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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act introduced many changes to the Tax Code, with little time for taxpayers or professionals to prepare for them. One of the most complex changes involves revision of Internal Revenue Code Section 965, which overhauls way United States taxes earnings from ownership in foreign corporations. The author gives a brief overview of new IRC Section 965 and provides detailed demonstration of how to properly calculate and pay required taxes. Newly revised Internal Revenue Code Section 965 looks very little like its old self; in fact, it represents a new way of taxing foreign corporations. Old Section 965 was one - year Temporary Dividends receive Deduction introduced as part of the American Jobs and Creation Act of 2004. New Section 965, enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, taxes retain earnings of foreign corporations that are attributable to US shareholders. Income inclusion calculated on US shareholders tax return will include untaxed earnings of foreign corporations for the last tax year of business beginning before January 1 2018. Thus, most US shareholders ' future tax returns will contain income that they have not had to include on previous years ' return. This will include income that consists of post - 1986 earnings and profits allocated to US shareholders through complex calculations. The mere thought of repatriation of 31 years of accumulated foreign earnings in a single year is a scary proposition for many. Fortunately, tax rate for these repatriated earnings is a discount, and taxpayers can pay any balance owed as a result over eight years and without interest. Irc Section 965 does unfortunately present some uncertainty around how to make actual calculations and how it interacts with other existing sections of the Tax Code. Late enactment of TCJA requires the IRS to revise forms and update its systems to be able to process tax returns containing income from new rules after the beginning of the 2018 filing season. Couple with an already strained budget, this leads to late and incomplete releases of official guidance. On March 15, IRS published a set of FAQs that provide some practical guidance on how to execute IRC Section 965 transition Tax on Tax forms. The IRS did not finish revising Form 5471 by the April 17 filing deadline, and their systems were not ready to accept electronically filed tax returns containing repatriation of earnings until after April 2. Furthermore, CPAs originally needed to have all of clients ' tax liabilities computed in time for them to pay 8% of Section 965 Tax liability by April 17 if they intend to pay over eight years; IRS Publication 5292, which provides necessary calculation instructions, was not published until April 6 and contain confusing worksheets and errors. Subsequently, dates for making election to pay over eight years were extend, and leeway was allowed for CPAs to amend early - file returns to take advantage of these changes.

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Understanding section 965 transition tax

Consistent with proposed regulations, final regulations provide for an of foreign taxes paid or deemed paid when such taxes are properly attributable to section 965 inclusion or distribution of section 965 or 965 PTEP. The amount of ahaircuta is equal to the applicable percentage, as provided in 1. 965 - 5. Final regulations make a number of clarifications with respect to application of this haircut. Final regulations provide that haircut applies to all creditable foreign income taxes properly attributable to section 965 inclusion or distribution of related PTEP, including gross basis withholding taxes. Further, when US shareholders do not have section 965 inclusion because its pro rata share of specified deficits exceeds its pro rata share of deferred foreign income, it was unclear under proposed regulations whether any taxes pay with respect to distribution of section 965 PTEP were creditable without haircut because formula for calculating applicable percentage create adivide by zeroa result. However, final regulations resolve this issue by providing that, in such instance, foreign taxes attributable to section 965 PTEP distribution are subject to haircut and that the applicable percentage in such case is 0. 557. Additionally, final regulations maintain the position lay out in proposed regulations that no credit is allowed under section 960 or any other section with respect to taxes that would have been deemed pay under section 960 with respect to section 965 earnings amount had such earnings amount not been reduced by allocable deficit. Final regulations also provide some ability for taxpayers to access foreign tax credits associated with hovering deficits. Under this rule, to the extent the hovering deficit would have been absorbed by current year earnings that were instead included under section 965, taxes that relate to the portion of the hovering deficit that would have been so absorbed are taken into account in determining post - 1986 foreign income taxes.

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Step 1.

Is the client a US shareholder for purposes of IRC Section 965? This term includes US citizens, green card holders, resident aliens, and domestic entities that own more than 10%, by vote or value, of non - u. S corporation. Foreign corporations with US shareholders are called Specified Foreign corporations; this includes control of foreign corporations and any foreign corporation that has one or more domestic corporate shareholders. An important caveat to this decision is the fact that IRC Section 965 expands CFC to include 10 - 50 corporations. If a foreign entity is also passive foreign investment company and not CFC under traditional definition, it is except from application of IRC Section 965. Note that some taxpayers will now be US shareholders under the newly expanded definition of CFC, where in prior years they were not. Taxpayers, in the example above, are considered US shareholders because they own at least 10% of each company. Furthermore, each corporation is considered an SFC.

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