Tag Archives: Treasury

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

Questioning Old Regulations

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In response to the Third Circuit's SIH Partners v. Commissioner ruling, our Federal Tax Group reflects on the decision and suggests taking a second look at old Treasury regulations that might not survive judicial scrutiny. The court worked hard to save Section 956 How much deference will a court give Treasury? For example: Section 951 Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Altera Redux – The Ninth Circuit Once Again Holds in Favor of the IRS

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Last week, our International Tax Group examines the Ninth Circuit repeating itself in reversing a unanimous Tax Court holding on the validity of the Treasury's regulations under Section 482. We examine the reconstituted  panel's significant decisions, which in many ways follow the first panel's conclusions. Altera v. Commissioner, Parts 1, 2, and now, 3 What is the meaning of “commensurate with income”? What does this case say about previous standards under Chevron? 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

The Treasury’s New Guidance Policy

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What guidance has the “force and effect of law”? Our Federal Tax Group dives into an appeal of a court case involving Notice 2016-66, the Anti-Injunction Act, and a new Treasury policy statement that could upset the department’s applecart. A new transaction of interest: micro-captive transactions Policy Statement on the Tax Regulatory Process Eviscerating the premise of an argument Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

State Guidance Needed After Treasury Issues Proposed Regulations Under Section 163(j)

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Our State & Local Tax Group examines why proposed federal regulations for the new interest expense limitation complicates matters for state tax purposes. Not every state follows the new Section 163(j) Federal deduction determined on a consolidated basis … … But states are all over the place Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Plot Twist – Proposed Regulations Mean Section 956 Did Not Actually Survive Tax Reform Intact

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Our International Tax Group takes stock of new proposed regulations that try to keep Section 956 relevant despite the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Many were left scratching their heads “A result directly at odds with the manifest purpose of Section 956” Impact of the proposed regulations Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

GILTI Basis Adjustments

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Our Federal Tax Group explores how Treasury’s proposed regulations could have the global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) regime operating in a way you might not expect.

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Regulation Confusion

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The Office of Management and Budget may throw a wrench into how IRS and Treasury regulations are treated. Our Federal Tax Group outlines why slowing down the regulation process may be the least of taxpayers’ worries. Will the OMB discard traditional distinctions? Legislative vs. interpretive regulations What does it mean for tax reform? Read the full advisory here. [...]Read more

Trickle Down Guidance: Interim Notices Tackle Key International Reforms

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The IRS gives taxpayers a bit more direction on two provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act already in force. Our International Tax Group breaks down the new guidance for the repatriation tax and foreign partner withholding. Notice 2018-26 previews anti-avoidance and other rules under Section 965 Notice 2018-29 moves ahead with withholding for non-publicly traded partnerships under Section 1446(f) Read the full advisory here.  [...]Read more