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Weekly IRS Roundup August 9 – August 13, 2021

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of August 9, 2021 – August 13, 2021. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

August 10, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-33 and an accompanying news release, providing a safe harbor pursuant to which employers are permitted to exclude certain amounts from gross receipts for purposes of determining Employee Retention Credit eligibility.

August 10, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 2021-43 and an accompanying news release, providing relief for employers to claim the Work Opportunity Tax Credit under Section 51 of the Code with respect to employees who began work after December 31, 2020. This latest update is in response to the extension of the associated Empowerment Zone designations through December 31, 2025, and pursuant to the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020.

August 10, 2021: The IRS issued a news release as part of a Security Summit series in partnership with state tax agencies and the tax industry, advising tax professionals to guard against pandemic-related phishing scams.

August 11, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-34, updating and modifying procedures for taxpayers to obtain automatic consent for certain income tax accounting method changes made to comply with Section 451 of the Code, as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

August 11, 2021: The IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2021-35, modifying procedures for the safe harbor method of accounting for original issue discounts on a pool of credit card receivables in response to changes made to Section 451 by the TCJA.

August 13, 2021: The IRS issued Announcement 2021-13, announcing that the United States and United Kingdom have entered into an arrangement providing that references to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the US-UK income tax treaty are to be interpreted as references to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) upon the USMCA’s entry into force.

August 13, 2021: The IRS issued Announcement 2021-14, announcing that the United States and United Kingdom have entered into an arrangement providing that, notwithstanding the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, UK residents will continue to be treated as “equivalent beneficiaries” for purposes of applying the derivative benefits test to trusts under the Limitation on Benefits provision of the US-UK income tax treaty.

August 13, 2021: The IRS issued a news release announcing the disbursement of the August round of advance payments of the Child Tax Credit, consisting of approximately 36 million payments worth approximately $15 billion.

August 13, 2021: 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 February 22 – February 26, 2021

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of February 22, 2021 – February 26, 2021. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

February 25, 2021: The IRS issued an alert warning taxpayers to refrain from submitting meritless amended returns to claim the Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD) for prior tax years—the DPAD was repealed as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for taxable years after December 31, 2017. This alert was in response to a large number of filings claiming the DPAD deduction based on studies conducted after the fact, which the IRS claims contained unreasonable assumptions of facts and law. The IRS further noted that examining these claims will continue to be a priority and that penalties may be asserted under section 6676. We have previously written about section 199 refund claims and penalties under section 6676.

February 25, 2021: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2021-9, dated March 1, 2021, containing the following highlights: Announcement 2021-4 (Administrative).

February 26, 2021: The IRS issued Notice 21-18 providing the adjusted limitations on housing expenses for 2021 for purposes of section 911, which allows a qualified individual to elect to exclude from gross income certain foreign earned income and to exclude or deduct certain housing expenses.

February 26, 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 Samuel DiPietro in our Chicago office for this week’s roundup.




Weekly IRS Roundup December 21 – December 26, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of December 21 – December 26, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

December 21, 2020: The IRS released TD 9941 containing final regulations regarding the timing of income inclusion under an accrual method of accounting, including the treatment of advance payments for goods, services and certain other items.

December 22, 2020: The IRS issued Notice 21-02 providing the standard mileage rate for 2021.

December 22, 2020: The IRS issued Notice 21-03 extending temporary relief from the physical presence requirement for spousal consents under certain qualified retirement plans.

December 22, 2020: The IRS issued Notice 21-04 extending temporary relief for certain dyed fuel removals related to the West Shore Pipeline shutdown.

December 23, 2020: The IRS released TD 9942 containing final regulations implementing simplifications to certain tax accounting provisions for certain businesses with annual gross receipts less than $25 million (as adjusted for inflation).

