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Weekly IRS Roundup February 15 – February 19, 2021

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of February 15, 2021 – February 19, 2021. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

February 16, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 21-05, which provides the applicable short-, mid- and long-term applicable federal rates for the month of March. These rates are used for purposes of section 1274(d), which relates to the determination of issue price in the case of certain debt instruments issued for property.

February 16, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 21-16 providing guidance on the corporate bond monthly yield curve, the corresponding spot segment rates used in section 417(e)(3) and the 24-month average segment rates under section 430(h)(2). In addition, the notice provides guidance as to the interest rate on 30-year US Department of the Treasury securities under section 417(e)(3)(A)(ii)(II) and the 30-year Treasury weighted average rate under section 431(c)(6)(E)(ii)(I).

February 18, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 21-15 clarifying the application of section 214 which provides temporary special rules for health flexible spending arrangements and dependent care assistance programs under section 125 cafeteria plans. (For more information, see our On the Subject here.)

February 18, 2021: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2021-8, dated February 22, 2021, containing the following highlights: Announcement 2021-2 (Administrative); Announcement 2021-3 (Administrative); and Rev. Proc. 2021-15 (Administrative).

February 19, 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 Samuel DiPietro in our Chicago office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup January 18 – January 22, 2021

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of January 18, 2021 – January 22, 2021. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

On January 20, President Biden’s chief of staff, Ronald Klain, issued a memorandum freezing the publication of rules in the Federal Register pending additional review by presidential designees or appointees. As a result, there may be delays in the official publication of pending IRS actions.

January 19, 2021: The IRS released Notice 21-08 providing a waiver of the addition to tax for underpayment of estimated income tax by individual taxpayers, where the underpayment is attributable to the amendment to section 461(l)(1)(B) contained in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

January 19, 2021: The IRS issued Rev. Rul. 21-04 updating the applicable federal rate and various other prescribed rates for February 2021.

January 19, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 21-09 updating weighted average interest rates, yield curves and segment rates.

January 19, 2021: The IRS released Notice 21-06 waiving the requirement to file information returns or furnish payee statements related to certain COVID-19 relief programs.

January 19, 2021: The IRS posted Notice 21-11 extending relief for employers to withhold and pay certain taxes because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

January 19, 2021: The IRS posted Notice 21-10 extending and providing additional relief for Qualified Opportunity Funds and their investors because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

January 19, 2021: The IRS announced Notice 21-13 providing relief for partnerships from certain penalties related to the reporting of partners’ beginning capital account balances.

January 22, 2021: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

January 22, 2021: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2021-4, dated January 25, 2021, containing the following highlights: Rev. Proc. 2021-8 (Exempt Organizations); TD 9937 (Employee Plans); Rev. Proc. 2021-10 (Income Tax); Rev. Rul. 2021-2 (Income Tax); Ann. 2021-1 (Tax Conventions).

Special thanks to Brian Moore in our Washington, DC, office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup October 12 – October 16, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of October 12, 2020 – October 16, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

October 13, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to the absorption of consolidated net operating loss (CNOL) carryovers and carrybacks, as well as consolidated groups that include both life insurance companies and other companies.

October 14, 2020: The IRS released a draft of instructions for Form 5472 related to an information return of a 25% foreign-owned US corporation or a foreign corporation engaged in a US trade or business.

October 16, 2020: The IRS published Revenue Ruling 2020-22 updating the applicable federal rate (AFR) for November 2020.

October 16, 2020: The IRS published Notice 2020-47 updating the weighted average interest rate, the yield curve and segment rates used by certain benefit plans.

October 16, 2020: The IRS published Revenue Procedure 2020-46, which adds that a distribution to a state unclaimed property fund is a permissible reason to self-certify eligibility for a waiver to the 60-day rollover requirement for qualified plans and individual retirement arrangements.

October 16, 2020: The IRS published Revenue Procedure 2020-43 providing the maximum amount that may be made newly available for the plan year for an excepted benefit health reimbursement arrangement.

October 16, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-43, dated October 19, 2020, containing the following highlights: Notice 2020-70 (Administrative) and TD 9920 (Employment Tax).

October 16, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Brian Moore in our Washington, DC, office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup March 11 – 15, 2019

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of March 4 – 8, 2019.

March 11, 2019: The IRS cancelled a public hearing scheduled for March 14 on proposed regulations on changes to the foreign tax credit under Section 904 of the Code.

March 12, 2019: The IRS issued Notice 2019-10 requesting comments on possible changes to rules regarding the excise tax treatment of fuel used in a motor vehicle to operate auxiliary equipment via a power take-off.

March 12, 2019: The IRS issued a notice listing the names of individuals losing US citizenship (within the meaning of section 877(a) or 877A) pursuant to Section 6039G of the Code.

March 12, 2019: The IRS announced that a private letter ruling pilot program addressing whether stock distributions are tax free under Section 355 would be extended indefinitely.

March 13, 2019: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2019-06 providing tables of covered compensation under Section 401(1)(5)(e) of the Code.

March 13, 2019: The IRS issued a news release providing information on up to $1.4 billion of unclaimed income tax refunds from 2015. The unclaimed refunds potentially affect up to 1.2 million taxpayers who did not file 2015 returns.

March 13, 2019: The IRS issued a news release detailing the rise in the use of IRS FreeFile to prepare and electronically file returns. The IRS states 1.4 million taxpayers took advantage of FreeFile as of March 8, a 5 percent increase from the same time last year.

March 14, 2019: The IRS issued Notice 2019-21 providing guidance on the corporate bond monthly yield curve, spot segment rates under Section 417(e)(3) and the 24 month average segment rates under Section 430(h)(2).

March 15, 2019: The IRS released Revenue Ruling 2019-08 providing monthly tables of prescribed rates under numerous Code sections including the applicable federal rate for April.

Special thanks to Terence McAllister in our New York office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup July 16 – 20, 2018

It was a busy week for the IRS and presented below is our weekly roundup for July 16 – 20, 2018 on significant IRS guidance and tax matters.

July 16, 2018: Last week the IRS issued Notice 2018-60 providing guidance on the corporate bond monthly yield curve, the corresponding spot segment rates used under § 417(e)(3), and the 24-month average rates under § 430(h)(2).

July 16, 2018: The IRS has released Notice 2018-61 clarifying the effect of § 67(g) on trusts and estates with the intent on publishing regulations in the near future.

July 16, 2018: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin No. 2018-29 which includes Rev. Proc. 2018-37 providing specifications for the private printing of red-ink substitutes for the 2018 Forms W-2 and W-3. This procedure will be produced as the next revision of Publication 1141. Rev. Proc. 2017-42 is superseded.

July 17, 2018: Under Rev. Proc. 2018-38, the IRS instructed that organizations exempt from tax under § 501(a), other than those described in § 501(c)(3), are no longer required to report the names and addresses of their contributors on the Schedule B of their Forms 990 or 990-EZ.

July 17, 2018: In Rev. Rul. 2018-21 the IRS announced the Applicable Federal Rates for August 2018.

July 18, 2018: The IRS has released LB&I Process Unit Knowledge Base – Corporate/Business Issues & Credits regarding the rules for capitalizing transaction costs (legal fees, accounting fees, consulting fees, investment advisory service fees and other transaction costs) under Treas. Reg. 1.263(a)-5(a).

July 20, 2018: The IRS published T.D. 9835 amending the definition of qualified matching contributions (QMACs) and qualified nonelective contributions (QNECs) under regulations regarding certain qualified retirement plans.

July 20, 2018: The IRS released it 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 roundup.




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