Announcement 2010-17

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Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2010-13

March 29, 2010

Announcement 2010-17

Extension of Time to Submit Comments on Announcement 2010-9 Regarding Reporting Uncertain Tax Positions, Draft Schedule, and Implementation Date

(also see Announcement 2010-30)

In Announcement 2010-9, 2010-7 I.R.B. 408, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it is developing a schedule requiring certain business taxpayers to report uncertain tax positions on their tax returns and requested comments by March 29, 2010.

Since that announcement, the Service has received a number of questions and comments on the proposal. Several informal comments asked the Service to clarify whether taxpayers will be required to file the new schedule with returns relating to 2009 tax years and whether a draft schedule and instructions will be released. Other comments asked for clarification regarding the scope and implementation of the proposal, such as its application to pass-through entities and tax-exempt entities, and potential duplication of reporting with disclosures made on other forms (such as the Form 8275, Disclosure Statement, and the Form 8275-R, Regulation Disclosure Statement). Some informal and written comments also asked for an extension of the comment period for up to 60 days to allow sufficient time to study the proposal and analyze its impact.

The Service continues to work on developing the proposal contained in the Announcement, including development of the schedule and implementing instructions. The Service’s target date for releasing a draft schedule based on the proposal described in Announcement 2010-9, along with draft instructions, is early April 2010 with a comment period ending on June 1, 2010. The Service expects the draft schedule and instructions will clarify some of the issues that have already been brought to the Service’s attention, provide additional information concerning the proposal described in Announcement 2010-9, and facilitate comment on the proposal. The draft instructions may not completely resolve all questions about the proposal and may indicate that the Service will reserve making final decisions on certain issues until after the comment period has ended and all comments have been received and analyzed.

Additionally, as the proposal is further developed and finalized, the Service recognizes the need to adjust its programs to ensure the appropriate use of the data from the schedule, and to address possible increases in demand for guidance and issue resolution.

The Service plans to require the filing of the new schedule for returns relating to the calendar year 2010 and for fiscal years that begin in 2010. The schedule will not be implemented for 2009 tax returns filed in 2010. To allow taxpayers and practitioners the opportunity to provide comprehensive comments both on the proposal and on the implementing schedule and instructions, the time for submitting comments in response to Announcement 2010-9 is extended to June 1, 2010.

The Service invites comment on the following matters, as well as those described in Announcement 2010-9:

1. Do the disclosures required by the new schedule duplicate those required by other forms, thus making forms, such as the Form 8275 and 8275-R, unnecessary or redundant in some circumstances;

2. What type of uncertain tax positions should be reported by pass-through entities and tax-exempt entities; and

3. How uncertain tax positions should be reported in various related entity contexts, such as how members of a consolidated group for financial statement or tax return purposes or entities that are disregarded for federal tax purposes should report uncertain tax positions.

The principal author of this announcement is Kathryn Zuba of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure & Administration). For further information regarding this announcement, contact Ms. Zuba at (202) 622-3400 (not a toll-free call).

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