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Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2004-15

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Therefore, a regulatory assessment is not required. These temporary regulations are necessary to provide taxpayers with immediate guidance regarding allowable loss and basis reductions in connection with dispositions and deconsolidations of subsidiary stock.

These temporary regulations clarify existing rules and simplify their application in order to ease taxpayer compliance. Accordingly, good cause is found for dispensing with notice and public procedure pursuant to 5 U.

For the applicability of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 5 U. Pursuant to section f of the Internal Revenue Code, these temporary regulations will be submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact on small business.

Loss is not disallowed under paragraph a 1 of this section and basis is not reduced under paragraph b 1 of this section to the extent the taxpayer establishes that the loss or basis is not attributable to the recognition of built-in gain, net of directly related expenses, on the disposition of an asset including stock and securities.

Loss or basis may be attributable to the recognition of built-in gain on the disposition of an asset by a prior group. For purposes of this section, gain recognized on the disposition of an asset is built-in gain to the extent attributable, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, to any excess of value over basis that is reflected, before the disposition of the asset, in the basis of the share, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, after applying section e and other applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code and regulations.

This paragraph c 2 applies to dispositions and deconsolidations on or after March 18, Loss offsetting built-in gain in a prior group. T has 2 assets. In Year 5, all of the stock of P is acquired by the P1 group, and the former members of the P group become members of the P1 group.

The gain T recognizes on the disposition of asset 2 is built-in gain with respect to both the P and P1 groups for purposes of paragraph c 2 of this section. In addition, the loss T recognizes on the disposition of asset 1 is built-in loss with respect to the P and P1 groups for purposes of paragraph c 2 of this section. For purposes of this paragraph f , the determination of the losses attributable to the subsidiary shall be made after computing the taxable income of the group for the taxable year in which the group treats the stock of the subsidiary as worthless or the subsidiary liquidates and after computing the taxable income for any taxable year to which such losses may be carried back.

This paragraph f applies to worthlessness determinations and liquidations that occur after March 18, , and before March 12, If stock of a member would otherwise be treated as worthless under the principles of section , then, notwithstanding the previous sentence, such stock may be treated as worthless under section immediately prior to the time such member ceases to be a member of the group.

This paragraph c applies to taxable years beginning after March 18, , and before March 18, Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on March 17, , 8: The principal author of the regulations under section is Lola L. However, other personnel from the IRS and Treasury participated in their development. This document contains temporary regulations under section that govern the application of section when a member of a consolidated group realizes discharge of indebtedness income.

These regulations affect corporations filing consolidated returns. These regulations are effective March 15, The regulations contain a rule governing the order in which attributes are reduced and a look-through rule that provides that when the basis of stock of a member the lower-tier member that is owned by another member is reduced, the lower-tier member must reduce its attributes as if it had realized excluded COD income in the amount of the basis reduction.

Those regulations clarify that certain attributes that arise or are treated as arising in a separate return year are subject to reduction when no SRLY limitation applies to the use of such attributes.

The IRS and Treasury Department have received comments regarding certain technical issues that arise under the regulations. The IRS and Treasury Department anticipate that there may be further changes to the regulations but believe that immediate guidance on these issues is desirable. The following sections describe these issues and the manner in which they are addressed in these temporary regulations. Under section b , asset basis is an attribute that is subject to reduction in respect of excluded COD income.

Under section b 5 , the taxpayer may elect to apply any portion of excluded COD income to reduce basis in depreciable assets under the rules of section prior to reducing other attributes. Section provides rules that apply in cases in which excluded COD income is applied to reduce the basis of property. Under section d 1 , any property the basis of which is reduced and which is neither section property nor section property is treated as section property and the basis reduction is treated as a deduction allowed for depreciation.

Under section b 3 D , if a corporation that has excluded COD income is a member of a consolidated group, it can elect to treat the stock of another member as depreciable property if that other member consents to a corresponding reduction in the basis of its depreciable property. Generally, if section property is disposed of, the amount by which the lower of 1 the recomputed basis of the property, or 2 in the case of a sale, exchange or involuntary conversion, the amount realized, or 3 in the case of any other disposition, the fair market value of such property, exceeds the adjusted basis of such property is treated as ordinary income the recapture amount.

The recomputed basis is the adjusted basis of property increased by adjustments reflected in that basis that are attributable to deductions allowed or allowable for depreciation or amortization.

Application of the recapture rule of section to property the basis of which has been reduced by reason of the realization of excluded COD income ensures that the character of the income deferred by reason of attribute reduction i. As a result of that treatment, in certain cases, the group may be required to include in income an inappropriate amount of ordinary income. A similar result may obtain if a member consents under section b 3 D to reduce the basis of its depreciable property when stock of the subsidiary is treated as depreciable property.

The following year, the lower-tier member transfers all of its assets to the higher-tier member in a liquidation to which section applies. However, no similar limitation applies to the stock of the lower-tier member that is also treated as section property. Therefore, the higher-tier member would be required to include as ordinary income the entire recapture amount with respect to the lower-tier member stock. In addition, when the higher-tier member sells the assets of the former lower-tier member the bases of which were reduced, the higher-tier member would be required to include as ordinary income the recapture amount with respect to such assets.

In that case, the group may be required to include in consolidated taxable income the amounts representing the same excluded COD income more than once. The IRS and Treasury Department believe that it is appropriate for the group to include in income as ordinary income amounts reflecting previously excluded COD income only once.

This rule has the effect of limiting the ordinary income recapture amount to the amount of the stock basis reduction that does not result in a corresponding reduction of the tax attributes attributable to the subsidiary. In general, in the case of a transaction between two members S and B of a consolidated group, the regulations operate to match the items of both members.

Some have suggested that, because pursuant to section b 4 A attributes are reduced only after the computation of tax for the year of the excluded COD income and, therefore, whether an excess loss account must be included in income is determined only after the computation of tax, the inclusion of the excess loss account should not be required on the return for the taxable year that includes the date on which the excluded COD income was realized.

Because the inclusion of the excess loss account is required in connection with the realization of the excluded COD income, the IRS and Treasury Department believe that it is properly included on the return for the taxable year that includes the date on which the excluded COD income was realized. Some have suggested that inclusion of the excess loss account on the return for the taxable year that includes the date on which the excluded COD income was realized could result in circular calculations.

That is, the inclusion of the excess loss account would be offset by losses that would have otherwise been subject to reduction, potentially increasing the amount of excluded COD income that is not applied to reduce attributes and, therefore, the amount of excess loss account required to be taken into account. Those regulations are published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin. These temporary regulations are necessary to provide taxpayers with immediate guidance regarding the application of section when a member of a consolidated group realizes discharge of indebtedness income that is excluded from gross income and the consequences of such application.

For applicability of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, please refer to the cross-reference notice of proposed rulemaking published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin.

