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Branded Prescription Drug Fee

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.


Notice of proposed rulemaking by cross-reference to temporary regulations.


In the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register, the IRS is issuing temporary regulations relating to the branded prescription drug fee imposed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The regulations affect persons engaged in the business of manufacturing or importing certain branded prescription drugs. The text of the temporary regulations also serves as the text of the proposed regulations.


Written and electronic comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by November 16, 2011.


Send submissions to: CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-112805-10), room 5205, 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 (REG-112805-10), Courier's Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at (IRS REG-112805-10).

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Concerning the proposed regulations, Celia Gabrysh at (202) 622-3130; concerning submissions of comments and requests for a hearing, (202) 622-7180 (not toll free numbers).

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Paperwork Reduction Act

The collection of information contained in this notice of proposed rulemaking has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) and assigned control number 1545-2209.

Comments on the collection of information should be sent to the Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for the Department of the Treasury, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20503, with copies to the Internal Revenue Service, Attn: IRS Reports Clearance Officer, SE:W:CAR:MP:T:T:SP, Washington, DC 20224. Comments on the collection of information should be received by October 17, 2011. Comments are specifically requested concerning:

Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Internal Revenue Service, including whether the information will have practical utility;

The accuracy of the estimated burden associated with the proposed collection of information;

How the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected may be enhanced;

How the burden of complying with the proposed collection of information may be minimized, including through the application of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and

Estimates of capital or start-up costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of service to provide information.

The collection of information in this proposed regulation is in § 51.7. This information is necessary to evaluate whether an error report regarding a preliminary fee calculation is valid and justifies an adjustment to the preliminary fee calculation. The likely respondents are manufacturers and importers of branded prescription drugs.

Estimated total annual reporting and/or recordkeeping burden: 1800 hours.

Estimated annual burden per respondent/recordkeeper: 40 hours.

Estimated number of respondents and/or recordkeepers: 45.

Estimated frequency of responses: Annually.

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 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.


Temporary regulations in the Rules and Regulations section of this issue of the Federal Register add a new part, part 51, to subchapter D, Miscellaneous Start Printed Page 51311Excise Taxes. Part 51 provides guidance on the annual fee imposed on covered entities engaged in the business of manufacturing or importing branded prescription drugs by section 9008 of the ACA. The text of those regulations also serves as the text of these proposed regulations. The preamble to the temporary regulations explains the new part.

Special Analyses

It has been determined that this notice of proposed rulemaking is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility assessment is not required. It also has been determined that section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 5) does not apply to these regulations. It is hereby certified that the collection of information in these regulations will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This certification is based on the fact that these regulations primarily affect large corporations. Thus, Treasury Department and the IRS do not expect a substantial number of small entities to be effected. Therefore, a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) is not required. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Internal Revenue Code, this notice of proposed rulemaking has been submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact on small business.

Comments and Requests for a Public Hearing

Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any written comments (a signed original and eight (8) copies) or electronic comments that are submitted timely to the IRS. Comments are requested on all aspects of the proposed regulations. In addition, the IRS and the Treasury Department specifically request comments on the clarity of the proposed regulations and how they may be made easier to understand. All comments will be available for public inspection and copying. A public hearing may be scheduled if requested in writing by any person that timely submits written comments. If a public hearing is scheduled, notice of the date, time, and place for the hearing will be published in the Federal Register.

Drafting Information

The principal author of these regulations is Celia Gabrysh, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries). However, other personnel from the IRS and the Treasury Department participated in their development.

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List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 51

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Proposed Amendments to the Regulations

Accordingly, and under the authority of 26 U.S.C. 7805 (sec. 9008, Pub. L. 111-347 (124 Stat. 119)), 26 CFR part 51 is proposed to be added to read as follows:

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[The text of proposed §§ 51.1 through 51.11 is the same as the text of §§ 51.1T through 51.11T published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.]

[The text of proposed § 51.6302-1 is the same as the text of paragraphs (a) and (b) of § 51.6302-1T published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.]

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Sarah Hall Ingram,

Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement.

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[FR Doc. 2011-21012 Filed 8-15-11; 11:15 am]