Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2008-48 

December 1, 2008 

REG-118327-08

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by Cross-Reference to Temporary Regulations and Notice of Public Hearing Information Reporting for Discharges of Indebtedness


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 final and temporary regulations (T.D. 9430) relating to information returns for cancellation of indebtedness by certain entities. The temporary regulations will avoid premature information reporting from certain businesses that are currently required to report and will reduce the number of information returns required to be filed. The regulations will impact certain lenders who are currently required to file information returns under the existing regulations. The text of those temporary regulations also serves as text of these proposed regulations. This document also provides a notice of public hearing on these proposed regulations.

DATES:

Written or electronic comments must be received by February 9, 2009. Outlines of topics to be discussed at the public hearing scheduled for March 13, 2009, must be received by February 13, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

Send submissions to: CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-118327-08), 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-118327-08), 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-118327-08). 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 regulations, Barbara Pettoni at (202) 622-4910; concerning submission of comments, the hearing, and/or to be placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, Oluwafunmilayo Taylor at (202) 622-7180 (not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Temporary regulations in this issue of the Bulletin contain amendments to the Income Tax Regulations (26 CFR Part 1) under section 6050P relating to information reporting for cancellation of indebtedness by certain entities. The text of those regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations. The preamble to the temporary regulations explains the temporary regulations and these proposed regulations.

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 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. The proposed regulations under section 6050P do not impose a collection of information on small entities. Therefore, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) does not apply. The proposed regulations will reduce the number of information returns required to be filed under section 6050P rather than impose a collection of information on entities. 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 its impact on small business.

Comments and Public Hearing

Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any electronic or written comments (a signed original and eight (8) copies) that are submitted timely to the IRS. The Treasury Department and the IRS 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 has been scheduled for March 13, 2009, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the IRS Auditorium, 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 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 electronic or written comments by February 9, 2009, 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 February 13, 2009.

A period of 10 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 1 is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 1—INCOME TAXES

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

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

Par. 2. Section 1.6050P-0 is amended as follows:

1. The introductory text is revised.

2. The entries in §1.6050P-1(b)(2)(v) and (h)(1) are revised.

3. The entry for §1.6050P-1T is removed.

The revisions read as follows:

§1.6050P-0 Table of contents.—This section lists the major captions that appear in §1.6050-P-1 and §1.6050P-2.

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§1.6050P-1 Information reporting for discharges of indebtedness by certain entities.

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(b) * * *

(2) * * *

(v) [The text of the proposed entry for §1.6050P-1(b)(2)(v) is the same as the text in §1.6050P-1T(b)(2)(v) in §1.6050P-0 published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

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(h) * * *

(1) [The text of the proposed entry for §1.6050P-1(h)(1) is the same as the text of §1.6050P-1T(h)(1) in §1.6050P-0 published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

Par. 3. Section 1.6050P-1 is amended by revising paragraphs (b)(2)(i)(H), (b)(2)(v) and (h)(1) to read as follows:

§1.6050P-1 Information reporting for discharges of indebtedness by certain entities.

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(b) * * *

(2) * * *

(i) * * *

(H) [The text of the proposed amendments to §1.6050P-1(b)(2)(i)(H) is the same as the text of §1.6050P-1T(b)(2)(i)(H) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

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(v) [The text of the proposed amendments to §1.6050P-1(b)(2)(v) is the same as the text of §1.6050P-1T(b)(2)(v) published elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin].

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(h)(1) [The text of the proposed amendments to §1.6050P-1(h) is the same as the text of §1.6050P-1T(h) 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 November 7, 2008, 8:45 a.m., and published in the issue of the Federal Register for November 10, 2008, 73 F.R. 66568)

Drafting Information

The principal author of these proposed regulations is Barbara Pettoni, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration).

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