December 24, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

December 26, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-53, dated December 28, 2020, containing the following highlights: Rev. Proc. 2020-55 (Administrative); Notice 2020-88 (Administrative, Income Tax); Rev. Proc. 2020-54 (Administrative, Income Tax); Notice 2020-86 (Employee Plans); Notice 2020-87 (Employee Plans); Notice 2020-78 (Income Tax); TD 9921 (Income Tax).

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




Weekly IRS Roundup December 14 – December 18, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of December 14 – December 18, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

December 14, 2020: The IRS released Notice 2020-88 updating and amplifying procedures for Phase III of the section 48A advanced coal credit.

December 16, 2020: The IRS issued Revenue Ruling 21-01 providing various rates for determining the issue price of certain debt instruments issued for property.

December 16, 2020: The IRS issued Notice 21-01 delaying mandatory e-filing of Form 4720 by private foundations and announcing certain other changes.

December 18, 2020: The IRS released TD 9932 containing final regulations under Section 162(m) related to the employer deduction for certain employee remuneration in excess of $1 million.

December 18, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-52, dated December 21, 2020, containing the following highlights: Rev. Rul. 2020-81 (Administrative); TD 9912 (Administrative); TD 9933 (Exempt Organizations); TD 9934 (Income Tax); TD 9935 (Income Tax).

December 18, 2020: The IRS released Practice Units on “Determining Liability Allocations” and “Recourse vs. Nonrecourse Liabilities” relating to partnership audits.

December 18, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

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




Weekly IRS Roundup November 2 – November 6, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of November 2, 2020 – November 6, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

November 2, 2020: The IRS announced COVID-19-related changes to tax debt collection procedures to provide taxpayer relief.

November 4, 2020: The IRS released Rev. Proc. 2020-48 regarding discount factors used by insurance companies for the 2020 accident year.

November 4, 2020: The IRS released Rev. Proc. 2020-49 regarding the public approval requirement for tax-exempt qualified private activity bonds.

November 5, 2020: The IRS released Rev. Rul. 2020-23 related to certain distributions upon termination of a section 403(b) retirement plan.

November 5, 2020: The IRS updated FAQs related to qualified intermediaries, withholding for foreign partnerships and withholding for foreign trusts.

November 6, 2020: The IRS and US Department of the Treasury released Rev. Proc. 2020-50 related to election relief for additional first-year depreciation deductions for certain property.

November 6, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-46, dated November 9, 2020, containing the following highlights: Rev. Proc. 2020-45 (Administrative, Estate Tax, Excise Tax, Gift Tax, Income Tax); Notice 2020-79 (Employment Plans); and TD 9914 (Income Tax).

November 6, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

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




Weekly IRS Roundup October 5 – October 9, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of October 5, 2020 – October 9, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

October 7, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to the withholding tax and information reporting requirements for the sale, exchange or redemption of a partnership interest held by a foreign person.

October 7, 2020: The IRS published a draft of Publication 509 with draft tax calendars for 2021.

October 9, 2020: The IRS published Revenue Ruling 2020-19 related to changes in basis of computing life insurance reserves.

October 9, 2020: The IRS published Revenue Procedure 2020-44 to facilitate a transition from interbank offered rates to alternate reference rates.

October 9, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-42, dated October 13, 2020, containing the following highlights: REG-110059-20 (Income Tax); TD 9908 (Income Tax).

October 9, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

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




Weekly IRS Roundup September 21 – September 25, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of September 21, 2020 – September 25, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

September 21, 2020: The IRS released Announcement 2020-12 to detail information reporting requirements for taxpayers seeking forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

September 21, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to bonus depreciation. The rules provide additional guidance to final regulations issued in 2019.

September 21, 2020: The IRS published final regulations providing guidance for certain foreign persons that recognize gain or loss from the sale or exchange of an interest in a partnership that is engaged in a trade or business within the United States.

September 21, 2020: The IRS published final regulations clarifying that certain deductions allowed to an estate or non-grantor trust are not miscellaneous non-itemized deductions.