Pursuant to section f of the Internal Revenue Code, these temporary regulations will be submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on their impact on small business. The authority citation for part 1 is amended by adding an entry in numerical order to read in part as follows:. For purposes of applying the matching rule and the acceleration rule —. Paragraph g 3 ii B of this section applies to transactions or events occurring during a taxable year the original return for which is due without extensions after March 12, However, groups may apply paragraph a 4 of this section to discharges of indebtedness that occur after August 29, , and during a taxable year the original return for which is due without regard to extensions on or before December 11, For discharges of indebtedness that occur after August 29, , and during a taxable year the original return for which is due without regard to extensions on or before December 11, , paragraph a 4 of this section shall apply as in effect on August 29, However, groups may apply paragraphs b 4 , b 5 , and b 6 of this section to discharges of indebtedness that occur after August 29, , and during a taxable year the original return for which is due without regard to extensions on or before March 12, Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on March 12, , 8: The principal author of these regulations is Marie C.

This notice provides a safe harbor for preventive care benefits allowed to be provided by a high deductible health plan HDHP without satisfying the minimum deductible under section c 2 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Among the requirements for an individual to qualify as an eligible individual under section c 1 and thus to be eligible to make tax-favored contributions to an HSA is the requirement that the individual be covered under an HDHP.

An HDHP is a health plan that satisfies certain requirements with respect to minimum deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket expenses. Generally, an HDHP may not provide benefits for any year until the deductible for that year is satisfied. However, section c 2 C provides a safe harbor for the absence of a preventive care deductible.

On the other hand, there is no requirement in section that an HDHP provide benefits for preventive care or provide preventive care with a deductible below the minimum annual deductible. Preventive care for purposes of section c 2 C includes, but is not limited to, the following:. Periodic health evaluations, including tests and diagnostic procedures ordered in connection with routine examinations, such as annual physicals.

However, preventive care does not generally include any service or benefit intended to treat an existing illness, injury, or condition See below for request for comments regarding drug treatments. Section c 2 B ii allows a high deductible health plan for purposes of an Archer Medical Savings Account to provide preventive care without a deductible if required by state law.

However, section does not define preventive care for this purpose. Section c 2 C , for purposes of an HSA, does not condition the exception for preventive care on state law requirements. State insurance laws often require health plans to provide certain health care without regard to a deductible or on terms no less favorable than other care provided by the health plan.

Notice , I. We continue to request comments on the appropriate standard for preventive care, and in particular, recommendations concerning any benefit or service that should be added to those set forth in this notice and appendix. In addition, we request comments on the extent to which benefits provided by an employee assistance program, mental health program or wellness program may qualify as preventive care, including comments regarding the scope of treatments provided as benefits through counseling and health assessments.

In particular, we request comments on the extent to which drug treatments, either solely by prescription or as part of an overall treatment regimen should be treated as preventive care and the appropriate standards for differentiating between drug treatments that would be considered preventive care and those that would not be considered preventive care.

Comments may be hand-delivered between the hours of 8 a. Alternatively, taxpayers may submit comments electronically at: For further information regarding this notice, contact Ms. This notice provides transition relief for calendar year for eligible individuals who establish an HSA or on before April 15, , from the requirement that qualified medical expenses may only be paid or reimbursed by an HSA if incurred after the HSA has been established.

Because of the short period between the enactment of HSAs and the effective date of section , many taxpayers who otherwise would be eligible to establish and contribute to HSAs i. Contributions to an HSA may only be made by or on behalf of eligible individuals as defined in section c 1 A.

For any month, an eligible individual must, among other requirements, be covered on the first day of the month by a HDHP as defined by section c 2. Although the amount of the contribution to an HSA is based on the number of months an individual is an eligible individual i.

On January 12, , Notice was published, providing general guidance concerning HSAs under section The notice provides that distributions from an HSA exclusively to pay or reimburse qualified medical expenses of the account beneficiary, his or her spouse, or dependents, are excluded from gross income.

For calendar year , an HSA established by an eligible individual on or before April 15, , may pay or reimburse on a tax-free basis an otherwise qualified medical expense if the qualified medical expense was incurred on or after the later of: That rule continues to apply to HSAs established for calendar year and later years. Because of the short period between the enactment of HSAs and the effective date of section , many employers and health insurance providers have been unable to modify the benefits provided under their existing health plans to conform to the statutory requirements for an HDHP.

Thus, it is appropriate to provide transition relief to allow individuals to contribute to an HSA who would otherwise qualify as eligible individuals but for coverage by a prescription drug benefit provided under a separate plan or rider that is not an HDHP.

The holding of Revenue Ruling is suspended in part and replaced by the transition relief provided in this revenue procedure for months before January 1, For further information regarding this revenue procedure, contact Ms. The temporary regulations apply to corporations filing consolidated returns. The text of the temporary regulations published in this issue of the Bulletin also serves as the text of these proposed regulations.

Submissions may be hand delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a. Alternatively, taxpayers may submit electronic comments directly to the IRS Internet site at www. Regarding the regulations under section d , Mark Weiss of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel Corporate , and regarding the regulations under section , Lola L.

Cruse of the Office of Procedure and Administration not toll-free numbers. Temporary regulations in this issue of the Bulletin amend the Income Tax Regulations 26 CFR part 1 relating to section d and section The text of those regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations. The preamble to the temporary regulations explains the amendments. It has been determined that this notice of proposed rulemaking is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order It is hereby certified that these regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

This certification is based on the fact that these regulations will primarily affect affiliated groups of corporations, which tend to be larger businesses. Therefore a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is not required. Pursuant to section f of the Internal Revenue Code, this notice of proposed rulemaking will be submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact on small business.

Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any written comments a signed original and eight 8 copies or electronic comments that are submitted timely to the IRS. The IRS and the Treasury Department request comments on the clarity of the proposed regulations and how they may be made easier to understand. All comments will be available for public inspection and copying. A public hearing may be scheduled if requested by any person who timely submits comments.

If a public hearing is scheduled, notice of the date, time and place for the hearing will be published in the Federal Register. Notice of proposed rulemaking; notice of proposed rulemaking by cross reference to temporary regulations.

This document contains proposed regulations under section that govern the timing of certain basis adjustments in respect of the realization of discharge of indebtedness income that is excluded from gross income and the reduction of attributes in respect of that excluded income. In addition, the text of the temporary regulations T. The proposed regulations affect corporations filing consolidated returns.

Alternatively, taxpayers may submit comments electronically directly to the IRS Internet site at www. Concerning the proposed regulations, Candace B. Ewell or Marie C. Milnes-Vasquez at ; concerning submission of comments, Treena Garrett at not toll-free numbers.

The text of the temporary regulations published in this issue of the Bulletin amend the Income Tax Regulations 26 CFR part 1 relating to section The text of those regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations with respect to those issues.

The preamble to the temporary regulations explains those amendments. In addition, the amount of the excess loss account in the stock of a subsidiary that is required to be taken into account can only be determined after the computation of tax for the year of the discharge and the reduction of attributes. If that excess loss account were offset by losses that could be reduced in respect of the excluded COD income, the inclusion of that amount could result in fewer attributes available for reduction.

These regulations provide guidance regarding the timing of stock basis adjustments, the calculation of stock gain or loss including the amount of an excess loss account required to be taken into account , and the reduction of attributes when a member P disposes of stock of a subsidiary S during a year in which a member realizes excluded COD income.

