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Weekly IRS Roundup February 5 – February 9, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of February 5, 2024 – February 9, 2024.

February 5, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-5, which includes the following:

  • Announcement 2024-4, which clarifies that until the IRS issues new final regulations under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 6050I implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, at this time, digital assets are not required to be included when determining whether cash received in a single transaction (or two or more related transactions) has a value exceeding the $10,000 reporting threshold.
  • Notice 2024-21, which provides guidance on the corporate bond monthly yield curve, the corresponding spot segment rates used under Section 417(e)(3), and the 24-month average segment rates under Code Section 430(h)(2).
  • Notice 2024-22, which provides initial guidance on the anti-abuse rules under Code Section 402A(e)(12) to assist in the implementation of the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022’s Section 127 provisions.
  • Final regulations, which provide guidance on changes made by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 to the prescribed interest rate and mortality table and other guidance, including rules for the treatment of preretirement mortality discounts and Social Security-level income options.
  • Revenue Ruling 2024-3, which provides the February 2024 applicable federal rates.

February 5, 2024: The IRS announced that individuals and businesses in parts of Maine affected by severe storms and flooding that began on December 17, 2023, now have until June 17, 2024, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

February 6, 2024: The IRS revised frequently asked questions for Form 1099-K, Payment Card and Third Party Network Transactions, providing more general information for taxpayers, including common situations, along with clarity as to which organizations should submit Forms 1099-K.

February 6, 2024: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2024-13, which provides two tables of limitations on depreciation deductions for owners of passenger automobiles placed in service during calendar year 2024 and a table of dollar amounts that must be used to determine income inclusions by lessees of passenger automobiles with a lease term beginning in calendar year 2024.

February 6, 2024: The IRS reminded taxpayers that through new elective payment and transfer options, applicable businesses; tax-exempt organizations; or entities such as state, local, and tribal governments can take advantage of certain tax credits and apply these options to certain clean energy and manufacturing credits. Eligible taxpayers can register using the IRA/CHIPS Pre-Filing Registration Tool.

February 7, 2024: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2024-12, which offers a temporary extension for providing certain seller reports under Code Sections 25E and 30D.

February 7, 2024: The IRS launched a new page on IRS.gov that explains the Employer-Provided Childcare Credit, which offers employers a tax credit of up [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup January 22 – January 26, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of January 22, 2024 – January 26, 2024.

January 22, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-4, which includes Revenue Procedure 2024-8. This revenue procedure lists qualified census tracts used to determine income limits for targeted area residences for purposes of Internal Revenue Code (Code) § 143(a), dealing with qualified mortgage bonds, and Code § 25(c), dealing with mortgage credit certificates.

January 22, 2024: The IRS announced that individuals and businesses in parts of Connecticut affected by severe storms, flooding and a potential dam breach that began on January 10 now have until June 17, 2024, to file various federal individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

January 22, 2024: The IRS reminded taxpayers that they must disclose whether they received or disposed of digital assets, such as cryptocurrency, on their 2023 personal income tax returns.

January 22, 2024: The IRS announced that IRS Free File is now available for the 2024 filing season. IRS Free File is generally available to taxpayers with adjusted gross income of $79,000 or less. Additional information can be accessed here.

January 23, 2024: The IRS announced that work is underway on the Simple Notice Initiative, which will review and redesign various IRS notices. The IRS intends to focus first on the notices that are most commonly sent to individual taxpayers.

January 23, 2024: The IRS published a Request for Information from the US Department of the Treasury, Employee Benefits Security Administration, US Department of Labor, and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation following the directive provided under the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 to review the existing reporting and disclosure requirements for retirement plans. Comments are due by April 22, 2024, and each agency will be required to report to US Congress on December 29, 2025. Reports will offer recommendations for simplifying, standardizing and improving reporting and disclosure requirements.