September 22, 2020: The IRS issued proposed regulations to modify the ownership attribution rules applicable to outbound transfers of stock or securities of a domestic corporation under section 367(a) and narrow the scope of foreign corporations that are treated as controlled foreign corporations for purposes of the look-through rule under section 954(c)(6).

September 22, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to the downward attribution for ownership determination of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs) following changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

September 24, 2020: The IRS announced that it will provide tax relief for victims of Hurricane Sally by extending the deadline for filing and payment deadlines that would have been due October 15, 2020, until January 15, 2021.

September 25, 2020: The IRS updated the instructions for Form 8858: Information Return of US Persons with Respect to Foreign Disregarded Entities (FDEs) and Foreign Branches (FBs) to reflect changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 25, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-40, dated September 28, 2020, containing the following highlights: Notice 2020-66 (Administrative); Announcement 2020-17 (Employee Plans Administrative); Notice 2020-72 (Employee Plans); Notice 2020-59 (Income Tax); Notice 2020-71 (Income Tax); REG-107911-18 (Income Tax); Rev. Proc. 2020-41 (Income Tax); Rev. Rul. 2020-19 (Income Tax); TD 9905 (Income Tax).

September 25, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

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




Weekly IRS Roundup September 14 – September 18, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of September 14, 2020 – September 18, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

September 14, 2020: The IRS published final regulations providing guidance on the limitation on the deduction for business interest expense after amendment of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The regulations provide guidance to taxpayers on how to calculate the limitation, what constitutes interest for purposes of the limitation, which taxpayers and trades or businesses are subject to the limitation and how the limitation applies in consolidated group, partnership, international and other contexts. The final regulations vary slightly from the document released on IRS.gov on July 28, 2020.

September 14, 2020: The IRS published a criminal tax bulletin concerning recent case law involving the Criminal Tax Division.

September 15, 2020: The IRS published Rev. Rul. 2020-20 that provides various prescribed rates for federal income tax purposes for October 2020, including: (1) the applicable federal rates (AFR) under section 1274(d); (2) the adjusted applicable federal rates (adjusted AFR) under section 1288(b); (3) the adjusted federal long-term rate and the long-term tax-exempt rate under section 382(f); (4) the appropriate percentages for determining the low-income housing credit under 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 under section 7520.

September 15, 2020: The IRS published a practice unit covering Last In-First Out (LIFO) inventories under various LIFO methods.

September 15, 2020: The IRS released for future publication in the Federal Register final regulations concerning the definition of an eligible terminated S corporation and rules relating to distributions of money by such a corporation after the post-termination transition period. The regulation package also amends current regulations to extend the treatment of distributions of money during the post-termination transition period to all shareholders of the corporation and clarifies the allocation of current earnings and profits to distributions of money and other property. The final regulations affect C corporations that were formerly S corporations and the shareholders of such corporations.

September 16, 2020: The IRS published a memorandum providing flexibility for taxpayers who are temporarily unable to meet the payment terms on accepted offers due to the economic impact of COVID-19. The procedures will expire December 31, 2020, unless extended.

September 17, 2020: The IRS published a practice unit providing an overview of the Overall Foreign Loss (OFL), Separate Limitation Loss (SLL) and Overall Domestic Loss (ODL) rules, as well as related examples.

September 17, 2020: The IRS
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Weekly IRS Roundup August 31 – September 4, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of August 31, 2020 – September 4, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

September 1, 2020: The IRS released for publication in the federal register final regulations providing additional guidance on the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) imposed on certain large corporate taxpayers with respect to certain payments made to foreign related parties. The final regulations affect corporations with substantial gross receipts that make payments to foreign related parties.

September 1, 2020: The IRS announced the launch of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) Centralized Partnership Audit Regime webpage. The Centralized Partnership Audit Regime replaces the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) and the electing large partnership rules. The centralized partnership audit regime, or BBA, is generally effective for tax years beginning January 2018. Under the BBA, the IRS generally assesses and collects any understatement of tax (called an imputed underpayment) at the partnership level.