In order to avoid circular calculations, these proposed regulations adopt an approach that limits the reduction of attributes in certain cases in which a disposition of subsidiary stock occurs during a year in which one or more members realize excluded COD income.

Therefore, as discussed below, a number of the steps proposed will have a slightly different application when there is such a deemed disposition of subsidiary stock rather than an actual disposition of subsidiary stock.

The following paragraphs outline the proposed steps. The basis of the S stock is not adjusted to reflect the realization of excluded COD income and the reduction of attributes in respect thereof. Fourth, taxable income or loss for the year of disposition and any prior years to which the deductions or losses may be carried is tentatively computed.

Any excess loss account that is taken into account as a result of excluded COD income not being fully applied to reduce attributes is not included in this tentative computation of taxable income or loss. Only those attributes that remain after the tentative computations of taxable income or loss in the fourth step are subject to reduction. At this point, whether and to what extent an excess loss account in the stock of a subsidiary that realizes excluded COD income must be taken into account is computed.

In many cases, taking into account the basis consequences of the excluded COD income prior to computing the amount of an excess loss account required to be taken into account may be favorable to taxpayers because those consequences might decrease or even eliminate an excess loss account and, therefore, reduce the amount of excess loss account required to be taken into account.

The IRS and Treasury Department are aware that taking into account the basis effects of the excluded COD income of all members of the group may increase the excess loss account in the subsidiary stock.

Eighth, the taxable income or loss for the year of the disposition and any prior years to which the deductions or losses may be carried is computed. However, attributes that were tentatively used to offset income in the tentative computation of taxable income or loss in the fourth step and attributes that were tentatively reduced in the fifth step cannot offset any excess loss account taken into account as a result of excluded COD income not being fully applied to reduce attributes.

This limitation gives effect to the requirement that the excess loss account be taken into account and avoids circular calculations. If an excess loss account that is taken into account as a result of excluded income could be offset by attributes that could be reduced in respect of the excluded COD income, the use of attributes to offset the excess loss account could result in fewer attributes available for reduction and a greater amount of excluded COD income that was not applied to reduce attributes, which, in turn, would increase the amount of the excess loss account required to be taken into account.

Ultimately, the inclusion of the excess loss account and the realization of excluded COD income could have no effect on the overall tax liability of the group, thereby rendering meaningless the requirement to take into account the excess loss account. Only those attributes remaining after the actual computations of taxable income or loss pursuant to the eighth step are subject to reduction in the ninth step.

In certain cases, however, the reduction of attributes will be limited to prevent circular calculations. The proposed regulations include two rules in this regard.

The first rule provides that when S or a subsidiary of S realizes excluded COD income, the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that is applied to reduce attributes attributable to members other than S and any lower-tier corporation of S cannot exceed the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that is applied to reduce attributes attributable to members other than S and any lower-tier corporation of S pursuant to the fifth step tentative reduction of attributes.

Without this limitation, the amount of excluded COD income applied to reduce attributes could exceed the amount of excluded COD income applied to reduce attributes in the fifth step, which would result in a greater positive adjustment or a lesser negative adjustment to the basis of the S stock compared to that made in the sixth step, and reduce the gain or increase the loss recognized on the disposition of the S stock, which might increase the attributes available for reduction and the amount of excluded COD income applied to reduce attributes.

The second rule provides that when a member other than S or a subsidiary of S realizes excluded COD income, the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that is applied to reduce attributes other than credits attributable to S and any lower-tier corporation of S cannot exceed the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that is applied to reduce attributes other than credits attributable to S and any lower-tier corporation of S in the fifth step. The IRS and Treasury Department are aware that the foregoing methodology does not prevent circular calculations in all cases, specifically certain cases in which there is a disposition of the stock of more than one subsidiary.

The IRS and Treasury Department request comments regarding whether rules preventing circular calculations in these other cases are necessary. If such rules are necessary, the IRS and Treasury Department request comments regarding the approach that those rules should adopt.

Given the difficulty of the problem addressed by these regulations, the IRS and Treasury Department request comments regarding these rules prior to making them effective. Therefore, the rules described above are proposed. Before these rules are adopted as temporary or final regulations, taxpayers may rely on the rules proposed in these regulations.

Further, it is hereby certified that these regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This certification is based on the fact that these regulations will primarily affect affiliated groups of corporations that have elected to file consolidated returns, which tend to be larger businesses.

Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any written a signed original and eight 8 copies or electronic comments that are submitted timely to the IRS. The IRS and Treasury Department request comments on the clarity of the proposed rules and how they can be made easier to understand.

A public hearing will be scheduled if requested in writing by any person that timely submits written comments. If a public hearing is scheduled, notice of the date, time, and place for the hearing will be published in the Federal Register.

The authority citation for part 1 is amended by adding an entry in numerical order to read, in part as follows:. This paragraph b applies only when no member realizes discharge of indebtedness income that is excluded from gross income under section a excluded COD income during the taxable year of the disposition.

See paragraph c of this section for rules that apply when a member realizes excluded COD income during the taxable year of the disposition. If a member realizes excluded COD income in the taxable year during which P disposes of S stock, the steps used to compute taxable income or loss , to effect the reduction of attributes, and to compute the limitations on the absorption and reduction of attributes are as follows.

For this purpose, the result of the computation pursuant to paragraph c 2 ii of this section is treated as the basis of such stock. The result of the computation pursuant to paragraph c 2 vi of this section is treated as the basis of such stock. Eighth, taxable income or loss for the year of the disposition and any prior years to which the deductions or losses may be carried is computed. A S or a lower-tier corporation realizes excluded COD income. If S or a lower-tier corporation of S realizes excluded COD income, the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that is applied to reduce attributes attributable to members other than S and any lower-tier corporation of S pursuant to this paragraph c 2 ix shall not exceed the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that was tentatively applied to reduce attributes attributable to members other than S and any lower-tier corporation of S pursuant to paragraph c 2 v of this section.

The amount of the actual reduction of attributes attributable to S and any lower-tier corporation of S that may be reduced in respect of the excluded COD income of S or a lower-tier corporation of S shall not be so limited.

If a member other than S or a lower-tier corporation of S realizes excluded COD income, the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that is applied to reduce attributes other than credits attributable to S and any lower-tier corporation of S pursuant to this paragraph c 2 ix shall not exceed the aggregate amount of excluded COD income that was tentatively applied to reduce attributes other than credits attributable to S and any lower-tier corporation of S pursuant to paragraph c 2 v of this section.

The amount of the actual reduction of attributes attributable to any member other than S and any lower-tier corporation of S that may be reduced in respect of the excluded COD income of S or a lower-tier corporation of S shall not be so limited. The reduction of such remaining attributes, however, is subject to any applicable limitation described in paragraph c 2 ix B of this section.

For purposes of the examples in this paragraph c , unless otherwise stated, the tax year of all persons is the calendar year, all persons use the accrual method of accounting, the facts set forth the only corporate activity, all transactions are between unrelated persons, tax liabilities are disregarded, and no election under section b 5 is made.

