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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...

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...

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...

IRS Releases Additional Guidance on Section 965

The Treasury and the IRS have published Notice 2018-78, containing additional guidance on the proposed regulations for Section 965, which were published on August 9, 2018. The Notice provides that the final regulations (i) will not require taxpayers to make a binding basis election until at least 90 days after finalization of the proposed regulations; (ii) will permit all members of...

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...

Tax Reform 2.0 Will Likely Not Be Passed By Congress Before Midterms

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady recently stated that the three tax bills that together comprise the new tax reform package will likely not get through the Senate before midterm elections. The House Ways and Means Committee previously passed the bills through committee. The House is expected to vote the legislation later this month. Read More: Top House tax writer Kevin...

Draft of Tax Reform 2.0 Introduced in Congress

House of Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady recently highlighted the introduction of three new tax bills that together comprise the new tax reform package. The drafts of new tax legislation deal primarily with individuals, retirement savings, and small businesses. H.R. 6760, the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018, would extend the 20 percent deduction on...

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...

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...

Nunes’s Proposed Legislation Would Consider Inflation in Determining Capital Gains Tax

Devin Nunes, a Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has introduced legislation to index capital gains for inflation. Under Nunes’s legislation, the tax basis of a capital asset for purposes of calculating capital gains would be adjusted for inflation. Republican Senator Ted Cruz has introduced similar legislation in the Senate, and Congressional Republicans are...

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...

Brady Announces that the Outline of Phase 2 of Tax Reform will be Released Next Week

Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, announced on July 18, 2018 that an outline of the “phase 2” tax reform legislation will be released during the week of July 23rd. Brady also stated that the phase 2 legislation will not include any technical corrections or refinements to the 2017 tax act and that the focus of the legislation will be to make permanent the...

The Office of Management and Budget Received Draft Transition Tax Regulations

On July 13, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) acknowledged receipt on its website of proposed rules under section 965.  The rules are currently under review, but OIRA has indicated that they are not economically significant, and therefore the normal 45-day review timeline (subject to extension) applies. Read more: Transition Tax...


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