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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 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.

Full Expensing Regulations Ready for Publication

On July 30, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) waived its review of the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) proposed regulations that implement the full expensing provisions of the 2017 tax act. The full expensing provisions allow temporary 100% expensing for certain business assets. With the OMB review complete, the IRS may publish the proposed regulations in the Federal...

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...

The White House Office of Management and Budget Has Not Yet Reviewed any New Tax Law Rules

Based on a new arrangement between the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Treasury, regulations and other guidance that have policy or economic significance will undergo a compliance review by the OMB. A senior administration official recently stated that Treasury and IRS have not yet sent any new tax regulations or guidance to the OMB for review, despite officials...

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...

The Upcoming FAA Authorization May Not Contain Any Technical Corrections to the Tax Legislation

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady has indicated that the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) reauthorization bill is unlikely to contain additional technical corrections to the 2017 tax bill, despite containing a tax title. Congress had previously passed, in the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, a technical correction to fix a provision that encouraged farmers...

Rev. Proc. Offers Automatic Accounting Change for 606 Book-Tax Accounting Conformity

An automatic method change is now available for taxpayers wishing to change their accounting method to comply with the new financial accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) (“Topic 606”). Under the new standards of Topic 606, taxpayers recognize revenue from contracts with customers based on...

No Rules or Answers: Notices to Just Provide Notice

Rather than provide “subregulatory guidance” or answer specific questions, future notices will simply notify taxpayers of regulations to come. According to Catherine Hughes of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy, the Treasury and IRS will not create new rules, but give a “heads up” of what proposed regulations are in the works. This has been seen in recent notices, including Notice...

IRS Issues Guidance Related to Determining Built-in Gain or Loss under Section 382

Recently released Notice 2018-30 provides that the two safe harbor approaches in Notice 2003-65–related to recognizing built-in gain or loss–will be determined without regard to the bonus depreciation rule under section 168(k). Section 382 imposes limits of the amount of built-in losses that can offset future taxable income following ownership change. The notice states that...

IRS Considering the Definition of a “Trade or Business” under Section 163(j)

The IRS is in the process of defining a “trade or business” for purpose of determining what counts as business interest for the purposes of section 163(j). The text of the statute and Notice 2018-28 indicate that all income earned by a corporation is business interest, but questions still remain on whether a corporation that receives only passive dividend income is a business and...

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...

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...


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