The principles of this paragraph c are illustrated by the following examples:. Departing member realizes excluded COD income. A Computation of limitation on deductions and losses to offset income or gain.

B Tentative adjustment of stock basis. For this purpose, however, adjustments attributable to the excluded COD income and the reduction of attributes in respect thereof are not taken into account. C Tentative computation of stock gain or loss. D Tentative computation of taxable income or loss.

E Tentative reduction of attributes. F Actual adjustment of stock basis. G Actual computation of stock gain or loss. H Actual computation of taxable income or loss. I Actual reduction of attributes. Member other than departing member realizes excluded COD income. Lower-tier corporation of departing member realizes excluded COD income. Excess loss account taken into account. P is the common parent of a consolidated group. On Day 1 of Year 2, P acquired all of the stock of S1.

For Years 1 and 2, the P group had no consolidated taxable income or loss. After the discharge of this indebtedness, S2 had no liabilities. S2 had no taxable income or loss for Year 1 and Year 2. A Computation of limitation on deduction and losses to offset income or gain, tentative basis adjustments, tentative computation of stock gain or loss. Because it is not initially apparent that there has been a disposition of stock, paragraph c 2 i of this section does not limit the use of deductions to offset income or gain, no adjustments to the basis are required pursuant to paragraph c 2 ii of this section, and no stock gain or loss is computed pursuant to paragraph c 2 iii of this section or taken into account in the tentative computation of taxable income pursuant to paragraph c 2 iv of this section.

B Tentative computation of taxable income or loss. C Tentative reduction of attributes. D Actual adjustment of stock basis. E Actual computation of stock gain or loss.

F Actual computation of taxable income or loss. However, pursuant to paragraph c 2 viii of this section, such amount may not be offset by any of the consolidated net operating loss attributable to S2. It may, however, subject to applicable limitations, be offset by the separate net operating loss of S1 from Year 1. G Actual reduction of attributes. Attributes will be actually reduced in the same way that they were tentatively reduced. This paragraph c applies to dispositions of subsidiary stock that occur after the date these regulations are published as temporary or final regulations in the Federal Register.

Taxpayers may apply this paragraph c , as contained in these proposed regulations, in whole, but not in part, to any disposition of subsidiary stock that occurs before the date these regulations are published as temporary or final regulations in the Federal Register. However, groups may apply paragraphs b 4 , b 5 , and b 6 ii of this section to discharges of indebtedness that occur after August 29, , and during a taxable year the original return for which is due without regard to extensions on or before March 12, However, groups may apply paragraphs b 6 i and b 7 of this section to discharges of indebtedness that occur after August 29, , and during a taxable year the original return for which is due without regard to extensions on or before the date these regulations are published as temporary or final regulations in the Federal Register.

The following organizations have failed to establish or have been unable to maintain their status as public charities or as operating foundations. Accordingly, grantors and contributors may not, after this date, rely on previous rulings or designations in the Cumulative List of Organizations Publication 78 , or on the presumption arising from the filing of notices under section b of the Code. This listing does not indicate that the organizations have lost their status as organizations described in section c 3 , eligible to receive deductible contributions.

The following organizations which have been treated as organizations that are not private foundations described in section a of the Code are now classified as private foundations:. If an organization listed above submits information that warrants the renewal of its classification as a public charity or as a private operating foundation, the Internal Revenue Service will issue a ruling or determination letter with the revised classification as to foundation status.

Grantors and contributors may thereafter rely upon such ruling or determination letter as provided in section 1. It is not the practice of the Service to announce such revised classification of foundation status in the Internal Revenue Bulletin.

The first report covered calendar years through Subsequent reports covered calendar years , , and This fifth report describes the experience, structure and activities of the APA Program during calendar year Transfer pricing issues by their nature are highly factual and have traditionally been one of the largest issues identified by the IRS in its audits of multinational corporations.

The APA Program is designed to resolve actual or potential transfer pricing disputes in a principled, cooperative manner, as an alternative to the traditional examination process. Since , with the issuance of Rev.

Also in , the IRS updated Rev. That Notice also expanded the availability of the lowest APA user fee in an effort to attract taxpayers who may not have the resources to do the sophisticated economic studies normally required in APA submissions. A unilateral APA binds the taxpayer and the IRS, but obviously does not prevent foreign tax administrations from taking different positions on the appropriate TPM for a transaction.

As stated in Rev. Competent Authority consider initiating a mutual agreement proceeding, provided there is an applicable income tax treaty in force with the other country. When a unilateral APA involves taxpayers operating in a country that is a treaty partner, information relevant to the APA including a copy of the APA and APA annual reports may be provided to the treaty partner under normal rules and principles governing the exchange of information under income tax treaties.

As of December 31, , the APA program had 18 team leaders. Competent Authority analyst who leads the discussions with the treaty partner. The APA process is voluntary. Taxpayers submit an application for an APA, together with a user fee as set forth in Rev.

The APA process can be broken into five phases: Pre-file conferences can occur on an anonymous basis, although a taxpayer must disclose its identity when it applies for an APA. Taxpayers must file the appropriate user fee on or before the due date of the tax return for the first taxable year that the taxpayer proposes to be covered by the APA. Many taxpayers file a user fee first and then follow up with a full application later. The procedures for pre-file conferences, user fees, and applications can be found in Rev.

The APA application can be a relatively modest document for a small business taxpayer. Notice describes the special APA procedures for small businesses. For most taxpayers, however, the APA application is a substantial document filling several binders.

The application is assigned to an APA team leader who is responsible for the case. In a bilateral case, the U. Competent Authority will assign a U. Competent Authority analyst to the team.

In a large APA case, the international examiner may invite his or her manager and other LMSB personnel familiar with the taxpayer to join the team. When the APA may affect taxable years in Appeals, the appropriate appellate conferee will be invited to join the team.

In all cases, the team leader contacts the Manager, LMSB International Technical Advisors, to determine whether to include a technical advisor on the team. The APA team leader then distributes copies of the APA application to all team members and sets up an opening conference with the taxpayer. The APA office strives to hold this opening conference within 45 days of the assignment of the case to a team leader. At the opening conference, the APA team leader proposes a case plan designed to complete the recommended U.

In , the median for completing negotiating positions was The APA team must satisfy itself that the relevant facts submitted by the taxpayer are complete and accurate. This due diligence aspect of the APA is vital to the process. It is because of this due diligence that the IRS can reach advance agreements with taxpayers in the highly factual setting of transfer pricing.

Due diligence can proceed in a number of ways. Typically, the taxpayer and the APA team will agree to dates for future meetings during the opening conference.

In advance of the opening conference, the APA team leader will submit a list of questions to the taxpayer for discussion. The opening conference may result in a second set of questions. The analysis may result in the need for additional information.

Once the IRS APA team has completed its due diligence and analysis, it begins negotiations with the taxpayer over the various aspects of the APA including the selection of comparable transactions, asset intensity and other adjustments, the TPM, which transactions to cover, the appropriate critical assumptions, the APA term, and other key issues.

