Regulations To Be Issued On Controlled Foreign Corporations’ Previously Taxed Earnings And Profits

Robert Oberstein |

The IRS and the Treasury intend to provide regulations that will address issues affecting foreign corporations with previously taxed earnings and profits (PTEP). The regulations are in response to changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) ( P.L. 115-97), and are intended to include rules for:

  • the maintenance of PTEP in annual accounts and within certain groups;
  • the ordering of PTEP upon distribution and reclassification; and
  • the adjustment required when an income inclusion exceeds a foreign corporation's earnings and profits.

The IRS and Treasury intend to withdraw 2006 proposed regulations relating to the exclusion from gross income of PTEP and associated basis adjustments ( NPRM REG-121509-00), and issue new proposed regulations under Code Sec. 959 and Code Sec. 961.