Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2005-1 

January 3, 2005 

APPENDIX C

CHECKLIST
IS YOUR LETTER RULING REQUEST COMPLETE?

INSTRUCTIONS
 
The Service will be able to respond more quickly to your letter ruling request if it is carefully prepared and complete. To ensure that your request is in order, use this checklist. Complete the four items of information requested before the checklist. Answer each question by circling “Yes,” “No,” or “N/A.” When a question contains a place for a page number, insert the page number (or numbers) of the request that gives the information called for by a yes answer to a question. Sign and date the checklist (as taxpayer or authorized representative) and place it on top of your request.
 
If you are an authorized representative submitting a request for a taxpayer, you must include a completed checklist with the request, or the request will either be returned to you or substantive consideration of it will be deferred until a completed checklist is submitted. If you are a taxpayer preparing your own request without professional assistance, an incomplete checklist will not either cause the return of your request or defer substantive consideration of your request. You should still complete as much of the checklist as possible and submit it with your request.
 
TAXPAYER’S NAME
TAXPAYER’S I.D. NO.
ATTORNEY/P.O.A.
PRIMARY CODE SECTION
CIRCLE ONE ITEM
   
Yes No 1. Does your request involve an issue under the jurisdiction of the Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), the Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products), the Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting), the Associate Chief Counsel (International), the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), the Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration), or the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities)? See section 3 of Rev. Proc. 2005-1, 2005-1 I.R.B. 1. For issues under the jurisdiction of other offices, see section 4 of Rev. Proc. 2005-1. (Hereafter, all references are to Rev. Proc. 2005-1 unless otherwise noted.)
   
Yes No 2. Have you read Rev. Proc. 2005-3, 2005-1 I.R.B. and Rev. Proc. 2005-7, 2005-1 I.R.B. , to see if part or all of the request involves a matter on which letter rulings are not issued or are ordinarily not issued?
   
Yes No N/A 3. If your request involves a matter on which letter rulings are not ordinarily issued, have you given compelling reasons to justify the issuance of a letter ruling? Before preparing your request, you may want to call the branch in the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration), or the Office of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities) responsible for substantive interpretations of the principal Internal Revenue Code section on which you are seeking a letter ruling to discuss the likelihood of an exception. For matters under the jurisdiction of—
   
  (a) the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting), the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), or the Office of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities), the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration), the appropriate branch to call may be obtained by calling (202) 622-7560 (not a toll-free call);
   
  (b) the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (International), the appropriate branch to call may be obtained by calling (202) 622-3800 (not a toll-free call).
   
Yes No N/A Page 4. If the request deals with a completed transaction, have you filed the return for the year in which the transaction was completed? See section 5.01.
   
Yes No 5. Are you requesting the letter ruling on a hypothetical situation or question? See section 6.12.
   
Yes No 6. Are you requesting the letter ruling on alternative plans of a proposed transaction? See section 6.12.
   
Yes No 7. Are you requesting the letter ruling for only part of an integrated transaction? See section 6.03.
   
Yes No 8. Are you requesting the letter ruling for a business, trade, industrial association, or similar group concerning the application of tax law to its members? See section 6.05.
   
Yes No 9. Are you requesting the letter ruling for a foreign government or its political subdivision? See section 6.07.
   
Yes No Page 10. Have you included a complete statement of all the facts relevant to the transaction? See section 7.01(1).
   
Yes No N/A 11. Have you submitted with the request true copies of all wills, deeds, and other documents relevant to the transaction, and labeled and attached them in alphabetical sequence? See section 7.01(2).
   
Yes No N/A 12. Have you submitted with the request a copy of all applicable foreign laws, and certified English translations of documents that are in a language other than English or of foreign laws in cases where English is not the official language of the foreign country involved? See section 7.01(2).
   
Yes No Pages 13. Have you included an analysis of facts and their bearing on the issues? Have you included, rather than merely incorporated by reference, all material facts from the documents in the request? See section 7.01(3).
   
Yes No Page 14. Have you included the required statement regarding whether the same issue in the letter ruling request is in an earlier return of the taxpayer or in a return for any year of a related taxpayer? See section 7.01(4).
   
Yes No Page 15. Have you included the required statement regarding whether the Service previously ruled on the same or similar issue for the taxpayer, a related taxpayer, or a predecessor? See section 7.01(5)(a).
   
Yes No Page 16. Have you included the required statement regarding whether the taxpayer, a related taxpayer, a predecessor, or any representatives previously submitted a request (including an application for change in accounting method) involving the same or similar issue but withdrew the request before the letter ruling or determination letter was issued? See section 7.01(5)(b).
   
Yes No Page 17. Have you included the required statement regarding whether the taxpayer, a related taxpayer, or a predecessor previously submitted a request (including an application for change in accounting method) involving the same or similar issue that is currently pending with the Service? See section 7.01(5)(c).
   
Yes No Page 18. Have you included the required statement regarding whether, at the same time as this request, the taxpayer or a related taxpayer is presently submitting another request (including an application for change in accounting method) involving the same or similar issue to the Service? See section 7.01(5)(d).
   
Yes No N/A Page 19. If your request involves the interpretation of a substantive provision of an income or estate tax treaty, have you included the required statement regarding whether the tax authority of the treaty jurisdiction has issued a ruling on the same or similar issue for the taxpayer, a related taxpayer, or a predecessor; whether the same or similar issue is being examined, or has been settled, by the tax authority of the treaty jurisdiction or is otherwise the subject of a closing agreement in that jurisdiction; and whether the same or similar issue is being considered by the competent authority of the treaty jurisdiction? See section 7.01(6).
   