This phase differs for bilateral and unilateral cases. In the first part, the APA team will attempt to reach a consensus with the taxpayer regarding the recommended position that the U. Competent Authority should take in negotiations with its treaty partner. The experience of the APA office and the U. Competent Authority is that APA negotiations are likely to proceed more rapidly with a foreign competent authority if the U. On occasion, the APA team will agree to disagree with a taxpayer.

In these cases, the APA office will send a recommended U. Competent Authority that includes elements with which the taxpayer does not agree.

This disagreement is noted in the paper. The negotiations with the foreign competent authority are conducted by the U. Competent Authority analyst, most often in face-to-face negotiating sessions conducted periodically throughout the year.

At the request of the U. Competent Authority analyst, the APA team leader may continue to assist the negotiations. This concurrence, or any items in disagreement, is noted in a cover memorandum prepared by the APA team leader that accompanies the final APA sent forward for review and execution. The current version of this language is found in Attachment A. The APA is executed for the taxpayer by an appropriate corporate officer. Attachment A contains the current version of the model APA language.

Branch 4, the APA West Coast branch, is headquartered in Laguna Niguel, California, with an additional office in San Francisco, and is presently staffed with both team leaders and an economist. Overall, the APA staff increased from 34 to The number of APA team leaders increased from 17 to 18, while the number of economists remained constant at 7.

In , the APA Office continued to emphasize training as a high priority. Training sessions regarded APA-related current developments, new APA office practices and procedures, and international tax law issues.

The nature of the relationships between the related organizations, trades, or businesses covered by APAs executed in is set forth in Table 10 below:. The controlled transactions covered by APAs executed in are set forth in Table 11 and Table 12 below:.

The general descriptions of the business functions performed and risks assumed by the organizations, trades, or businesses whose results are tested in the covered transactions in the APAs executed in are set forth in Tables 13 and 14 below:. The vast majority of APAs have covered transactions that involve numerous business functions and risks.

For instance, with respect to functions, companies that manufacture products have typically conducted research and development, engaged in product design and engineering, manufactured the product, marketed and distributed the product, and performed support functions such as legal, finance, and human resources services. In the APA evaluation process a significant amount of time and effort is devoted to understanding how the functions and risks are allocated amongst the controlled group of companies that are party to the covered transactions.

In its APA submission, the taxpayer must provide a functional analysis. The functional analysis identifies the economic activities performed, the assets employed, the economic costs incurred, and the risks assumed by each of the controlled parties. The importance of the functional analysis derives from the fact that economic theory posits that there is a positive relationship between risk and expected return and that different functions provide different value and have different opportunity costs associated with them.

It is important that the functional analysis go beyond simply categorizing the tested party as, say, a distributor. It should provide more specific information since, in the example of distributors, not all distributors undertake similar functions and risks.

Thus, the functional analysis is critical in determining the TPM including the selection of comparables. Although functional comparability is an essential factor in evaluating the reliability of the TPM including the selection of comparables , the APA evaluation process also involves consideration of economic conditions such as the economic condition of the particular industry.

In evaluating the functional analysis, the APA program considers contractual terms between the controlled parties and the consistency of the conduct of the parties with respect to the allocation of risk. In accord with the section regulations, the APA program also gives consideration to the ability of controlled parties to fund losses that might be expected to occur as the result of the assumption of risk.

Another relevant factor considered in evaluating the functional analysis is the extent to which each controlled party exercises managerial or operational control over the business activities that directly influence the amount of income or loss realized.

For transfers involving the provision of services, Treas. In reviewing the TPMs applicable to transfers of tangible and intangible property reflected in Table 16, the majority of the APAs followed the specified methods. However, there are several distinguishing points that should be made.

In APAs executed in , there were two covered transactions that used the CUP method; both used internal data on transactions between the taxpayer and unrelated parties.

It has generally been difficult to identify external comparables, and APAs using the CUT method tend to rely on internal transactions between the taxpayer and unrelated parties.

This is because reliable public data on comparable business activities of independent companies may be more readily available than potential CUP data, and comparability of resources employed, functions, risks, and other relevant considerations is more likely to exist than comparability of product.

The CPM also tends to be less sensitive than other methods to differences in accounting practices between the tested party and comparable companies, e. In addition, the degree of functional comparability required to obtain a reliable result under the CPM is generally less than required under the Resale Price or Cost Plus methods, because differences in functions performed often are reflected in operating expenses, and thus taxpayers performing different functions may have very different gross profit margins but earn similar levels of operating profit.

Table 16 reflects 28 uses of the CPM with varying PLIs in covered transactions involving tangible or intangible property. The CPM has proven to be versatile in part because of the various PLIs that can be used in connection with the method.

Reaching agreement on the appropriate PLI has been the subject of much discussion in many of the cases, and it depends heavily on the facts and circumstances. There were a total of 10 services covered transactions using the CPM method with various PLIs according to the specific facts of the taxpayers involved.

In , there were two APAs involving tangible or intangible property that used the residual profit split, Treas. In residual profit split cases, routine contributions by the controlled parties are allocated routine market returns, and the residual income is allocated among the controlled taxpayers based upon the relative value of their contributions of intangible property to the relevant business activity.

Profit splits have also been used in a number of financial product APAs in which the primary income-producing functions are performed in more than one jurisdiction. Two APAs executed in applied such a profit split. There were three financial product APAs involving interbranch allocations. These involve a single taxpayer with branches that act autonomously with respect to the covered transactions, generally involving foreign currency exchanges.

The results take into account all trades, and test the arms length results using statistical tests to verify that controlled trades are priced the same as uncontrolled trades.

Critical assumptions might include, for example, a particular mode of conducting business operations, a particular corporate or business structure, or a range of expected business volume. Failure to meet a critical assumption may render an APA inappropriate or unworkable.

If a critical assumption has not been met, the APA may be revised by agreement of the parties. If such agreement cannot be achieved, the APA may be canceled. The sources of comparables, selection criteria, and rationale used in determining the selection criteria for APAs executed in are described in Tables 20 through 22 below.

Various formulas for making adjustments to comparables are included as Attachment B. At the core of most APAs are comparables. The APA program works closely with taxpayers to find the best and most reliable comparables for each covered transaction. In other cases, comparable business activities of independent companies are utilized in applying the CPM or residual profit split methods. For profit-based methods in which comparable business activities or functions of independent companies are sought, the APA Program typically has applied a three-part process.

First, a pool of potential comparables has been identified through broad searches. Is it my imagination or are dresses with trains back in?

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Knowledge of these important changes could prove beneficial as state residents soon prepare to begin their tax returns. In , millions of employees will receive a significant boost in their take-home pay as a result of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of Tax Relief Act enacted December Currently, private companies in the U.

Instead, the company can choose to prepare their statements in accordance with GAAP or another comprehensive basis of accounting such as cash or income tax basis, or even IFRS for SMEs based on the needs of the users.

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This is commonly called the underground economy. In this article, I shall discuss the sources that fund the underground economy, how those funds are hidden and, more importantly, how they may be detected by forensic accountants. The more your employees know about cybersecurity, the less likely your organization is to fall victim to cyber-attack.

