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Weekly IRS Roundup January 1 – January 5, 2024

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of January 1, 2024 – January 5, 2024.

January 2, 2024: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2024-1, which includes the following:

  • Revenue Procedure 2024-1, which contains the revised procedures for letter rulings and information letters issued by the different offices of the associate chief counsel. This revenue procedure also contains the revised procedures for determination letters issued by the Large Business and International Division, the Small Business/Self-Employed Division, the Wage and Investment Division and the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division.
  • Revenue Procedure 2024-2, which explains when and how associate chief counsel offices should provide advice in technical advice memoranda (TAM). The revenue procedure also explains taxpayers’ rights when a field office requests a TAM.
  • Revenue Procedure 2024-3, which provides a revised list of areas of the Internal Revenue Code under the jurisdiction of the associate chief counsel’s offices of Corporate; Financial Institutions and Products; Income Tax and Accounting; Passthroughs and Special Industries; Procedure and Administration; and Employee Benefits, Exempt Organizations, and Employment Taxes. These relate to matters in which the IRS will not issue letter rulings or determination letters.
  • Revenue Procedure 2024-4, which provides guidance on the types of advice the IRS offers to taxpayers on issues under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner, TE/GE Division and Employee Plans Rulings and Agreements. It also details the procedures that apply to requests for determination letters and private letter rulings. This revenue procedure updates Revenue Procedure 2023-4.
  • Revenue Procedure 2024-5, which provides the procedures for issuing determination letters on issues under the jurisdiction of the Director, Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements.
  • Revenue Procedure 2024-7, which provides the areas under the jurisdiction of the associate chief counsel (international) in which letter rulings and determination letters will not be issued.

January 4, 2024: The IRS encouraged taxpayers to check out for tips, tools and resources to help them prepare to file their 2023 federal income tax returns.

January 4, 2024: The IRS published Tax Tip 2024-01, which provides a brief overview of tax credits and deductions for individuals.

January 5, 2024: The IRS announced an extension for dealers and sellers of clean vehicles to submit time-of-sale reports. Dealers and sellers generally will now have until January 19, 2024, to submit a time-of-sale report for vehicles sold from January 1, 2024, through January 16, 2024.

January 5, 2024: The IRS announced the launch of a special Tax Professional Awareness Week that will commence January 8, 2024, and assist tax professionals on what to expect during the 2024 filing season.

January 5, 2024: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup July 11 – July 15, 2022

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of July 11, 2022 – July 15, 2022. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

July 11, 2022: The IRS announced that the Nationwide Tax Forum will start July 19, 2022. The programing includes a keynote address by IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, updates on tax law, cybersecurity, ethics and more. The virtual event will take place over a five-week period from July 19 to August 18 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays each week. Those wanting to participate must register at least three business days in advance to guarantee access. Attendance at the webinars qualifies as continuing education (CE) for enrolled agents, certified public accountants, Annual Filing Season Program participants, California Tax Education Council (CTEC) participants and Certified Financial Planners (CFP).

July 12, 2022: The IRS issued renewed warnings for tax professionals to guard themselves against identity theft. This effort begins next week with the Security Summit’s annual summer campaign, “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself,” which is focused on tax professionals taking steps to prevent data theft from their offices. This will mark the seventh year that the IRS, state tax agencies and the national tax community have teamed up to raise awareness on the issue.

July 12, 2022: The IRS announced a special virtual session for those interested in becoming an IRS revenue agent. The agency plans to hire 470 revenue agents for the Small Business Self Employed (SB/SE) division. For further discussion, see our recent post.

July 12, 2022: The IRS issued Tax Tip 2022-105, reminding taxpayers that they can log into their account to check account information, including balance, payments and tax records.

July 13, 2022: The IRS reminded taxpayers to file their tax returns as soon as possible. The agency also encourages people to utilize special tools on to help them file and access assistance.

July 13, 2022: The IRS issued Tax Tip 2022-106, which gives points on how taxpayers should evaluate whether they have a hobby or business.

July 14, 2022: The IRS is requesting comments on Form 8874, Form 1041-QFT and Form 706-GS(T). Form 8874 is for investors seeking a credit for their equity investment; Form 1041-QFT is the return for a qualified funeral trustee to report the trust’s taxes; and Form 706-GS(T) is used to report taxes due from trust terminations subject to generation-skipping transfer tax.

July 14, 2022: The IRS issued Tax Tip 2022-107, which provides information on Individual Retirement Arrangements.

July 14, 2022: The IRS announced a free IRS/Federal Trade Commission webinar focused on scams and identity theft. The webinar will also cover how a taxpayer can add a layer of protection by applying for [...]

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IRS Continues Hiring Trend; Looks to Add over 400 Revenue Agents in the SB/SE Division

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that it will hire 470 new revenue agents into the Small Business Self Employed (SB/SE) division. This effort is part of a larger IRS staffing initiative, following a January 2022 announcement that the IRS plans to hire 200 lawyers to assist with litigation efforts, a March 2022 announcement that the IRS plans to hire more than 200 technology specialists and another March 2022 announcement that it would fill more than 5,000 positions in its processing centers in Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri and Ogden, Utah. This latest announcement continues the trend of reversing a decline in enforcement activities to improve taxpayer compliance.

Practice Point: The IRS has lost a tremendous amount of revenue agents over the last 10 years. This new effort to increase the number of personnel was much needed for an already overworked and overburdened agency. We do expect that the IRS will also continue to increase its efforts to ensure that taxpayers are uniformly compliant with the tax laws.

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