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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