October 26, 2017
Authored by: Andrew Bleyer and Larry Brody
The Department of the Treasury has withdrawn the controversial proposed regulations for Section 2704 of the Code. Section 2704 limits valuation discounts in family-controlled entities for certain lapsing rights and restrictions. The proposed Regulations would have expanded the scope of Section 2704 by adding a new classification of disregarded restrictions and by narrowing several longstanding exceptions. Comments submitted after the regulations were proposed complained that the requirements were unclear and that the impact on state law was difficult to predict. On October 2, 2017, the Department of the Treasury submitted a report recommending that the proposed 2704 Regulations be rescinded and today the proposed Regulations were officially withdrawn by notice published in the Federal Register (82 FR 48779).