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.