Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2003-40 

October 6, 2003 

Rev. Rul. 2003-105


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Split-dollar life insurance arrangements. Certain previously published revenue rulings are obsoleted to the extent described in this ruling. The previously published rulings are obsoleted in light of T.D. 9092, which provides comprehensive final regulations regarding the federal income, gift, and employment taxation of split-dollar life insurance arrangements. Rev. Ruls. 78-420 and 79-50 obsoleted. Rev. Rul. 66-610 partially obsoleted.

Treasury Decision 9092 provides comprehensive final regulations (under §§ 1.61-22, 1.83-3(e), 1.83-6(a)(5), 1.301-1(q), and 1.7872-15 of the Income Tax Regulations) regarding the federal income, gift, and employment taxation of split-dollar life insurance arrangements (as defined in § 1.61-22(b)(1) or (2)). These regulations apply to any split-dollar life insurance arrangement that is entered into after September 17, 2003, and to any split-dollar life insurance arrangement entered into on or before September 17, 2003, that is materially modified after September 17, 2003. See § 1.61-22(j).

The revenue rulings listed below are obsolete to the extent described below.

  • Rev. Rul. 79-50, 1979-1 C.B. 139

  • Rev. Rul. 78-420, 1978-2 C.B. 67

  • Rev. Rul. 66-110, 1966-1 C.B. 12 (except as provided in Section III, Paragraph 3 of Notice 2002-8, 2002-1 C.B. 398, and Notice 2002-59, 2002-36 I.R.B. 481)

  • Rev. Rul. 64-328, 1964-2 C.B. 11.

In the case of any split-dollar life insurance arrangement entered into on or before September 17, 2003, taxpayers may continue to rely on these revenue rulings to the extent described in Notice 2002-8, but only if the arrangement is not materially modified after September 17, 2003.

DRAFTING INFORMATION

The principal author of this revenue ruling is Elizabeth K. Kaye of the

Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting)

. For further information regarding this revenue ruling, contact  Elizabeth K. Kaye at (202) 622-4920 (not a toll-free call).


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