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The IRS recently blessed a taxpayer's reimbursement plan, but the ruling provides little practical guidance for taxpayers. However, there are benefits to reviewing these documents on a regular basis and revising them to obtain maximum legal benefit.

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Although ESI can be a valuable source of information for many cases, it can also be fraught with information overload and potentially be an expensive nightmare. How these overpayments are managed and reported could mean the difference between the business running smoothly or facing potentially large fines and penalties.

It is essential that these hospitals be in compliance with each of these provisions, and that they are comfortable in their level of familiarity with them. Many endowments have declined in value, and fundraising efforts are often yielding fewer results amidst economic uncertainties. In this environment, schools, hospitals and other non-profit organizations may conclude that the most effective way to continue to achieve their missions is by joining their resources with other similar organizations.

One of those nuances worth exploring further is contract modifications. Recently, many of these changes were addressed in Public Act , which was passed in the September legislative session. The Act contains numerous tax changes. We are highlighting the changes that affect the broadest cross section of our clients, though there are additional changes not covered herein. In addition, there are other tax proposals in various phases of consideration. The success or failure of obtaining a cost-cutting agreement with state employees could affect the need for additional revenue to balance the budget.

The legislature is in session until June 8, so more tax changes could still be enacted. As the construction industry continues to shed more jobs, securing new credit from banks has become increasingly difficult, and lower margins on new contracts are being realized. The amendments increase dollar thresholds that were established in and bring the state single audit methodology back in line with the federal single audit methodology.

Monitoring your k or ERISA b plan can save significant costs if you are able to stay under the participant count requiring an audit. The Act extends a host of expiring tax provisions and adopts several new provisions that are aimed at raising revenue. The next step in the process is to have the Senate and President approve the Act in order to make it law. Improper implementation of internal controls, as well as a lack of supervision and review of actual EFT and ACH transactions, could potentially result in financial disaster for your dealership from fraudulent activity.

Fraud is rampant and is increasing rapidly as recessionary pressures take hold of our economy. The new laws may be seen in many lights as there are both positive and negative aspects to the changes. The largest and most publicized component of the Taxpayer Relief Act is the restoration of the pre-Bush era income tax rates for some high-income taxpayers.

As we peel back the layers of the tax laws, we see not only increases in tax rates from but a reduction in deductions allowable by higher-income taxpayers. With that being said, there are some very positive aspects of the new law such as permanently increasing the AMT exemption amount and restoring favorable tax credits. While government finances are still in turmoil, consumers remain skittish, and job growth is lagging, the worst is definitely behind us and, according to numerous economic indicators, a technical recovery is underway.

The IRS also provided revised tables of depreciation limits for vehicles first placed in service or first leased by a taxpayer during and to which bonus depreciation applies.

Carefully Considered Regionalization Can Save Money, Enhance Services More and more these days we hear talk throughout Connecticut about a word that has been largely foreign in the state for many decades - regionalism. Various Methods Used to Conceal Assets What happens when debtors fail to disclose assets on their bankruptcy petitions? Creditors are left holding the bag. The bankruptcy system in the United States is designed to provide a "fresh start" to debtors in financial distress who are unable to meet their financial obligations.

This is hardly surprising considering Connecticut's makeup and history - a small state of municipalities where home rule abounds. The valuation and financial treatment of these assets has become of increasing interest to boards and executives of companies across industries. Corporate Income Tax Return or other applicable tax return.

A large portion of that increase was in the area of electronic funds transfers placed through the Automated Clearing House "ACH". In a Corporate Account Takeover, a business finds that, virtually overnight, funds have been stripped. New Responsibilities and Taxes for Employers and Individuals Healthcare reform is now law, and many employers are asking how it affects my business and employees.

The first thing to keep in mind is that reform is gradual. The healthcare reforms and tax provisions in the new healthcare reform package play out over time, with some taking effect this year or next year, but others not until and beyond. Email, like the telephone, has become a standard form of communication that most people, especially in the business world, take for granted.

In order to provide users with this "always on" capability, many large organizations have invested in a variety of technologies clustering, SANs, etc. As a result, year-end will again bring a rush of tax-related legislation in Congress. The draft schedule reflects the IRS' decision to move forward quickly with its controversial proposal to require certain taxpayers to report uncertain tax positions with their annual tax returns.

What is Your Responsibility? As a fiduciary of an employee retirement plan, it is important to understand your responsibilities as well as the responsibilities of the other fiduciaries of the plan. An understanding of these responsibilities can be obtained by reviewing various plan instruments, including the plan document and related adoption agreement, trust document, service agreements, collective bargaining agreements and internal policies and procedures manuals.

This article provides a brief description of the key parties to a retirement plan which are generally the fiduciaries of the plan and their responsibilities. Generally, if you exchange business or investment property solely for business or investment property of a like kind, no gain or loss is recognized under Code Sec.

The IRS recently approved the like-kind exchange of emission reduction credits between a taxpayer and its subsidiary. Depending on one's policy viewpoint, there will inevitably be a discussion on the merits of tax increases and spending reductions. Some are evolutionary, some are revolutionary and some are subversive. There are five technology trends that your organization can take the lead on, wait for a few first movers and then follow, or simply get out of the way and let the trend pass.

Since Congress has failed to address any transfer tax reform this year, there is a growing belief there will be no new legislation in the near future. This result can be beneficial for those who are considering gift-planning opportunities before year end. We are often merely the link between our larger neighbors and there is no larger neighbor than New York City. But, your ties to New York can have major implications for your income tax liability — specifically if you own or rent a second home in New York or if you "telecommute" to an office there.

The Tax Code provides relief to businesses faced with the inability to collect on accounts receivable. Businesses that are unable to get customers to pay the bill can claim a deduction for the "bad debt. Over the next few years, employers will face a number of new compliance and reporting obligations, among others, as a result of the new healthcare reform package the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

On the horizon for employers is the requirement to report the value of health insurance coverage they provide to each employee on the employee's annual Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.

This annual report examines the economic, financial and regulatory climate in which Connecticut companies operate, gauging their business outlook and highlighting relevant policy issues. Many of these tax incentives are temporary so you have only a short window of time in which to take advantage of them. According to the IRS, many employers need more time to make the necessary changes to their payroll systems to ensure accurate reporting.

This legislation amends several of the Massachusetts General Laws impacting public charities. Two common risk areas are lack of management depth key man risk and customer or supplier concentration.

Frauds include Ponzi schemes, asset misappropriation, computer hacking and identify theft, just to name a few. Small- and mid-size businesses tend to be the most vulnerable because they generally have fewer controls in place to detect and deter fraud. Purchasing accounting software can be similar to some of your personal expenditures, such as a house or a car. You need something that meets your needs, budget and functional requirements. You want reliability, performance and, above all, a sense of security.

All too often software vendors have promised a great deal but delivered a lot less than the customer expected. Investable companies are seen as having significant growth opportunities and are very attractive for private equity groups. The suit alleged that the plan sponsor and its fiduciaries failed to monitor the fees charged to the company retirement plan. There are five key outcomes from this case that plan sponsors and fiduciaries should pay close attention to. These lessons, outlined below, should be implemented by all sponsors of company retirement plans.

