Brand X, 3M, and Legal Restrictions on the Payment of Income

Tax Notes, March 24, 2014, p.1349

8 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2014

Date Written: March 24, 2014


3M Co. has filed a Tax Court petition challenging the validity of provisions in the section 482 regulations that impose conditions on the circumstances in which the IRS will give effect to foreign legal restrictions on the payment of income between related parties. The principal legal issue in the case will be whether those provisions are invalid under Brand X, which addressed an agency’s authority to issue regulations at odds with a court’s earlier interpretation of the same statutory provision. The regulations challenged by 3M are arguably inconsistent with First Security Bank. Under the Brand X test, the regulations should be held invalid, because First Security Bank represented the Supreme Court’s view on the only permissible interpretation.

Keywords: Brand X, Chevron, tax, 482, administrative law

Suggested Citation

Smith, Patrick J., Brand X, 3M, and Legal Restrictions on the Payment of Income (March 24, 2014). Tax Notes, March 24, 2014, p.1349. Available at SSRN:

Patrick J. Smith (Contact Author)

Ivins, Phillips & Barker ( email )

1717 K Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20006
United States

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