IRS issues additional guidance on transition tax to foreign earnings

Written on Jan 21, 2018

The Treasury Department and the IRS on Jan. 19 issued additional guidance (Notice 2018-13) for computing the “transition tax” on the untaxed foreign earnings of foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

On Dec. 29 the Treasury Department and the IRS provided initial guidance on computing the transition tax in Notice 2018-07.

The Jan. 19 notice describes regulations that the Treasury Department and the IRS intend to issue, including rules addressing the calculation of earnings under the transition tax and other rules to clarify certain aspects of the law. The notice also makes a modification to the Dec. 29 notice regarding the repatriation of earnings subject to the transition tax. Finally, the notice provides taxpayers targeted relief from certain unintended regulatory and reporting consequences arising from a change to existing stock attribution rules in the recent tax legislation.

Additionally, Treasury and the IRS request comments on the rules described in the notice and on what additional guidance should be issued to assist taxpayers in computing the transition tax. The Treasury Department and the IRS expect to issue additional guidance in the future. Notice 2018-13, will be published in IRB 2018-06 on Feb. 5.

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