Mastering Form 5472: New Filing Requirements for Foreign Individuals, LLCs, and Companies

Meeting Information Return Requirements for Foreign-Owned Corporations, Disregarded Entities and 25%-Foreign-Owned U.S. Corporations

Recording of a 110-minute CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Program Materials

This webinar will provide tax advisers with a thorough and practical guide to completing Form 5472, focusing on the impact of new IRS regulations requiring 5472 reporting by foreign owners of disregarded entities (DREs). The panel will provide line-by-line guidance to completing the form, defining key concepts and discussing the impact of recent IRS rules expanding filing requirements.


Form 5472, “Information Return of a 25% Foreign-Owned U.S. Corporation or a Foreign Corporation Engaged in a U.S. Trade or Business,” is one of the most complicated forms applicable to foreign companies. Originally, the reporting obligations applied to corporations only; however, IRS announced changes in 2016 that extends the reach of Form 5472 requirements to non-U.S. individuals owning DREs active in the U.S.

IRC 6038 requires “reporting corporations” to disclose specified “reportable transactions” they have with any “related parties” on Form 5472. The definition of each element is highly complex, and tax advisers must have a thorough grasp of these definitions to ensure that the taxpayer has met the record maintenance requirements to support its tax position for these transactions.

In Dec. 2016, Treasury regulations expanded the scope of the filing requirements. In response to foreign individuals’ use of DREs to avoid information reporting, the Service now requires foreign-owned single member LLCs and other DREs to file Form 5472. Foreign persons who own a single-member domestic DRE, either directly or indirectly through attribution rules, must obtain an taxpayer identification number and disclose reportable transactions. Penalties for failing to file Form 5472 may reach $10,000 per failure, with complicated rules for penalty mitigation.

Listen as our experienced panel provides a thorough and practical guide to completing Form 5472, including key definitions and a discussion of the expanded filing requirements.



  1. Statutory provisions of IRC 6038A and 6038C
  2. Key definitions
    1. Reporting corporations
    2. Reportable transactions
    3. Related parties
  3. New regulations (TD 9796) requiring foreign-owned DREs to file Form 5472
  4. Completing the form
  5. Penalty abatement provisions


The panel will discuss these and other important issues:

  • What entities and individuals are subject to Form 5472 filing requirements?
  • Identifying key elements of IRC 6038A and 6038C to determine definitions of transactions that must be reported
  • Line-by-line guidance on completing Form 5472
  • Steps that foreign individuals owning DREs operating in the U.S. must take to fulfill filing requirements
  • Penalty abatement and mitigation provisions


Dougherty, Alison
Alison N. Dougherty, J.D., LL.M.


Ms. Dougherty has extensive experience assisting clients with U.S. tax reporting and compliance for offshore assets and...  |  Read More

Burmester, Kirsten
Kirsten Burmester

Caplin & Drysdale

Ms. Burmester's practice focuses on international tax issues, including both planning and controversy work. She has...  |  Read More

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