Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2006-15 

April 10, 2006 

REG-164247-05

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by Cross-Reference to Temporary Regulations Agent for a Consolidated Group With Foreign Common Parent


AGENCY:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking by cross-reference to temporary regulations.

SUMMARY:

In this issue of the Bulletin, the IRS is issuing regulations (T.D. 9255) that provide the IRS with the authority to designate a domestic member of the consolidated group as a substitute agent to act as the sole agent for the group where a foreign entity is the common parent. These regulations affect corporations that join in the filing of a consolidated Federal income tax return where the common parent of the consolidated group is treated as a domestic corporation pursuant to section 7874(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) or as a result of a section 953(d) election. The text of the temporary regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations.

DATES:

Written or electronic comments, and a request for a public hearing, must be received by June 12, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

Send submissions to: CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-164247-05), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be hand-delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-164247-05), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, or sent electronically, via the IRS internet site at www.irs.gov/regs or via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov (IRS-REG-164247-05).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Concerning the proposed regulations, Stephen R. Cleary, (202) 622-7750, concerning submissions of comments, Kelly Banks, (202) 622-7180 (not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Explanation of Provisions

Temporary Regulations in this issue of the Bulletin amends 26 CFR Part 1 relating to section 1502. The temporary regulations add §1.1502-77T. The text of those temporary regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations. The preamble to the temporary regulations explains the amendments.

Special Analysis

It has been determined that this proposed regulation is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866. Therefore, a regulatory assessment is not required. It is hereby certified that this proposed regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This certification is based on the fact that the regulation merely grants authority to the IRS to change the agent for the consolidated group, that members of consolidated groups are generally large corporations rather than small businesses, and few small businesses are likely to be members of a consolidated group with a foreign common parent as a result of a transaction subject to section 7874 or a section 953(d) election. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Code, these proposed regulations have been submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on their impact on small business.

Comments and Requests for a Public Hearing

Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any written comments (a signed original and eight (8) copies) or electronic comments that are submitted timely to the IRS. The IRS and Treasury Department specifically request comments on the clarity of the proposed rules and how they may be made easier to understand. All comments will be available for public inspection and copying. A public hearing may be scheduled if requested in writing by any person that timely submits written comments. If a public hearing is scheduled, notice of the date, time, and place for the public hearing will be published in the Federal Register.

Proposed Amendments to the Regulations

Accordingly, 26 CFR part 1 is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 1—INCOME TAXES

Paragraph 1. The authority citation for part 1 continues to read, in part, as follows:

Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805 * * *

Par. 2. Section 1.1502-77 is amended by adding paragraph (j) to read as follows:

§1.1502-77 Agent for the group

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(j) [The text of the proposed amendment to §1.1502-77(j) is the same as the text of §1.1502-77T(j) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin.].

Mark E. Matthews,
Deputy Commissioner for
Services and Enforcement.

Note

(Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on March 9, 2006, 4:15 p.m., and published in the issue of the Federal Register for March 14, 2006, 71 F.R. 13062)

Drafting Information

The principal author of these regulations is Stephen R. Cleary of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate). Other personnel from the Treasury Department and the IRS participated in their development.

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