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Weekly IRS Roundup May 18 – May 22, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of May 18 – May 22, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here. May 18, 2020:  The U.S. Tax Court announced that comments to the proposed amendments to the Rules of its Practice and Procedure should be emailed to Stephanie A. Servoss, Clerk of the Court, at Rules@ustaxcourt.gov. The Tax Court has not received mail since March 19, 2020. May 18, 2020:  The IRS added approximately 3,500 phone operators to answer Economic Impact Payment (EIP) questions. May 19, 2020:  The Large Business & International (LB&I) released information regarding the Swiss Bank Program Campaign. The program allows Swiss financial institutions to provide information on the U.S. persons with beneficial ownership of foreign financial accounts. The campaign will address noncompliance of such...

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IRS Continues to Barrage Taxpayers with New Campaigns

On November 3, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Large Business and International (LB&I) division identified 11 new examination compliance “campaigns.” We have extensively discussed LB&I’s “campaign” examination process, including posts on Understanding LB&I “Campaigns” and Run for Cover – IRS Unveils Initial “Campaigns” for LB&I Audits. The IRS identified the 11 new campaigns “through LB&I data analysis and suggestions from IRS compliance employees.” The new campaigns are: Form 1120-F Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 Withholding Campaign Swiss Bank Program Campaign Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Campaign Verification of Form 1042-S Credit Claimed on Form 1040NR Agricultural Chemicals Security Credit Campaign Deferral of Cancellation of Indebtedness Income Campaign Energy Efficient Commercial Building Property Campaign Corporate Direct (Section 901) Foreign Tax Credit Section 956 Avoidance Economic Development Incentives Campaign Individual...

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