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Treasury Imposes Toll Charge on Some Transfers of Assets by U.S. Taxpayers to Partnerships with Their Foreign Affiliates

On August 6, 2015, the Treasury and the IRS issued Notice 2015-54, which implements a Clinton-era tax provision intended to prevent U.S. taxpayers from using the partnership provisions of the Code to shift built-in gain on property contributed to a partnership to non-U.S. affiliates of the transferor that are partners in the transferee partnership. These rules were announced in reaction to Treasury’s and the IRS’s belief that U.S. taxpayers have been using partnership structures that adopt Section 704(c) methods, special allocations under Section 704(b) and inappropriate valuation techniques with a view towards shifting income to their foreign affiliates.

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