Daily Tax Update - December 5, 2008

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IRS ISSUES FURTHER GUIDANCE ON THE APPLICATION OF SECTION 409A TO NONQUALIFIED DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLANS:  Today, the IRS released a notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing on proposed regulations on the calculation of amounts includible in income under section 409A(a) and the additional taxes imposed by such section with respect to service providers participating in certain nonqualified deferred compensation plans. The regulations would affect such service providers and the service recipients for whom the service providers provide services. This document also provides a notice of public hearing on these proposed regulations. Outlines of topics to be discussed at the public hearing scheduled for April 2, 2009, must be received by March 9, 2009.

MISCELLANEOUS GUIDANCE ISSUED TODAY:
Notice 2008-113 gives taxpayers the ability to correct certain operational failures to comply with section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, or to limit the amount of additional taxes due to the failure to comply with section 409A. Section 409A provides rules governing the taxation of nonqualified deferred compensation plans. The notice expands upon and clarifies the program announced last year in Notice 2007-100, 2007-52 IRB 1243. 

Notice 2008-112 provides guidance as to the corporate bond weighted average interest rate and the permissible range of interest rates specified under § 412(b)(5)(B)(ii)(II) of the Internal Revenue Code. It also provides guidance on the corporate bond monthly yield curve (and the corresponding spot segment rates), the 24-month average segment rates, and the funding transitional segment rates under § 430(h)(2). In addition, this notice provides guidance as to the interest rate on 30-year Treasury securities under § 417(e)(3)(A)(ii)(II) as in effect for plan years beginning before 2008, and the minimum present value segment rates under § 417(e)(3)(D) as in effect for plan years beginning after 2007. 

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