Tax Reform

An Eye on Tax Talent Post-TCJA

NEWS

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

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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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954(c)(6) Considerations for 2020

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

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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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Sec. 965 Final Regulations: Finally, a Little Flexibility

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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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Update on 965 Regulations: Act now for January 31st Deadline

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January 24, 2019

Update on 965 Regulations: Act now for January 31st Deadline

The IRS has imposed a deadline of January 31, 2019 for the timely filing of 965 acceleration event transfer agreements for acceleration events occurring on or before December 31, 2018 (§1.965-7(b)(3)(iii)(B)(2)(ii)). In the absence of a timely filed transfer statement, a 965 acceleration event will accelerate payment of any outstanding 965 liability of the transferrer. Read this blog for the full update.

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A GILTI Mess: Preliminary Questions and Answers on the GILTI Proposed Regs

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September 20, 2018

A GILTI Mess: Preliminary Questions and Answers on the GILTI Proposed Regs

On September 13, 2018, the IRS released long-awaited proposed regulations (REG-104390-18) covering Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (Sec. 951A, “GILTI”) and amending the subpart F, consolidated return, and foreign information reporting regulations. In this continuation of GTM’s series covering the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”), we give preliminary answers to a few of our clients’ frequently asked questions on the proposed regs.

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Sec. 965 Proposed Regulations Highlight Surprise Issues with Basis

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August 27, 2018

Sec. 965 Proposed Regulations Highlight Surprise Issues with Basis

In this new blog, we draw attention to an issue highlighted by the proposed regs which may result in a U.S. shareholder recognizing capital gains on receipt of distributions from its CFC out of “trapped” Sec. 965 previously taxed income (PTI) if the shareholder has insufficient basis in the CFC stock. Understanding this issue is extremely important as many companies have already planned for significant cash repatriation in 2018 based on the assumption that such distributions would be tax-free to the extent of Sec. 965 PTI.

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With and Without: Calculating and Reporting Your Sec. 965 Toll Tax Liability

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June 28, 2018

With and Without: Calculating and Reporting Your Sec. 965 Toll Tax Liability

At this point in the year, calendar-year taxpayers should have completed Sec. 965 modeling for 2017 financial statement purposes, have paid the first installment of the 965 tax liability, and have completed (or be in the midst of performing) an E&P study to support the final Sec. 965 calculation. Read this blog to learn more.

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