The prosed regulations containing “GILTI high-tax exclusion” may provide a relief to U.S. taxpayers subject to the Section 951A GILTI inclusion. As mentioned in our newsletter dated August 2, 2019 (http://www.kyjcpa.com/news-updates/dodging-gilti-bullet/ ), many taxpayers with foreign subsidiaries are faced with significant tax liabilities and compliance burdens due to the newly enacted Section 951A GILTI tax (Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income tax).
The proposed GILTI high-tax exclusion regulations, if finalized, would generally allow taxpayers to make an election to exclude items of income of its controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) that would otherwise be part of the GILTI inclusion. The exception would apply if the items are subject to foreign income tax at an effective rate that is greater than the 90% of the maximum U.S. corporate income tax rate. Currently, U.S. corporate income tax rate is 21%. Therefore, if CFCs items of income is subject to foreign tax at an effective tax rate exceeding 18.9%, the GILTI inclusion may be avoided by making this election. In other words, the GILTI high-tax exclusion may provide some benefit to those taxpayers operating in highly taxed jurisdictions.
The GILTI high-tax exclusion is proposed to apply to taxable years beginning on or after the date final regulations are published. As a result, the regulations would not be available until 2020 for calendar-year taxpayers.