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February 2019

IRS Extends Passthrough Deduction to Real Estate Rental Activities, Provides Other Guidance

New IRS guidance fills in several more pieces of the Code Sec. 199A passthrough deduction puzzle. Taxpayers can generally rely on all of these new final and proposed rules.

Final Regulations

The final regulations in T.D. 98xx_1 largely adopt the proposed regulations in NPRM REG-107892-18 (August 16, 2018), but with substantial modifications.

Taxpayers are likely to be disappointed in one thing that did not change: all items treated as […]

Interim Guidance for Excise Tax on Excess Remuneration and Parachute Payments

The IRS has issued interim guidance on the excise tax payable by exempt organizations on remuneration in excess of $1 million and any excess parachute payments made to certain highly compensated current and former employees in the tax year. The excise tax imposed by Code Sec. 4960 is equal to the maximum corporate tax rate on income (currently 21 percent).

Q&A on Section […]

Safe Harbors Provided for Business Payments Made in Exchange for SALT Credits

The IRS has provided safe harbors for business entities to deduct certain payments made to a charitable organization in exchange for a state or local tax (SALT) credit. A business entity may deduct the payments as an ordinary and necessary business expenses under Code Sec. 162 if made for a business purpose. Proposed regulations that limit the charitable contribution deduction do not […]

Final Transition Tax Regulations Issued

The Treasury and IRS have issued final regulations for determining the inclusion under Code Sec. 965 of a U.S. shareholder of a foreign corporation with post-1986 accumulated deferred foreign income. Code Sec. 965 imposes a “transition tax” on the inclusion. The final regulations retain the basic approach and structure of the proposed regulations, with certain changes.

The final regulations generally apply beginning the last tax year of […]

IRS Issues 2019 Updates for Ruling Requests, Technical Advice, and No-Rule Procedures

The IRS has issued its annual revisions to the general procedures for ruling requests, technical memoranda, determination letters, and user fees, as well as areas on which the Associate Chief Counsel offices will not rule. The revised procedures are generally effective January 2, 2019.

Rev. Proc. 2019-1

This procedure explains how the IRS provides advice to taxpayers in the form of letter […]

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