Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2005-15
April 11, 2005
Table of Contents
Gross income; litigant’s recovery includes attorney’s contingent fee. The Supreme Court holds that when a litigant’s recovery constitutes income, the litigant’s income includes the portion of the recovery paid to the attorney as a contingent fee. Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Banks.
Federal rates; adjusted federal rates; adjusted federal long-term rate and the long-term exempt rate. For purposes of sections 382, 642, 1274, 1288, and other sections of the Code, tables set forth the rates for April 2005.
Final regulations under section 664 of the Code concern the ordering rule of regulations section 1.664-1(d). The regulations provide rules for characterizing the income distributions from charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) when the income is subject to different federal income tax rates. The regulations reflect changes made to income tax rates, including capital gains and certain dividends, by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.
Final regulations amend regulations under section 163(d) of the Code to provide the rules relating to how and when taxpayers may elect to take qualified dividend income into account as investment income for purposes of calculating the deduction for investment income expense.
Final regulations under section 1502 of the Code provide guidance concerning the determination of the tax attributes that are available for reduction and the method for reducing those attributes when a member of a consolidated group excludes discharge of indebtedness income from gross income under section 108.
Final regulations under section 704 of the Code clarify that if section 704(c) property is sold for an installment obligation, the installment obligation is treated as the contributed property for purposes of applying sections 704(c) and 737. Likewise, if the contributed property is a contract, such as an option to acquire property, the property acquired pursuant to the contract is treated as the contributed property for these purposes.
This document contains a correction to final regulations (T.D. 9187, 2005-13 I.R.B. 778) that disallow certain losses recognized on sales of subsidiary stock by members of a consolidated group.
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