Weekly IRS Roundup July 1 – July 5, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of July 1, 2024 – July 5, 2024.

July 1, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-27, which includes the following:

  • Notice 2024-52, which provides the applicable reference price and the credit amount used for determining the Marginal Well Production Credit under 45I of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for qualified natural gas production from qualified marginal wells for tax years beginning in calendar year 2024.
  • Announcement 2024-27, which revokes the Code § 501(c)(3) determination for specified organizations and stipulates that contributions made to said organizations by individual donors are no longer deductible under Code § 170(b)(1)(A).

July 1, 2024: The IRS reminded homeowners who make energy-efficient improvements to their homes that they may qualify for home energy tax credits, such as the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit and the Residential Clean Energy Credit, to offset the costs of making such improvements. Qualifying taxpayers should file Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, with their tax return.

July 2, 2024: The IRS launched the Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself campaign to help tax professionals guard against tax-related identity theft. This initiative aims to raise awareness about security threats and provide guidance for maintaining strong security in a series of eight news releases coinciding with the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, which features webinars to educate tax professionals on security-related topics.

July 2, 2024: The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2024-30, which modifies Revenue Procedure 2024-23 to provide procedures under Code § 446 for obtaining automatic consent to change accounting methods to the Allowance Charge-off Method described in proposed Treasury Regulation § 1.166-2. This method determines when a debt instrument held by a regulated financial company is conclusively presumed to be worthless for purposes of the bad debt rules under Code § 166.

July 3, 2024: The IRS reminded individuals and businesses in parts of Alaska, Maine and Rhode Island affected by disaster declarations that their 2023 federal income tax returns and tax payments are due on July 15, 2024.

July 3, 2024: The IRS warned about a new scam involving tax return preparers misrepresenting the rules for claiming clean energy credits that taxpayers cannot ultimately benefit from and leading to potential compliance actions and repayment obligations.

July 5, 2024: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).




Supreme Court Overrules Chevron, Opening Door for New Tax Reg Challenges

On June 28, 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States reshaped the federal tax landscape when it overturned the long-standing Chevron doctrine in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, No. 22-451. The Chevron doctrine, a pillar of US administrative law for four decades, required courts to defer to an agency’s reasonable interpretation of an ambiguous statute even where the court concluded that a different interpretation was better supported.

By ending the Chevron doctrine, Loper Bright has created new opportunities for taxpayers to challenge federal tax regulations. While taxpayers have long challenged federal tax regulations, Chevron’s deferential regime hampered many challenges to tax regulations because where there was statutory ambiguity or silence, courts generally deferred to agency interpretations. Loper Bright has evened the playing field between taxpayers and agencies because now both must convince courts that their interpretation of the statute is the best interpretation.

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Weekly IRS Roundup June 24 – June 28, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of June 24, 2024 – June 28, 2024.

June 24, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-26, which includes the following:

  • Notice 2024-45, which provides the inflation adjustment factors and applicable amounts for the credit for Clean Hydrogen Production Tax Credit under § 45V of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for calendar years 2023 and 2024.
  • Notice 2024-46, which provides that payments made by Norfolk Southern to individuals affected by the 2023 train derailment incident in East Palestine, Ohio, are considered “qualified disaster relief payments” under Code § 139, which should be excluded from gross income if they are not otherwise covered by insurance.
  • Notice 2024-50, which adds polyoxymethylene to the list of “taxable substances” subject to an excise tax under Code § 4672(a). The effective date of this modification for purposes of Code § 4662(e) refund claims is July 1, 2022.
  • Notice 2024-51, which provides the 2023 reference price under Code § 45K(d)(2)(C), applicable in determining the credit amounts provided under Code § 43 and § 45I and that percentage depletion for oil and natural gas produced from marginal properties and oil credits under Code § 613A.

June 25, 2024: The IRS apologized to hedge fund manager Ken Griffith and other taxpayers affected by the tax data leak perpetrated by former IRS contractor Charles Littlejohn.

June 26, 2024: The IRS highlighted challenges it encountered during the 2024 filing season and objectives for the upcoming fiscal year in a semi-annual report to Congress. Among other issues, the IRS identified delays in issuing refunds to identity theft victims, misleading telephone measures that lead to poor resource allocation decisions, and delays in processing Employee Retention Credit claims as key taxpayer challenges.

June 26, 2024: The IRS announced it will mail time-limited settlement offers in July 2024 to eligible taxpayers who participated in Syndicated Conservation Easements and substantially similar transactions that are under audit. The settlement offer will require substantial concession of income tax benefits and the application of penalties.

June 26, 2024: The IRS, through its Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee, released its 2024 annual report, which contains a total of 12 recommendations for Congress and the IRS to help improve tax administration.

June 27, 2024: The IRS extended the deadline to file federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments for certain individuals and businesses in Mississippi that were affected by severe weather since April 8, 2024. The new deadline is November 1, 2024. The extended deadline is available to taxpayers in any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including individuals and households that reside or have a business in Hancock, Hinds, Humphreys, Madison, Neshoba and Scott counties.

