Strategizing International Tax Best Practices – by Keith Brockman

Alot of regulation activity is taking place, in advance of the June 22nd date that would allow provisions of the Tax Act to be retroactive to date of enactment.  Additionally, the regulations will clarify tax return reporting for calendar year US-based multinationals.  

The IRS issued final regulations (T.D. 9857), effective 13 May 2019, that address the recognition and deferral of foreign currency gain or loss with respect to qualified business units (QBUs) subject to Section 987 (Section 987 QBUs) in connection with certain QBU terminations and other transactions involving partnerships.

The IRS released, on 17 May, proposed regulations under Sections 954 and 958 on the attribution of ownership of stock or other interests for purposes of determining whether a person is a related person with respect to a controlled foreign corporation (CFC) under Section 954(d)(3). The IRS also released proposed regulations that provide rules for determining whether a CFC is considered to derive rents in the active conduct of a trade or business in computing foreign personal holding company income.

Eagerly-anticipated final GILTI regulations moved closer to release this week, having been received for review by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) on 16 May.

Proposed regulations under Sections 951(b) and Section 951A were also sent to OIRA for review on the same day.

In addition, interim final regulations under Sections 91 and 245A were received by OIRA on 15 May.

EY’s Global Tax Alert provides details on the above actions, for reference.

https://www.ey.com/Publication/vwLUAssets/Report_on_recent_US_international_tax_developments_-_17_May_2019/$FILE/2019G_002432-19Gbl_Report%20on%20recent%20US%20international%20tax%20developments%20-%2017%20May%202019.pdf

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