January 25, 2024: The IRS issued Notice 2024-23, which provides special relief under Code § 529 for certain rollovers to or from Maryland Prepaid College Trust (MPCT) accounts. Due to accounting discrepancies and administrative issues, access to MPCT interest earnings was frozen in April 2022 and restored in July 2023. As a result of the freeze, many taxpayers executed a qualified rollover out of MPCT accounts. Notice 2024-23 permits taxpayers to transfer funds back into an MPCT account in a qualified rollover even though the transfer of funds out of the MPCT account may have occurred within 12 months of the transfer back into an MPCT account.

January 26, 2024: In the spirit of the IRS’s annual Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day outreach campaign, the IRS posted information on the Earned Income Tax Credit to help educate low- to middle-income taxpayers who may be eligible to [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup January 8 – January 12, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of January 8, 2024 – January 12, 2024.

January 8, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-2, which includes the following:

  • Notice 2024-7, which provides eligible taxpayers with automatic relief from additions to tax for failure to pay with respect to certain income tax returns for 2020 and 2021.
  • Announcement 2024-3, which explains Voluntary Disclosure Program eligibility criteria, terms and procedures for taxpayers to resolve refunds or credits for erroneous Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims.
  • Notice 2024-2, which provides guidance on certain SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022 provisions.
  • Notice 2024-3, which sets forth the 2023 Cumulative List of Changes in Plan Qualification Requirements for Defined Contribution Qualified Pre-approved Plans.
  • Notice 2024-4, which updates the corporate bond monthly yield curve and corresponding spot segment rates for December 2023 used under Internal Revenue Code (Code) § 417(e)(3)(D), the 24-month average segment rates for December 2023 and the 30-year Treasury rates, as reflected by the application of § 430(h)(2)(C)(iv).
  • Revenue Ruling 2024-1, which provides covered compensation tables under § 401(1)(5)(E) for the 2024 plan year.
  • Notice 2024-1, which provides the percentage increase for calculating the qualifying payment amounts for items and services furnished in 2024 for purposes of Code §§ 9816 and 9817, §§ 716 and 717 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and §§ 2799A-1 and 2799A-2 of the Public Health Service Act.
  • Notice 2024-6, which provides additional guidance on the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) credit, including methods and Renewable Fuel Standard program safe harbors used to qualify for and calculate the SAF credit.
  • Announcement 2024-1, which revokes § 501(c)(3) determinations for certain organizations and stipulates that contributions made to the organizations by individual donors are no longer deductible under § 170(b)(1)(A).
  • Notice 2024-5, which provides a safe harbor for the incremental cost of certain qualified commercial clean vehicles placed in service in calendar year 2024 for purposes of the credit pursuant to § 45W.
  • Notice 2024-8, which provides the optional 2024 standard mileage rates that taxpayers can use when computing the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving expense purposes.
  • Notice 2024-9, which notes the IRS’s intent to propose regulations concerning statutorily required exceptions to the elective payment phaseout for entities that do not satisfy the domestic content requirements of §§ 45, 45Y, 48 and 48E. The notice also provides the transitional process for how applicable entities can claim the statutory exception for elective payment projects that begin construction during calendar year 2024 and fail to satisfy the domestic content requirement.
  • Notice 2024-11, which updates the list of treaties that meet the requirements of § 1(h)(11)(C)(i)(II) as it relates to [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup November 13 – November 17, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of November 13, 2023 – November 17, 2023.

November 13, 2023: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-46, which includes the following:

  • Proposed regulations that would update the requirements a plan sponsor of a single-employer defined benefit plan must meet to obtain IRS approval to use mortality tables specific to the plan when calculating the present value for minimum funding purposes (as a substitute for the generally applicable mortality tables). Comments and requests for a public hearing must be received by December 19, 2023.
  • Final regulations that prescribe mortality tables for certain defined benefit pension plans.
  • Announcement 2023-31, which revokes § 501(c)(3) determinations for certain organizations and stipulates that contributions made to the organizations by individual donors are no longer deductible under § 170(b)(1)(A).

