The IRS today released an advance version of Notice 2018-29 concerning the rules on withholding when there is a transfer of non-publicly traded partnership interests, by a nonresident alien or foreign corporation, under new measures added to the Code by the new U.S. tax law (Pub. L. No. 115-97, enacted December 22, 2017).
The purpose of this report is to provide text of Notice 2018-29 [PDF 188 KB] (22 pages). Initial impressions will be provided in future reports by KPMG LLP.
As the IRS explained in a related release—IR-2018-81—the new tax law treats a foreign taxpayer’s gain or loss on the sale or exchange of a partnership interest as effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States to the extent that gain or loss would be treated as effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business in the United States if the partnership sold all of its assets. In these situations, the new law also imposes a withholding tax on the disposition of a partnership interest by a foreign taxpayer.
The KPMG logo and name are trademarks of KPMG International. KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative that serves as a coordinating entity for a network of independent member firms. KPMG International provides no audit or other client services. Such services are provided solely by member firms in their respective geographic areas. KPMG International and its member firms are legally distinct and separate entities. They are not and nothing contained herein shall be construed to place these entities in the relationship of parents, subsidiaries, agents, partners, or joint venturers. No member firm has any authority (actual, apparent, implied or otherwise) to obligate or bind KPMG International or any member firm in any manner whatsoever. The information contained in herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services Group at: + 1 202 533 4366, 1801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.