September 1, 2020: The IRS published a memorandum providing guidance on the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) until Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) 8.19 is revised. The guidance covers: (1) Appeals TEFRA Team (ATT) and Technical Guidance (TG) referrals; (2) Tax Court rules on BBA partnership proceedings; (3) Tax Computation Specialist (TCS) assistance; (4) Tried Cases and Counsel Settlements; (5) Tax Court Decision Appealed and Final Decision from Appeal; and (6) Department of Justice (DOJ) cases.

September 1, 2020: The IRS announced its intention to issue regulations addressing the application of sections 951 and 951A of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) to certain S corporations (as defined in section 1361(a)(1)) with accumulated earnings and profits, as described in section 316(a)(1) (AE&P). The notice also announces that the US Department of the Treasury and the IRS intend to issue regulations addressing the treatment of qualified improvement property (QIP) under the alternative depreciation system (ADS) of section 168(g) for purposes of calculating qualified business asset investment (QBAI) for purposes of the foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI) provisions. Comments should be submitted by November 2, 2020.

September 1, 2020: The IRS requested comments on Revenue Procedure 2015-40 (that provides guidance for taxpayers who believe that the actions of the United States, a treaty country or both result or will result in taxation that is contrary to the provisions of an applicable tax treaty) to submit the requested information in order to receive assistance from the IRS official acting as the US competent authority. Comments are due on or before November 2, 2020.

September 3, 2020: The IRS released the fourth quarter update to the 2019–2020 Priority Guidance Plan. The fourth quarter update to the 2019-2020 plan reflects 53 additional projects which have been published [...]

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Weekly IRS Roundup August 24 – August 28, 2020

Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of August 24, 2020 – August 28, 2020. Additionally, for continuing updates on the tax impact of COVID-19, please visit our resource page here.

August 24 2020: The IRS published a memorandum concerning guidance to the field on the criteria that should be applied in considering if a request for designation for litigation should be made to the Office of Chief Counsel. The memorandum also provides interim guidance on the requirements of Section 1001 of the Taxpayer First Act (TFA) with respect to the limitation on designation of cases as not eligible for referral to the IRS Independent Office of Appeals.

August 25, 2020: The IRS published a Summer 2020 Statistics of Income Bulletin. The Summer 2020 Bulletin focuses individual income tax shares, 2017; foreign recipients of US income, calendar year 2017; effects of post-filing adjustments on Statistics of Income (SOI) estimates; and implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

August 25, 2020: The IRS published a practice unit focusing on the definition of foreign earned income for purposes of section 911.

August 26, 2020: The IRS published a notice and request for comments on Treasury Decision 8702 concerning certain transfers of domestic stock or securities by US persons to foreign corporations. The regulation relates to certain transfers of stock or securities of domestic corporations pursuant to the corporate organization, reorganization or liquidation provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Transfers of stock or securities by US persons in tax-free transactions are treated as taxable transactions when the acquirer is a foreign corporation, unless an exception applies under section 367(a). The regulation provides that no US person will qualify for an exception unless the US target company complies with certain reporting requirements. The comments should be received on or before October 26, 2020.

August 26, 2020: The IRS published a notice and request for comments on Treasury Decision 8612 concerning the availability of the gift and estate tax marital deduction when the donee spouse or the surviving spouse is not a US citizen. The regulation provides guidance to individuals or fiduciaries: (1) for making a qualified domestic trust election on the estate tax return of a decedent whose surviving spouse is not a US citizen in order that the estate may obtain the marital deduction; and (2) for filing the annual returns that such an election may require. The comments should be received on or before October 26, 2020.

August 27, 2020: The IRS published an announcement on the opening of the application period for the 2021 Compliance Assurance Process program. The application period runs September 1 to November 13, 2020. The IRS will inform applicants if they’re accepted into the program in February 2021.

August 28, 2020: The IRS published
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