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Weekly IRS Roundup August 21 – September 1, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for August 21, 2023 – September 1, 2023.[1]

August 21, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-102, warning tax professionals to be prepared for a variety of schemes aimed at stealing sensitive information, including phishing and attacks on cloud-based applications.

August 23, 2023: The IRS published Revenue Procedure 2023-29, providing the applicable percentage table used to calculate the premium tax credit under Section 36B.

August 24, 2023: The IRS reminded employers and employees that employers who have educational assistance programs can use those programs to help pay student loan obligations for their employees.

August 24, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-103, outlining the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax and reminding truckers that the tax payment due date is the last day of the month following the month the vehicle was first used on public highways. Truckers must also file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, by such date.

August 25, 2023: The IRS published Revenue Ruling 2023-17, which provides guidance on the overpayment and underpayment rate of tax under Section 6621. The ruling includes a table of interest rates spanning from 1975 through the present.

August 25, 2023: The IRS published Notice 2023-62, which provides guidance on particular issues involving catch-up contributions to retirement plans that are eligible to be designated as Roth contributions.

August 25, 2023: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

August 28, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-104, explaining that eligible teachers and administrators can claim a tax deduction for part of the cost of technology, supplies and training to the extent those expenses are not reimbursed.

August 29, 2023: The IRS issued proposed regulations that would require brokers to report sales and exchanges of digital assets by customers. The proposed regulations contemplate the creation of new Form 1099-DA.

August 29, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-105, listing miscellaneous resources for military spouses who run businesses or do gig work.

August 30, 2023: The IRS issued proposed regulations, frequently asked questions and Publication 5855, which all relate to the increased tax credit or deduction amounts for clean energy facilities and projects if taxpayers satisfy certain prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship requirements.

August 30, 2023: The IRS announced that starting January 1, 2024, Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, must be filed electronically. (See also FS-2023-19 (August 19, 2023).)

August 30, 2023: The IRS announced tax relief for individuals and businesses in parts of Florida affected by Hurricane Idalia. Currently, [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup April 24 – April 28, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of April 24, 2023 – April 28, 2023.

April 24, 2023: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-17, which highlights the following:

  • REG 121709-19: This document provides proposed regulations regarding supervisory approval of penalties. The purpose is to address the uncertainty surrounding various aspects of supervisory approval of penalties due to recent judicial decisions.
  • Announcement 2023-12: This announcement informs taxpayers and practitioners that the IRS has revised Form 3115, Application for Change in Accounting Method, and its instructions. This announcement also provides guidance to allow for a reasonable period for taxpayers to transition to the December 2022 Form 3115.
  • Announcement 2023-11: This announcement notifies the public that a proposed regulation identifies certain micro-captive transactions as “listed transactions” and certain other micro-captive transactions as “transactions of interest.”
  • Revenue Procedure 2023-12: This revenue procedure modifies specific language in Revenue Procedure 2023-5 to allow for the new electronic submission process of Form 8940, Request for Miscellaneous Determination. This revenue procedure also provides a 90-day transition relief period, during which paper Forms 8940 and letter applications will be accepted and processed by EO Determinations.
  • Notice 2023-30: This notice publishes the safe harbor deed language for extinguishment and boundary line adjustment clauses required by Section 605(d)(1). This notice also clarifies the process certain donors may use to amend an easement deed to substitute the safe harbor language for the corresponding language in the original deed.
  • Announcement 2023-07: This announcement informs federal civilian employees and other civilians who received certain reimbursement payments in 2022 and 2023 from the US Department of Defense for lodging, meals, and personal property damage expenses after the release of petroleum from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility on O‘ahu, Hawaii, that such payments are excludable from gross income for federal income tax purposes under Section 139.
  • REG 109309-22: These proposed regulations identify transactions that are the same as, or substantially similar to, certain micro-captive transactions as listed transactions and certain other micro-captive transactions as transactions of interest. The proposed regulations also provide guidance as to the reporting requirements for participants and material advisors to the transactions.

April 24, 2023: The IRS released Notice 2023-34, which provides that convertible virtual currency is treated as property for federal tax purposes and that general tax principles applicable to property transactions apply to transactions using convertible virtual currency. This notice modifies Notice 2014-21 by revising a sentence in the background section to remove the statement that virtual currency does not have legal tender status in any jurisdiction.

April 24, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-55, reminding taxpayers that they don’t need to panic when they get a letter [...]

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