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Trump Administration and Congressional Leaders Release Tax Reform Framework

On September 27, 2017, the Trump Administration, the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance released their much-anticipated framework for tax reform (the “Framework”). The Framework generally...more

IRS Expands Scope of Spin-Off Private Letter Rulings in 18-Month Pilot Program

On September 21, 2017, the IRS announced in Revenue Procedure 2017-52 (the “Pilot Program Rev. Proc.”) that it is expanding the scope of spin-off private letter ruling requests that it will consider. The pilot program is...more

One-Year Delay to the Application of Section 385 Documentation Rules

On July 28, 2017, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced in Notice 2017-36 (the “Notice”) that they will delay the documentation rules of Treasury regulation section 1.385-2 to debt instruments issued or deemed to be...more

The US Tax Court Rejects IRS Position That Non-US Partners Are Taxed on Sales of Partnership Interests

The US Tax Court earlier this month issued a decision that rejected a 25-year old IRS Revenue Ruling and held that gain from the sale or other disposition by a non-US person of an interest in a partnership that is engaged in...more

Internal Revenue Service Announces It Will Recommence Issuing Private Letter Rulings on Certain Spin-Off Debt Exchanges

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will recommence issuing private letter rulings concerning whether a distributing corporation’s transfer of stock or securities of a controlled corporation (or “Spinco”) in...more

Update on US Federal Tax Reform Proposals

On April 26, the Trump Administration made its much-anticipated release of several “core principles” of its tax plan. In doing so, the administration affirmed its desire to enact comprehensive corporate and individual tax...more

House Blueprint’s Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax: A Primer

The election of Donald Trump in November has substantially increased the likelihood of major tax reform in the near future. While it is uncertain what shape such reform will take, there has been renewed interest in the...more

Potential US Tax Reform Could Fundamentally Change the Structure of the US Tax System

With the election of Donald Trump, who pledged during the campaign to usher in fundamental tax reform (including major tax cuts), the Republican majorities in Congress have begun planning major tax changes to the Internal...more

Highly-Anticipated Final Regulations on Related-Party Debt Instruments Issued

On October 13, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service released final and temporary regulations under section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Regulations”) that contain rules requiring...more

Spin-Off Revenue Procedure Removes a No-Rule Area and Provides Safe Harbors for Unwinding High Vote/Low Vote Stock Structures

On July 15th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2016-40 (the “Rev. Proc.”) removing a recent “no-rule” area with respect to transactions undertaken in anticipation of a spin-off involving high vote/low vote stock classes for the...more

Treasury and IRS Issue New Spin-Off Proposed Treasury Regulations On Device and Active Trade or Business Requirements

On July 14, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued proposed regulations under Section 355 on spin-off transactions (the “Proposed Regulations”) that provide guidance with respect to the spin-off device prohibition...more

Proposed Regulations on Related-Party Debt Instruments Would Result in Dramatic Adverse Tax Consequences

On April 4, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service proposed regulations under section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code that would recharacterize certain related-party debt instruments, in...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Regulations on Inversions and Earnings Stripping

On April 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued temporary regulations under Section 7874 on inversion transactions that added some new restrictions and implemented provisions previewed in two prior IRS notices...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Additional Inversion Notice

The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2015-79 (the “2015 Notice”) on November 19th to further limit expatriation transactions and to supplement the anti-inversion guidance issued by Treasury and the IRS on...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on F Reorganizations

In September 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued final regulations (T.D. 9739) that provide guidance with respect to the qualification of a transaction as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F”...more

The Treasury and the IRS Issue Spin-Off Revenue Procedure and Notice Announcing No-Rule Areas That Are Under Study

On September 14th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2015 43 (the “Rev. Proc.”) announcing new “no-rule” areas with respect to spin offs involving substantial amounts of investment assets, small amounts of active trade or business...more

United States and Brazil Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The United States and Brazil have signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). The Brazilian IGA is intended to simplify FATCA information...more

Treasury and IRS Issue Inversion Notice

The Treasury Department and the IRS released Notice 2014-52 (the “Notice”) on September 22nd to limit expatriation transactions. The Notice states that Treasury will issue regulations intended to limit the tax benefits of...more

Proposed Regulations Provide Greater Certainty on the REIT Classification of Solar and Other Non-Traditional Assets

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and Treasury Department have proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) under Section 856 of the Internal Revenue Code providing guidance for analyzing whether non-traditional...more

New Temporary Regulations Introduce a Welcome De Minimis Rollover-Shareholder Exception to US Anti Inversion Rules

On January 16, 2014, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released new temporary regulations on one aspect of corporate inversions under Section 7874 (the “Regulations”) that altered and clarified the...more

United States Signs FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement With the Cayman Islands

The US Department of the Treasury recently announced that the United States has signed a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (an “IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) with the Cayman...more

12/9/2013  /  FATCA , IGAs

Revival of REIT Rulings Could Mean Good News for Companies with Non-Traditional Assets Considering Becoming REITs

In recent years, there has been a considerable expansion of the types of companies holding non-traditional real estate assets that have elected to become real estate investment trusts for US federal income tax purposes...more

California Reduces Rate of Section 409A State Excise Tax

In a positive development for employees, California recently reduced its excise tax rate for failures to comply with the California analog to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (“Section 409A”)....more

Cayman Islands Government Announces FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

The Cayman Islands government announced on August 13, 2013 that it has concluded negotiations with the US government on a “Model 1” intergovernmental agreement (“IGA”) with respect to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more

Timeline for Initial FATCA Implementation Extended

The Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) announced on July 12, 2013 a general six-month extension to the timeline for initial implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act...more

7/16/2013  /  Delays , FATCA , FFI , Foreign Banks , IGAs , IRS , U.S. Treasury
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