United States: IRS releases 2017 adjusted limitations for foreign housing exclusion or deduction

Mar 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2017-21 to provide adjustments to the foreign housing limitations provided under Section 911(c)(2)(B) of the Code. The adjusted limitations are based on geographical locations and are used to determine the maximum allowable annual housing exclusion or deduction for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017. Taxpayers may also elect to apply the 2017 adjusted limitations to tax years beginning in 2016. In practice, an increase in the limitation for a particular location may result in more favorable Section 911 tax benefits for those assignees residing in such locations, depending upon their specific situations – a potentially welcome result for global mobility programs.

The IRS releases this information on an annual basis. Notice 2017-21 supersedes previously released notices, including Notice 2016-21.

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