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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...

New Notice Requests Recommendations for the IRS and Treasury 2018-2019 Priority Guidance

Notice 2018-43 was released by the IRS, asking taxpayers for recommendations on the 2018-2019 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan is used each year by the Treasury and IRS to identify and prioritize what tax issues to prioritize and address through guidance such as regulations, rulings, procedures and notices.  According to the Notice, there has been focus on the...

IRS Releases Fact Sheet on Depreciation

The IRS recently released a factsheet that provides an overview of the changes to depreciation and expensing under the new tax law. The fact sheet addresses immediate expensing for section 179 property, first year bonus depreciation, limitations on luxury automobiles and personal use property, treatment of certain farm property, the applicable recovery period for real property, and the...

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....

IRS Updates Q&As about Section 965 Reporting

On April 13, the IRS updated its Questions and Answers page to include additional discussion on reporting amounts owed under section 965—the so-called “transition tax”—on a taxpayer’s 2017 tax return. The Q&As provide answers to questions on reporting requirements, such as how section 965 amounts are reported or steps that a taxpayer should take if the taxpayer had previously filed...

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...

IRS Releases Notice on the Withholding Obligations of Non-publicly Traded Partnerships

On April 2, 2018, the IRS issued Notice 2018-29, which provides guidance related to withholding under Section 1446(f) with respect to the disposition of a partnership interest in a partnership that is not publicly traded. Read more here: Notice 2018-29

IRS Releases Guidance on Section 163(j)

On April 2, 2018, the IRS issued Notice 2018-28, which provides guidance related to the interest deductibility limitation in Section 163(j). The Notice clarifies that Section 163(j) will treat taxpayers who file a consolidated return as a single taxpayer and that interest disallowed under the prior version of Section 163(j) may be carried forward and treated as business interest in...

Transitional Guidance on Fines and Penalties Issued by IRS

Last week, the IRS issued Notice 2018-23 to assist government officials and taxpayers with complying with Sections 162(f) and 6050X of the Internal Revenue Code. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act revised Section 162(f), which disallows deductions for fines and penalties, defined to exclude amounts paid as restitution or as reimbursement for investigations, or paid in suits where there is no...

Videocast: Implications of tax reform on income recognition

The changes made to the Internal Revenue Code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included a number of modifications to the rules associated with income recognition. Although the TCJA codified certain taxpayer-favorable methods (i.e., the Deferral Method under Rev. Proc. 2004-34), the revised Section 451(b) likely will result in an acceleration of taxpayers’ historic recognition of...

President Trump Considers Subjecting the Treasury to OMB Oversight

President Trump is considering whether to grant the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) oversight over regulations issued by the Treasury Department. While the Treasury Department has been exempt from OMB review since the 1980s with respect to tax regulations, President Trump’s move would end that autonomy and add an additional layer of review to forthcoming Treasury regulations....

Resignation of Treasury Official Expected to Result in Guidance Delays

Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy Dana Trier stepped down from his position on February 23. Trier’s role focused on developing guidance on various aspects of the new tax reform law, including the partnership and international tax provisions. Practitioners have expressed concern that his departure will result in delays in issuing regulations, which could result in...


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