Treasury to issue guidance to prevent hedge fund managers from exploiting tax law

Treasury to issue guidance to prevent hedge fund managers from exploiting tax law
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us Key House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions MORE said that his department will issue guidance to prevent hedge fund managers from exploiting the tax law's new limits on the carried interest tax break.

"We will have that resolved," he said Wednesday at a Senate Finance Committee hearing.

Carried interest is the profit investment managers get for performing the service of managing funds. Under federal tax law, it can be taxed at lower capital gains rates rather than ordinary income rates.

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE said during his campaign that he wanted to eliminate the carried interest tax break, but the tax law he signed in December didn't do that.

The new law requires investments to be held for at least three years to get the capital gains rate, however, instead of at least one year under the old law. That longer holding period doesn't apply if carried interest is held by a corporation rather than an individual.

Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that hedge fund managers are looking at exploiting the new provision by trying to put their carried interest into S-corporations so that they don't have to hold the investments for three years to get the tax break.

Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenRestlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — UN calls for probe into alleged Saudi hack of Bezos | Experts see effort to 'silence' Washington Post | Bezos tweets tribute to Khashoggi Bezos tweets tribute to Khashoggi in wake of reports of Saudi phone hacking MORE (D-Ore.) asked Mnuchin about the Bloomberg report.

"We already have hedge fund managers, according to Bloomberg, showing up with ideas for an even bigger loophole for the fortunate few," he said.

Mnuchin replied that he's already met with the IRS and Treasury's tax-policy office about the Bloomberg article.

"The IRS and tax policy intends to send out within the next two weeks guidance that we do believe that taxpayers will not be able to get that loophole," he said.