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This International Tax Alert provides an updated list of foreign currencies that are traded on futures markets for purposes of determining whether a forward contract with respect to those currencies should be marked-to market under section 1256.1 The list contained in this Alert updates the list of foreign currencies that was provided in an International Tax Alert dated 17 January 2013, Updated list of foreign currency contracts subject to Section 1256.

Under Section 1256(a)(1), each Section 1256 contract held by a taxpayer at the close of the tax year must be marked-to-market. The term Section 1256 contract includes, among other things, any foreign currency contract.2 The term foreign currency contract is defined under Section 1256(g)(2)(A) as a contract that:

1. Requires delivery of, or the settlement of which depends on the value of, a foreign currency that is a currency in which positions are also traded through regulated futures contracts,

2. Is traded in the interbank market, and

3. Is entered into at arm’s length at a price determined by reference to the price in the interbank market.

The statutory definition is intended to describe the characteristics of bank forward contracts used for trading currencies.

Although Section 1256 may govern the timing of gains and losses on foreign currency contracts, Section 988 generally governs the character of those contracts.3 Under Section 988, any gains or losses with respect to those forward contracts on foreign currency generally should be ordinary in character.4

The following is a list of currencies in which positions are traded through regulated futures contracts as of the date of this Alert:

1. Australian dollar

2. Brazilian real

3. British pound

4. Canadian dollar

5. Chinese renminbi

6. Czech koruna

7. Euro

8. Hungarian forint

9. Israeli shekel

10. Indian rupee

11. Japanese yen

12. Korean won

13. Mexico peso

14. New Zealand dollar

15. Norwegian krone

16. Polish zloty

17. Russian ruble

18. South African rand

19. Swedish krona

20. Swiss franc

21. Turkish lira

As described above, provided that the additional conditions described in Section 1256(g)(2)(A) are satisfied, forward contracts with respect to these foreign currencies should be marked-to-market under Section 1256(a)(1).

In certain cases, it may be possible to make an argument that Section 1256 does not apply where the foreign currency is so thinly traded in regulated futures contracts that a market price is not available. Please, however, consult with one of the individuals listed below before adopting the position that Section 1256 does not apply due to thin trading.

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