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Executor Asset Valuation Statement Delayed

Notice 2015-57; 2015-36 IRB 1

Due Dates for Compliance with § 2004 of H.R. 3236, Consistent Basis Reporting Between Estate and Person Acquiring Property from Decedent

Part III -- Administrative, Procedural, and Miscellaneous


SECTION 1: PURPOSE


On July 31, 2015, the President of the United States signed H.R. 3236, Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (P.L. 114-41), into law. Section 2004 of H.R. 3236 enacted sections 1014(f) and 6035. For each statement required by section 6035 to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or furnished to a beneficiary before February 29, 2016, this notice delays until February 29, 2016, the due date for filing or furnishing that statement. This notice applies to executors of estates of decedents and to other persons who are required under section 6018(a) or (b) to file a return if that return is filed after July 31, 2015.

SECTION 2: BACKGROUND


Section 1014(f) provides rules requiring that the basis of certain property acquired from a decedent, as determined under section 1014, may not exceed the value of that property as finally determined for federal estate tax purposes, or if not finally determined, the value of that property as reported on a statement made under section 6035.

Section 6035 imposes new reporting requirements with regard to the value of property included in a decedent's gross estate for federal estate tax purposes.

Section 6035(a)(1) provides that the executor of any estate required to file a return under section 6018(a) must furnish, both to the Secretary and the person acquiring any interest in property included in the decedent's gross estate for federal estate tax purposes, a statement identifying the value of each interest in such property as reported on such return and such other information with respect to such interest as the Secretary may prescribe.

Section 6035(a)(2) provides that each person required to file a return under section 6018(b) must furnish, both to the Secretary and each other person who holds a legal or beneficial interest in the property to which such return relates, a statement identifying the information described in section 6035(a)(1).

Section 6035(a)(3)(A) provides that each statement required to be furnished under section 6035(a)(1) or (a)(2) shall be furnished at such time as the Secretary may prescribe, but in no case at a time later than the earlier of (i) the date which is 30 days after the date on which the return under section 6018 was required to be filed (including extensions, if any) or (ii) the date which is 30 days after the date such return is filed.

Section 6035(b) authorizes the Secretary to prescribe such regulations as necessary to carry out section 6035. Section 7805(a) provides generally that the Secretary shall prescribe all needful rules and regulations for the enforcement of this title, including all rules and regulations as may be necessary by reason of any alteration of law in relation to internal revenue. Section 7805(b)(2) provides that regulations may apply retroactively if they are issued within 18 months of the date of the enactment of the statutory provision to which they relate.

Section 6081(a) provides that the Secretary may grant a reasonable extension of time for filing any return, declaration, statement, or other document required by this title or by regulations. Except in the case of taxpayers who are abroad, no such extension shall be for more than 6 months.

SECTION 3: GUIDANCE


For statements required under sections 6035(a)(1) and (a)(2) to be filed with the IRS or furnished to a beneficiary before February 29, 2016, the due date under section 6035(a)(3) is delayed to February 29, 2016. This delay is to allow the Treasury Department and IRS to issue guidance implementing the reporting requirements of section 6035. Executors and other persons required to file or furnish a statement under section 6035(a)(1) or (a)(2) should not do so until the issuance of forms or further guidance by the Treasury Department and the IRS addressing the requirements of section 6035.

The Treasury Department and the IRS expect to issue additional guidance to assist taxpayers with complying with sections 1014(f) and 6035. The Treasury Department and the IRS invite comments. Submissions should be submitted to: CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2015-57), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be hand delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2015-57), Courier's Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20044, or sent electronically, via the following e-mail address: Notice.comments@irscounsel.treas.gov. Please include "Notice 2015-57" in the subject line of any electronic communication. All comments submitted will be available for public inspection and copying.

SECTION 4: EFFECTIVE DATE


This notice is effective on August 21, 2015. This notice applies to executors of the estates of decedents and to other persons who are required under section 6018(a) or (b) to file a return if that return is filed after July 31, 2015.

DRAFTING INFORMATION


The principal author of this notice is Theresa Melchiorre of the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs & Special Industries). For further information regarding this notice contact Theresa Melchiorre at (202) 317-6859 (not a toll-free call).


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