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March 02, 2020

Tax Notes Federal: Reduced Research Credit Election May Not Always Be Advantageous

The Section 280C(c) election provides for a reduced research credit as determined under section 41, and is often made for state tax purposes. Taxpayers typically, but not always, made this election before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. However, given the preferential place that the research credit has in the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) calculation, this election may not always be advantageous, even considering state tax implications. In "Reduced Research Credit Election May Not Always Be Advantageous" published in the latest issue of Tax Notes Federal, Brian Abbey, GTM's Managing Director of International Tax Services, and Jim Swanick, GTM's Managing Director, Federal Tax Services, illustrate some examples of when the election may not make sense.

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Tax Reform

December 10, 2019

An Eye on Tax Talent Post-TCJA

Tax departments are struggling to maintain consistent compliance processes amid new regulatory requirements and accelerated reporting deadlines, while lacking properly implemented technology solutions and struggling to attract and retain talent. This has created a perfect storm that could have long-term negative business outcomes. Read more to learn how to overcome this challenge.

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Tax Reform

December 05, 2019

Highlights of the Recently Issued Final and Proposed Foreign Tax Credit Regulations

On December 2 2019, the Treasury and IRS issued both final and newly proposed foreign tax credit regulations. The regulations were a long time coming; the original 2018 proposed regulations were issued on November 28, 2018.  While largely consistent with the 2018 proposed regulations – including the multi-step process contained in Prop. Reg. § 1.861-13 – there are some noteworthy changes that taxpayers should be aware of within the newly issued regulations.

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Tax Reform

December 02, 2019

954(c)(6) Considerations for 2020

Section 954(c)(6) has displayed remarkable longevity for a temporary provision. While optimism for its renewal is high, nothing is certain in this political environment.  Faced with a little doubt and the added complexity created by the international changes in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (“TCJA”), companies should start taking stock now of what their post-Section 954(c)(6) world may look like. Much has changed since 2005 and getting reacquainted with related party foreign personal holding company income (“FPHCI”) (e.g., dividends, interest, rents and royalties) and the associated calculations will take some time. While calculating subpart F is not new and taxpayers most likely had foreign base company income of another flavor over the past decade, the possible volume of FPHCI items and additional computational hoops post-TCJA mean that companies must start thinking about the expiration of Section 954(c)(6) sooner rather than later. While certainly not exhaustive, the following steps provide a thumbnail sketch of what to start considering.

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Tax Reform

May 28, 2019

FAQs: U.S. International Compliance Form Changes Prompted by TCJA

In GTM’s latest webinar session, Review of U.S. International Compliance Form Changes Prompted by TCJA, we walked through each U.S. international form change to help prepare you for what’s to come. Read this FAQ to learn the questions that were asked during the session, with the answers. We are sharing them with all of you in anticipation that they may come up along your path to compliance.  

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Tax Reform

March 21, 2019

Sec. 965 Final Regulations: Finally, a Little Flexibility

On January 15, 2019, the IRS released final regulations on the Sec. 965 toll tax (T.D. 9846). In this post, we highlight changes to the 965(b) basis-shifting election and the specified payment rule which add a welcome degree of flexibility to the 965 calculation. If taxpayers wish to take advantage of the revised basis-shifting election, they must act by May 6, 2019. Calendar-year taxpayers who have already filed their 2017 returns should consider whether filing an amended return reflecting the modified specified payment rule or any of the other changes in the final regulations may be beneficial. Read this blog to learn more.

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