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IRS Notice-2008-107: Housing Cost Amounts Eligible for Exclusion or Deduction for 2008

Summary

Notice 2008-107 provides adjustments to the limitation on housing expenses for specific locations outside the United States for purposes of section 911 of the Internal Revenue Code. The adjusted housing expense limitations are to be used in determining the housing cost amount eligible for exclusion or deduction for tax year 2008.

Notice 2008-107 will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2008-50 on December 15, 2008.

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Country Location Limitation on Housing Expenses (full yr)
Japan Tokyo $94,200
Singapore Singapore $64,500
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City $42,000
Vietnam Hanoi $46,800

Part III - Administrative, Procedural, and Miscellaneous

Determination of Housing Cost Amounts Eligible for Exclusion or Deduction for 2008

Notice 2008-107

SECTION 1. PURPOSE

This notice provides adjustments to the limitation on housing expenses for
purposes of section 911 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for specific locations for
2008. These adjustments are made on the basis of geographic differences in housing
costs relative to housing costs in the United States.

SECTION 2. BACKGROUND

Section 911(a) of the Code allows a qualified individual to elect to exclude from gross income the foreign earned income and housing cost amount of such individual. Section 911©(1) defines the term “housing cost amount” as an amount equal to the excess of (A) the housing expenses of an individual for the taxable year to the extent such expenses do not exceed the amount determined under section 911©(2), over (B) 16 percent of the exclusion amount (computed on a daily basis) in effect under section 911(b)(2)(D) for the calendar year in which such taxable year begins ($239.34 per day for 2008, or $87,600 for the full year), multiplied by the number of days of that taxable year within the applicable period described in section 911(d)(1). The applicable period is the period during which the individual meets the tax home requirement of section 911(d)(1) and either the bona fide residence requirement of section 911(d)(1)(A) or the physical presence requirement of section 911(d)(1)(B). Assuming that the entire taxable year of a qualified individual is within the applicable period, the section 911©(1)(B) amount for 2008 is $14,016 ($87,600 x .16).

Section 911©(2)(A) of the Code limits the housing expenses taken into account in section 911©(1)(A) to an amount equal to (i) 30 percent (adjusted as may be provided under the Secretary’s authority under section 911©(2)(B)) of the amount in effect under section 911(b)(2)(D) for the calendar year in which the taxable year of the individual begins, multiplied by (ii) the number of days of that taxable year within the applicable period described in section 911(d)(1). Thus, under this general limitation, a qualified individual whose entire taxable year is within the applicable period is limited to maximum housing expenses of $26,280 ($87,600 x .30) in 2008.

Section 911©(2)(B) of the Code authorizes the Secretary to issue regulations or other guidance to adjust the percentage under section 911©(2)(A)(i) based on geographic differences in housing costs relative to housing costs in the United States.

Pursuant to this authority, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department published Notice 2006-87, 2006-2 C.B. 766, and Notice 2007-25, 2007-12 I.R.B. 760, for 2006, and Notice 2007-77, 2007-40 I.R.B. 735, for 2007, to provide adjustments to the limitation on housing expenses for qualified individuals incurring housing expenses in countries with high housing costs relative to housing costs in the United States.

SECTION 3. TABLE OF ADJUSTED LIMITATIONS FOR 2008

The following table provides adjusted limitations on housing expenses (in lieu of
the otherwise applicable limitation of $26,280) for 2008.

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EFFECTIVE DATE

This notice is effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2008.

DRAFTING INFORMATION

The principal author of this notice is Paul J. Carlino of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International). For further information regarding this notice contact Mr. Carlino at (202) 622-3840 (not a toll free call).

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