tax legislation that would make the individual tax cuts implemented by the 2017 tax act permanent. Kevin Brady, chairman of the...


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