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United States – IRS Guidance on Section 911 for Burundi

United States – IRS Guidance Section 911 for Burundi

This GMS Flash Alert reports that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service released an advanced copy of Rev. Proc. 2016-21 on March 17, 2016, concerning the application of section 911(d)(1) with respect to Burundi.


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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an advanced copy of Rev. Proc. 2016-21 on March 17, 2016.  This Revenue Procedure concerns individuals who failed to meet the eligibility requirements of either the bona fide residence test or the physical presence test under Internal Revenue Code (I.R.C.) section 911(d)(1) because war, civil unrest, or similar adverse conditions in a foreign country precluded the individuals from satisfying these requirements for the 2015 tax year.1


Individuals who would otherwise qualify for the foreign earned income and foreign housing cost exclusions may lose the benefit of those exclusion if they are forced to leave a country due to war or civil unrest, impacting the overall amount of tax they may owe for the 2015 tax year.

A special exception to the time requirements to qualify for those exclusions is allowed for persons in such a situation, who left a country designated by the IRS.  The list is updated annually.

Revenue Procedure 2016-21: Burundi

Rev. Proc. 2016-21 provides that for tax year 2015, the Treasury Department, in consultation with the Department of State, has determined that war, civil unrest, or similar adverse conditions precluded the normal conduct of business in Burundi.  An individual who left Burundi on or after the designated date will be treated as a “qualified individual” for purposes of section 911 with respect to the period during which that person was present in or was a bona fide resident of Burundi if the individual establishes a reasonable expectation of meeting the requirements of section 911(d) but for the adverse conditions.

Country   Date of Departure on or
Burundi    May 14, 2015

An individual who was first present, or established residency, in Burundi after

May 14, 2015, is not eligible to qualify for the exception.


1 See Rev. Proc. 2016-21 (PDF 15 KB).  Rev. Proc. 2016-21 will be published in Internal Revenue Bulletin 2016-14 dated April 4, 2016. 


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