Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2007-34 

August 20, 2007 

T.D. 9335

Disclosure Requirements With Respect to Prohibited Tax Shelter Transactions


DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Internal Revenue Service
26 CFR Parts 1 and 301

AGENCY:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION:

Temporary regulations.

SUMMARY:

This document contains temporary regulations under section 6033(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that provide rules regarding the form, manner and timing of disclosure obligations with respect to prohibited tax shelter transactions to which tax-exempt entities are parties. These temporary regulations affect a broad array of tax-exempt entities, including charities, state and local government entities, Indian Tribal governments and employee benefit plans, as well as entity managers of these entities. This action is necessary to implement section 516 of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005. The text of the temporary regulations also serves as the text of the proposed regulations (REG-142039-06; REG-139268-06) published elsewhere in the Bulletin.

DATES:

Effective Date: These regulations are effective on July 6, 2007.

Applicability Date: For dates of applicability, see §1.6033-5T(g).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Galina Kolomietz, (202) 622-6070, or Michael Blumenfeld, (202) 622-1124 (not toll-free numbers). For questions specifically relating to qualified pension plans, individual retirement accounts, and similar tax-favored savings arrangements, contact Dana Barry, (202) 622-6060 (not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005, Public Law 109-222 (120 Stat. 345) (TIPRA), enacted on May 17, 2006, defines certain transactions as prohibited tax shelter transactions and imposes excise taxes and disclosure requirements with respect to prohibited tax shelter transactions to which a tax-exempt entity is a party. TIPRA creates new section 4965 and amends sections 6033(a)(2) and 6011(g) of the Code. The amended section 6033(a)(2) requires every tax-exempt entity to which section 4965 applies that is a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction to disclose to the IRS (in such form and manner and at such time as determined by the Secretary) the following information: (a) that such entity is a party to the prohibited tax shelter transaction; and (b) the identity of any other party to the transaction which is known to the tax-exempt entity. The amended section 6011(g) requires any taxable party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction to disclose by statement to any tax-exempt entity to which section 4965 applies that is a party to such transaction that such transaction is a prohibited tax shelter transaction.

On July 11, 2006, the IRS released Notice 2006-65, 2006-31 I.R.B. 102, which alerted taxpayers to the new provisions. On February 7, 2007, the IRS released Notice 2007-18, 2007-9 I.R.B. 608, which provided interim guidance regarding the circumstances under which a tax-exempt entity will be treated as a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction for purposes of sections 4965, 6033(a)(2) and 6011(g) and regarding the allocation to various periods of net income and proceeds attributable to a prohibited tax shelter transaction, including amounts received prior to the effective date of the section 4965 tax. See §601.601(d)(2)(ii)(b) of this chapter.

These temporary regulations are being issued concurrently with proposed regulations under sections 4965, 6033(a)(2) and 6011(g) published elsewhere in the Bulletin.

Explanation of Provisions

These temporary regulations contain rules concerning disclosure requirements imposed by section 6033(a)(2) on tax-exempt entities that are parties to prohibited tax shelter transactions. Proposed regulations providing rules concerning disclosure requirements under section 6033(a)(2) are being issued concurrently with these temporary regulations.

Effective Date

These temporary regulations are applicable with respect to transactions entered into by a tax-exempt entity after May 17, 2006.

Special Analyses

It has been determined that this Treasury decision is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866. Therefore, a regulatory assessment is 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 temporary regulations. For the applicability of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6), refer to the Special Analyses section of the preamble to the cross-referencing notice of proposed rulemaking published in this issue of the Bulletin. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Code, these temporary regulations have been submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on their impact on small business.

Adoption of Amendments to the Regulations

Accordingly, 26 CFR parts 1 and 301 are 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 1.6033-5T is added to read as follows:

§1.6033-5T Disclosure by tax-exempt entities that are parties to certain reportable transactions (temporary).

(a) In general. Every tax-exempt entity (as defined in section 4965(c)) shall file with the IRS on Form 8886-T, “Disclosure by Tax-Exempt Entity Regarding Prohibited Tax Shelter Transaction” (or a successor form), in accordance with this section and the instructions to the form, a disclosure of—

(1) Such entity’s being a party (as defined in paragraph (b) of this section) to a prohibited tax shelter transaction (as defined in section 4965(e)); and

(2) The identity of any other party (whether taxable or tax-exempt) to such transaction that is known to the tax-exempt entity.

