Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of April 12, 2021 – April 16, 2021. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.
April 12, 2021: The IRS issued proposed regulations setting forth requirements that certain foreign taxpayers must meet in order to obtain the benefits of investing in a qualified opportunity fund (QOF) under section 1400Z-2 of the Code. The proposed regulations also expand the flexibility of a disaster-related working capital safe harbor in the existing QOF regulations.
April 13, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 2021-24, extending previously announced relief from penalties for failure to make timely deposits of employment taxes. The Notice extends relief to apply to deposits reduced in anticipation of certain employment tax credits with respect to qualified leave wages and Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation coverage premiums during 2021.
April 13, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 2021-27, providing the monthly update to certain interest rates used for pension plan funding and distribution purposes.
April 13, 2021: The IRS issued a news release urging low and moderate income taxpayers to use IRS Free File to prepare and electronically file their tax returns.
April 14, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 2021-28, inviting the public to submit recommendations for items to be included on the 2021-2022 Priority Guidance Plan.
April 14, 2021: The IRS issued a news release announcing a fifth round of Economic Impact Payments consisting of over two million payments totaling over $3.4 billion, bringing the total amount of disbursements under the American Rescue Plan of 2021 to approximately 159 million payments worth more than $376 billion.
April 15, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2021-08, providing various prescribed interest rates for federal income tax purposes for May 2021.
April 15, 2021: The IRS issued a news release emphasizing that individuals experiencing homelessness may still qualify for tax benefits such as Economic Impact Payments and urged community groups and employers to share information and help such individuals file tax returns so that they can obtain such benefits.
April 16, 2021: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).
Special thanks to Le Chen in our Washington, DC, office for this week’s roundup.