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Weekly IRS Roundup October 9 – October 13, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of October 9, 2023 – October 13, 2023.

October 10, 2023: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-41, which includes the following:

  • Revenue Ruling 2023-19 sets forth updated terminal charge and Standard Industry Fare Level formula mileage rates for valuing noncommercial flights on employer-provided aircrafts for purposes of taxing fringe benefits under Treasury Regulation § 1.61-21(g).
  • Notice 2023-68 provides the special per diem rates for purposes of substantiating ordinary and necessary business expenses relating to (1) meal and incidental expenses within the transportation industry, (2) incidental expenses only and (3) allowances under the high-low substantiation method.
  • Revenue Procedure 2023-32 publishes the amount of unused housing credit carryovers allocated to qualified states under Code Section 42(h)(3)(D) for calendar year 2023.
  • Announcement 2023-29 revokes tax-exempt status from certain organizations.

October 10, 2023: The IRS reminded taxpayers filing on extension to gather all records and copies of missing documents before they prepare their returns on their own or visit a tax preparer.

October 12, 2023: The IRS released new tax gap projections for tax years 2020 and 2021. The projections estimate an increase in the gross tax gap to $688 billion in tax year 2021, which reflects a rise of more than $192 billion from prior estimates for tax years 2014 through 2016 and a rise of $138 billion from the revised projections for tax years 2017 through 2019.

October 13, 2023: The IRS released Notice 2023-71, extending all tax filing and payment deadlines from October 7, 2023, until October 7, 2024, for taxpayers affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Israel. The relief applies to:

  • Any individual whose principal residence or business entity is located in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza
  • Any sole proprietor whose principal place of business is located in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza
  • Any individual, business, sole proprietor, estate or trust whose books, records or tax preparer is located in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza
  • Any individual who was killed, injured or taken hostage during the terrorist attacks
  • Any individual affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization and is assisting in Israel, the West Bank or Gaza (such as a relief worker)

October 13, 2023: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

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Weekly IRS Roundup December 5 – December 9, 2022

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of December 5, 2022 – December 9, 2022.

December 5, 2022: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2022-49, which highlights the following:

  • Revenue Procedure 2022-39: This revenue procedure obsoletes Revenue Procedure 94-69, 1994-2 C.B. 804, and sets out the procedures for eligible taxpayers to file an amended return under Section 1.6664-2(c)(4)(ii) of the regulations. This revenue procedure also sets out the procedures for eligible taxpayers to avoid Sections 6662(b)(1) and 6662(b)(2) accuracy-related penalties to the extent that the taxpayers report errors resulting in additional tax or adequately discloses the tax treatment of an item that has a reasonable basis.
  • Notice 2022-60: This notice sets forth the corporate bond monthly yield curve, the corresponding spot segment rates and the 24-month average segment rates for November 2022. The notice also provides guidance as to interest rates on 30-year Treasury securities and 30-year Treasury weighted average rates.
  • Notice 2022-62: This notice contains the 2022 Required Retirement Plan Amendments List. The list establishes the end of the remedial amendment period and the plan amendment deadline for changes in qualification requirements and Section 403(b) requirements for qualified individually designed plans and Section 403(b) individually designed plans, respectively.
  • Proposed Regulations 112096-22: This document contains proposed regulations related to the foreign tax credit, which provide guidance with respect to the reattribution asset rule for purposes of allocating and apportioning foreign taxes, the cost recovery requirement and the attribution rule for withholding tax on royalty payments. Written comments should be received by January 23, 2023, for consideration.
  • Revenue Rule 2022-22: This revenue ruling provides the applicable federal rates for federal income tax purposes for December 2022. The short-term federal interest rate will increase to 4.55%, the mid-term rate will rise to 4.27% and the long-term rate will rise to 4.34%.

December 5, 2022: The IRS released Tax Tip 2022-185, promoting IRS social media accounts and e-News services. The IRS utilizes several social media platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

December 6, 2022: The IRS and the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) issued proposed regulations that identify certain syndicated conservation easement (SCE) transactions as “listed transactions,” which means they must be reported to the IRS. The IRS previously identified certain SCE transactions in Notice 2017-10, however, courts have recently held that Notice 2017-10 is invalid because it did not follow notice and public comment procedures. The IRS also released Announcement 2022-28, which provides additional background information related to Notice 2017-10 and notes the IRS and the Treasury’s disagreement with the courts.

December 6, 2022: The IRS encouraged taxpayers to take important steps in December in preparation of filing their 2022 federal [...]

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