26 U.S. Code § 663 - Special rules applicable to sections 661 and 662
Any amount which, under the terms of the governing instrument, is properly paid or credited as a gift or bequest of a specific sum of money or of specific property and which is paid or credited all at once or in not more than 3 installments. For this purpose an amount which can be paid or credited only from the income of the estate or trust shall not be considered as a gift or bequest of a specific sum of money.
Any amount paid or permanently set aside or otherwise qualifying for the deduction provided in section 642(c) (computed without regard to sections 508(d), 681, and 4948(c)(4)).
Paragraph (1) shall apply with respect to any taxable year of an estate or a trust only if the executor of such estate or the fiduciary of such trust (as the case may be) elects, in such manner and at such time as the Secretary prescribes by regulations, to have paragraph (1) apply for such taxable year.
For the sole purpose of determining the amount of distributable net income in the application of sections 661 and 662, in the case of a single trust having more than one beneficiary, substantially separate and independent shares of different beneficiaries in the trust shall be treated as separate trusts. Rules similar to the rules of the preceding provisions of this subsection shall apply to treat substantially separate and independent shares of different beneficiaries in an estate having more than 1 beneficiary as separate estates. The existence of such substantially separate and independent shares and the manner of treatment as separate trusts or estates, including the application of subpart D, shall be determined in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Secretary.
1997—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 105–34, § 1306(a), inserted “an estate or” before “a trust” in pars. (1) and (2).
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 105–34, § 1306(b), substituted “the executor of such estate or the fiduciary of such trust (as the case may be)” for “the fiduciary of such trust”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105–34, § 1307(a), (b), inserted “estates or” before “trusts” in heading, “Rules similar to the rules of the preceding provisions of this subsection shall apply to treat substantially separate and independent shares of different beneficiaries in an estate having more than 1 beneficiary as separate estates.” before last sentence, and “or estates” after “trusts” in last sentence.
1976—Subsecs. (b)(2), (c). Pub. L. 94–455 struck out “or his delegate” after “Secretary”.
1969—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 91–172, § 101(j)(17), substituted “sections 508(d), 681, and 4948(c)(4)” for “section 681”.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 91–172, § 331(b), incorporated existing provisions of subpar. (C) of former first sentence making subsec. (b) applicable only to a trust where the fiduciary elected to have the subsec. apply and part of former second sentence making the election applicable in accordance with prescribed regulations; substituted provisions for regulations to spell out manner and time of election for part of former second sentence requiring the election to be made not later than the time prescribed by law for filing the return for the year, including any extension; and omitted: subpars. (A) and (B) of former first sentence which had provided for application of subsec. (b) only to a trust “(A) which was in existence prior to January 1, 1954” and “(B) which, under the terms of its governing instrument, may not distribute in any taxable year amounts in excess of the income of the preceding taxable year”; part of former second sentence which required the election to be made for first taxable year to which this part is applicable; and third sentence that “If such election is made with respect to a taxable year, this subsection shall apply to all amounts properly paid or credited within the first 65 days of all subsequent taxable years of such trust.”
Written determinations for this section
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- 65-Day Rule : 2018-01-05
- Extension of Time for Making Certain Elections : 2017-03-10
- Special Rules Applicable to Sections 661 and 662 : 2017-03-10
- 65-Day Rule : 2017-03-03
- 65-Day Rule : 2012-11-09
- Extension of Time for Making Certain Elections : 2011-07-22
- 65-Day Rule : 2011-07-22
- Special Rules Applicable to Sections 661 and 662 : 2011-07-22
- Qualified Subchapter S Trusts : 2011-05-13
- Election by Small Business Corporation : 2011-05-13
- Separate Share Rule : 2011-05-13
- 65-Day Rule : 2011-04-15
- 65-Day Rule : 2009-01-23
- 65-Day Rule : 2008-12-26
- 65-Day Rule : 2008-08-22
- Special Rules Applicable to Sections 661 and 662 : 2008-08-22
- Trust Income, Deductions, and Credits Attributable to Grantors and OthersAs Substantial Owners : 2007-08-17
- Power to Control Beneficial Enjoyment : 2007-08-17
- General Powers of Administration : 2007-08-17
- Separate Share Rule : 2007-08-17
- Special Rules For Pass-Through Entities : 2007-08-17
- Treatment of Distributions and Stock Dispositions : 2007-08-17
- Attribution to U.S. Persons : 2007-08-17
- 65-Day Rule : 2006-04-28
- 65-Day Rule : 2006-01-13
- 65-Day Rule : 2002-12-13
- Income Defined : 2002-03-08
- Separate Share Rule : 2002-03-08
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