- The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) completed its review of final and temporary foreign tax credit (FTC) regulations on 29 October, including R&D expense allocation. These rules are imminent.
- Final Sec. 385 regulations were issued, removing the final documentation requirements
- Sec. 385 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was issued re: Distribution Regulations
- The Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation staff released the General Explanation of Certain Tax Legislation Enacted in the 115th Congress (JCS-2-19) on 31 October. Colloquially known as the Blue Book, the publication includes a description of all tax legislation enacted in the 115th Congress, with the exception of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law 115-97), which was covered in a separate General Explanation released in December 2018.
- A Brexit extension was approved this week, with the UK’s Article 50 period (after which the UK will leave the EU) legally extended by the EU until 31 January 2020.
EY’s Global Tax Alert provides more details, with a reference link.
The FTC regulations, to be issued in final and proposed form, will be complex, long and will provide certainty, as well as more questions into this complex area.
As the UK prepares for a post Brexit deal with the EU, details are emerging re: the customs rules that are being contemplated. Needless to say, it will not be as simple as the EU framework that accommodates this system currently.
EY’s summary provides details and highlights to think about re: current supply chains and routes to market for goods entering or leaving the EU via the UK.
The UK EU exit bill has been introduced in Parliament, paving the way for suggested interpretations of:
- Existing EU law
- Loss of EU Directives
- New customs regime
- Transitional EU VAT case law
- Social security contributions/benefits
- Corporation tax impact of UK vs. EU law/Directives
- Employee mobility
- Employment law
This document portrays a glimpse into the thoughts behind the complex and myriad evolutions that will take place with the Brexit negotiations. Tax, supply chains, individual changes, VAT, etc. and related unknown implications are still to be discovered; the EY Global Tax Alert provides a primer into the brave new world of a country exiting the EU. Note, this is also a valuable reference for other countries considering this option.
The recent election, resulting in the Conservative Party losing a majority, introduces additional uncertainty into the Brexit process and also affects the Finance Act.
What will happen to the tabled Finance Act proposals that were deleted by the fast-track changes in the last amendment? Additionally, what will be the effective dates, if they are formally introduced at a later date, April 2017, upon introduction or possible extending into 2018 or not at all based on the political uncertainty.
The normally routine Finance Act process, with no amendments and straightforward measures that can be planned for upon announcement, is no longer true. At this moment, the tabled measures should not be considered probable to happen due to the new political nightmare that was self-created although not envisioned.
It is hopeful the UK Parliament will stabilize this process going forward, although in the near future there is no definitive certainty.
EY’s Global Tax Alert provides additional details: