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EU Finance Ministers Debate the EU’s Response to the 2017 Tax Act

Finance ministers from key EU countries, including France, Germany and Italy, are questioning whether some of the provisions of the 2017 tax act are contrary to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The finance ministers are currently reviewing whether to file a complaint with the WTO out of concern that the tax act will spark a race to the bottom with respect to tax rates. EU finance...

IRS Releases Revenue Procedure Limiting Changes to Annual Accounting Periods

The IRS has restricted the ability of taxpayers to make certain changes in accounting periods, through the issuance of Revenue Procedure 2018-17. The revenue procedure modifies Revenue Procedure 2002-39 and Revenue Procedure 2006-45, which deal with approval for changes to annual accounting periods. The modification generally denies automatic approval for changes to tax years of...

Eversheds Sutherland Releases Videocast on the Interest Deduction Limitation under Section 163(j)

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP recently released a videocast covering the broadly applicable limitation on the ability to deduct interest under Section 163(j), enacted as part of the recent tax act. This short video includes an overview of the limitation, the differences between the current and prior limitation, and the exceptions to the limitation. Listen to the video:  The Interest...

Videocast: Eversheds Sutherland Releases Videocast on the new BEAT provision

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP recently released a videocast, discussing the new Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (“BEAT”). This brief video walks through an example of how BEAT would be calculated. View it here: Tax Reform: Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT)...

Eversheds Sutherland Releases Videocast Providing a Basic Overview of International Tax Provisions

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP recently released a videocast which provides a brief overview of the impact of international tax provisions. This short video provides a concise overview of various international provisions in the recent legislation formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including those related to the reduced corporate tax rate, the shift to a hybrid...

Chamber of Commerce Provides Feedback on Notice 2018-07

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently released recommendations for further guidance in response to Notice 2018-07, which provides guidance related to section 965 (the transition tax on deferred foreign earnings). The recommendations include excluding short-term loans from foreign affiliates to a U.S. parent from aggregate foreign cash if they have previously triggered a taxable...

IRS is Prioritizing Certain Guidance Related to Pass-through Entities

As the IRS continues to work on guidance for the new tax legislation (formerly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), the agency is prioritizing certain complex provisions that relate to pass-through entities. In comments to the New York State Bar Association, Clifford Warren, special counsel to the IRS associate chief counsel, identified section 199A (qualified pass-through business...

IRS Modifies Notice 1036 Withholding Tables Incorporating Changes to the Individual Tax Rates

The IRS recently released an updated version of Notice 1036 (includes income tax withholding tables for employers) which integrates the changes made by the recently passed tax legislation. The notice states that employers must implement the withholding tables by February 15, 2018. The IRS anticipates updating its online withholding calculator by the end of February. Read more: New 2018...

Speaker Ryan Foresees only Technical Corrections to the Tax Reform Bill, Rather Than Major Changes

In an interview with C-SPAN, House Speaker Paul Ryan stated that the bill previously known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would require some technical corrections, such as in the area of international taxation, though he did not offer further details. He anticipates that any corrections to the bill would be small changes. House Ways and Means Committee Chair Keven Brady has also stated...

California Proposes Bill to Permit Donations Instead of State Taxes as Challenge to New Federal Tax Bill

The California legislature has introduced a bill that permits residents to donate to a state “public purpose” fund and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their returns. This donation is intended to be deductible for federal tax purposes as a means of circumventing the new $10,000 cap on state/local tax deductions included in the recently passed tax bill. White House economic...

IRS Releases Guidance on the Transition Tax Provision

Last week, the IRS released Notice 2018-07 (the “Notice”), which provides guidance on calculating the so-called “transition tax” of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the Notice itself does not contain any specific regulations, it does describe the regulations that the IRS plans to issue at a later date, including guidance on the effects that the future regulations will have. The Notice...

Conference Committee to Release Tax Bill and Report Tonight but Passage not Guaranteed

The conference committee has announced they will approved a conference report on the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The report and the bill text will be released tonight. The Republicans can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate in order to pass the final version.  Senator Marco Rubio announced that he will not support the tax bill unless Senate Republicans are able...

Conference Committee Working to Resolve House and Senate Differences

Conference Committee negotiators in the House and Senate over the weekend did not reach a compromise on the different versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The main issues include the timing of the 20% corporate rate cut and whether to allow deductions for state and local taxes. Currently, Congressional Republicans hope to finalize the bill by December 20th, and Kevin Brady, Chair of...

Brady Indicates That Tax Legislation Will Include Repeal of Individual Mandate

The Senate voted to go to conference in order to reconcile their tax bill with the House Tax bill today. However, there are many differences that need to be worked out between the two bills. Key differences include the repeal of the alternative minimum tax, the implementation timing of the corporate tax rate reduction, and the repeal of the individual mandate. The repeal of the...

House Sends Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to Conference Committee

The House voted Monday to send the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to conference committee to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The committee has 14 House total members, 9 Republican and 5 Democratic. The Republican members are: Keven Brady (the Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee), Ron Bishop, Diane Black, Kristi Noem, Devin Nunes, Peter Roskam,...


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