June 28, 2024: The [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup June 17 – June 21, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of June 17, 2024 – June 21, 2024.

June 17, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-25, which includes the following:

  • Revenue Ruling 2024-12, which provides the June 2024 applicable federal rates.
  • Treasury Decision 9993, which provides final regulations on the election under Internal Revenue Code (Code) 6418 to transfer eligible energy credits, effective July 1, 2024.
  • Treasury Decision 9997, which reduces the cost of applying for or renewing a preparer tax identification number from $21 to $11.
  • Proposed Regulations, which would remove the “associated property rule” and related rules from the regulations on interest capitalization requirements for improvements to “designated property” under Code 263A(f) and clarify the definition of “improvement” in the existing regulations.

June 17, 2024: The IRS announced the establishment of a new dedicated group within the Office of Chief Counsel that will focus on developing guidance for partnerships, specifically with respect to the use of “basis shifting” transactions by related-party partnerships.

June 17, 2024: The IRS released guidance intended to target certain transactions that use the basis adjustment provisions in Code §§ 734, 743, 754 and 755 to shift basis to depreciable property through partnership transactions. This guidance includes:

  • Revenue Ruling 2024-14, which identifies three types of basis shifting transactions involving related parties that, according to the IRS, should be disallowed for lack of economic substance.
  • Notice 2024-54, which announces the IRS’s intent to propose regulations under Code §§ 732, 734, 743 and 755 that, if finalized, are intended to take effect on or after June 17, 2024. The regulations would identify several types of “covered transactions” in which basis step-ups resulting from partnership transactions would be disallowed. Unlike Revenue Ruling 2024-14, these regulations would not depend on a covered transaction lacking economic substance.
  • Proposed Regulation § 1.6011-18, which would identify certain partnership basis shifting transactions as “transactions of interest,” which generally must be disclosed to the IRS.

June 17, 2024: The IRS provided general tips for taxpayers benefiting from educational assistance programs under Code § 127 with respect to the treatment of certain educational expenses, qualified education loans and working condition fringe benefits.

June 17, 2024: The IRS released Notice 2024-53, which provides the 24-month average corporate bond segment rates for June 2024, yield curve and segment rates for single-employer plans and 30-year Treasury securities interest rates.

June 18, 2024: The IRS announced the release of final regulations for taxpayers who satisfy certain prevailing wage and apprenticeship (PWA) requirements regarding the construction, alteration or repair of certain clean energy facilities or properties, projects or equipment. Taxpayers who satisfy these PWA requirements are eligible for increased credit or deduction amounts for certain clean energy [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup June 10 – June 14, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of June 10, 2024 – June 14, 2024.

June 10, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-24, which includes the following:

  • Revenue Ruling 2024-11, which provides the interest rates under 6621 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for tax underpayments and overpayments for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2024. The underpayment and overpayment interest rates will remain the same for the third calendar quarter of 2024.
  • Notice 2024-36, which provides the timeline for the second 2024 allocation round of the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credit program under Code 48C(e) and supersedes Appendices A, B and C of Notice 2023-44.
  • Notice 2024-39, which provides the inflation adjustment factor for the carbon oxide sequestration credit under Code § 45Q for taxpayers who make an election under § 45Q(b)(3) for calendar year 2024.
  • Notice 2024-40, which updates the corporate bond weighted average interest rate for plan years beginning May 2024, the 24-month average segment rates, the funding transitional segment rates applicable for May 2024 and the minimum present value transitional rates for April 2024.
  • Notice 2024-41, which provides a new elective safe harbor for taxpayers seeking to qualify their energy projects for the 10% Domestic Content Bonus Credit. The notice also modifies Notice 2023-38 by expanding the list of Applicable Projects to include hydropower and pumped hydropower storage facilities, among other changes.
  • Proposed Regulations, which provide guidance on information reporting requirements for transactions with foreign trusts and the receipt of large foreign gifts under Code § 643(i), 679, 6039F, 6048 and 6677 (the foreign trust and gift provisions). The proposed regulations would also provide that certain loans from a foreign trust and the use of trust property are reportable events.
  • Announcement 2024-22 and Announcement 2024-23, which revoke the Code § 501(c)(3) determination for specified organizations and stipulate that contributions made to said organizations by individual donors are no longer deductible under Code § 170(b)(1)(A).
  • Announcement 2024-24, which notifies taxpayers of the applicable Reference Standard 90.1 required under Code § 179D(c)(2) as part of the definition of energy efficient commercial building property, effective May 17, 2024.

June 10, 2024: The IRS highlighted options for taxpayers who missed the April filing deadline to file their 2023 federal income tax returns and reminded those taxpayers to pay the amounts owed as soon as possible to limit penalties and interest charges.

June 10, 2024: The IRS reminded taxpayers that the second quarter estimated tax payment deadline is June 17, 2024.

June 10, 2024: The IRS advised that most individual and business taxpayers can use the Online Payment Agreement service to set up a payment plan, including an installment agreement, to pay off an [...]

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