November 13, 2023: The IRS reminded taxpayers of the important steps they can take now to help them “get ready” to file their 2023 federal tax return for the 2024 filing season.

November 13, 2023: The IRS released FS-2023-26, updating question nine to reflect that wrongfully incarcerated US service members cannot exclude certain payments from gross income.

November 13, 2023: The IRS reminded people to stay vigilant in protecting personal and financial information from scam artists and tax schemes in light of International Fraud Awareness Week.

November 13, 2023: The IRS provided instructions for tax professionals to become an authorized e-file provider, which is mandatory for tax professionals to be able to file their clients’ federal tax returns electronically.

November 14, 2023: The IRS announced that it will hold a free webinar on November 16, 2023, to update employers, tax professionals and others on the most recent developments concerning e-file requirements for information returns that take effect on January 1, 2024.

November 14, 2023: The IRS released Notice 2023-76, which updates the corporate bond monthly yield curve and corresponding spot segment rates for November 2023 used under § 417(e)(3)(D), the 24-month average segment rates for November 2023 and the 30-year Treasury rates, as reflected by the application of § 430(h)(2)(C)(iv).

November 15, 2023: The IRS announced that Rajiv Uppal has been selected as the next Chief Information Officer.

November 15, 2023: The IRS announced that taxpayers can now claim tax credits for new and used clean vehicles they buy during the tax year, and starting January 1, 2024, they can transfer those tax credits to the dealer in exchange for a financial benefit.

November 15, 2023: The IRS released Revenue Ruling 2023-21, which provides various prescribed rates for federal income tax purposes for December 2023.

November 16, 2023: The IRS reminded individual retirement arrangement owners age 70½ or [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup May 22 – May 26, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of May 22, 2023 – May 26, 2023.

May 22, 2023: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-21, which highlights the following:

  • Notice 2023-36: This notice from the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the IRS invites recommendations for the 2023-2024 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan is used to identify and prioritize tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices and other published administrative guidance.
  • Announcement 2023-15: This announcement provides the revocation of IRC 501(c)(3) organizations for failure to meet the code section requirements. Contributions made to the organization by individual donors are no longer deductible under Section 170(c).
  • REG-124064-19: These proposed regulations related to Section 367(d), Rules for Certain Repatriations of Intangible Property, would (in certain instances) terminate the continued application of certain tax provisions after the previous transfer of intangible property to a foreign corporation when the intangible property is repatriated to certain US persons.

May 22, 2023: The IRS announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2023. Revenue Ruling 2023-11 establishes the interest rates as follows:

  • Overpayments: 7%
  • Overpayments for corporations: 6%
  • Corporate overpayments for portions exceeding $10,000: 4.5%
  • Underpayments: 7%
  • Large corporate underpayments: 9%

May 23, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-70, reminding taxpayers that requesting an Identity Protection PIN can help stop identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns. An Identity Protection PIN is a six-digit number used to prove taxpayers’ identities when filing their federal tax returns.

May 24, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-71, providing guidance on how taxpayers can best prepare to request an appeal after the IRS rejects an offer in compromise. After the IRS rejects an offer in compromise, taxpayers have 30 days to request an appeal of the decision.

May 25, 2023: The IRS renewed an alert for businesses to watch out for the telltale signs of misleading claims by aggressive promoters that misrepresent who can qualify for the Employee Retention Credit. The alert reminds taxpayers that businesses improperly claiming the credit must pay it back, possibly with penalties and interest.

May 25, 2023: The IRS released Notice 2023-43, which provides guidance with respect to Section 305 of the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022. Section 305 provides for the expansion of the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System, currently set forth in Revenue Procedure 2021-30. This notice provides interim guidance in advance of any updates to Revenue Procedure 2021-31 and is not intended to be comprehensive.

May 25, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-72, announcing that improvements to IRS phone service and online options are coming as a result of the Inflation [...]

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