Tag Archives: IRS

Qualified Retirement Plan Considerations and 2019 Year-End Action Items

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Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group reminds plan sponsors to get ready for 2019 IRS year-end amendments and offers year-end action items. Discretionary amendments Changes to hardship withdrawals Adjustment to the determination letter program Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Down the Rabbit Hole: Guidance Addressing Downward Attribution After Repeal of Section 958(b)(4)

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The IRS released Proposed Regulations and a Revenue Procedure addressing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s repeal of Section 958(b)(4). Our International Tax Group explores how this guidance affects numerous provisions of the Code. Downward attribution beyond Subpart F, GILTI, and Section 965 Silence on the portfolio interest exemption Safe harbors and eased reporting requirements Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Final Hardship Distribution Rules Are Here: Does Your 401(k) or 403(b) Plan Comply?

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Our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group examines the numerous changes – mandatory and permissible – plan sponsors can make to their 401(k) or 403(b) plans in light of new regulations for hardship distributions. When do you need to amend your plan? What are the mandatory and permissible changes? What next steps should you take? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

NOL Regulations Proposed

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Our Federal Tax Group covers the potential changes to recognizing built-in income in reaction to Treasury proposing new Section 382 regulations with a built-in feature that many will think is a bug. Using the Section 382 deduction limitation Using Section 338 for built-in gains Using the 1374 method for built-in losses Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Proposed Regulations Classifying Cloud Transactions and Digital Content Released

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As the computer transactions of the 21st century continue to evolve, our International Tax Group downloads Treasury and the IRS’s attempt at updating the tax implications to keep up. Refreshing the 1998 regulations Classifying cloud transactions Key concerns and looking ahead Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Treasury’s Section 482 Regulation Losses

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Do what Treasury said, not what it says it meant. Earlier this month, our Federal Tax Group explains why the circuit court affirmed one Tax Court decision and reversed another in the name of consistency – and why it means regulation preambles are more important than ever. Affirming in Amazon, reversing in Altera Holding the IRS to literal terms of the regulation Similarity to the Supreme Court ruling on the census citizenship question Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Old Law, New Tricks: Long-Awaited PFIC Guidance Proposed

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Our International Tax Group highlights new guidance on fundamental issues and points out a few sources of potential headache for taxpayers in response to the IRS and Treasury proposing the most significant regulations on passive foreign investment companies (PFICs) in nearly 30 years. Clarifications for the Income and Asset Tests Updates to the PFIC exceptions and look-through rules PFIC stock attribution Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Hold Up, Partner: Proposed Regulations Address Withholding on Foreign Partner Dispositions

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Newly proposed regulations expand withholding on foreign partners transferring interests in partnerships who do business in the United States. Our International Tax Group evaluates the tightening reins on exceptions. Notice 2018-29 and other prior Section 1446(f) guidance Modified withholding exceptions in the new regulations Activation of previously suspended PTP and secondary withholding Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

A New Theory of Code Definitions

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“Manifestly incompatible?” A new IRS Chief Counsel Advice features a disturbing interpretation of Section 7701’s definitions. Our Federal Tax Group parses out what taxpayers should beware of—or what could possibly be used to their benefit. Applying the abuse of entity regulation Discriminating against taxpayers singled out Statutory construction that doesn’t otherwise provide Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more