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Weekly IRS Roundup August 7 – August 11, 2023

Check out our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of August 7, 2023 – August 11, 2023.

August 7, 2023: The IRS published Internal Revenue Bulletin 2023-32, which includes:

  • Notice 2023-53, setting forth updates on the corporate bond monthly yield curve and the corresponding spot segment rates for July 2023 used under Code Section 417(e)(3)(D); the 24-month average segment rates applicable for July 2023; and the 30-year Treasury rates, as reflected by the application of Code Section 430(h)(2)(C)(iv).
  • Proposed regulations that would rescind the moral objection exemption to providing contraceptive services in health plans subject to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and establish a new individual contraceptive arrangement that individuals enrolled in plans or coverage sponsored, arranged, or provided by objecting entities may use to obtain contraceptive services at no cost directly from a provider or facility that furnishes contraceptive services.
  • Final regulations that authorize the assessment and collection of erroneous refunds of various credits in the normal course of processing employment tax returns.
  • Announcement 2023-22, revoking tax-exempt status for certain organizations.
  • Notice 2023-55, providing temporary relief in defining a “foreign income tax” for purposes of Code Sections 901 and 903 for 2022 and 2023 tax years.
  • Revenue Ruling 2023-13, listing the applicable federal rates for August 2023.

August 7, 2023: The IRS reminded eligible contractors who build or substantially reconstruct qualified new energy-efficient homes that they might qualify for a tax credit of up to $5,000 per home under Code Section 45L. The credit amount depends on the type of home, the home’s energy efficiency and the date when someone buys or leases the home.

August 8, 2023: The IRS released part four of a five-part “Protect Your Client; Protect Yourself” summer series from the Security Summit, a public-private partnership that works to protect the tax system against tax-related identity theft and fraud. This publication provides information to help protect sensitive taxpayer data.

August 8, 2023: The IRS released Tax Tip 2023-99, explaining the various ways in which scammers may impersonate the IRS, including by mail, electronically and even in person.

August 8, 2023: The IRS’s Large Business and International Division announced a compliance campaign focused on taxpayers who may have inflated their reported cost of goods sold to reduce their taxable income.

August 9, 2023: The IRS warned businesses and tax professionals to be aware of a range of compliance issues associated with employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). The IRS indicated that it is aware of promoted arrangements using ESOPs that are potentially abusive. Such arrangements may include schemes where a business creates a “management” S corporation whose stock is wholly owned by an ESOP for the sole purpose of diverting taxable business income to the ESOP. The S [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup May 31 – June 4, 2021

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of May 31, 2021 – June 4, 2021. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

June 1, 2021: The IRS issued a news release, soliciting applications for the IRS Advisory Council, a forum consisting of representatives of the public to advise the IRS regarding various tax administration issues.

June 2, 2021: The IRS issued a news release, reminding taxpayers living and working abroad of the June 15, 2021, deadline for filing their 2020 US federal income tax returns.

June 4, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 2021-34, providing the applicable reference price and associated credit amount used in determining the marginal well production credit under section 45I of the Code.

June 4, 2021: The IRS issued Announcement 2021-11, announcing that the United States and Switzerland have entered into an arrangement listing the US and Swiss pension and retirement plans, which now include various US and Swiss individual retirement savings plans that may qualify for the exemption from withholding on dividends under the US-Switzerland tax treaty.

June 4, 2021: The IRS issued a news release, announcing the issuance of more than 2.8 million refunds to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation in 2020, compensation that was retroactively excluded from 2020 taxable income by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

June 4, 2021: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Le Chen in our Washington, DC, office for this week’s roundup.

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Tax Court: Prior Closing Agreement May Have Relevance in Coca-Cola’s Transfer Pricing Case

Coca-Cola is seeking a re-determination in Tax Court of certain Internal Revenue Service (IRS) transfer-pricing adjustments relating to its 2007–2009 tax years. In the case, the IRS moved for partial summary judgment seeking a ruling that a 1996 Internal Revenue Code Section 7121 “closing agreement” executed by the parties is not relevant to the case before the court.

Closing Agreement Background

Following an audit of the taxpayer’s transfer pricing of its tax years 1987–1989, the parties executed a closing agreement for Coca-Cola’s 1987–1995 tax years. In the closing agreement, the parties agreed to a transfer pricing methodology, in which the IRS agreed that it would not impose penalties on Coca-Cola for post-1995 tax years if Coca-Cola followed the methodology agreed upon. Despite following the agreed-to methodology for its post-1995 tax years, the IRS determined income tax deficiencies for Coca-Cola’s 2007–2009 tax years, arguing that pricing was not arm’s-length. (more…)

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