Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2008-15 

April 14, 2008 

REG-137573-07

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by Cross-Reference to Temporary Regulations Guidance Under Section 1502; Amendment of Matching Rule for Certain Gains on Member Stock


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 temporary regulations (T.D. 9383) concerning the treatment of certain intercompany gains with respect to member stock within a consolidated group. The text of those regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations. These regulations affect corporations filing consolidated returns.

DATES:

Written or electronic comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by June 5, 2008.

ADDRESSES:

Send submissions to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-137573-07), 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-137573-07), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20224, or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov (IRS REG-137573-07).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Concerning the proposed regulations, John F. Tarrant or Ross E. Poulsen, (202) 622-7790; concerning submission of comments and/or requests for a public hearing, Kelly Banks, (202) 622-0932 (not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Explanation of Provisions

Temporary regulations in this issue of the Bulletin amend the Income Tax Regulations (26 CFR part 1) under section 1502 relating to the filing of consolidated returns. The temporary regulations revise §1.1502-13(c)(6)(ii)(C) to provide for the redetermination of an intercompany gain as excluded from gross income in certain member stock 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. Therefore, a regulatory assessment is not required. It also has been determined that section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 5) does not apply to these regulations. It is hereby certified that these regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This certification is based on the fact that these regulations primarily affect affiliated groups of corporations, which tend to be larger businesses. Moreover, the number of taxpayers affected is minimal and the regulations provide relief in certain narrow circumstances. Therefore, a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) is not required. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Internal Revenue Code, these 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 (a signed original and eight (8) copies) or electronic comments that are submitted timely 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. In particular, the IRS and Treasury Department do not foresee situations in which it should be necessary to invoke §1.1502-13(c)(6)(ii)(C) (the “Commissioner’s Discretionary Rule”) with respect to intercompany gain on property other than stock. Nevertheless, the IRS and Treasury Department request comments on whether any such situations are not appropriately addressed by other provisions of §1.1502-13. The Commissioner’s Discretionary Rule will be retained while the IRS and Treasury Department consider such comments. However, absent compelling comments, the IRS and Treasury Department anticipate ultimately eliminating the Commissioner’s Discretionary Rule. All comments will be available for public inspection and copying. A public hearing will 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 is amended by adding an entry in numerical order to read in part as follows:

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

Section 1.1502-13 also issued under 26 U.S.C. 1502. * * *

Par. 2. Section 1.1502-13 is amended by revising paragraphs (c)(6)(ii)(C), (f)(7)(i) and (f)(7)(ii)(A) to read as follows:

§1.1502-13 Intercompany transactions.

(c) * * *

(6) * * *

(ii) * * *

(C) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(c)(6)(ii)(C) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(c)(6)(ii)(C) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

(1) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(c)(6)(ii)(C)(1) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(c)(6)(ii)(C)(1) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

(C)(2) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(c)(6)(ii)(C)(2) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(c)(6)(ii)(C)(2) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

(C)(2)(i) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(c)(6)(ii)(C)(2)(i) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(c)(6)(ii)(C)(2)(i) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

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(f) * * *

(7) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(f)(7) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(f)(7) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

(i) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(f)(7)(i) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(f)(7)(i) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

(ii) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(f)(7)(ii) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(f)(7)(ii) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

(A) [The text of proposed §1.1502-13(f)(7)(ii)(A) is the same as the text of §1.1502-13T(f)(7)(ii)(A) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

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Linda E. Stiff,
Deputy Commissioner for
Services and Enforcement.

Note

(Filed by the Office of the Federal Register on March 6, 2008, 8:45 a.m., and published in the issue of the Federal Register for March 7, 2008, 73 F.R. 12312)

Drafting Information

The principal author of these regulations is John F. Tarrant, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate). However, other personnel from the IRS and Treasury Department participated in their development.

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