As we progress through , we are seeing companies compete for top talent. This article sheds some light on how to attract top talent to your organization. The terms "subrecipient" or "delegate" agency are also commonly used to signify subgrants. Effective with charitable organization registrations due by March 31, , an application to renew the registrations will be mailed directly to the organization prior to their registration expiring.

The State May Give it; but the Federal Government May Take it Away The fiscal state budget proposed by Governor Malloy includes a provision to increase the resident user fee provider tax for nursing homes. This increased fee will result in additional federal matching funds for the state which would allow for a Medicaid rate increase of 1. This can occur based on provisions in the federal law which allows revenues from a provider tax to be returned directly or indirectly to the providers who have been taxed.

While all additional funding that is put into the nursing home system is critical to facilities' financial well-being, this type of increased funding can also be hazardous to the industry as well. The page document specifically identifies acute care hospitals and physicians as eligible participants in the shared saving program of an ACO.

Federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, skilled nursing homes, home health agencies and critical access hospitals are not specifically designated as eligible participants in the shared savings program of an ACO. However, the new Tax Relief Act extends favorable tax treatment for long-term capital gains. This latest extension lasts through For simplicity, the following discussion is limited to capital gains and losses arising from sales of securities. Additional special rules may apply to other capital assets such as sales of collectibles and property subject to depreciation recapture.

It can get very confusing to account for them, especially since there are two different ways, one way for governmental funds and one way for proprietary funds which also includes government-wide. We have six steps to help transition these ideas into a repeatable process for your organization. This will be of particular interest to many senior living communities as it addressed revenue accounting considerations for Type A lifecare continuing care retirement community CCRC contracts. Here are some of the most important highlights of the new law.

Find out what you need to know. Hard-working dealers are keeping their eyes on the market, on sales goals and on all of their business practices that impact the bottom line. The plan at issue addressed the IRS's previous concerns and followed the existing requirements exactly. Ensuring Compliance Pension plans have used Schedule SSA of Form to report participants who separate from service with deferred vested benefits.

As a result, Schedule SSA has been eliminated. While some areas of the economy are strong, including exports and commodities, others, especially housing and general construction, seem stuck. Find out if it affects you. Just over years ago, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to adopt a speed limit. Can Connecticut still be a leader in future changes in transportation? Choosing the wrong fiduciary cannot only be disastrous for the grantor but also for the fiduciary as well.

Amounts are increased for changes in the cost-of-living adjustment. The amounts generally have increased from The consequences of this information falling into the wrong hands are simply too severe — identity theft. What can I do to minimize the tax bill that results from the event?

We very briefly outlined those changes in our newsletter of May 16, Since that time, DRS has provided some much needed guidance with respect to many of the changes.

This newsletter will highlight some of those changes in more detail per the DRS guidelines. We are not trying to be all-inclusive. All too often, finance departments face the same challenges at the end of every reporting period. In addition to the standard financial reporting package, finance teams today are often taxed with producing both management reports and even key performance indicators.

The demand for more sophisticated reporting — results per product line, region, division, customer class or any number of other data points throughout an organization — is increasing. The more information needed, the more time-consuming the period close report preparation task becomes.

Learn how two-step verification can help keep you protected from cyber threats. What follows is a brief overview of the key tax rules in this area and the potential savings that may occur.

Lifetime gifts have the added advantages of removing future appreciation of the gifted assets from your estate and allowing you to see the impact that the gifts make during your lifetime.

Microsoft SharePoint offers a single, easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain platform to address those needs and more. However, is expected to be a year of uncertainty due to potential major changes regarding tax laws and rates, and the time to start planning for it is right now.

Understanding the nature of the challenges is complicated by the fact that actual data are sometimes only available two years in arrears. In the meantime, estimates based on models and surveys of various constituents can help fill the void. Without regular communication between the board charged with overseeing the institution and the fiscal officers charged with keeping the books, problems can occur.

Are You in the Best Plan? Dealers are looking for more profits in every area of their dealerships while cutting costs to weather the current economic slowdown. With gross margins getting cut to the bone, back-end profit is more important than ever. You may already be making good profit on the sale of your service contracts. But are you in a plan that maximizes the total return to the dealer?

The proposed standard applies to all leases of more than one year; i. The proposed standard will have a significant impact on the financial statements of automobile dealers.

Not only must a business be properly capitalized but the makeup of its capital and the liquidity of its capital must be appropriate to its current and planned future operations. Too little cash restricts business opportunities and too much cash creates discontent among investors and shareholders. The cash-heavy nature of their operations makes dealerships susceptible to fraud and theft, and sometimes the most trusted managers can be the perpetrators.

But most economists raise chances of a double dip. The most critical factor determining Connecticut's prospects for real and sustained economic recovery is, simply, jobs! More jobs will cure many of our state's ills, from tepid consumer spending to a stalled housing market and the state's long-term fiscal health. Take Advantage of Business Provisions That May Sunset for Good on December 31, Although it's only September, taxpayers are well-advised to consider how to make the most of tax breaks that are available this year but may not be around next year, or may survive only in diluted form.

Given the wrenching political battle that played out in July over deficits and the debt ceiling, many tax provisions expiring at the end of this year may not be given another lease on life. Those provisions that aid a particular industry or group of taxpayers could be the most at risk. This article reviews the tax breaks for businesses that are available right now but may sunset on Dec. Due to extenuating circumstances, the lender agrees to a settlement of an amount less than what the borrower owes in principal and interest.

So the full amount of debt is effectively wiped off the books. This change would ultimately trickle down and affect privately owned entities. Originally, the SEC set as the target date whereby public companies would be required to submit all reports using IFRS; however concerns over the time and cost required to implement the changes successfully, the need to educate financial statement users and whether or not IFRS are sufficiently developed, have delayed the earliest implementation to and could cause the SEC to either drop the requirement all together or permit companies to choose between reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles GAAP or IFRS.

Now, imagine a similar situation today. What if you needed to flex your IT infrastructure to meet a significant spike in demand? You could do it with significant capital outlay, but what about when the fad fades? While current practice treats accounting and financial reporting and how pensions are funded in a similar manner, these changes will result in a separation between accounting and financial reporting and the way pensions are funded.

The Chinese government is working to bring its massive population into a modern market-driven economy, and, in the process, opportunities abound for businesses ranging from multinational corporations to budding entrepreneurs. The Chinese government believes that opening their economy to overseas investors is a viable pathway to modernization, and it will help the well-prepared businesses and individuals avail themselves of unprecedented opportunities.

In sum, where an employer provides employees with cell phones primarily for noncompensatory business reasons, neither the business nor personal use of the phone results in income to the employee, and no recordkeeping of usage is required. And, in most instances, an employer's reimbursement to employees for their providing a cell phone for bona fide business use won't be taxable. The guidance applies for all tax years after Dec.

Hopefully, you will be in good health at that time and able to pursue your favorite activities. But those "golden years" can easily be tarnished if you are not careful. Read the full article for five common mistakes that can hinder your ability to retire comfortably and securely. A struggling economy often means that people and businesses are able to give less in terms of philanthropic donations to charities, despite the worthiness of the cause.

