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Tax Planning is Crucial to Achieve Potential Spin-Off Benefits

Today, the Wall Street Journal considers again, on its front page above the fold, the potential benefits of corporate spin-off transactions (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-reason-investors-love-spinoffs-juicier-returns-1507681008 (subscription required)). The Journal article notes that the S&P Spin-Off Index has outperformed the S&P 500 Index by nearly 190 percentage points in the last ten years. Also discussed are the wide-ranging reasons investors favor spin-off transactions … Continue Reading

IRS Resumes Issuing Transactional Spin-Off Rulings

On September 21, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Revenue Procedure 2017-52[1] (the “Rev. Proc.”), introducing an 18-month “pilot program” in respect of corporate “spin-off,” “split-up” and “split-off” transactions (“Spin-off Transactions”[2]). Under this pilot program, the IRS will again issue private letter rulings on the general federal income tax consequences of Spin-off Transactions … Continue Reading

IRS Updates Ruling Policy on Corporate Business Purpose and Device Requirements under Section 355

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2016-45 (the “Revenue Procedure”) on August 26, 2016, permitting taxpayers once again to seek private letter rulings on issues of “corporate business purpose” and “device” under Section 355 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (dealing with tax-free spin-offs and related transactions). The corporate … Continue Reading

IRS and Treasury Issue More Guidance on “Inversion” Transactions

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have issued additional guidance about so-called “inversion” transactions. Generally, an inversion transaction results where a U.S. corporation (“U.S. Target”) is acquired by a non-U.S. corporation (“Non-U.S. Acquirer”), but with the U.S. Target’s historic shareholders continuing as significant equityholders of the Non-U.S. Acquirer after closing. The U.S. federal … Continue Reading
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