Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2010-50 

December 13, 2010 

Rev. Rul. 2010-30

Section 1274A - inflation adjusted numbers for 2011. This ruling provides the dollar amounts, increased by the 2011 inflation adjustment, for section 1274A of the Code. Rev. Rul. 2010-2 supplemented and superseded.


In general, sections 483 and 1274 determine the principal amount of a debt instrument given in consideration for the sale or exchange of nonpublicly traded property. In addition, any interest on a debt instrument subject to section 1274 is taken into account under the original issue discount provisions of the Code. Section 1274A, however, modifies the rules under sections 483 and 1274 for certain types of debt instruments.

In the case of a “qualified debt instrument,” the discount rate used for purposes of sections 483 and 1274 may not exceed nine percent, compounded semiannually. Section 1274A(b) defines a qualified debt instrument as any debt instrument given in consideration for the sale or exchange of property (other than new section 38 property within the meaning of section 48(b), as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1990) if the stated principal amount of the instrument does not exceed the amount specified in section 1274A(b). For debt instruments arising out of sales or exchanges before January 1, 1990, this amount is $2,800,000.

In the case of a “cash method debt instrument,” as defined in section 1274A(c), the borrower and lender may elect to use the cash receipts and disbursements method of accounting. In particular, for any cash method debt instrument, section 1274 does not apply, and interest on the instrument is accounted for by both the borrower and the lender under the cash method of accounting. A cash method debt instrument is a qualified debt instrument that meets the following additional requirements: (A) In the case of instruments arising out of sales or exchanges before January 1, 1990, the stated principal amount does not exceed $2,000,000; (B) the lender does not use an accrual method of accounting and is not a dealer with respect to the property sold or exchanged; (C) section 1274 would have applied to the debt instrument but for an election under section 1274A(c); and (D) an election under section 1274A(c) is jointly made with respect to the debt instrument by the borrower and the lender. Section 1.1274A-1(c)(1) of the Income Tax Regulations provides rules concerning the time for, and manner of, making this election.

Section 1274A(d)(2) provides that, for any debt instrument arising out of a sale or exchange during any calendar year after 1989, the dollar amounts stated in section 1274A(b) and section 1274A(c)(2)(A) are increased by the inflation adjustment for the calendar year. Any increase due to the inflation adjustment is rounded to the nearest multiple of $100 (or, if the increase is a multiple of $50 and not of $100, the increase is increased to the nearest multiple of $100). The inflation adjustment for any calendar year is the percentage (if any) by which the CPI for the preceding calendar year exceeds the CPI for calendar year 1988. Section 1274A(d)(2)(B) defines the CPI for any calendar year as the average of the Consumer Price Index as of the close of the 12-month period ending on September 30 of that calendar year.


For debt instruments arising out of sales or exchanges after December 31, 1989, the inflation-adjusted amounts under section 1274A are shown in Table 1.

Rev. Rul. 2010-30 Table 1
Inflation-Adjusted Amounts Under Section 1274A
  Calendar Year of Sale or Exchange   1274A(b) Amount (qualified debt instrument)   1274A(c)(2)(A) Amount (cash method debt instrument)  
  1990   $2,933,200   $2,095,100  
  1991   $3,079,600   $2,199,700  
  1992   $3,234,900   $2,310,600  
  1993   $3,332,400   $2,380,300  
  1994   $3,433,500   $2,452,500  
  1995   $3,523,600   $2,516,900  
  1996   $3,622,500   $2,587,500  
  1997   $3,723,800   $2,659,900  
  1998   $3,823,100   $2,730,800  
  1999   $3,885,500   $2,775,400  
  2000   $3,960,100   $2,828,700  
  2001   $4,085,900   $2,918,500  
  2002   $4,217,500   $3,012,500  
  2003   $4,280,800   $3,057,700  
  2004   $4,381,300   $3,129,500  
  2005   $4,483,000   $3,202,100  
  2006   $4,630,300   $3,307,400  
  2007   $4,800,800   $3,429,100  
  2008   $4,913,400   $3,509,600  
  2009   $5,131,700   $3,665,500  
  2010   $5,115,100   $3,653,600  
  2011   $5,201,300   $3,715,200  
Note: These inflation adjustments were computed using the All-Urban, Consumer Price Index, 1982-1984 base, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Rev. Rul. 2010-2, 2010-3 I.R.B. 272, is supplemented and superseded.


The author of this revenue ruling is Andrea M. Hoffenson of the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products). For further information regarding this revenue ruling, please contact Ms. Hoffenson at (202) 622-3920 (not a toll-free call).

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