Yes No N/A Page 20. If your request is for recognition of Indian tribal government status or status as a political subdivision of an Indian tribal government, does your request contain a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding the tribe’s status? See section 7.01(7), which states that taxpayers are encouraged to submit this letter with the request and provides the address for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
   
Yes No Pages 21. Have you included the required statement of relevant authorities in support of your views? See section 7.01(8).
   
Yes No Page 22. Have you included the required statement regarding whether the law in connection with the request is uncertain and whether the issue is adequately addressed by relevant authorities? See section 7.01(8).
   
Yes No Pages 23. Does your request discuss the implications of any legislation, tax treaties, court decisions, regulations, notices, revenue rulings, or revenue procedures that you determined to be contrary to the position advanced? See section 7.01(9), which states that taxpayers are encouraged to inform the Service of such authorities.
   
Yes No N/A Page 24. If you determined that there are no contrary authorities, have you included a statement to this effect in your request? See section 7.01(9).
   
Yes No N/A Page 25. Have you included in your request a statement identifying any pending legislation that may affect the proposed transaction? See section 7.01(10).
   
Yes No 26. Is the request accompanied by the deletion statement required by § 6110? See section 7.01(11).
   
Yes No Page 27. Have you (or your authorized representative) signed and dated the request? See section 7.01(12).
   
Yes No N/A 28. If the request is signed by your representative or if your representative will appear before the Service in connection with the request, is the request accompanied by a properly prepared and signed power of attorney with the signatory’s name typed or printed? See section 7.01(14).
   
Yes No Page 29. Have you included, signed, and dated the penalties of perjury statement in the format required by section 7.01(15)?
   
Yes No N/A 30. Are you submitting your request in duplicate if necessary? See section 7.01(16).
   
Yes No N/A Pages 31. If you are requesting separate letter rulings on different issues involving one factual situation, have you included a statement to that effect in each request? See section 7.02(1).
   
Yes No N/A 32. If you want copies of the letter ruling sent to a representative, does the power of attorney contain a statement to that effect? See section 7.02(2).
   
Yes No N/A 33. If you do not want a copy of the letter ruling to be sent to any representative, does the power of attorney contain a statement to that effect? See section 7.02(2).
   
Yes No N/A 34. If you are making a two-part letter ruling request, have you included a summary statement of the facts you believe to be controlling? See section 7.02(3).
   
Yes No N/A Page 35. If you want your letter ruling request to be processed ahead of the regular order or by a specific date, have you requested expedited handling in the manner required by section 7.02(4) and stated a compelling need for such action in the request?
   
Yes No N/A Page 36. If you are requesting a copy of any document related to the letter ruling request to be sent by facsimile (fax) transmission, have you included a statement to that effect? See section 7.02(5).
   
Yes No N/A Page 37. If you want to have a conference on the issues involved in the request, have you included a request for conference in the letter ruling request? See section 7.02(6).
   
Yes No N/A 38. Have you included the correct user fee with the request and is your check or money order in U.S. dollars and payable to the Internal Revenue Service? See section 15 and Appendix A to determine the correct amount.
   
Yes No N/A Page 39. If your request involves a personal tax issue and you qualify for the reduced user fee when gross income is less than $250,000, have you included the required certification? See paragraphs (A)(4)(a) and (B)(1) of Appendix A.
   
Yes No N/A Page 40. If your request involves a business-related tax issue and you qualify for the reduced user fee when gross income is less than $1 million, have you included the required certification? See paragraphs (A)(4)(b) and (B)(1) of Appendix A.
   
Yes No N/A Page 41. If you qualify for the user fee for substantially identical letter rulings, have you included the required information? See section 15.07(2) and paragraph (A)(5)(a) of Appendix A.
   
Yes No N/A Page 42. If you qualify for the user fee for a § 301.9100 request to extend the time for filing an identical accounting method change on a single Form 3115, have you included the required information? See section 15.07(3) and paragraph (A)(5)(c) of Appendix A.
   
Yes No N/A 43. If your request is covered by any of the checklists, guideline revenue procedures, notices, safe harbor revenue procedures, or other special requirements listed in Appendix E, have you complied with all of the requirements of the applicable revenue procedure or notice?
   
Rev. Proc. List other applicable revenue procedures or notices, including checklists, used or relied upon in the preparation of this letter ruling request (Cumulative Bulletin or Internal Revenue Bulletin citation not required).
   
Yes No N/A Page 44. If you are requesting relief under § 7805(b) (regarding retroactive effect), have you complied with all of the requirements in section 11.11?
   
Yes No 45. Have you addressed your request to the attention of the Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate), the Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products), the Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting), the Associate Chief Counsel (International), the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), the Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration), or the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities), as appropriate? The mailing address is:
    Internal Revenue Service Attn: CC:PA:LPD:DRU P.O. Box 7604 Ben Franklin Station Washington, D.C. 20044
  If a private delivery service is used, the address is:
    Internal Revenue Service Attn: CC:PA:LPD:DRU, Room 5336 1111 Constitution Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20224
  The package should be marked: RULING REQUEST SUBMISSION. Improperly addressed requests may be delayed (sometimes for over a week) in reaching CC:PA:LPD:DRU for initial processing.
     
Signature Title or Authority Date
     
   
Typed or printed name of
person signing checklist
 

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