In January 2017, the Internal Revenue Service made public its Golden Parachute Payments—Audit Techniques Guide for Large Businesses. The Guide is intended for internal use for IRS agents auditing companies and high net worth individuals. However, in recent years, IRS has shared this and other guides with the public to (i) make known its positions on certain issues, and (ii) help companies avoid the traps that could lead to problems with IRS.
In January 2017, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") released an updated Golden Parachute Payments Audit Technique Guide ("ATG") that covers the examination of golden parachutes under Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") Sections 280G and 4999.
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