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Internal Revenue Code, § 269B. Stapled Entities

I.R.C. § 269B(a) General Rule
Except as otherwise provided by regulations, for purposes of this title—
I.R.C. § 269B(a)(1)
if a domestic corporation and a foreign corporation are stapled entities, the foreign corporation shall be treated as a domestic corporation.
I.R.C. § 269B(a)(2)
in applying section 1563, stock in a second corporation which constitutes a stapled interest with respect to stock of a first corporation shall be treated as owned by such first corporation, and
I.R.C. § 269B(a)(3)
in applying subchapter M for purposes of determining whether any stapled entity is a regulated investment company or a real estate investment trust, all entities which are stapled entities with respect to each other shall be treated as 1 entity.
I.R.C. § 269B(b) Secretary To Prescribe Regulations
The Secretary shall prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to prevent avoidance or evasion of Federal income tax through the use of stapled entities. Such regulations may include (but shall not be limited to) regulations providing the extent to which 1 of such entities shall be treated as owning the other entity (to the extent of the stapled interest) and regulations providing that any tax imposed on the foreign corporation referred to in subsection (a)(1) may, if not paid by such corporation, be collected from the domestic corporation referred to in such subsection or the shareholders of such foreign corporation.
I.R.C. § 269B(c) Definitions
For purposes of this section—
I.R.C. § 269B(c)(1) Entity
The term “entity” means any corporation, partnership, trust, association, estate, or other form of carrying on a business or activity.
I.R.C. § 269B(c)(2) Stapled Entities
The term “stapled entities” means any group of 2 or more entities if more than 50 percent in value of the beneficial ownership in each of such entities consists of stapled interests.
I.R.C. § 269B(c)(3) Stapled Interests
Two or more interests are stapled interests if, by reason of form of ownership, restrictions on transfer, or other terms or conditions, in connection with the transfer of 1 of such interests the other such interests are also transferred or required to be transferred.
I.R.C. § 269B(d) Special Rule For Treaties
Nothing in section 894 or 7852(d) or in any other provision of law shall be construed as permitting an exemption, by reason of any treaty obligation of the United States heretofore or hereafter entered into, from the provisions of this section.
I.R.C. § 269B(e) Subsection (a)(1) Not To Apply In Certain Cases
I.R.C. § 269B(e)(1) In General
Subsection (a)(1) shall not apply if it is established to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the domestic corporation and the foreign corporation referred to in such subsection are foreign owned.
I.R.C. § 269B(e)(2) Foreign Owned
For purposes of paragraph (1), a corporation is foreign owned if less than 50 percent of—
I.R.C. § 269B(e)(2)(A)
the total combined voting power of all classes of stock of such corporation entitled to vote, and
I.R.C. § 269B(e)(2)(B)
the total value of the stock of the corporation, is held directly (or indirectly through applying paragraphs (2) and (3) of section 958(a) and paragraph (4) of section 318(a)) by United States persons (as defined in section 7701(a)(30)).
(Added Pub. L. 98-369, div. A, title I, 136(a), July 18, 1984, 98 Stat. 669, and amended Pub. L. 99-514, title XVIII, 1810(j), Oct. 22, 1986, 100 Stat. 2829.)
BACKGROUND NOTES
AMENDMENTS
1986--Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 99-514, 1810(j)(1), inserted “and regulations providing that any tax imposed on the foreign corporation referred to in subsection (a)(1) may, if not paid by such corporation, be collected from the domestic corporation referred to in such subsection or the shareholders of such foreign corporation”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 99-514, 1810(j)(2), added subsec. (e).
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1986 AMENDMENT
Amendment by Pub. L. 99-514 effective, except as otherwise provided, as if included in the provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1984, Pub. L. 98-369, div. A, to which such amendment relates, see section 1881 of Pub. L. 99-514, set out as a note under section 48 of this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE
Section 136(c) of Pub. L. 98-369, as amended by Pub. L. 99-514, 2, Oct. 22, 1986, 100 Stat. 2095, provided that:
“(1) In general.--Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the amendments made by this section [enacting this section] shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act [July 18, 1984].
