Treasury is now fairly confident that all TCJA guidance will be finalized by October 1st.
Treasury deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, Lafayette G. “Chip” Harter III, recently shared his ambitious agenda, including the following:
Section 901(m) regulations, imminent
Section 163(j) interest, OIRA received proposed regulations February 7th; final reg review is complete
FDII regulations, spring; documentation requirements have been reworked
GILTI regulations, summer
Foreign tax credit regulations and others, in the pipeline
Treaties with Chile, Hungary and Poland; may be reworked, as there are concerns that the BEAT violates Articles 23 (relief from double taxation) and 24 (nondiscrimination) of the U.S. model income tax treaty
Final Section 163(j) business interest deduction limitation regulations will be released with newly proposed regulations that will address issues not covered by the coming final regulations.
The proposed regulations under Section 163(j) have not been sent to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review, which may delay the release of the final interest limitation regulations, already at OIRA.
The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA, pronounced “oh-eye-ruh”) is a Federal office that Congress established in the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C Chapter 35). OIRA is part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is an agency within the Executive Office of the President. In addition to reviewing government collections of information from the public under the Paperwork Reduction Act, OIRA reviews draft proposed and final regulations under Executive Order 12866 and develops and oversees the implementation of government-wide policies in the areas of information policy, privacy, and statistical policy. OIRA also oversees agency implementation of the Information Quality Act, including the peer review practices of agencies.
Current items, listed under Dept. of Treasury towards the bottom of the first referenced link, include a Final rule on Sec. 267A Hybrid payments, Proposed rule on Section 1502 guidance, and a Final rule on applying Sec. 163(j) interest limitation.
Regulatory actions include:
Notice – These are documents that announce new programs (such as grant programs) or agency policies.
Pre-rule (or advance notice of proposed rulemaking) – Agencies undertake this type of action to solicit public comment on whether or not, or how best, to initiate a rulemaking. Such actions occur prior to the proposed rule stage.
Proposed rule – This is the rulemaking stage in which an agency proposes to add to or change its existing regulations and solicits public comment on this proposal.
Final rule – This is the last step of the rulemaking process in which the agency responds to public comment on the proposed rule and makes appropriate revisions before publishing the final rule in the Federal Register to become effective.
Interim Final Rule – These interim rules are typically issued in conformity with statutory provisions allowing agencies to publish a final rule that becomes effective soon after publication, without going through the proposed rule stage. The “good cause” exception in the Administrative Procedure Act allows agencies to bypass public notice and comment on a rule when it would be impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest. This process typically allows for public comment after the rule is published so that the agency still has an opportunity to consider public input and revise the rule accordingly.
Direct Final Rule – These rules are similar to interim final rules, except that there is no comment period after publication, on the ground that they are uncontroversial. Such rules are categorized simply as “final rules” for display purposes on the dashboard.
The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS posted Sec. 863(b) proposed regulations re: foreign source income from sales of inventory/personal property and determining whether foreign source income is effectively connected with a trade or business in the U.S.
The proposed regulations are expected to be published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2019, thereby becoming applicable in Q4 for calendar-year taxpayers. The document is attached for reference.
On December 20, 2019, Treasury released new Proposed Regulations re: Sec. 162(m), executive compensation. This set of Regs replaces prior interim Regs released in 2018, and should be reviewed for Q4 year-end compliance.