(b) Definition of tax-exempt party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction—(1) In general. For purposes of section 6033(a)(2), a tax-exempt entity is a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction if the entity—

(i) Facilitates a prohibited tax shelter transaction by reason of its tax-exempt, tax indifferent or tax-favored status;

(ii) Enters into a listed transaction and the tax-exempt entity’s tax return (whether an original or an amended return) reflects a reduction or elimination of its liability for applicable Federal employment, excise or unrelated business income taxes that is derived directly or indirectly from tax consequences or tax strategy described in the published guidance that lists the transaction; or

(iii) Is identified in published guidance, by type, class or role, as a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction.

(2) Published guidance may identify which tax-exempt entities, by type, class or role, will not be treated as a party to a prohibited tax shelter transaction for purposes of section 6033(a)(2).

(c) Frequency of disclosure. A single disclosure is required for each prohibited tax shelter transaction.

(d) By whom disclosure is made—(1) Tax-exempt entities referred to in section 4965(c)(1), (2) or (3). In the case of tax-exempt entities referred to in section 4965(c)(1), (2) or (3), the disclosure required by this section must be made by the entity.

(2) Tax-exempt entities referred to in section 4965(c)(4), (5), (6) or (7). In the case of tax-exempt entities referred to in section 4965(c)(4), (5), (6) or (7), including a fully self-directed qualified plan, IRA, or other savings arrangement, the disclosure required by this section must be made by the entity manager (as defined in section 4965(d)(2)) of the entity.

(e) Time and place for filing—(1) Tax-exempt entities described in paragraph (b)(1)(i)—(i) In general. The disclosure required by this section shall be filed on or before May 15 of the calendar year following the close of the calendar year during which the tax-exempt entity entered into the prohibited tax shelter transaction.

(ii) Subsequently listed transactions. In the case of subsequently listed transactions (as defined in section 4965(e)(2)), the disclosure required by this section shall be filed on or before May 15 of the calendar year following the close of the calendar year during which the transaction was identified by the Secretary as a listed transaction.

(2) Tax-exempt entities described in paragraph (b)(1)(ii). The disclosure required by this section shall be filed on or before the date on which the first tax return (whether an original or an amended return) is filed which reflects a reduction or elimination of the tax-exempt entity’s liability for applicable Federal employment, excise or unrelated business income taxes that is derived directly or indirectly from tax consequences or tax strategy described in the published guidance that lists the transaction.

(3) Transition rule. If a tax-exempt entity entered into a prohibited tax shelter transaction after May 17, 2006 and before January 1, 2007, the disclosure required by this section shall be filed—

(i) In the case of tax-exempt entities described in paragraph (b)(1)(i), on or before November 5, 2007;

(ii) In the case of tax-exempt entities described in paragraph (b)(1)(ii), on or before the later of—

(A) November 5, 2007; or

(B) The date on which the first tax return (whether an original or an amended return) is filed which reflects a reduction or elimination of the tax-exempt entity’s liability for applicable Federal employment, excise or unrelated business income taxes that is derived directly or indirectly from tax consequences or tax strategy described in the published guidance that lists the transaction.

(4) Disclosure is not required with respect to any prohibited tax shelter transaction entered into by a tax-exempt entity on or before May 17, 2006.

(f) Penalty for failure to provide disclosure statement. See section 6652(c)(3) for penalties applicable to failure to disclose a prohibited tax shelter transaction in accordance with this section.

(g) Effective date—(1) Applicability date. This section applies with respect to transactions entered into by a tax-exempt entity after May 17, 2006.

(2) Expiration date. This section will expire on July 6, 2010.

PART 301—PROCEDURE AND ADMINISTRATION

Par. 3. The authority citation for part 301 continues to read, in part, as follows:

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

Par. 4. Section 301.6033-5T is added to read as follows:

§301.6033-5T Disclosure by tax-exempt entities that are parties to certain reportable transactions (temporary).

(a) In general. For provisions relating to the requirement of the disclosure by a tax-exempt entity that it is a party to certain reportable transactions, see §1.6033-5 of this chapter (Income Tax Regulations).

(b) Effective date—(1) Applicability date. This section applies with respect to transactions entered into by a tax-exempt entity after May 17, 2006.

(2) Expiration date. This section will expire on July 6, 2010.

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

Approved June 21, 2007.

Eric Solomon,
Assistant Secretary of
the Treasury (Tax Policy).

Note

(Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on July 5, 2007, 8:45 a.m., and published in the issue of the Federal Register for July 6, 2007, 72 F.R. 36869)

Drafting Information

The principal authors of these regulations are Galina Kolomietz and Dana Barry, Office of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities). However, other personnel from the IRS and the Treasury Department participated in their development.

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