IC-DISC Strategies Update: Commissions, Complex Computations, IRS Audit Risks, Tax Savings Tactics

A live 110-minute CPE webinar with interactive Q&A

Thursday, October 5, 2017 (in 13 days)
1:00pm-2:50pm EDT, 10:00am-11:50am PDT

This webinar will provide an updated guide to accounting professionals, tax advisers, and DISC administrators on the tax benefits and operational requirements of an Interest Charge-Domestic International Sales Corporation (IC-DISC). The panel will review and explain the key strategic steps for establishing and running an IC-DISC, including calculating commissions, spotting IRS audit risks, and tackling the complex computations required. The panel will also address recent IC-DISC developments and outline key IC-DISC tax planning opportunities, including using the optimal DISC ownership structure to maximize DISC benefits.


The IC-DISC remains the most significant U.S. income tax break for export business owners. The majority of IC-DISC companies are pass-through entities, either S corporations or LLCs. However, the benefits of the IC-DISC structure continue to be underutilized. Tax advisers must be well-versed in the tax, accounting and operational requirements after implementing IC-DISCs.

Establishing and operating an IC-DISC requires comprehensive tax planning to ensure that the DISC is meeting the IRS tests for determining qualified export assets and receipts and for ensuring distribution and interest amounts are accurately calculated. DISCs can achieve optimal tax benefits by utilizing available safe harbor pricing methods. Advisers must also grasp the impact of the DISC’s ownership and entity structure in claiming tax benefits.

Listen as our panel of expert advisers, drawing from years of experience in IC-DISC structures, helps you deal with its tax challenges, including calculating commissions, anticipating IRS audit risk areas, improving liquidity for the parent and shareholders, and identifying optimal approaches to the computational requirements. The program will provide tools to help ease the integration of DISC structures into current financial reporting systems.


  1. IC-DISC overview
    1. Applicable IRC sections
    2. Tax court decisions and IRS guidance
    3. Implementing an IC-DISC
    4. IC-DISCs’ future
  2. Updated IC-DISC ownership structures
    1. Structuring and implementing IC-DISCs
    2. Day-to-day operating issues
    3. IRA ownership of IC-DISCs
    4. Treaty country ownership of DISC
    5. Related party DISC partnerships
    6. Enhanced tax deferral opportunities
    7. Saving disqualified IC-DISCs
  3. Compliance and reporting
    1. Pricing rules
    2. Computational challenges
      1. Calculating commissions
      2. Transaction-by-transaction computations
      3. Reg § 1.861-8 computations
      4. Other issues
    3. Challenges related to the dividend tax increase and 3.8% Medicare tax
    4. Tax filings and common compliance pitfalls


The panel will guide you through issues, including:

  • Maximizing unique IC-DISC tax benefits, including the tax benefits from different shareholder structures
  • Understanding tax liability for IC-DISC structures under the new federal dividend tax rate and Medicare tax
  • Improving liquidity for the parent and shareholders—steps to consider
  • Overcoming computational challenges

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify day-to-day operational challenges of using an IC-DISC
  • Decide on strategies to save disqualified IC-DISC structures
  • Establish the federal tax rules pertaining to IC-DISCs
  • Recognize the importance and method of calculating combined taxable income
  • Ascertain the various tax benefits that a DISC provides to its related supplier and shareholders


Mark C. Gasbarra, CPA, National Managing Director
Forte International Tax, Evanston, Ill.

Mr. Gasbarra has more than thirty-five years of international tax experience serving a wide array of companies across many industries. He serves major multinational corporations and CPA firms throughout the U.S., as well as privately held businesses with international operations. He advises on a wide range of international tax matters with deep expertise in outbound issues including repatriation, foreign tax credit utilization, export incentives, including the IC-DISC, and the domestic production activities deduction. Prior to founding Forte in 2004, he was the lead partner in EY's Chicago-based International Tax Services department, and prior to that position, he was an International Tax Service Partner at PwC.

Neal J. Block, Senior Counsel
Baker & McKenzie, Chicago

Mr. Block has represented U.S. and international corporate clients on domestic and international tax matters for more than 40 years. He is a leading practitioner in the IC-DISC area, both for tax planning and litigation. He previously chaired the Chicago Bar Association's Committee on Taxation.

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  • Field of Study: Taxes.
  • Level of Knowledge: Intermediate.
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  • Prerequisite: Three years+ business or public firm experience at mid-level within the organization, preparing complex tax forms and schedules, supervising other preparers/accountants. Specific knowledge and understanding of manufacturing and distribution operations; familiarity with export regulations, including tests for determining export property; familiarity with cost allocation principles.

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