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Second Circuit Weighs in on Tax Court’s Refund Jurisdiction

Borenstein v. Commissioner is an interesting opinion involving the intersection of canons of statutory construction and jurisdiction. Recently, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the US Tax Court’s holding in Borenstein that the court lacked jurisdiction to order a refund of an undisputed overpayment made by the taxpayer. The case, which we discussed in a prior post, involved interpreting statutory provisions dealing with claims for a refund after a notice of deficiency was issued. The Tax Court’s holding was based on the application of the plain meaning rule to Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 6512(b)(3), which limit its jurisdiction to order refunds of overpayments.

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Weekly IRS Roundup February 25 – March 1, 2019

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of February 25 – March 1, 2019.

February 25, 2019: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2019-05, announcing the interest rates for underpayments and overpayments under section 6621 of the Code, applicable for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2019.

February 26, 2019: The IRS issued a news release as part of its new Tax Time Guide series, providing information and online resources to help taxpayers understand the changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

February 27, 2019: The IRS released final regulations amending the utility allowance regulations concerning the low-income housing credit under section 42 of the Code.

February 27, 2019: The IRS issued a news release reminding taxpayers who owe federal taxes about potential restrictions on their ability to obtain or renew passports.

February 27, 2019: The IRS scheduled a public hearing for March 14, 2019, on the proposed regulations implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as it relates to the foreign tax credit.

February 28, 2019: The IRS issued Notice 2019-17, providing relief from underpayment penalties to farmers and fishermen in certain circumstances.

February 28, 2019: The IRS issued a news release as part of its new Tax Time Guide series, providing information and online resources to taxpayers about how to check refund status or pay additional tax owed.

March 1, 2019: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Le Chen in our DC office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup December 3 – 7, 2018

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of December 3 – 7, 2018:

December 4, 2018: The IRS issued a news release granting taxpayers an extra day, until Thursday, December 6, 2018, to file any return or pay any tax originally due on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in light of the Executive Order closing all federal agencies on December 5, 2018, as a mark of respect for President George H.W. Bush.

December 4, 2018: The IRS issued Notice 2018-95, providing transition relief from the “once-in-always-in” condition for excluding part-time employees under Treas. Reg. § 1.403(b)-5(b)(4)(iii)(B).

December 6, 2018: The IRS in Revenue Ruling 2018-32 released the interest rates for underpayments and overpayments applicable for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2019.

December 7, 2018: The IRS issued Notice 2018-97, providing initial guidance on the application of section 83(i) of the Code, enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which allows qualified employees of privately held corporations to defer paying income tax—for up to five years—on the value of qualified stock options and restricted stock units granted to them by their employers.

December 7, 2018: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Le Chen in our DC office for this week’s roundup.




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