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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...

Vote on Technical Corrections Bill Not Expected Until After Midterm Elections

While House Republicans are in the process of drafting a technical corrections bill, House Republican leaders do not expect vote a on the bill until after the midterm elections in November. The technical corrections bill would be separate from the “phase 2” tax legislation that would make the individual tax cuts implemented by the 2017 tax act permanent. Kevin Brady, chairman of the...

European Commission Discussing Implementation of the TCJA with U.S. Officials

According to Valdis Dombrovskis, a European Commissioner, the European Commission is speaking with U.S. officials about the Commission’s concerns with the 2017 tax act. European finance ministers have claimed that some provisions of the act violate international norms and double taxation treaties, especially the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (or BEAT), which some commentators claim...

The White House Office of Management and Budget Has Not Yet Reviewed any New Tax Law Rules

Based on a new arrangement between the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Treasury, regulations and other guidance that have policy or economic significance will undergo a compliance review by the OMB. A senior administration official recently stated that Treasury and IRS have not yet sent any new tax regulations or guidance to the OMB for review, despite officials...

Legislative Changes to the International TCJA Provisions to Be Considered

In a recent interview, Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, stated that legislative changes to the international provisions of the TJCA are in the works and that these changes may be included in the legislation associated with phase 2 of tax reform, which Brady indicated would be reviewed by House Republicans in July. President Trump has also weighed in on the...

Phase Two of Tax Reform Will Retain Pretax Benefits of 401(k) Plans

A spokesperson from the House Ways and Means Committee recently stated that the new tax proposals will not revise the pretax treatment of 401(k) savings plans. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brady previously stated, in an interview, that the phase 2 tax proposal might address retirement and include a savings element. Read More: Ways & Means Quashes Rothification Concerns...


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