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OIRA Receives Foreign Partner Sales Regulations

On December 4th the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) received regulations pertaining to the treatment of foreign partners’ gains on the sale of a U.S. partnership.  The regulations will provide guidance on section 864(c)(8), enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which treats gain from the sale of an interest in a partnership engaged in the conduct of a U.S. trade or...

IRS Releases Proposed Foreign Tax Credit Regulations

On November 28, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-105600-18) concerning the treatment of foreign tax credits and related issues taking into account the changes made by under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).  Foreign tax provisions under the TCJA modified the method for calculating taxable income for purposes of the foreign tax credit limitation; added two additional foreign...

House Republicans Release Tax Package

House Republicans released a 297 page tax bill on the evening of November 26, with the possibility of voting on the proposed bill as soon as this week. The legislation includes a number of “extenders,” which would renew certain tax provisions set to expire; tax breaks for smaller businesses; and technical corrections to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed in 2017. The five...

IRS Releases Business Interest Expense Proposed Regulations

The IRS has released proposed regulations (REG-106089-18) concerning the business interest expense deduction limits applied to certain taxpayers. As amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), section 163(j) generally places a limit on the amount of deductible business interest expenses in a current taxable year. The proposed regulations, released on November 26, provide rules for...

OIRA Receives Section 267A Regulations for Review

The IRS on November 13th submitted its proposed section 267A anti-hybrid regulations to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for expedited review. Section 267A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, eliminates deductions for any “disqualified related party amount” paid or accrued through a related hybrid entity or transaction. The regulations are expected to address such issues as...

Single Entity Can Apply 199A De Minimis Rule Multiple Times, According to IRS Official

Speaking at the American Institute of CPAs Fall Tax Division Meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 14, IRS associate chief counsel Holly Porter stated that the section 199A de minimis test applied to identify specified service businesses could apply multiple times for the same entity if separate businesses are being operated.  Enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), section 199A...

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...

BEAT Regulations submitted to OMB

The IRS has submitted its proposed base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) regulations to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for review.  Under section 59A of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the BEAT is an alternative minimum tax on income with deductions for payments between U.S. corporations and their foreign affiliates added back, which is designed to limit shifting of...

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,...

House Approves Three New Tax Bills

On September 27, 2018, the House approved two bills that are part of a second package of tax law changes advanced by House Republicans (“Tax Reform 2.0”). The first bill would create universal savings accounts, expand the utility of section 529 education savings plans, and make the offering of employee retirement plans more accessible for small businesses. The second bill would provide...

Legal Alert: Real estate unlocked: Opportunity zones offer tax incentives to investors

As part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Congress added new rules to the Internal Revenue Code intended to promote investments in low-income communities designated as “qualified opportunity zones.” Deferral of tax on gains reinvested in Opportunity Funds and reduction or elimination of tax on such investments held for extended periods are the OZ Program’s carrots. Qualifying real...

Section 168(k) Administrative Solutions Possible for QIP Error; Partnership Remedial Allocations

On August 16, the Senate Finance Committee sent a letter to Treasury clarifying the drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that failed to make qualified improvement property (QIP) eligible for 100% bonus depreciation under section 168(k). Ellen Martin, a tax policy adviser in the Treasury Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, commented that the letter was welcome but may not be...


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