The U.S. Treasury Department and IRS today released proposed regulations (REG-104226-18) relating to the “transition tax” under section 965—as added to the Code by the new tax law (Pub. L. No. 115-97) enacted in December 2017.
Section 965 imposes a transition tax—one that requires a mandatory deemed repatriation of previously untaxed earnings. Under this provision, a 15.5% rate applies to earnings attributable to liquid assets, and an 8% rate applies to earnings attributable to illiquid assets. According to a related IRS release (IR-2018-158), taxpayers may generally elect to pay the transition tax in installments over an eight-year period under section 965(h). The proposed regulations contain detailed information on the calculation and reporting of a United States shareholder’s section 965(a) inclusion amount, as well as information for making the elections available to taxpayers under section 965.
For exempt organizations, the guidance in the proposed regulations is generally limited to section 4940—the excise tax that section 501(c)(3) private foundations pay on their net investment income.
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