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People who request federal records under the Freedom of Information Act may be surprised early next year to find the information they asked for already posted online for all to see, a panelist said at Tax Analysts' October 13 forum on FOIA and government transparency.
The section 385 regulations on the distinction between debt and equity are now final, and despite what tax advisers and Congress have been saying for months, the world did not come to an end. In fact, the barrage of negative comments and nasty letters from lawmakers profoundly affected Treasury, and the once-sweeping regulation package was significantly carved back. In a few years, when the U.S. tax base is even further eroded, the government will almost certainly rue this guidance as a profound missed opportunity.