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IRS Allows Election Relief for Bonus Depreciation

On July 31, 2019, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2019-33, which allows taxpayers to change their elections regarding bonus depreciation for property acquired after September 27, 2017 and placed in service during the taxpayer’s 2016 or 2017 taxable year. Under the revenue procedure, a taxpayer may make late elections to use bonus depreciation on such property or revoke its election to use...

IRS Official States that Final Foreign Tax Credit Regulations Likely to Be Released by Fall and BEAT Regulations Likely to Be Released Before the End of the Year

At an event for the National Association for Business Economics on July 16, Peg O’Connor (deputy associate chief counsel (Operations and International Programs) at the IRS Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, International) stated that she expects final regulations addressing foreign tax credits to be released by the end of the summer and final regulations under section 59A (Base...

IRS Provides Additional Q&A Guidance on Section 965

On July 16, 2019, the IRS released additional guidance in a Q&A format with respect to section 965. Enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, section 965 generally imposes a transition tax on a US shareholder’s pro rata share of the accumulated earnings and profits of certain foreign corporations. The guidance includes information on making subsequent installment payments and filing...

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Addressing the Excise Tax on Certain Educational Institutions Under Section 4968

On June 28, 2019, the IRS released proposed regulations under section 4968. Section 4968 was added to the Code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and generally imposes an excise tax of 1.4% on the net investment income of applicable educational institutions that have at least 500 tuition-paying students (of which more than 50% are located in the United States) and that have assets of at...

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Addressing the FDII and GILTI Deduction under Section 250

On March 4, 2019, the IRS released proposed regulations under section 250. Section 250 generally allows a domestic corporation a deduction for its foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and its global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI). The proposed regulations provide rules for determining the amount of the deduction, including guidance related to the provision’s taxable income...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Proposed Foreign Tax Credit and Section 163(j) Regulations to be sent to OIRA

On October 18, 2018, Lafayette G. Harter III, the deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs for the Department of Treasury, announced that the proposed regulations focusing on foreign tax credits under section 904 are likely to be sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review on October 19 or the following week. Harter also announced that...

Treasury Confirms Issuance of Transition Tax Regulations by the End of the Year

Brenda Zendt, special adviser to the Treasury Office of International Tax Counsel, corroborated a prior report that the Treasury Department intends to issue final Section 965 regulations by the end of 2018. Treasury deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, Chip Harter, previously commented on the deadline while discussing Treasury’s goal to issue proposed regulations,...

IRS Provides Interim Guidance on Expenses for Business Meals

The Treasury Department and IRS issued Notice 2018-76, offering interim guidance under section 274 of the Code. The guidance provides that taxpayers may treat certain business meal expenses as non-entertainment and may continue to deduct 50 percent of food and beverage expenses associated with operating their business or trade, so long as the expenses are not extravagant and the...

Proposed GILTI Regulations Released

The IRS has released proposed regulations on global intangible low-tax income (GILTI) under section 951A, a provision added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The proposed regulations set forth rules for calculating the GILTI inclusion and new reporting requirements, but do not address foreign tax credit rules, which will be addressed separately in the future. Public comments on the...

IRS Releases Draft Forms for Transition Tax and BEAT Reporting

The IRS released draft forms for reporting a taxpayer’s section 965 transition tax and section 59A base erosion and anti-abuse tax liabilities. The forms, titled Form 965 (“Inclusion of Deferred Foreign Income Upon Transition to Participation Exemption System”) and Form 8991 (“Tax on Base Erosion Payments of Taxpayers With Substantial Gross Receipts”), respectively, can be found on the...


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