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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...

IRS Releases Interim Guidance for Unrelated Business Taxable Income

The IRS released Notice 2018-67, which provides interim guidance addressing section 512(a)(6). Section 512(a)(6), added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, requires a taxpayer to calculate its unrelated business taxable income separately for each unrelated trade or business in which the taxpayer is engaged. In determining whether a taxpayer has more than one trade or business, the Notice...

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.

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...

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...


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