Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2007-33 

August 13, 2007 

REG-149036-04

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by Cross-Reference to Temporary Regulations and Notice of Public Hearing Application of Section 6404(g) of the Internal Revenue Code Suspension Provisions


AGENCY:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking by cross-reference to temporary regulations and notice of public hearing.

SUMMARY:

In this issue of the Bulletin, the IRS is issuing temporary regulations (T.D. 9333) relating to the application of section 6404(g) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) suspension provisions. The regulations reflect changes to the law made by the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, and the Small Business and Work Opportunity Tax Act of 2007. The regulations provide guidance to individual taxpayers who have participated in listed transactions or undisclosed reportable transactions. The text of those regulations also serve as the text of these proposed regulations. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations.

DATES:

Written or electronic comments must be received by September 19, 2007. Outlines of topics to be discussed at the public hearing scheduled for October 11, 2007, at 10 a.m. must be received by September 20, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Send submissions to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-149036-04), room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, PO 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-149036-04), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. (IRS REG-149036-04). The public hearing will be held in the IRS Auditorium, Internal Revenue Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Concerning the proposed regulations, Stuart Spielman, (202) 622-7950; concerning submissions of comments, the hearing, and to be placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, Richard Hurst, (202) 622-7180 (not toll-free numbers) or Richard.A.Hurst@irscounsel.treas.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Explanation of Provisions

Temporary regulations in this issue of the Bulletin amend the Regulations on Procedure and Administration (26 CFR part 301) relating to section 6404(g). The temporary regulations add rules relating to the suspension of interest, penalties, additions to tax, or additional amounts with respect to listed or other reportable transactions. The text of those regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations. The preamble to the temporary regulations explains the amendments.

Special Analyses

It has been determined that this notice of proposed rulemaking is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866. A regulatory assessment is therefore not required. It has also been determined that section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 5) does not apply to these regulations, and because these regulations do not impose a collection of information on small entities, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) does not apply. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Code, this regulation has been submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact on small business.

Comments and Public Hearing

Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any written (a signed original and eight (8) copies) or electronic comments that are timely submitted to the IRS. The IRS and Treasury Department request comments on the clarity of the proposed rules and how they can be made easier to understand. All comments will be made available for public inspection and copying.

A public hearing has been scheduled for October 11, 2007, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Internal Revenue Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. Due to building security procedures, visitors must enter at the Constitution Avenue entrance. In addition, all visitors must present photo identification to enter the building. Because of access restrictions, visitors will not be admitted beyond the immediate entrance area more than 30 minutes before the hearing starts. For information about having your name placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, see the “FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT” section of this preamble.

The rules of 26 CFR 601.601(a)(3) apply to the hearing. Persons who wish to present oral comments at the hearing must submit written or electronic comments by September 19, 2007, and an outline of the topics to be discussed and the time to be devoted to each topic (signed original and eight (8) copies) by September 20, 2007. A period of ten minutes will be allotted to each person for making comments. An agenda showing the scheduling of the speakers will be prepared after the deadline for receiving outlines has passed. Copies of the agenda will be available free of charge at the hearing.

Proposed Amendments to the Regulations

Accordingly, 26 CFR Part 301 is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 301—PROCEDURE AND ADMINISTRATION

Paragraph 1. The authority citation for part 301 continues to read in part as follows:

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

Par. 2. Section 301.6404-0 is amended as follows:

1. The introductory text is revised.

2. Entries are added for §301.6404-4.

The additions read as follows:

§301.6404-0 Table of contents.

This section lists the paragraphs contained in §§301.6404-1 through 301.6404-4.

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§301.6404-4 Listed transactions and undisclosed reportable transactions.

[Reserved]. The text of the entries or this section is the same as the text of the entries in §301.6404T published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin.

Par. 3. Section 301.6404-4 is added to read as follows:

§301.6404-4 Listed transactions and undisclosed reportable transactions.

(a) through (b)(4) [Reserved].

(b)(5) [The text of proposed §301.6404-4(b)(5) is the same as the text of §301.6404-4T(b)(5) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

(c) and (d) [Reserved].

Kevin M. Brown,
Deputy Commissioner for
Services and Enforcement.

Note

(Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on June 20, 2007, 8:53 a.m., and published in the issue of the Federal Register for June 21, 2007, 72 F.R. 34204)

Drafting information

The principal author of these regulations is Stuart Spielman of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration).

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