Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of January 7 – 11, 2019. Tax news is very limited because of the government shutdown:

January 7, 2019: The IRS issued a news release confirming that, despite the partial federal government shutdown, it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019, and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.

January 7, 2019: The IRS released the final 2018 version of Form 8996, dealing with certification as a qualified opportunity fund under section 1400Z-2 of the Code, enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

January 7, 2019: The IRS issued an announcement cancelling a public hearing—originally scheduled for January 10, 2019—on proposed regulations concerning qualified opportunity funds under section 1400Z-2 of the Code, in light of the partial federal government shutdown.

January 7, 2019: The IRS released final instructions for Form 8992, dealing with the calculation of global intangible low-taxed income under section 951A of the Code, enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

January 8, 2019: The IRS released the final 2018 version of Form 8992, dealing with the calculation of global intangible low-taxed income under section 951A of the Code, enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

January 11, 2019: The IRS issued a news release announcing the start of the IRS Free File program for this filing season and detailing new consumer protections that have been added to the program.

Special thanks to Le Chen in our DC office for this week’s roundup.

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of October 15 – 19, 2018:

October 16, 2018: The IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2018-54, which sets forth procedural rules for certain taxpayers that hold investments in one or more segregated asset accounts to elect to treat certain mortgage-backed securities as having deemed issuers for purposes of the diversification requirements of Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 817(h).

October 17, 2018: The IRS, in Qualified Intermediaries News, reminded entities seeking Qualified Intermediary, Withholding Partnership or Withholding Foreign Trust status with a withholding agreement effective in 2018 that the deadline for submitting the applications is November 16, 2018.

October 18, 2018: The IRS issued Notice 2018-81, which describes the manner in which taxpayers should notify the IRS of revocation of an election to aggregate or disaggregate certain church-related organizations from treatment as a single employer under Code Section 414(c)(2)(C) and (D).

October 18, 2018: The IRS issued Notice 2018-84, which clarifies the suspension of the personal exemption deduction in the newly-added section 151(d)(5) under certain rules in section 36B and section 6011.

October 19, 2018: The IRS issued proposed regulations for investment in opportunity zones, providing guidance on under new Code Section 1400Z-2 relating to gains that may be deferred as a result of a taxpayer’s investment in a qualified opportunity fund.

October 19, 2018: The IRS issued Rev. Rul. 2018-19, which provides guidance on the requirement of original use with respect to land purchased after 2017 in qualified opportunity zones.

October 19, 2018: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandum and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Alex Cheng-Yi Lee in our DC office for this week’s roundup.

Presented below is our weekly roundup for June 18-22, 2018 on significant IRS guidance and relevant tax matters.

June 18, 2018: The IRS issued Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2018-25 including: Rev. Rul. 2018-17 (withholding and reporting payments from IRAs to state unclaimed property funds under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 3405); and REG-102951-16 (proposing amendments to rules for determining whether information returns must be filed electronically).

June 18, 2018: In IR-2018-139 the IRS stated that people with disabilities can now put more money into their tax-favored ABLE accounts and may, for the first time, qualify for the Saver’s Credit for low- and moderate-income workers.

June 19, 2018: The IRS published Rev. Rul. 2018-19 listing the applicable federal interest rates for July 2018.

June 19, 2018: The IRS proposed regulation REG-131186-17 to reinstate T.D. 9787, including allocations of excess nonrecourse liabilities of a partnership among other changes and removing T.D. 9788.

June 19, 2018: The IRS released a Practice Unit on “Interest Capitalization for Self-Constructed Assets,” which identifies taxpayers subject to Code Section 263A(f) and covers the steps involved in determining how much interest must be capitalized to the basis of designated property.

June 20, 2018: IRS published Rev. Proc. 2018-35 modifying Rev. Proc. 2018-31, to not apply Section 263A to replanting costs for lost or damaged citrus plants pursuant to Code Section 263A(d)(2)(C).

June 21, 2018: The IRS published Notice 2018-48 listing the population census tracts designations by the Treasury for qualified opportunity zones relevant to new Code Section 1400Z-2.

June 22, 2018: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandum and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Christy Vouri-Misso and Greg Berson in our DC office for this week’s round-up.