“(2) Interests stapled as of june 30, 1983.--Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, in the case of any interests which on June 30, 1983, were stapled interests (as defined in section 269B(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 [formerly I.R.C. 1954] (as added by this section)), the amendments made by this section shall take effect on January 1, 1985 (January 1, 1987, in the case of stapled interests in a foreign corporation).
“(3) Certain stapled entities which include real estate investment trust.--Paragraph (3) of section 269B(a) of such Code shall not apply in determining the application of the provisions of part II of subchapter M of chapter 1 of such Code to any real estate investment trust which is part of a group of stapled entities if--
“(A) all members of such group were stapled entities as of June 30, 1983, and
“(B) as of June 30, 1983, such group included one or more real estate investment trusts.
“(4) Certain stapled entities which include puerto rican corporations.--
“(A) Paragraph (1) of section 269B(a) of such Code shall not apply to a domestic corporation and a qualified Puerto Rican corporation which, on June 30, 1983, were stapled entities.
“(B) For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term ‘qualified Puerto Rican corporation’ means any corporation organized in Puerto Rico--
“(i) which is described in section 957(c) of such Code or would be so described if any dividends it received from any other corporation described in such section 957(c) were treated as gross income of the type described in such section 957(c), and
“(ii) does not, at any time during the taxable year, own (within the meaning of section 958 of such Code but before applying paragraph (2) of section 269B(a) of such Code) any stock of any corporation which is not described in such section 957(c).
“(5) Treaty rule not to apply to stapled entities entitled to treaty benefits as of june 30, 1983.--In the case of any entity which was a stapled entity as of June 30, 1983, subsection (d) of section 269B of such Code shall not apply to any treaty benefit to which such entity was entitled as of June 30, 1983.
“(6) Elections to treat stapled foreign entities as subsidiaries.--
“(A) In general.--In the case of any foreign corporation and domestic corporation which as of June 30, 1983, were stapled entities, such domestic corporation may elect (in lieu of applying paragraph (1) of section 269B(a) of such Code) to be treated as owning all interests in the foreign corporation which constitute stapled interests with respect to stock of the domestic corporation.
“(B) Election.--Any election under subparagraph (A) shall be made not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and shall be made in such manner as the Secretary of the Treasury or his delegate shall prescribe.
“(C) Election irrevocable.--Any election under subparagraph (A), once made, may be revoked only with the consent of the Secretary of the Treasury or his delegate.
“(7) Other stapled entities which include real estate investment trust.--
“(A) In general.--Paragraph (3) of section 269B(a) of such Code shall not apply in determining the application of the provisions of part II of subchapter M of chapter 1 of such Code to any qualified real estate investment trust which is a part of a group of stapled entities--
“(i) which was created pursuant to a written board of directors resolution adopted on April 5, 1984, and
“(ii) all members of such group were stapled entities as of June 16, 1985.
“(B) Qualified real estate investment trust.--The term ‘qualified real estate investment trust’ means any real estate trust--
“(i) at least 75 percent of the gross income of which is derived from interest on obligations secured by mortgages on real property (as defined in section 856 of such Code),
“(ii) with respect to which the interest on the obligations described in clause (i) made or acquired by such trust (other than to persons who are independent contractors, as defined in section 856(d)(3) of such Code) is at an arm's length rate or a rate not more than 1 percentage point greater than the associated borrowing cost of the trust, and
“(iii) with respect to which any real property held by the trust is not used in the trade or business of any other member of the group of stapled entities.”
[270. Repealed. Pub. L. 91-172, title II, 213(b), Dec. 30, 1969, 83 Stat. 572]
Section, act Aug. 16, 1954, ch. 736, 68A Stat. 81, related to the limitation on deductions allowable to certain individuals. See section 183 of this title.
Effective Date of Repeal
Repeal applicable to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1969, see section 213(d) of Pub. L. 91-172, set out as an Effective Date note under section 183 of this title.