Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2008-13
March 31, 2008
Table of Contents
Interest rates; underpayments and overpayments. The rates of interest determined under section 6621 of the Code for the calender quarter beginning April 1, 2008, will be 6 percent for overpayments (5 percent in the case of a corporation), 6 percent for underpayments, and 8 percent for large corporate underpayments. The rate of interest paid on the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000 will be 3.5 percent.
S corporation; qualified subchapter S subsidiary (QSub). This ruling describes situations where an S corporation undergoes a reorganization pursuant to section 368(a)(1)(F) of the Code where the operating S corporation becomes a QSub of a newly formed holding company. The ruling holds that the newly formed parent does not have to make a new S election pursuant to Rev. Rul. 64-250. The ruling further holds that, effective 1/1/09, the new parent will have to get its own EIN rather than take over the QSub’s EIN. However, for S corporations that have previously reorganized under section 368(a)(1)(F) in a manner described in this ruling, where the parent took the QSub’s EIN, the parent should continue to use that EIN and the QSub will have to get a new EIN when it is treated as a separate corporation. Rev. Rul. 64-250 amplified.
Insurance companies; interest rate tables. Prevailing state assumed interest rates are provided for the determination of reserves under section 807 of the Code for contracts issued in 2007 and 2008. Rev. Rul. 92-19 supplemented in part.
Proposed regulations amend regulations under section 664(c) of the Code to provide that charitable remainder trusts with unrelated business taxable income (UBTI) in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2006, are exempt from federal income tax, but are subject to a 100-percent excise tax on the UBTI of the charitable remainder trust pursuant to section 424 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006. The regulations provide that the excise tax is reported and payable in accordance with appropriate forms. The regulations clarify that, consistent with regulations section 1.664-1(d)(2), the excise tax imposed upon the charitable remainder trust with UBTI is treated as paid from corpus and the trust income that is UBTI is income of the trust for purposes of determining the character of the distribution made to the beneficiary. A public hearing is scheduled for April 11, 2008.
This notice invites public comments regarding guidance to be provided to federal, state, and local governments required to withhold on payments made by the government entities or their paying agents for services and property.
This procedure provides guidance concerning the treatment under sections 1035 and 72 of the Code of the partial exchange of an annuity contract. Specifically, the procedure makes those interim rules final, with clarifications concerning (i) the length of time a taxpayer must wait before withdrawing or annuitizing amounts from either of the contracts that were subject to the exchange (ii) the status of the transactions in which the same insurance company issued both contracts involved in the exchange and (iii) the treatment of transactions that fall outside of these rules. Notice 2003-51 superseded.
This procedure provides a safe harbor method of accounting for accrual method taxpayers that incur payroll tax liabilities for compensation (including bonuses and vacation pay). It also provides procedures for taxpayers to obtain the automatic consent of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue to change to the safe harbor method of accounting. Rev. Proc. 2002-9 modified and amplified.
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