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Weekly IRS Roundup December 28, 2020 – January 8, 2021

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the weeks of December 28, 2020 – January 8, 2021. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

December 29, 2020: The IRS released Revenue Procedure 21-09 providing a procedure for a trade or business that manages or operates a qualified residential living facility to elect to be treated as a real property trade or business for purposes of section 163(j).

December 31, 2020: The IRS issued Notice 21-05 clarifying and modifying the beginning of construction requirement for qualified facility and energy property projects under sections 45 and 48.

December 31, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

December 31, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2021-1, dated January 4, 2021, containing the following highlights: Rev. Proc. 2021-1 (Administrative); Rev. Proc. 2021-2 (Administrative); Rev. Proc. 2021-3 (Administrative); Rev. Proc. 2021-4 (Employee Plans); Rev. Proc. 2021-5 (Exempt Organizations); and Rev. Proc. 2021-7 (Income Tax).

January 4, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 21-07 providing temporary relief for employers and employees using the automobile lease valuation rule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

January 5, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 21-08 modifying Revenue Procedure 2021-5 to provide that the exclusive means of submitting Form 1024-A, after the 90-day transition relief period, is through the electronic submission process.

January 5, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 21-10 providing procedures for issuers of tax-advantaged bonds who received adverse determinations by the Office of Tax Exempt Bonds to request an administrative appeal from the Independent Office of Appeals.

January 5, 2021: The IRS released TD 9943 containing the final regulations under section 163(j) related to the limitation on the deduction for business interest expense.

January 6, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 21-02 declaring Notice 2020-32 and Rev. Rul. 2020-27, both of which provided that certain taxpayers could not deduct expenses related to loans forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program, as obsolete.

January 6, 2021: The IRS released TD 9944 containing the final regulations under section 45Q related to the credit for carbon oxide sequestration.

January 7, 2021: The IRS released TD 9945 containing the final regulations under section 1061 related to the characterization of gains for taxpayers directly or indirectly holding applicable partnership interests in connection with the performance of substantial services.

January 8, 2021: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

January 8, 2021: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2021-2, dated January 11, 2021, containing the following highlights: TD 9940 (Administrative); Notice 2021-03 (Employee Plans); Notice 2021-04 (Excise [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup November 30 – December 4, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of November 30, 2020 – December 4, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

November 30, 2020: After releasing a pre-publication draft in early October, the IRS published TD 9926 in the Federal Register, which provides final regulations regarding withholding of tax and information reporting with respect to certain dispositions of interests in partnerships engaged in a trade or business within the United States under section 1446(f).

December 3, 2020: The IRS released Rev. Rul. 2020-28 related to the determination of the rate of interest under section 6621.

December 3, 2020: The IRS released Draft Instructions to Form 8992 related to the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI).

December 4, 2020: The IRS issued REG-111950-20 regarding passive foreign investment companies (PFICs) and the treatment of qualified improvement property under the alternative depreciation system.

December 4, 2020: The IRS issued TD 9936 regarding PFICs.

December 4, 2020: The IRS issued the Fall 2020 Statistics of Income Bulletin providing data about tax and information returns. The Bulletin highlights high-income tax returns for Tax Year 2017 and partnership returns for Tax Year 2018.

December 4, 2020: The IRS issued a Statement warning that employers will experience delays in receiving payments associated with Form 7200 Advance Payment of Employer Credits.

December 4, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-50, dated December 7, 2020, containing the following highlights: Notice 2020-83 (Employee Plans); TD 9923 (Exempt Organizations); Rev. Proc. 2020-51 (Income Tax); Rev. Rul. 2020-26 (Income Tax); Rev. Rul. 2020-27 (Income Tax).

December 4, 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 Brian Moore in our Washington, DC, office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup September 21 – September 25, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of September 21, 2020 – September 25, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

September 21, 2020: The IRS released Announcement 2020-12 to detail information reporting requirements for taxpayers seeking forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

September 21, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to bonus depreciation. The rules provide additional guidance to final regulations issued in 2019.

September 21, 2020: The IRS published final regulations providing guidance for certain foreign persons that recognize gain or loss from the sale or exchange of an interest in a partnership that is engaged in a trade or business within the United States.

September 21, 2020: The IRS published final regulations clarifying that certain deductions allowed to an estate or non-grantor trust are not miscellaneous non-itemized deductions.

September 22, 2020: The IRS issued proposed regulations to modify the ownership attribution rules applicable to outbound transfers of stock or securities of a domestic corporation under section 367(a) and narrow the scope of foreign corporations that are treated as controlled foreign corporations for purposes of the look-through rule under section 954(c)(6).

September 22, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to the downward attribution for ownership determination of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) following changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

September 24, 2020: The IRS announced that it will provide tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sally by extending the deadline for filing and payment deadlines that would have been due October 15, 2020, until January 15, 2021.

September 25, 2020: The IRS updated the instructions for Form 8858: Information Return of US Persons with Respect to Foreign Disregarded Entities (FDEs) and Foreign Branches (FBs) to reflect changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 25, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-40, dated September 28, 2020, containing the following highlights: Notice 2020-66 (Administrative); Announcement 2020-17 (Employee Plans Administrative); Notice 2020-72 (Employee Plans); Notice 2020-59 (Income Tax); Notice 2020-71 (Income Tax); REG-107911-18 (Income Tax); Rev. Proc. 2020-41 (Income Tax); Rev. Rul. 2020-19 (Income Tax); TD 9905 (Income Tax).

September 25, 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 Brian Moore in our Washington, DC, office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup July 27 – July 31, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of July 27, 2020 – July 31, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

July 28, 2020: The IRS issued final regulations providing guidance about the limitation on the deduction for business interest expense after amendment of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The regulations provide guidance to taxpayers on how to calculate the limitation, what constitutes interest for purposes of the limitation, which taxpayers and trades or businesses are subject to the limitation and how the limitation applies in consolidated group, partnership, international and other contexts.

July 28, 2020: The IRS published a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning rules that provide additional guidance on various business interest expense deduction limitation issues not addressed in the final regulations, including more complex issues related to the amendments made by the CARES Act.

July 28, 2020: The IRS added frequently asked questions regarding the aggregation rules under section 448(c)(2) that apply to the section 163(j) small business exemption.

July 29, 2020: The IRS posted a practice unit on issues concerning the receipt of dividends or interest from a related controlled foreign corporation.

July 29, 2020: The IRS posted a practice unit on accuracy-related penalties under section 6662.

July 29, 2020: The IRS published a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning regulations to implement legislative changes to sections 263A, 448, 460 and 471 that simplify the application of those tax accounting provisions for certain businesses having average annual gross receipts that do not exceed $25 million, adjusted for inflation. The notice also contains proposed regulations regarding certain special accounting rules for long-term contracts under section 460 to implement legislative changes applicable to corporate taxpayers. The proposed regulations generally affect taxpayers with average annual gross receipts of not more than $25 million (adjusted for inflation). The IRS also requested comments regarding the application of section 460 (or other special methods of accounting) to a contract with income that is accounted for in part under section 460 (or other special method) and in part under section 451. Comments must be received by September 14, 2020.

July 31, 2020: The IRS published a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning proposed regulations that provide guidance under section 1061. Section 1061 recharacterizes certain net long-term capital gains of a partner that holds one or more applicable partnership interests as short-term capital gains. The regulations also amend existing regulations on holding periods to clarify the holding period of a partner’s interest in a partnership that includes in whole or in part an applicable partnership interest and/or a profits interest. The regulations affect taxpayers who directly or indirectly [...]

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