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Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2003-50 

December 15, 2003 


Rev. Rul. 2003-123 Rev. Rul. 2003-123

Qualified conservation contribution. This ruling clarifies the Service's position that a trust is not allowed either a charitable deduction under section 642(c) or a distribution deduction under section 661(a)(2) of the Code with respect to a contribution to charity of trust principal that meets the requirements of a qualified conservation contribution under section 170(h). Rev. Rul. 68-667 amplified.

T.D. 9094 T.D. 9094


Final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 6031(a) of the Code allow the Commissioner to publish in the Internal Revenue Bulletin guidance that excepts, from the partnership income tax reporting requirements, partnerships whose income is primarily from tax-exempt bonds.

Notice 2003-75 Notice 2003-75

This notice describes the new simplified reporting regime for taxpayers who hold interests in Canadian registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) and registered retirement income funds (RRIFs). The new reporting regime, which is effective for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2002, is in lieu of the Form 3520, Annual Return To Report Transactions With Foreign Trusts and Receipt of Certain Foreign Gifts, and Form 3520-A, Annual Information Return of Foreign Trust With a U.S. Owner, filing obligations that otherwise apply to U.S. citizens and resident aliens who hold interests in RRSPs and RRIFs and to the custodians of such plans. Notices 97-34 (section II-E), 2003-25, and 2003-57 superseded.

Notice 2003-79 Notice 2003-79

Section 1(h) of the Code provides that certain dividends paid to an individual shareholder from either a domestic corporation or a "qualified foreign corporation" are subject to tax at the reduced rates applicable to certain capital gains. This notice provides guidance for persons required to make returns and provide statements under section 6042 (e.g., Form 1099-DIV) regarding distributions with respect to securities issued by a foreign corporation, and for individuals receiving such statements. The notice also describes when a security (or an American depositary receipt in respect to such security) issued by a foreign corporation that is other than ordinary or common stock (such as preferred stock) will satisfy the readily tradable test.

Announcement 2003-79 Announcement 2003-79

This announcement withdraws proposed regulations (REG-209817-96, 1997-1 C.B. 754) concerning the treatment of obligation-shifting transactions. REG-209817-96 withdrawn.

Announcement 2003-80 Announcement 2003-80

This document contains corrections to proposed regulations (REG-133791-02, 2003-35 I.R.B. 493) under section 41 of the Code relating to the computation and allocation of the credit for increasing research activities for members of a controlled group of corporations or a group of trades or businesses under common control.

Announcement 2003-81 Announcement 2003-81

This document contains corrections to final regulations (T.D. 9078, 2003-39 I.R.B. 630) under section 1361 of the Code relating to a qualified subchapter S trust election for testamentary trust.

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