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Download as PDF 66616 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 217 / Monday, November 10, 2014 / Rules and Regulations for purposes of enhancing the safety of the aircraft crew) for lethal end-items. Note to paragraph (l). For non-lethal defense end-items, no distinction will be made between Vietnam’s existing and new inventory. * * * * * Rose E. Gottemoeller, Under Secretary, Arms Control and International Security, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2014–26632 Filed 11–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Part 1 [TD 9700] RINs 1545–BK73; 1545–BL80 Allocation of Earnings and Profits in Tax-Free Transfers From One Corporation to Another; Acquiring Corporation for Purposes of Section 381 Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Final regulations. AGENCY: This document contains final regulations under section 312 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that clarify the regulations under section 312 regarding the allocation of earnings and profits in tax-free transfers from one corporation to another. These regulations affect corporations involved in these transfers and their shareholders. This document also contains final regulations under section 381 of the Code that modify the definition of an acquiring corporation for purposes of section 381 with regard to certain acquisitions of assets. These regulations affect corporations that acquire the assets of other corporations in corporate reorganizations. DATES: Effective Date: These regulations are effective on November 10, 2014. Applicability Date: These regulations apply to transactions occurring on or after November 10, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie D. Floyd at (202) 317–6848 or Isaac W. Zimbalist at (202) 317–6847 (not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATON: rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: Background This document contains amendments to 26 CFR part 1 under section 312 and section 381 of the Code. On April 16, 2012, the IRS and the Treasury VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:43 Nov 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 Department published a notice of proposed rulemaking (REG–141268–11) in the Federal Register (77 FR 22515) containing proposed regulations under section 312 (proposed section 312 regulations) to clarify § 1.312–11 regarding the allocation of earnings and profits in nonrecognition transfers of property from one corporation to another. The proposed section 312 regulations provided that, in a transfer described in section 381(a) (section 381 transaction), the acquiring corporation, as defined in § 1.381(a)–1(b)(2), would succeed to the earnings and profits of the distributor or transferor corporation. For example, in a reorganization under section 368(a)(1) by reason of section 368(a)(2)(C), if the transferee corporation that directly acquires a transferor corporation’s assets transferred some, but not all, of the acquired assets to a controlled subsidiary, the transferee corporation (the acquiring corporation under § 1.381(a)–1(b)(2)) would succeed to the transferor corporation’s earnings and profits. However, if the transferee corporation instead transferred all of the acquired assets to a controlled subsidiary, then the controlled subsidiary (the acquiring corporation under § 1.381(a)–1(b)(2)) would succeed to the transferor corporation’s earnings and profits. Comments responding to the proposed section 312 regulations were received, but no public hearing was requested or held. In response to the comments received on the proposed section 312 regulations, on May 7, 2014, the IRS and the Treasury Department published a notice of proposed rulemaking (REG–131239–13) in the Federal Register (79 FR 26190) containing proposed regulations under section 381 (proposed section 381 regulations) to modify the definition of an acquiring corporation for purposes of section 381 with regard to certain acquisitions of assets. As discussed in the preamble to the proposed section 381 regulations, commenters generally welcomed the apparent certainty provided by the proposed section 312 regulations regarding the location of the transferor corporation’s earnings and profits. However, commenters suggested that this certainty was illusory because the existing definition of ‘‘acquiring corporation’’ under § 1.381(a)–1(b)(2) focused on whether the direct transferee corporation in a reorganization further transferred all of the assets it received in the section 381 transaction. Thus, commenters suggested that the existing regulations under section 381 should be revised to limit the degree of electivity PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 regarding the identity of the acquiring corporation, as well as the uncertainty regarding whether all of the assets transferred in the section 381 transaction were further transferred to a single controlled corporation. The proposed section 381 regulations provided greater certainty regarding the identity of the acquiring corporation by providing that, in a transaction described in section 381(a)(2), the term acquiring corporation means the corporation that directly acquired the assets transferred by the transferor corporation, even if the direct transferee corporation ultimately retained none of the assets so transferred. As discussed in the preamble to the proposed section 381 regulations, the IRS and the Treasury Department believe that this rule is appropriate with respect to determining the location of the earnings and profits (as well as other tax attributes) of a transferor corporation because it generally maintains such earnings and profits at the corporation closest to the transferor corporation’s former shareholders in a manner that minimizes electivity and administrative burden. No comments were received in response to the proposed section 381 regulations, and no public hearing was requested or held. Explanation of Provisions The proposed section 381 regulations are adopted without substantive change by this Treasury decision. Because the proposed section 312 regulations merely cross-reference the section 381 regulations, this Treasury decision also adopts the proposed section 312 regulations without substantive change. However, these final regulations make a clarifying, non-substantive change to the proposed section 312 regulations. The proposed section 312 regulations provided that ‘‘[e]xcept as provided in § 1.312–10, in all other cases in which property is transferred from one corporation to another and no gain or loss is recognized (or is recognized only to the extent of the property received other than that permitted to be received without the recognition of gain), no allocation of the earnings and profits of the transferor is made to the transferee.’’ These final regulations remove the language ‘‘and no gain or loss is recognized (or is recognized only to the extent of the property received other than that permitted to be received without the recognition of gain).’’ The IRS and the Treasury Department believe this language may inappropriately imply that allocation of earnings and profits may be permitted in cases in which gain not expressly described is recognized on the transfer E:\FR\FM\10NOR1.SGM 10NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 217 / Monday, November 10, 2014 / Rules and Regulations of property between corporations (for example, gain required to be recognized under section 367 or 1001). This clarifying, non-substantive change confirms that except as provided in § 1.312–10, in all other cases in which property is transferred from one corporation to another, no allocation of earnings and profits is made. Special Analyses It has been determined that this Treasury decision is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563. 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, and because these regulations do not impose a collection of information on small entities, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) does not apply. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Code, the notices of proposed rulemaking that preceded these regulations were submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on their impact on small business, and no comments were received. Drafting Information The principal author of these regulations is Stephanie D. Floyd of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate). Other personnel from the IRS and the Treasury Department participated in their development. List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 1 Income taxes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Adoption of Amendments to the Regulations Accordingly, 26 CFR part 1 is amended as follows: PART 1—INCOME TAXES Paragraph 1. The authority citation for part 1 continues to read in part as follows: ■ Par. 3. Section 1.381(a)–1 is amended by: ■ a. Removing the third, fourth, and fifth sentences of paragraph (b)(2)(i) and adding one sentence in their place. ■ b. Removing from the last sentence of paragraph (b)(2)(ii) Example 2 ‘‘Y’’ and adding ‘‘X’’ in its place. ■ c. Redesignating paragraph (b)(3)(i) as paragraph (b)(3). ■ d. Removing paragraph (b)(3)(ii). ■ e. Adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (e). The additions read as follows: Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805 * * * § 1.381(a)–1 General rule relating to carryovers in certain corporate acquisitions. * * * * * (b) * * * (2) * * * (i) * * * In a transaction to which section 381(a)(2) applies, the acquiring corporation is the corporation that, pursuant to the plan of reorganization, directly acquires the assets transferred by the transferor corporation, even if that corporation ultimately retains none of the assets so transferred. * * * * * (e) * * * The last sentence of paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section and Example 2 of paragraph (b)(2)(ii) of this section apply to transactions occurring on or after November 10, 2014. [Amended] Par. 4. Section 1.381(c)(2)-1 is amended by removing paragraph (d). ■ Par. 2. Section 1.312–11 is amended by revising paragraph (a) and adding paragraph (e) to read as follows: § 1.312–11 Effect on earnings and profits of certain other tax-free exchanges, tax-free distributions, and tax-free transfers from one corporation to another. (a) In a transfer described in section 381(a), the acquiring corporation, as defined in § 1.381(a)–1(b)(2), and only that corporation, succeeds to the John Dalrymple, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement. Approved: October 17, 2014. Mark J. Mazur, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy). [FR Doc. 2014–26546 Filed 11–7–14; 8:45 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:43 Nov 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration 29 CFR Part 2520 RIN 1210–AB66 Revisions to Annual Return/Report— Multiple-Employer Plans Employee Benefits Security Administration, Labor. ACTION: Interim final rule with request for comments. AGENCY: ■ § 1.381(c)(2)–1 ■ rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES earnings and profits of the distributor or transferor corporation (within the meaning of § 1.381(a)–1(a)). Except as provided in § 1.312–10, in all other cases in which property is transferred from one corporation to another, no allocation of the earnings and profits of the transferor is made to the transferee. * * * * * (e) Effective/applicability date. Paragraph (a) of this section applies to transactions occurring on or after November 10, 2014. 66617 BILLING CODE 4830–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 This interim final rule describes revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan and Form 5500–SF Annual Return/Report of Small Employee Benefit Plan (together ‘‘Form 5500 Annual Return/Report’’) to implement annual reporting changes for multipleemployer plans required by The Cooperative and Small Employer Charity Pension Flexibility Act (CSEC Act), enacted on April 7, 2014. The Form 5500 annual return/report is filed by employee benefit plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and sections 6047(e), 6057(b), 6058(a), and 6059 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). The CSEC Act established additional annual reporting requirements for multipleemployer plans for plan years beginning after December 31, 2013, by adding new section 103(g) to Title I of ERISA. Specifically, the annual return/report of a multiple-employer plan must include a list of participating employers and a good faith estimate of the percentage of total contributions made by each participating employer during the plan year. This interim final rule also includes findings by the Department of Labor (Department) under the Administrative Procedure Act that good cause exists to adopt these revisions on an interim final basis without prior notice and public comments. DATES: Effective Date. This interim final rule is effective on November 10, 2014. Comment Date. Comments are due on or before January 9, 2015. We will consider public comments in connection with publishing a final rule that would apply no earlier than the 2015 Form 5500. Applicability Dates. The multipleemployer plan reporting requirements under the CSEC Act apply to plan years beginning after December 31, 2013, which created an immediate need for changes to the Form 5500 and Form 5500–SF. Accordingly, the CSEC Act form changes in this document will be applicable beginning with the 2014 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10NOR1.SGM 10NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Internal Revenue Service

