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Do You Have to Check Everything? IRS Adjustments to Intercompany Lending Transactions

January 23, 2024 (3 min read)

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently considered consolidated group membership in determining the arm’s length rate of interest chargeable for intragroup loans and making a section 482 adjustment. Under the section 482 regulations, the arm’s length rate of interest on an intragroup loan to a controlled borrower is generally the rate at which that borrower could realistically obtain alternative financing from an unrelated party. Thus, if an unrelated lender would consider group membership in establishing financing terms available to the borrower, and such third-party financing is realistically available, then the IRS may adjust the interest rate in a controlled lending transaction to reflect group membership.

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