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Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.


Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning an existing notice of proposed rulemaking REG-209545-92, Earnings and Profits of Foreign Corporations (1.964-1(c)(1)(v)).


Written comments should be received on or before October 22, 2004 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to Glenn Kirkland, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6411, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the regulation should be directed to Allan Hopkins, at (202) 622-Start Printed Page 518816665, or at Internal Revenue Service, Room 6407, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20224, or through the internet, at

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Title: Earnings and Profits of Foreign Corporations.

OMB Number: 1545-1318.

Regulation Project Number: REG-209545-92 (formerly INTL-18-92).

Abstract: This regulation modifies the computation of earnings and profits of foreign corporations by allowing them to account for inventory costs using capitalization methods used for financial accounting purposes rather than the uniform capitalization rules required by Internal Revenue Code section 263A. The regulation also permits reliance on financial accounting conventions in computing depreciation for foreign corporations deriving less than 20 percent of gross income from U.S. sources and maintaining assets with financial book bases not materially different from tax bases. Use of simplified rules may result in an accounting method change, which would ordinarily require the filing of Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method. However, the regulation waives any Form 3115 filing requirements if certain conditions are met.

Current Actions: There are no changes to this existing regulation.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

The burden for the collection of information is reflected in the burden for Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method.

An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid OMB control number. Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and tax return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

Request for Comments

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Approved: August 11, 2004.

Glenn Kirkland,

IRS Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-19262 Filed 8-20-04; 8:45 am]