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New Private Letter Ruling Pilot Program - Focus on Spin-Off Transactions - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 6

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a new 18-month pilot program, the IRS is temporarily opening up a previous no-rule policy with respect to certain issues arising in a distribution by a corporation to its shareholders under Section 355....more

The IRS Continues Providing Normalization Guidance - This Time on Both the Consistency and Proration Rules  

On October 13, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued two private letter rulings (PLR 201741004 and PLR 201741005) that provide further guidance on applying the normalization consistency rules to the inclusion of...more

IRS Eliminates Signatures on Section 754 Elections, Offering Tax Regulatory Reform Preview (and its Complexity?)

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In a notice of proposed rulemaking issued on October 11, 2017 (the “NPRM”), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) proposed an amendment to existing regulations (the...more

Extending an Olive Branch: IRS Issues Ruling Providing Taxpayer Relief for Late Election of Rev. Proc. 2011-29 Safe Harbor

The Internal Revenue Service (Service) issued PLR 201739003 on September 29, 2017, in which it granted an extension to a taxpayer that failed to timely file for the safe-harbor election provided in Rev. Proc. 2011-29, 2011-1...more

S-corporations – Time to Roll In your Rental-Income Benjamins

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In Private Letter Ruling 201725022 (the “PLR”), the IRS determined that rental income an S-corporation received from its operations is not passive investment income that would subject the S-corporation to termination. In...more

IRS Ruling Provides Helpful Guidance on Normalization Proration Rules 

On September 29, 2017, the IRS issued a private letter ruling (PLR 201739001) providing helpful guidance on the application of normalization proration rules for the calculation of accumulated deferred federal income taxes...more

Tax Planning is Crucial to Achieve Potential Spin-Off Benefits

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Today, the Wall Street Journal considers again, on its front page above the fold, the potential benefits of corporate spin-off transactions. The Journal article notes that the S&P Spin-Off Index has outperformed the S&P 500...more

IRS Opens Pilot Program on Tax-free Spin-offs

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In 2013, the IRS ceased issuing private letter rulings confirming the general tax consequences of tax-free spin-offs....more

Recent IRS Ruling Creates (Interest)ing Tax Conundrum for Sports Teams Utilizing Personal Seat Licenses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On June 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) held in a private letter ruling that proceeds used to a fund portion of the new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams franchise of the National Football League (NFL) and received...more

Recent IRS Ruling Creates (Interest)ing Tax Conundrum for Sports Teams Utilizing Personal Seat Licenses

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On June 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) held in a private letter ruling that proceeds used to a fund portion of the new stadium for the Los Angeles Rams franchise of the National Football League (NFL) and received...more

Hospitals Take Heed: Gradual Evolution of the IRS’ Position on Tax Exemption

There has been much fanfare, but little discussion, among healthcare experts in the United States regarding the Internal Revenue Service recently published PLR 201731014. The Letter Ruling provides a good opportunity to...more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

IRS Issues Proposed Guidance on the Definition of Registered Form

by Dentons on

On September 15, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed regulations (REG-125374-16) amending the definition of obligations that are in registered form to take into account current market practices and...more

Making Use of a Deceased Spouse’s Unused Estate Tax Exemption Simplified

by Genova Burns LLC on

The election for married couples to elect portability of the Federal Estate Tax Exemption was introduced in late 2010 when the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act (“TRUIRJCA”) was signed...more

Virginia Imposes Fees for Requests for Certain Actions by the Departments

by Williams Mullen on

Starting July 1, 2017, taxpayers that request an “Offer in Compromise with respect to doubtful collectability under Sec. 58.1-15, a Ruling Letter from the Commissioner under Sec. 58.1-203, a local tax advisory opinion under...more

Funds Talk: June 2017 - The IRS Resumes Issuing Private Letter Rulings on ‘Leveraged’ and ‘North-South’ Spinoffs

The IRS announced in May that it will resume issuing private letter rulings (PLRs) on two types of spinoff transactions — leveraged spinoffs and north-south spinoffs — that had been on its “no-rule” list since 2013. In a...more

Debt Dialogue: May 2017 - The 2016 IRS Regulations Regarding Partnership Liabilities and Disguised Sale Rules

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued regulations last October (the 2016 Regulations) that significantly alter the landscape of allocations of partnership liabilities and the disguised sale rules. The 2016 Regulations...more

IRS Issues Guidance on “North-South” Transactions

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On May 3, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2017-09 (the “Ruling”), which helpfully clarifies that the separate steps of a typical “north-south” spinoff transaction will be respected, and announced...more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. The Senate confirmed Jay Clayton as the new chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released its final handbook for...more

March Madness: New Private Letter Rulings Address Tax Accounting Issues

In the last few weeks, the Internal Revenue Service (the Service) issued several private letter rulings addressing a variety of tax accounting issues. From bonus depreciation elections to the correct unit of property for...more

Copying is Best in the ING World

by Bryan Cave on

Not only is strict adherence to the structure set out in prior favorable rulings best, it is essential when it comes to obtaining a favorable ING ruling. The provisions in the trust document need to carve a very fine line...more

IRS Limiting GST Private Letter Rulings and Presubmission Conferences

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

At a recent Federal Bar Association Tax Law Conference, an IRS Chief Counsel branch chief advised that due to budget cuts: a. The IRS has temporarily suspended issuing private letter rulings regarding modifications to...more

Tax Guidance to Slow Under Trump. Even More Emphasis on Letter Rulings in Bond Transactions?

As the Trump administration attempts to substantially reduce the amount of federal regulations, both the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel of the Treasury Department and an Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service...more

Wealth Management Update - February 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

February Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The February § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

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