ABSTRACT

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has created a unique opportunity to utilize Code Section 304 and Code Section 245A as powerful tax-planning tools. By utilizing the rules established for redemptions between related corporations under the anti-abuse provisions of Code Section 304 combined with the new 100 percent DRD of Code Section 245A, extracting earnings from affiliated foreign corporations tax-free has never been easier. This paper explains how these two code sections interact with each other and the resulting ability to extract certain foreign-sourced earnings tax-free. It also identifies incentives created by the TCJA to operate profitable businesses overseas and expected loss operations in the U.S. Finally, the paper offers a legislative change to close the tax avoidance loophole created by the TCJA.

JEL Classifications: H2.

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