Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of September 16 – 20, 2019.

September 16, 2019: The IRS issued a news release about time-limited settlement offers made to eligible taxpayers under audit who participated in certain micro-captive insurance transactions.

September 17, 2019: The Treasury and the IRS released a Chief Counsel Notice advising Chief Counsel attorneys about the prior Policy Statement on the Tax Regulatory Process issued by the Treasury and the IRS on March 5, 2019. We previously wrote about the Policy Statement here. The Chief Counsel Notice advises that any matter implicating any aspect of the Policy Statement must be coordinated with the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure & Administration).

September 17, 2019: The IRS issued a notice expanding the emergency housing and compliance monitoring relief that is provided in Rev. Proc. 2014-49, 2014-37 I.R.B. 535, and Rev. Proc. 2014-50, 2014-37 I.R.B. 540 to Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California due to the California wildfires.

September 17, 2019: The IRS set September 24, 2019, as the Federal Register publication date for final and proposed regulations on increase of benefit and expansion of qualifying property for additional first year depreciation deduction.

September 18, 2019: The IRS released a revenue ruling prescribing various rates for federal income tax purposes for October 2019: (1) applicable federal rates for purposes of section 1274(d); (2) adjusted applicable federal rates for purposes of section 1288(b); (3) adjusted federal long-term rate and the long-term tax-exempt rate described in section 382(f); (4) appropriate percentages for determining the low-income housing credit described in section 42(b)(1); and (5) the federal rate for determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or for a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest for purposes of section 7520.

September 19, 2019: The IRS issued final regulations amending the rules relating to hardship distributions from section 401(k) plans. The final regulations reflect statutory changes affecting section 401(k) plans, including changes made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The regulations affect participants in, beneficiaries of, employers maintaining and administrators of plans that include cash or deferred arrangements or provide for employee or matching contributions.

September 2019: The IRS released a Statistics of Income Bulletin focusing on gift taxes. The article provides data on donors, donees, and types and amounts of gifts given during 2010 to 2016.

Special thanks to Robbie Alipour in our Chicago office for this week’s roundup.

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