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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 final regulation, T.D. 8461, Nuclear Decommissioning Fund Qualification Requirements (§ 1.468A-3).


Written comments should be received on or before May 31, 2011 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to Yvette B. Lawrence, Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the regulation should be directed to Joel Goldberger, at (202) 927-9368 or at Internal Revenue Service, Room 6129, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224, or through the Internet, at

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Title: Nuclear Decommissioning Fund Qualification Requirements.

OMB Number: 1545-1269.

Regulation Project Number: T.D. 8461.

Abstract: Section 468A outlines rules governing the treatment of a qualified nuclear decommissioning fund and contributions to such a fund. Section 1.468A-5 (a)(l)(i) of the Income Tax Regulations requires that each qualified nuclear decommissioning fund be established as a trust under State law. Certain trusts may constitute associations taxable as corporations under classification standards set forth in sections 301.7701-2 through 301.7701-4. If a trust is classified as a taxable corporation, the corporate tax could deplete the assets in the fund, thereby impairing their ability to achieve the purpose for which they were created. In addition, the classification of a fund will impact on the schedule of ruling amounts approved by the Service under section 468A.

Current Actions: There is no change to this existing regulation.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 50.

Estimated Time per Respondent: 3 hours.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 150.

The following paragraph applies to all of the collections of information covered by this notice:

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, Start Printed Page 17991maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Approved: March 21, 2011.

Yvette B. Lawrence,

IRS Reports Clearance Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2011-7522 Filed 3-30-11; 8:45 am]