IRS: Golden Parachute Tax Rules Change Effective in August

October 14, 2003 ( - New rules imposing a 20% excise tax on golden parachute payments actually kicked in this summer, even though they won't fully go into effect until January 1, 2004, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.

>Clarifying the regulations first put out in August, IRS officials said employers can use an August 4, 2003 effective date even though the rules technically cover a golden parachute payment contingent on a change in corporate ownership or control on or after January 1, 2004, Dow Jones reported.

In addition to the date clarification, the IRS also made one technical change to a section of the rule dealing with cash transfers. The rest of the rule was not affected.

Golden parachute regulations are often triggered when company executives receive compensation packages as a result of a merger or acquisition.