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Weekly IRS Roundup March 18 – 22, 2019

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of March 18 – 22, 2019.

March 18, 2019: The IRS cancelled a public hearing originally scheduled for March 20th on proposed regulations on hybrid arrangements under Sections 245A and 267A of the code.

March 19, 2019: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2019-14 providing issuers of qualified mortgage bonds and issuers of mortgage credit certificates the nationwide average purchase price for residences located in the United States, and the average area purchase price safe harbors for residences located in certain statistical areas.

March 20, 2019: The IRS requested comments on the treatment of distributions by foreign corporations and coordination with nonrecognition provisions. Comments should be received by May 20, 2019.

March 20, 2019: The IRS issued a news release announcing the conclusion of what it refers to as the “dirty dozen” list of tax scams.

March 21, 2019: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2019-09 suspending two revenue rulings from 1957 pending the completion of a study regarding the active trade or business requirement under Sections 355(a)(1)(C) and (b) of the code.

March 22, 2019: The IRS issued Proposed Regulations on new information reporting requirements for certain life insurance companies under Section 6050Y of the code.

March 22, 2019: The IRS issued Notice 2019-25 modifying and superseding Notice 2019-11. The notice increases the availability of the waiver of the addition to tax for underpayment of estimated income tax for certain individuals for 2018.

March 22, 2019: The IRS issued Notice 2019-26 updating mortality improvement rates and static mortality tables for determining the minimum funding requirements under § 430(h)(3) for 2020. The notice also updates the minimum present value under § 417(e)(3) for distributions with annuity starting dates that occur during stability periods beginning in the 2020 calendar year.

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




Weekly IRS Roundup September 24 – 28, 2018

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of September 24 – 28, 2018:

September 25, 2018: The IRS announced a study regarding the active trade or business requirements under section 355(b) and stated that it is considering guidance on whether a business can qualify as an active trade or business if entrepreneurial activities, as opposed to investment or other non-business activities, take place with the purpose of earning income in the future, but no income has yet been collected in order to give more ventures access to tax-free spinoff under section 355(b).

September 25, 2018: The IRS issued a statement on the reorganization of the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement program, which will merge its economists and non-economists to facilitate the collaboration between team members and optimize economist involvement.

September 27, 2018: The IRS announced in Notice 2018-80 that it will issue proposed regulations providing that accrued market discount is not includable in income under section 451(b), which was added by 2017 tax reform.

September 27, 2018: The IRS issued a release reminding taxpayers ahead of the October 15 tax-filing extension deadline to be aware of criminal who continue to using devious tactics to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting taxpayers.

September 28, 2018: The IRs issued a discussion document regarding recalibration of the Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) program.

September 28, 2018: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandum and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Alex Cheng-Yi Lee in our DC office for this week’s roundup.




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