The IRS has issued updated reporting regulations under Code Sections 1291, 1298, 6038 and 6046. A lot of the changes are technical definitions, and relate to updates from proposed regulations going back to 1992. A few highlights to alert readers to look further if these rules affect them, include:
a. Definitions of “pedigreed QEF,” “1291 fund,” and “shareholder” and “indirect shareholder” for Code Section 1291 purposes;
b. Rules relating to the application of the PFIC rules when estates and trusts are involved, including taking into account excess distributions under Code §1291;
c. Details regarding annual PFIC Form 8621 filing requirements, including how they relate to trusts and estates. Interestingly, an exception from reporting for PFIC stock that is worth under $25,000 ($50,000 for joint returns) has been provided; and
d. Updates to Form 5471 filing requirements.