26 CFR Part 1

[TD 9700]
RINs 1545-BK73; 1545-BL80


Allocation of Earnings and Profits in Tax-Free Transfers From One 
Corporation to Another; Acquiring Corporation for Purposes of Section 
381

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION: Final regulations.

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SUMMARY: This document contains final regulations under section 312 of 
the Internal Revenue Code (Code) that clarify the regulations under 
section 312 regarding the allocation of earnings and profits in tax-
free transfers from one corporation to another. These regulations 
affect corporations involved in these transfers and their shareholders. 
This document also contains final regulations under section 381 of the 
Code that modify the definition of an acquiring corporation for 
purposes of section 381 with regard to certain acquisitions of assets. 
These regulations affect corporations that acquire the assets of other 
corporations in corporate reorganizations.

DATES: Effective Date: These regulations are effective on November 10, 
2014.
    Applicability Date: These regulations apply to transactions 
occurring on or after November 10, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie D. Floyd at (202) 317-6848 
or Isaac W. Zimbalist at (202) 317-6847 (not toll-free numbers).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATON:

Background

    This document contains amendments to 26 CFR part 1 under section 
312 and section 381 of the Code. On April 16, 2012, the IRS and the 
Treasury Department published a notice of proposed rulemaking (REG-
141268-11) in the Federal Register (77 FR 22515) containing proposed 
regulations under section 312 (proposed section 312 regulations) to 
clarify Sec.  1.312-11 regarding the allocation of earnings and profits 
in nonrecognition transfers of property from one corporation to 
another. The proposed section 312 regulations provided that, in a 
transfer described in section 381(a) (section 381 transaction), the 
acquiring corporation, as defined in Sec.  1.381(a)-1(b)(2), would 
succeed to the earnings and profits of the distributor or transferor 
corporation. For example, in a reorganization under section 368(a)(1) 
by reason of section 368(a)(2)(C), if the transferee corporation that 
directly acquires a transferor corporation's assets transferred some, 
but not all, of the acquired assets to a controlled subsidiary, the 
transferee corporation (the acquiring corporation under Sec.  1.381(a)-
1(b)(2)) would succeed to the transferor corporation's earnings and 
profits. However, if the transferee corporation instead transferred all 
of the acquired assets to a controlled subsidiary, then the controlled 
subsidiary (the acquiring corporation under Sec.  1.381(a)-1(b)(2)) 
would succeed to the transferor corporation's earnings and profits.
    Comments responding to the proposed section 312 regulations were 
received, but no public hearing was requested or held. In response to 
the comments received on the proposed section 312 regulations, on May 
7, 2014, the IRS and the Treasury Department published a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (REG-131239-13) in the Federal Register (79 FR 
26190) containing proposed regulations under section 381 (proposed 
section 381 regulations) to modify the definition of an acquiring 
corporation for purposes of section 381 with regard to certain 
acquisitions of assets. As discussed in the preamble to the proposed 
section 381 regulations, commenters generally welcomed the apparent 
certainty provided by the proposed section 312 regulations regarding 
the location of the transferor corporation's earnings and profits. 
However, commenters suggested that this certainty was illusory because 
the existing definition of ``acquiring corporation'' under Sec.  
1.381(a)-1(b)(2) focused on whether the direct transferee corporation 
in a reorganization further transferred all of the assets it received 
in the section 381 transaction. Thus, commenters suggested that the 
existing regulations under section 381 should be revised to limit the 
degree of electivity regarding the identity of the acquiring 
corporation, as well as the uncertainty regarding whether all of the 
assets transferred in the section 381 transaction were further 
transferred to a single controlled corporation.
    The proposed section 381 regulations provided greater certainty 
regarding the identity of the acquiring corporation by providing that, 
in a transaction described in section 381(a)(2), the term acquiring 
corporation means the corporation that directly acquired the assets 
transferred by the transferor corporation, even if the direct 
transferee corporation ultimately retained none of the assets so 
transferred. As discussed in the preamble to the proposed section 381 
regulations, the IRS and the Treasury Department believe that this rule 
is appropriate with respect to determining the location of the earnings 
and profits (as well as other tax attributes) of a transferor 
corporation because it generally maintains such earnings and profits at 
the corporation closest to the transferor corporation's former 
shareholders in a manner that minimizes electivity and administrative 
burden. No comments were received in response to the proposed section 
381 regulations, and no public hearing was requested or held.

