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Weekly IRS Roundup March 4 – March 8, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of March 4, 2024 – March 8, 2024.

March 4, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-10, which includes the following:

  • Revenue Ruling 2024-6, which provides that the overpayment interest rate under § 6621 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2024, will be 8% (7% in the case of a corporation), the underpayment interest rate will be 8% and the interest rate for large corporate underpayments will be 10%. The rate of interest paid on the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000 will be 5.5%.
  • Notice 2024-24, which provides updates on the corporate bond monthly yield curve and corresponding spot segment rates for January 2024 used under Code § 417(e)(3)(D), the 24-month average segment rates applicable for February 2024, and the 30-year Treasury rates, as reflected by the application of § 430(h)(2)(C)(iv).
  • Announcement 2024-13, which revokes § 501(c)(3) determinations for certain organization(s) and stipulates that contributions made to the organization(s) by individual donors are no longer deductible under § 170(b)(1)(A).
  • Revenue Ruling 2024-04, which provides the March 2024 applicable federal rates.

March 4, 2024: The IRS announced that registration for its 2024 Nationwide Tax Forum is now open, providing tax professionals the opportunity to attend special continuing education sessions in five cities across the nation.

March 4, 2024: The IRS reminded taxpayers that the legal deadline for claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit in 2020 is May 17, 2024. The deadline for claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit in 2021 will be April 15, 2025.

March 5, 2024: The IRS issued final regulations, providing that certain tax-exempt organizations and political entities that earn certain clean energy credits can choose to make an elective payment election. Such an election results in the credits being treated as payments against the electing entity’s federal income tax liabilities with the IRS refunding any excess value. Notice 2024-27, in turn, requests additional comments on situations in which an elective payment election should be permitted with respect to credits purchased in a transfer for which an election under § 6418(a) is made.

March 6, 2024: The IRS reminded taxpayers that they are generally required to report all earned income on their tax returns, including income earned from digital asset transactions, the gig economy and the service industry as well as income from foreign sources.

March 6, 2024: The IRS released a statement acknowledging concerns related to a proposed policy change from January 2 that would limit access to tax return information from the IRS to protect taxpayer confidentiality. In response to comments, the IRS has suspended any changes under the proposed policy.

March 6, 2024: The IRS announced that Margie Rollinson took the oath [...]

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Margie Rollinson Becomes First Female IRS Chief Counsel

On March 6, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that Margie Rollinson has been sworn in as the 49th chief counsel, making her the first female to take on the role. The position has been vacant since Michael Desmond stepped down on January 20, 2021. It took nearly a year for the US Senate to confirm his appointment. We previously reported on Ms. Rollinson’s nomination to the top job.

Ms. Rollinson began her career at Ernst & Young (EY) in 1987, became a partner in 1997 and was eventually named Deputy Director of the National Tax Department, where she also led the International Tax Technical Committee.

In 2013, Ms. Rollinson left EY and joined the IRS Office of Chief Counsel as the Technical Deputy Associate Chief Counsel in the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel International. In 2016, she was named Associate Chief Counsel International and oversaw 100 tax lawyers responsible for issuing published guidance and providing technical guidance.

Practice Point: The IRS Chief Counsel position is appointed by the President of the United States (with the advice and consent of the Senate) and serves as the chief legal advisor to the IRS Commissioner on all matters pertaining to the interpretation, administration and enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code. Under the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, the Chief Counsel reports to both the IRS Commissioner and the General Counsel of the Department of Treasury.

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