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Weekly IRS Roundup July 24 – July 28, 2023

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

July 24, 2023: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-30, which includes proposed regulations that specify the methodology for constructing the corporate bond yield curve used to calculate present value under a defined benefit plan. The Internal Revenue Bulletin also highlights the following:

  • Announcement 2023-18 relieves taxpayers from reporting the new stock repurchase excise tax under § 4501.
  • Announcements 2023-19 and 2023-20 revoke the tax-exempt status of certain organizations.
  • Notice 2023-37 modifies prior guidance regarding benefits related to testing and treating COVID-19.
  • Notice 2023-50 announces that the applicable percentage for purposes of determining percentage depletion on marginal properties for 2023 is 15%.
  • Notice 2023-51 publishes the inflation adjustment factor and the reference price for 2023 for the renewable electricity production credit under § 45.
  • T.D. 9976 provides final regulations that facilitate the transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) to other interbank offered rates (IBORs).

July 24, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-93, warning businesses and tax-exempt organizations about misleading employee retention credit claims. Scammers and unscrupulous promoters have been running aggressive broadcast advertising, direct mail solicitations and online promotions for the credit, many of which misrepresent and exaggerate who can qualify for the credit.

July 24, 2023: The IRS announced that revenue officers will no longer make unannounced visits to taxpayers’ residences in all but a few narrow circumstances. Instead, they will schedule visits via mailed letters.

July 25, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-94, advising that applicable entities, including tax-exempt and governmental entities that would otherwise be unable to claim certain credits because they do not owe federal income tax, can benefit from some clean energy tax credits. If an entity opts to receive an elective payment, the amount of such credits is treated as a payment of tax, and overpayments will result in a refund.

July 25, 2023: The IRS released Notice 2023-53, which provides guidance on the corporate bond monthly yield curve, spot segment rates used under § 417(e)(3) and the 12-month average segment rates under § 430(h)(2).

July 25, 2023: The IRS published a special summer series discussing the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program, which can provide an extra layer of security for taxpayers filing their tax returns.

July 26, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-95, reminding taxpayers that IRS Free File remains available until October 16 for those who still need to file a 2022 tax return.

July 26, 2023: The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2023-26, which provides a program for the fast-track processing of private letter ruling requests, replacing the pilot program described in
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Weekly IRS Roundup December 26 – December 30, 2022

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of December 26, 2022 – December 30, 2022.

December 26, 2022: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2022-52, which highlights the following:

  • Proposed Regulations 106134-22: These proposed regulations identify certain syndicated conservation easement (SCE) transactions and substantially similar transactions as “listed transactions,” which means they must be reported to the IRS.
  • Revenue Procedure 2022-43: This procedure sets out the final qualified intermediary withholding agreement (QI agreement), which began on January 1, 2023. The QI agreement allows certain people to enter into an agreement with the IRS to simplify their obligations as withholding agents and as payors for amounts paid to their account holders and allows certain people to act as qualified derivatives dealers and assume primary withholding and reporting responsibilities on all dividend equivalent payments they make.
  • Announcement 2022-28: This announcement is released in conjunction with the above proposed regulations that identify certain SCE transactions as “listed transactions.” The announcement explains that the regulations are being proposed in response to certain court decisions holding that the Administrative Procedure Act requires the IRS to identify listed transactions through notice-and-comment rulemaking and that the IRS plans to issue additional regulations related to other “listed transactions.”
  • Notice 2022-61: This notice provides guidance on the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements, as amended by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA). This notice also serves as the published guidance establishing the 60-day period with respect to the applicability of the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.
  • Proposed Regulations 113839-22: This document contains proposed regulations that treat members of a consolidated group as a single US shareholder in certain cases for purposes of Section 951(a)(2)(B). The proposed regulations affect consolidated groups that own stock of foreign corporations.
  • Revenue Procedure 2022-42: This procedure provides guidance on new rules added as part of the IRA on how to enter into a written agreement with the IRS to provide periodic written reports containing specified information related to a clean vehicle manufactured. It also provides the procedures for people selling vehicles to report information to the IRS in order for the vehicle to be eligible for the credit.

December 27, 2022: The IRS and the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced interim guidance on the corporate stock repurchase excise tax. Notice 2023-2 provides the interim guidance on the new 1% excise tax on a covered corporation’s repurchases of corporate stock under Section 4501. (Section 4501 was added as part of the IRA.) The notice provides an exclusive list of Section 317(b) redemption transactions that are treated as Section 317(b) redemption but are not repurchases, as well as an exclusive list of transitions that are economically similar transactions. The notice applies to stock [...]

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