On April 12, 2024, Treasury and the IRS published proposed regulations on the 1% excise tax imposed by Internal Revenue Code Section 4501 on the value of stock repurchased by a US public corporation or a 50% affiliate. The proposed regulations elaborate on and clarify compensation-related issues that arose in Notice 2023-2, December 27, 2022 (addressed in our prior blog post), including:

  • how to value repurchased stock for purposes of calculating the amount subject to the excise tax;
  • when a clawback or forfeiture of stock from an employee is considered a repurchase for excise tax purposes; and
  • the extent to which the tax base for the excise tax may be reduced by the value of stock issued or provided to employees/service providers through various types of equity compensation awards or by the value of stock contributed to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. 

For a full discussion of these topics and practical tips on next steps, we are happy to share our recent alert.

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Anne Batter is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Group with over 35 years of tax experience. She focuses her practice on the tax treatment of executive compensation and fringe benefits arrangements. She also handles excise tax matters, particularly those involving the air transportation excise tax. She previously served as an attorney in the Income Tax & Accounting Division of the IRS’s Office of Chief Counsel and as attorney-advisor with the US Tax Court.

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Sinead Kelly is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Compensation practice in San Francisco. She advises on U.S. executive compensation and global equity and has practiced in the compensation field since 2005. In her practice, Sinead counsels U.S. and non-U.S. public and private companies on all aspects of equity and executive compensation plans and arrangements, including plan design, drafting, administration and governance. In this regard, Sinead advises on and assists companies with compliance with U.S. federal and state securities and tax laws relating to compensation arrangements, as well as with preparing SEC disclosures, complying with stock exchange rules and addressing non-U.S. tax and regulatory requirements. She has been repeatedly recognized by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer for Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits.

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Maura Ann McBreen is a partner in the Firm’s Chicago office and has over 30 years' experience in executive compensation and employee benefits. Maura Ann focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits, especially with regard to single employer, multi-employer, and multinational benefits. She addresses operational and fiduciary issues as they arise under tax-qualified retirement plans, including employee stock ownership plans, and leads our global pensions practice. She designs deferred compensation and equity-based incentive compensation plans, advises on issues under Code Sections 162(m), 280G, 409A and 457A and negotiates executive employment agreements.