Explanation of Provisions

    The proposed section 381 regulations are adopted without 
substantive change by this Treasury decision. Because the proposed 
section 312 regulations merely cross-reference the section 381 
regulations, this Treasury decision also adopts the proposed section 
312 regulations without substantive change.
    However, these final regulations make a clarifying, non-substantive 
change to the proposed section 312 regulations. The proposed section 
312 regulations provided that ``[e]xcept as provided in Sec.  1.312-10, 
in all other cases in which property is transferred from one 
corporation to another and no gain or loss is recognized (or is 
recognized only to the extent of the property received other than that 
permitted to be received without the recognition of gain), no 
allocation of the earnings and profits of the transferor is made to the 
transferee.'' These final regulations remove the language ``and no gain 
or loss is recognized (or is recognized only to the extent of the 
property received other than that permitted to be received without the 
recognition of gain).'' The IRS and the Treasury Department believe 
this language may inappropriately imply that allocation of earnings and 
profits may be permitted in cases in which gain not expressly described 
is recognized on the transfer

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of property between corporations (for example, gain required to be 
recognized under section 367 or 1001). This clarifying, non-substantive 
change confirms that except as provided in Sec.  1.312-10, in all other 
cases in which property is transferred from one corporation to another, 
no allocation of earnings and profits is made.

Special Analyses

    It has been determined that this Treasury decision is not a 
significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866, as 
supplemented by Executive Order 13563. 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, and because these regulations do not 
impose a collection of information on small entities, the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) does not apply. Pursuant to 
section 7805(f) of the Code, the notices of proposed rulemaking that 
preceded these regulations were submitted to the Chief Counsel for 
Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on their 
impact on small business, and no comments were received.

Drafting Information

    The principal author of these regulations is Stephanie D. Floyd of 
the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Corporate). Other personnel from 
the IRS and the Treasury Department participated in their development.

List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 1

    Income taxes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Adoption of Amendments to the Regulations

    Accordingly, 26 CFR part 1 is amended as follows:

PART 1--INCOME TAXES

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

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


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Par. 2. Section 1.312-11 is amended by revising paragraph (a) and 
adding paragraph (e) to read as follows:


Sec.  1.312-11  Effect on earnings and profits of certain other tax-
free exchanges, tax-free distributions, and tax-free transfers from one 
corporation to another.

    (a) In a transfer described in section 381(a), the acquiring 
corporation, as defined in Sec.  1.381(a)-1(b)(2), and only that 
corporation, succeeds to the earnings and profits of the distributor or 
transferor corporation (within the meaning of Sec.  1.381(a)-1(a)). 
Except as provided in Sec.  1.312-10, in all other cases in which 
property is transferred from one corporation to another, no allocation 
of the earnings and profits of the transferor is made to the 
transferee.
* * * * *
    (e) Effective/applicability date. Paragraph (a) of this section 
applies to transactions occurring on or after November 10, 2014.

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Par. 3. Section 1.381(a)-1 is amended by:
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a. Removing the third, fourth, and fifth sentences of paragraph 
(b)(2)(i) and adding one sentence in their place.
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b. Removing from the last sentence of paragraph (b)(2)(ii) Example 2 
``Y'' and adding ``X'' in its place.
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c. Redesignating paragraph (b)(3)(i) as paragraph (b)(3).
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d. Removing paragraph (b)(3)(ii).
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e. Adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (e).
    The additions read as follows:


Sec.  1.381(a)-1  General rule relating to carryovers in certain 
corporate acquisitions.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (2) * * * (i) * * * In a transaction to which section 381(a)(2) 
applies, the acquiring corporation is the corporation that, pursuant to 
the plan of reorganization, directly acquires the assets transferred by 
the transferor corporation, even if that corporation ultimately retains 
none of the assets so transferred.
* * * * *
    (e) * * * The last sentence of paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section 
and Example 2 of paragraph (b)(2)(ii) of this section apply to 
transactions occurring on or after November 10, 2014.


Sec.  1.381(c)(2)-1  [Amended]

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Par. 4. Section 1.381(c)(2)-1 is amended by removing paragraph (d).

John Dalrymple,
Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement.
    Approved: October 17, 2014.
Mark J. Mazur,
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy).
[FR Doc. 2014-26546 Filed 11-7-14; 8:45 am]
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