This is a reality all non-profit organizations must face, unfortunate as it may seem. This credit can enable small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations to offer health insurance coverage for the first time.

It also helps those already offering health insurance coverage to maintain the coverage they already have. They blend in seamlessly with society and do not look like criminals. They are likely educated, with no criminal record, and probably do not abuse drugs or alcohol. To be eligible, employer must have filed Form s for each worker for past 3 years, and not be currently under audit. Employer participating in program will agree to extend period of limitations on assessment of employment taxes for three years for first, second and third calendar years beginning after date on which employer has agreed under program to begin treating workers as employees.

Those who are accepted into program will execute closing agreement with IRS and pay full amount due at same time. The benefits of the cloud are real, but the risks can be, too. In a 5 to 4 decision, the nation's highest court upheld all of the tax provisions and health insurance reforms that were part of the overall health care reform legislation passed in except for a certain Medicaid provision involving state funding. Among the most significant tax legislation enacted was the creation of a new jobs tax credit and revisions to the recently enacted Manufacturing Reinvestment Account program.

The page document provides guidance from the Inspector General on areas which it plans on reviewing in fiscal year as part of its goal to protect the integrity of Health and Human Services programs and operations. The work plan covers all areas of healthcare including hospitals, nursing homes, home care, hospice, medical equipment providers, drug providers, Medicare contractors, insurers and public health agencies. The Inspector General uses the work plan to identify fraud, waste and abuse; create opportunities to improve program economy, efficiency and effectiveness; and hold accountable those who do not meet program requirements or who violate federal laws.

Employee The IRS is aggressively attempting to reduce the "tax gap", which is the annual shortfall between taxes owed and taxes paid. Therefore, you must develop an edge to obtain or retain that loan.

That edge can be provided by a well-designed presentation. Follow these guidelines and you will find that this presentation is a lot easier to prepare than you think.

Department of Labor DOL has issued two new regulations that require certain disclosures be provided to plan sponsors and plan participants. These disclosures are intended to provide both plan sponsors and plan participants with information regarding the fees charged in their retirement plans. The purpose of awarding damages is to restore an injured party to a position they were in prior to being injured.

This rule, a product of the changes sought by the Affordable Care Act, proposed certain incentives and penalties to incentivize acute care hospitals and physicians to formally partner their efforts.

The goal of such a partnership is to improve patient care while reducing costs through the formation of an Accountable Care Organization ACO. As part of this proposed rule, federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, skilled nursing homes, home health agencies and critical access hospitals were not designated as eligible participants in ACOs.

During the first half of the decade, the lending market had begun issuing riskier mortgages with adjustable interest rates to individuals who could not qualify for conventional mortgages. The ease in which homeowners were able to secure these loans caused a greater demand for home ownership and home builders were constructing new houses quickly to capitalize on the high demand.

Hurricane Sandy has brought unimaginable devastation to the east cost of the United States. Businesses throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states have been forced to shut down due to property damage and power outages.

Some will be out of business for days, some for months and some of the hardest hit may never recover. Hurricane Sandy caused destruction and devastation for many families and businesses on the East Coast as the severe winds and coastal flooding have left millions of people without power.

Early damage estimates suggest that Sandy has caused billions of dollars in damages. The new law does much more than merely repeal withholding on government contractors. Armed Forces, expands the IRS' continuous levy authority, and more. Learn more about the changes …. This update is intended to reduce the cost and complexity of the annual goodwill impairment test by simplifying how an entity tests goodwill for impairment.

The trouble is that profits do not necessarily coincide with their associated cash flows. The fact is, most failed businesses fail as a result of lack of cash flow. During these uncertain economic times, cash flow planning is an important exercise when running your business, regardless of the size of your operation. The two-month extension, for January and February , is intended to give lawmakers additional time to negotiate a full-year extension of the payroll tax cut through the end of This credit is called the New Hire Retention Credit.

For organizations with filing due dates or first three-month extended due dates during this period, these organizations have the following options:. The past few years have been as challenging an economy as most of us have ever seen. And the competitive pressures do not seem likely to ease greatly — at least in the short term.

One approach that many successful businesses take to remain competitive and profitable is to periodically review and assess the alignment of their business. In particular, they check to make sure that their people, processes and their technology are working well together and delivering as planned.

Just like regularly aligning your car tires to minimize wear and get the most miles per gallon of gas, you need to make sure that your fundamental business resources and activities are well balanced and working together smoothly with respect to your particular marketplace, operational goals and strategic objectives.

The update is effective for annual financial statements for fiscal years beginning after December 15, , which means calendar year and after. Earlier adoption is permitted. The provisions should be applied on a retrospective basis to all prior years presented. Many companies in the normal course of business entertain vendors or clients.

With the success of the sports teams in New England, more and more companies have purchased seasons tickets to entertain and thank their clients. As a result, the question often arises as to whether the season tickets are deductible. Each month, the IRS provides various prescribed rates for federal income tax purposes. AFRs are used for loans that are considered to be below-market loans, which are defined as loans in which the stated interest rate is lower than the rate required for tax purposes.

Various types of below-market loans exist, such as gift loans, compensation-related loans and corporation-shareholder loans. This election applies to taxpayers who meet the real estate professional rules under the Internal Revenue Code and helps these taxpayers avoid the passive activity rules with regard to their rental real estate activities.

How Can Cities and Towns Adapt and Thrive In business it is imperative to know your customer, differentiate in the marketplace, innovate to drive down costs and bring new and exciting products to market. Cities and towns across America can take a similar approach by using technology as a disruptor.

These credits will be available for each new Connecticut employee hired between January 1, and prior to January 1, for a period of three years. Download our presentation to learn more about which taxes the credit may be applied against and how to apply.

The Act extends the 2-percentage-point payroll tax cut through the end of , and also repeals a number of estimated tax shifts for large corporations. Here are highlights of the tax changes in this new law. With a struggling economy and recent inaction by Congress resulting in failure to reach an agreement on reducing the budget deficit, this could only add to the uncertainty many businesses are facing in Deductions for charitable gifts may be claimed only by taxpayers who itemize their returns, but even itemizers are at risk if they do not have the requisite proof to back up their claims.

The new law extends the employee-side payroll tax holiday, giving wage earners and self-employed individuals 12 months of reduced payroll taxes in The much-anticipated blueprint of the administration's plans for corporate tax reform was unveiled on February 22, , in Washington, D.

Are rising healthcare costs still outpacing general inflation? What is really pushing costs upward, and is there an end in sight? What about healthcare reform? For those of us in the industry, these questions are asked almost daily. They reflect the concerns of many employers and employees, along with their families. Depending upon which healthcare cost study you review, the answers are similar. Through these views, the GASB has tackled the formerly nebulous idea of the fiscal sustainability of a government entity.

The GASB has determined that the historical data currently included in the financial statements is not sufficient to present a holistic picture of the state of a government entity. The Yellow Book Revisions As government entities continue to face significant budget cuts, high unemployment rates and rising prices, it has become more necessary and common for auditors to provide additional advisory and consulting services to help their clients make informed financial decisions for their organization.

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