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July 14, 2003

Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2003-28

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Announcement 2003-45(PDF, 27K)
This announcement advises payers about a reduction in the backup withholding rate authorized by section 3406(a)(1) of the Code. Section 105(a) of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-27) reduced the rate for backup witholding on reportable payments. This announcement also addresses when tax forms and publications will be revised to reflect the new rates.

Notice 2003-43(PDF, 28K)
2003 enhanced oil recovery credit. The enhanced oil recovery credit for taxable years beginning in the 2003 calendar year is determined without regard to the phase-out for crude oil price increases provided in section 43(b) of the Code.

Notice 2003-44(PDF, 32K)
2003 marginal production rates. This notice announces the applicable percentage under section 613A of the Code to be used in determining percentage depletion for marginal properties for the 2003 calendar year.

T.D. 9062(PDF, 54K)
REG-106736-00(PDF, 210K)
Temporary and proposed regulations under section 752 of the Code concern the assumption of a partner's liability, by a partnership, that is not taken into account under section 752(a) and (b) (section 1.752-7 liability). The proposed regulations contained in section 1.752-7 require a partner who has a section 1.752-7 liability assumed by a partnership to reduce the partner's outside basis in the partnership interest by the remaining amount of the section 1.752-7 liability (but not below the adjusted value of that interest) where there is a sale of the partnership interest, a liquidation of the partnership interest, or an assumption of the contingent liability by another partner. The proposed and temporary regulations contained in section 1.752-6T apply section 358(h) to partnerships for the period between October 18, 1999, and June 24, 2003. A public hearing on the proposed regulations is scheduled for October 14, 2003.

Rev. Proc. 2003-47(PDF, 54K)
This procedure provides new procedural rules regarding the election under section 953(d) of the Code, whereby certain foreign insurance companies may elect to be treated as domestic corporations for U.S. tax purposes. These rules reflect changes in the administration of the election and replace the procedural rules contained in Section II of Notice 89-79, 1989-2 C.B. 392. Notice 89-79 modified and superseded.

Rev. Rul. 2003-73(PDF, 45K)
Deductions of section 277 membership organizations. This ruling illustrates the operation of section 277. Membership organizations subject to section 277 can take allowable deductions attributable to providing goods and services to members only to the extent of member income in computing the organization's taxable income. Excess deductions are not deductible against nonmember income but are allowable as deductions against member income in succeeding years. Other allowable deductions are fully deductible, including deductible against member income, in computing taxable income.


Announcement 2003-48(PDF, 32K)
Broward County Bowling Association, Inc., of Sunrise, FL, and Del Oro Conservatory for the Classical Arts of Music and Dance, Inc., of Chandler, AZ, no longer qualify as organizations to which contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Code.


Notice 2003-41(PDF, 31K)
This notice provides guidance to state authorities responsible for allocating private activity bond state ceiling under section 146(e) of the Code. It clarifies that the deadline for allocating any portion of the state ceiling under section 146(e) is the earlier of (1) February 15 of the calendar year following the year in which the state ceiling arises, or (2) the date of issue of bonds issued pursuant to an allocation of that portion of the state ceiling.

Notice 2003-42(PDF, 38K)
This notice provides guidance to issuing authorities on the deadline for assigning private activity bond volume cap under section 146 of the Code to other issuing authorities. It clarifies that the deadline for an issuing authority to assign any portion of its volume cap to another issuing authority in the state is the earlier of (1) February 15 of the calendar year following the year in which the state ceiling represented by that volume cap arises, or (2) the date of issue of bonds issued pursuant to the assignment of that portion of the volume cap.

Notice 2003-46(PDF, 31K)
This notice announces the intention of the IRS and Treasury to withdraw the extraordinary transaction rule from the NPRM (REG-110385-99, 1999-2 C.B. 670) and to finalize the remaining portions of the NPRM.

Rev. Proc. 2003-46(PDF, 35K)
This procedure provides relief to issuing authorities that failed to file Form 8328, Carryforward Election of Unused Private Activity Bond Volume Cap, under section 146(f) of the Code for years prior to 2003 because the authority responsible for allocating state ceiling in their state filed Form 8328 instead. The relief is necessary because the Form 8328 (1) should have been filed by the issuing authority and (2) fails to provide the information required under regulations section 1.103(n)-4T (as amended by the Tax Reform Act of 1986).

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