IRS Issues Guidance on ‘North-South’ Transactions

5 May 2017
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Key takeaways

  • The IRS recently issued Revenue Ruling 2017-09 covering the treatment of so-called “North-South” transactions.
  • The Ruling sheds some light on when the IRS will respect the independence of transaction steps in a spin-off or reorganization, but the facts of the Ruling will not cover many transactions.
  • The IRS will once again provide rulings to taxpayers on North-South issues, changing a four-year “no rule” policy.