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Weekly IRS Roundup June 22 – June 26, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of June 22 – June 26, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

June 24, 2020: The IRS issued final regulations permitting a regulated investment company (RIC) that receives qualified real estate investment trust (REIT) dividends to report dividends the RIC pays to its shareholders as section 199A dividends.

June 25, 2020: The IRS Office of Chief Counsel announced a limited settlement offer to certain taxpayers with pending docketed US Tax Court cases involving syndicated conservation easement transactions. The settlement offer requires a concession of the income tax benefits claimed by the taxpayer and imposes penalties.

June 26, 2020: The IRS will begin to reopen Taxpayer Assistance Centers starting on June 29, 2020. In-person appointments will be available for certain items.

June 26, 2020: The IRS issued a reminder to taxpayers and businesses that income tax liabilities as well as postponed April 15 and June 15, 2020, estimated tax payments are due July 15, 2020. Taxpayers who owe a 2019 income tax liability, as well as estimated tax for 2020, must make two separate payments on or by July 15, 2020. One payment should be for their 2019 income tax liability and one payment for their 2020 estimated tax payments.

June 26, 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.




Weekly IRS Roundup May 25 – May 29, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of May 25 – May 29, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

May 26, 2020: The IRS and United States Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations to provide guidance on federal income tax withholding on certain periodic retirement and annuity payments under IRC § 3405(a).

May 26, 2020: The IRS and Treasury issued final regulations clarifying the reporting requirements under IRC § 6033, generally applicable to tax-exempt organizations.

May 26, 2020: The IRS Practice Unit titled Taxation on the Disposition of USRPI by Foreign Persons was updated to clarify that publicly traded stock of a corporation continues to not be US real property interests (USRPI) if held by a 5% or less shareholder. The 5% threshold was increased to 10% only for real estate investment trusts (REITs) under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act).

May 27, 2020: The IRS and Treasury issued Notice 2020-41 to modify prior IRS notices addressing the beginning of construction requirement for both the production tax credit for renewable energy facilities under IRC § 45 and the investment tax credit for energy property under IRC § 48.

May 27, 2020: The IRS announced that some Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) will be sent to taxpayers in the form of a prepaid debit card that will arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.”

May 28, 2020: The IRS announced that taxpayers will be able to file Form 1040-X, Amended US Individual Income Tax Return, electronically this summer. Previously, Form 1040-X was only accepted through the mail.

May 28, 2020: The IRS and Treasury issued proposed regulations regarding the credit for carbon oxide sequestration under IRC § 45Q.

May 29, 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.




Weekly IRS Roundup March 25 – 29, 2019

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of March 25 – 29, 2019.

March 25, 2019: The IRS issued Proposed Regulations under Section 301 of the code updating existing regulations to reflect changes made by the Technical and Miscellaneous Revenue Act of 1988.

March 25, 2019: The IRS issued Proposed Regulations partially withdrawing and re-proposing 2016 proposed regulations addressing transactions where property of a corporation becomes property of a real estate investment trust (REIT) following certain corporate distributions of controlled corporation stock.

March 26, 2019: The IRS issued Notice 2019-22 announcing the phase out of the Section 30D plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit for purchasers of eligible General Motors’ vehicles beginning April 1, 2019.

March 27, 2019: The IRS issued Announcement 2019-03 providing an annual report on advance pricing agreements and the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program.

March 28, 2019: The IRS withdrew proposed regulations (REG-143686-07) that provided guidance on the allocation and recovery of basis in corporate stock redemptions under Section 301 of the code.

March 28, 2019: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2019-15 providing a waiver from time requirements for individuals electing to exclude their foreign earned income who must leave a country due to war, civil unrest or similar circumstances.

March 28, 2019: The IRS issued Notice 2019-24 providing adjustments to the limitation on housing expenses under Section 911 of the code.

March 29, 2019: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2019-11 providing guidance to taxpayers regarding the inclusion in income of recovered state and local taxes in the current year when the taxpayer deducted state and local taxes paid in a prior year.

March 29, 2019: The IRS withdrew proposed regulations (REG-124627-11) that provided guidance on the continuity of interest requirement under Section 368 of the code.

Special thanks to Terence McAllister in our New York office for this week’s roundup.




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