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Despite NOL Carrybacks, IRS Continues to Deny Refunds of Section 965 Transition Tax Overpayments

In a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing the interaction of recently enacted net operating loss (NOL) carryback provisions and section 965, the IRS stated that taxpayers may not receive a refund of any section 965 tax payment unless and until the payment exceeds the “entire income tax liability for section 965.” The IRS further stated that such amount “includes all amounts to be paid in installments under section 965(h) in subsequent years.” This position – that taxpayers are not entitled to a refund of an overpayment of the section 965 tax liability unless and until the overpayment amount exceeds the full eight years of installment payments – is consistent with the IRS’s previously published position in PMTA 2018-016 (and as discussed in our prior analyses, here and here).

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New Revenue Ruling 2020-8 Helps Taxpayers Seek COVID-19 Tax Refund Claims

Recently, in Revenue Ruling 2020-8, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it was suspending Revenue Ruling 71-533, which had addressed the interaction of two Internal Revenue Code (IRC) provisions regarding limitations periods on refund claims, pending reconsideration of the holding of the earlier Revenue Ruling.

Under IRC section 6511(d)(2)(A), a taxpayer generally must make a refund claim relating to an overpayment attributable to a net operating loss (NOL) carryback no later than three years after the taxable year in which the NOL was generated. Under IRC section 6511(d)(3)(A), a taxpayer generally must make a refund claim relating to an overpayment attributable to a foreign tax credit carryback no later than ten years after the taxable year in which the foreign taxes were paid.


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Weekly IRS Roundup April 6 – 10, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of April 6 – 10, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

April 8, 2020: The IRS announced that four LB&I campaigns related to agricultural chemicals security credit, partial disposition election for buildings, restoration of sequestered alternative minimum tax credit carryforward and work opportunity tax credit have been retired. Even though these issues are no longer LB&I campaigns, such issues may still be identified and included in the scope of an LB&I examination.

April 8, 2020: The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2020-23, allowing for eligible partnerships to file amended partnership returns for taxable years beginning in 2018 and 2019 by using Form 1065, US Return of Partnership Income, checking the “Amended Return” box and issuing an amended Schedule K-1 to each of its partners.

April 9, 2020: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2020-24, which provides guidance regarding (i) an election under section 172(b)(3) to waive the carryback period for a net operating loss (NOL) arising in a taxable year beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2020, (ii) excluding from the carryback period any taxable year in which the taxpayer has a section 965(a) inclusion, and (iii) for an NOL incurred in a taxable year that began before January 1, 2018 and ended after December 31, 2017, waiving or reducing the carryback period or revoking a prior election to waive the carryback period.

April 9, 2020: The IRS released Notice 2020-26, which provides for a six-month extension for the deadline for filing an application for a tentative carryback adjustment under section 6411 with respect to the carryback of an NOL that arose in any taxable year that began during calendar year 2018 and that ended on or before June 30, 2019.

April 10, 2020: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2020-22 to provide guidance regarding the election under section 163(j)(7)(B) to be an electing real property trade or business and the election under section 163(j)(7)(C) to be an electing farming business for purposes of the business interest expense deduction limitation under section 163(j).

April 10, 2020: The IRS and the Treasury Department launched a new web tool to allow people who do not normally file a tax return to register for Economic Impact Payments. The new web tool is intended to be simple and only take taxpayers a few minutes to register.

April 10, 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 Emily Mussio in our Chicago office for this week’s roundup.

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