Determining Taxable Gains from the Sale of CFC Stocks

Determining Taxable Gains from the Sale of CFC Stocks

Tax Law
By Anthony Diosdi Virtually all controlled foreign corporations (“CFCs”) generate earnings and profits that become previously taxed earnings and profits (“PTEP”). Special rules under Internal Revenue Code Section 959 apply in determining the ordering and taxation of distributions of a PTEP. The rules governing PTEP distributions also apply in determining the basis of CFC corporate stocks. This is because the PTEP regime requires upward and downward basis adjustment in CFC stock for gross income inclusions at the U.S. shareholder level attributable to such CFC. The purpose of the basis adjustments rules of the PTEP regime is to prevent the earnings of a CFC from being taxed at the time of an income inclusion and again when the CFC shareholder sells his or her shares.When a U.S. shareholder has a subpart…
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