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Six Main Areas Identified For TCJA International Guidance

In anticipation of tax reform 2.0, six major international areas have been identified as prime for regulatory focus and guidance: the allocation of expenses to GILTI income; the application of the accumulated earnings tax under section 531 to GILTI;  treatment of consolidated tax return filers for GILTI purposes; potential carve-outs to the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (or BEAT);...

Phase Two of Tax Reform Will Retain Pretax Benefits of 401(k) Plans

A spokesperson from the House Ways and Means Committee recently stated that the new tax proposals will not revise the pretax treatment of 401(k) savings plans. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brady previously stated, in an interview, that the phase 2 tax proposal might address retirement and include a savings element. Read More: Ways & Means Quashes Rothification Concerns...

Trump Anticipates Tax Reform 2.0 in October

President Trump, during an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, stated that he expects another tax overhaul to be proposed in October.  As part of the reform plan, President Trump is considering a further reduction of the recently enacted 21 percent corporate tax rate, to 20 percent. Read more here:  Trump expects another tax overhaul, says ‘probably in...

Proposed Regulations and Guidance on Sections 199A and 163(j) Will Draw on Existing Regulations

The IRS is incorporating relevant existing regulations in drafting the proposed regulations for sections 199A and guidance for section 163(j). However, as noted by Holly Porter, acting IRS associate chief counsel, there are limitations to the degree to which application of these two sections can rely on regulations already existing under other sections due to the differences in nature...

Brady Anticipates Legislative Outline of Tax Reform 2.0 in Early August

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, at a Washington Post event held on June 26th, stated that Committee Republicans would begin circulating a draft of the next tax package after the July 4th holiday, followed by the release of an outline of the tax cut package in early August and a vote in the fall.  Brady sees the next round of tax cuts as a package of multiple bills...

Proposed Regulations Related to Previously Taxed Income (PTI) Are Expected This Year

Marjorie Rollinson, IRS Associate Chief Counsel International, has indicated that issuing new proposed PTI regulations is a priority for the IRS this year. The new PTI regulations would address issues related to the global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) and deemed repatriation provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, specifically, how to allocate deductions against tested income...

Markup for Legislation for Phase 2 of Tax Reform Is Expected After August

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady indicated that a new tax bill may be marked up after the August recess, a date later than his previous estimate. Brady also noted that parts of the phase 2 legislation may be pulled from previous Senate and House proposals. Read More: Phase 2 Markup Likely Delayed Until After August...

Congress Unlikely to Act on Technical Corrections until after November Elections

Congress appears unlikely to pass a technical corrections bill for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act prior to the November elections. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn stated that the corrections are not imminent, and as an indication of further delay, Kevin Brady, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has stated that any technical corrections will be affected by the guidance released by...

New Rev. Proc. Provides that Citrus Replanting Costs Not Included in Automatic Accounting Method Changes

Released Tuesday, Rev. Proc. 2018-35 provides that the new automatic change procedures under Rev. Proc. 2018-31 do not apply section 263A to replanting costs for damaged or lost citrus plants. Section 263A generally requires taxpayers to include the costs of certain property produced or acquired for resale to be included in inventory costs. However, under section 263A(d)(2)(A) as...

House Budget Would Extend Individual TJCA Provisions

On June 19, 2018, the House Budget Committee released a 10-year budget plan that, if passed, would provide a vehicle to extend the individual tax provisions enacted under the TJCA past their current expiration date in 2025 through the budget reconciliation process. To help reduce the cost of extending the cuts, the budget plan requires committees to submit legislation to reduce the...

Legislation for Phase 2 of Tax Reform Expected in August

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady indicated that Republicans hope to have a proposal for healthcare and additional tax changes by August. While the contents of the bill remain uncertain, potential topics include: permanent individual income tax provisions, retirement savings, the treatment of capital gains, and employer incentives for helping to pay back student loan...

Guidance on Section 199A May Halt Benefitting Firms

The Treasury Department may issue guidance on section 199A in response to workarounds taken by law and accounting firms. The new section 199A provides a 20% deduction for qualifying pass-through businesses. Since its enactment, offices have been broken down into separate businesses to take advantage of the deduction; future guidance may halt this technique. According to an official at...

Congressman States that the TCJA will not be Amended, Despite EU Criticism

Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, stated at a conference that, despite criticism from EU officials, Congress does not intend to amend the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TJCA). Some EU officials have been particularly critical of the foreign-derived intangible income provision, arguing that the provision essentially acts as an export subsidy which...

The IRS Releases Additional Guidance on Penalties Related to the Transition Tax

The IRS announced that it will waive the estimated tax penalty for taxpayers subject to the transition tax under section 965 in certain instances, such as (1) for any taxpayer that improperly applied a 2017 overpayment to a 2018 estimated tax liability, and (2) for any individual that missed the April 18, 2018 deadline for making the first payment. Read more: IRS offers penalty, filing...

Potential Phase Two of Tax Legislation Focuses on Making Individual Tax Changes Permanent

House Republicans intend to roll out a second package of tax cuts this summer. The focus of the new bill is to make the individual tax cuts permanent, but it may also include other changes, such as cutting capital gains taxes and including incentives to boost business innovation. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady anticipates that the new bill would be approved in the...


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