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Weekly IRS Roundup May 27 – May 31, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of May 27, 2024 – May 31, 2024.

May 28, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-22, which includes the following:

  • Revenue Procedure 2024-25, which provides the inflation-adjusted limits related to health savings accounts and high deductible health plans under 223 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for calendar year 2025.
  • Treasury Decision 9995, which provides final regulations on clean vehicle tax credits under Code § 25E and 30D for the purchase of qualifying new and previously owned clean vehicles and the transfer and receipt of previously owned clean vehicle credits, effective July 5, 2024.
  • Treasury Decision 9996, which provides final regulations on obtaining extensions for allocating generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemptions and making specific GST-related elections for individuals and estates that did not make timely allocations or elections. By obtaining an extension, the effective date of a taxpayer’s GST-related election or allocation may date back to the original transfer date.

May 28, 2024: The IRS reminded US citizens and resident aliens abroad, including those with dual citizenship or on duty in the military, to file their 2023 federal income tax return by June 17, 2024.

May 28, 2024: The IRS announced that the application portal for the 2024 Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program, which increases the amount of energy investment tax credits for clean energy investments in low-income communities and on Native American land, is open for submissions.

May 29, 2024: The IRS released proposed regulations on the new technology-neutral clean electricity production tax credit in Code § 45Y and the clean electricity investment tax credit in Code § 48E, which are available for projects placed in service after December 31, 2024. The regulations provide rules for calculating greenhouse gas emissions rates, petitioning for provisional emissions rates and determining eligibility for these credits.

May 29, 2024: The IRS reminded taxpayers that certain common summertime activities, such as part-time work, business travel and home improvements, may result in tax benefits and reporting requirements.

May 30, 2024: The IRS announced that Direct File, a tax preparation program that allows eligible taxpayers to file their federal income tax returns for free directly through the IRS, will become a permanent option beginning in the 2025 filing season.

May 30, 2024: The IRS announced Fumino (Fumi) Tamaki as its new Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer.

May 31, 2024: The IRS issued Notice 2024-49, which provides the registration requirements for the Code § 45Z Clean Fuel Production Credit for clean fuels produced beginning January 1, 2025. The IRS urges qualifying fuel producers to register by July 15, 2024, since, among other requirements, fuel producers seeking to claim the credit must be registered at the time the fuel is produced.


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Weekly IRS Roundup October 16 – October 20, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of October 16, 2023 – October 20, 2023.

October 16, 2023: The IRS published Revenue Ruling 2023-20, which provides the November 2023 applicable federal rates.

October 16, 2023: The IRS announced that the deadline for 2022 income tax returns and payments for most California taxpayers has been postponed again until November 16, 2023. Because of natural disasters last winter, spring due dates were previously postponed to October 16, 2023. The list of localities eligible for the extension are available here.

October 16, 2023: Tax professionals can now access 18 self-study seminars that satisfy continuing education requirements for the federal tax law and ethics categories. The seminars can be accessed at Nationwide Tax Forums Online for a fee of $29 per seminar.

October 16, 2023: The IRS announced that it recently awarded $51 million in Tax Counseling for the Elderly and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance grants to organizations that provide free federal tax return preparation services.

October 16, 2023: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-42, which includes the following:

  • Notice 2023-65 provides guidance on the energy efficient home credit under Internal Revenue Code (Code) § 45L. It addresses who is eligible for the credit, how to determine the applicable amount of the credit, energy saving requirements, certification requirements and substantiation requirements.
  • Notice 2023-67 gives farmers and ranchers who were impacted by drought an extra year to replace livestock from forced sales and defer gains under Code § 1033(e).
  • Notice 2023-69 provides that any cash donations employers make to charitable organizations that provide relief to victims of the wildfires in Hawaii in exchange for sick, vacation, or personal leave that their employees forgo will not be treated as compensation. The notice also provides that these employees will not be treated as receiving the value of the leave as income and cannot claim a deduction for the leave that they donated to their employer. Employers may deduct these cash payments as a business expense or a charitable contribution deduction if the employer otherwise meets the respective requirements of the applicable sections of the Code.
  • Revenue Procedure 2023-35 provides that the IRS will not treat a redemption of a share in any money market fund as part of a wash sale under Code 1091.
  • Proposed regulations that provide guidance on how manufacturers, producers and importers of designated drugs will report excise tax liability under § 5000D. The proposed regulations also would except such excise tax from semimonthly deposit requirements.

October 18, 2023: The IRS released Notice 2023-70, which provides the adjusted applicable dollar amount to be multiplied by the average number of covered lives for purposes of calculating the fee imposed by §§ 4375 and [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup May 15 – May 19, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of May 15, 2023 – May 19, 2023.

May 15, 2023: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-20, which highlights the following:

  • Announcement 2023-16: The IRS announced that it will no longer conduct public hearings on notices of proposed rulemaking solely by telephone for proposed regulations that are published in the Federal Register after May 11, 2023. The change comes with the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. A telephonic option will remain available for those who prefer to attend or testify at a public hearing by telephone.

May 15, 2023: The IRS released a letter from Commissioner Daniel Werfel to the US Senate regarding the request for information about racial disparity in the selection of tax returns for audit and the IRS’s plan to address the issue.

May 15, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-67, announcing that tax relief is available for people living in areas that are declared disasters by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Click here to find out which areas qualify for federal disaster relief.

May 15, 2023: The IRS released Notice 2023-40, which provides the corporate bond monthly yield curve and corresponding spot segment rates and the 24-month average segment rates for May 2023. This notice also provides guidance as to interest rates on 30-year Treasury securities and 30-year Treasury weighted average rates.

May 15, 2023: The IRS released Revenue Ruling 2023-10, providing the applicable federal rates for federal income tax purposes for June 2023. The short-term federal interest rate is 4.43%, the mid-term rate will drop to 3.56% and the long-term rate is 3.79%.

May 16, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-68, reminding taxpayers that installing solar panels or making other home improvements may qualify them for the home energy credit.

May 16, 2023: The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2023-23, which provides the 2024 inflation-adjusted amounts for Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) as determined under Section 223 and the maximum amount that may be made newly available for excepted benefit health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) provided under Section 54.9831-1(c)(3)(viii) of the Pension Excise Tax Regulations.

May 16, 2023: The IRS announced the release of the IRS’s report from Commissioner Werfel evaluating the feasibility of providing taxpayers with a free Direct File option. The evaluation of the system focused on three areas: taxpayer opinions, cost and feasibility. The report also includes an analysis conducted by an independent third party. The IRS plans to pilot the project for the 2024 filing season.

May 17, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-69, reminding taxpayers that emergency preparedness plans should include financial records and tax information.

May 19, 2023: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private [...]

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