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January 2022

2022 Standard Mileage Rates Released

The IRS released the optional standard mileage rates for 2022. Most taxpayers may use these rates to compute deductible costs of operating vehicles for:

business,medical, andcharitable purposes

Some members of the military may also use these rates to compute their moving expense deductions.

2022 Standard Mileage Rates

The standard mileage rates for 2022 are:

58.5 cents per mile for business uses;18 cents per mile for […]

IRS Prepares Taxpayers for Upcoming Filing Season

The IRS has encouraged taxpayers to take important actions this month to help them file their tax returns in 2022, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments and advance Child Tax Credit payments. As a part of a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season, the IRS highlighted a special page the outlines the […]

IRS Extends E-Signature Availability for Certain Forms Through October 31, 2023

The IRS has extended the availability of electronic signatures on certain audit and non-audit forms. Through October 31, 2023, taxpayers and their authorized representatives may electronically sign documents and email documents to the IRS. This is an exception to normal policy. Previously, the IRS had allowed e-signatures through the end of 2021.

Audit or Collection

The Service will accept e-signatures during audit […]

IRS Guidance on Retroactive Termination of COVID-19 Employee Retention Credit

The IRS has issued guidance for employers on the retroactive termination of the COVID-19 employee retention credit against the employer’s share of Medicare tax. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58) amended Code Sec. 3134 so that for most employers the credit applies only to wages paid before October 1, 2021. If the employer is a recovery startup business, the credit […]

Tax Pros, Taxpayers Advised to Use Secure Online Account and Digital Signature Options

The IRS has reminded tax professionals and taxpayers that they can use digital signatures on a variety of common IRS forms and access a secure online platform to view and make changes to their account. The IRS has balanced the e-signature option with critical security and protection needed against identity theft and fraud. The Service has informed taxpayers that acceptable […]

Taxpayers Requested to Join IRS Identity Protection Personal Identification Number Program

The IRS has reminded taxpayers that they can get extra protection starting in January by joining the Service’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program. The IRS has made recent changes to the program to make it easier for more taxpayers to join. The fastest and easiest way to receive an IP Pin is by using the Get an IP […]

IRS Updates Offer In Compromise Policies

An offer in compromise (OIC) happens when the IRS and the taxpayer settle past due taxes for an amount that is less than the full amount owed. This typically happens when the agency agrees with the taxpayer that the payment in full will create a financial burden.

“For taxpayers facing an economic hardship, the anticipation of a refund may be the […]

Distribution of Coins from Self-Directed Check Book IRA Taxable; Penalties Imposed

A. Mcnulty, 157 TC —, No. 10, Dec. 61,950

Delivery of coins to the owner of a self-directed “Check Book IRA” was taxable income even though she took the coins as manager of the IRA’s LLC. While an IRA owner may act as a conduit or agent of the IRA custodian, she may do so only as long as she is not in constructive […]

IRS Official Details Enforcement Agenda For High Earners

The Internal Revenue Service is keeping the pressure on high income taxpayers who do not file their taxes as well as other high wealth taxpayers who may otherwise be hiding their earnings to avoid paying taxes.

And while agents are actively pursuing these people, Darren Guillot, Commissioner of the IRS Small Business/Self-Employed – Collection division said the goal is to avoid […]

IRS Commissioner Rettig Makes Case For More Funding, Applicants

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig praised the work of agency employees throughout the COVID-19 pandemic but stated that there simply are not enough of them as the agency is slowly working through the backlog the pandemic caused.

Rettig used that as the foundation to call for not only more funding for the agency, but to encourage people to apply for […]

December 2021

President Biden Signs Infrastructure Bill

The bipartisan infrastructure bill passed the House of Representatives in a late night vote on November 5 by a 228-206 vote with 13 Republicans crossing the aisle to get the bill across the finish line after 6 Democrats voted the bill down. President Biden signed the infrastructure bill into law on November 15 after Congress came back from a week-long […]

IRS Releases 2022 Inflation-Adjusted Tax Tables, Standard Deduction, AMT and Other Amounts

The IRS has released the annual inflation adjustments for 2022 for the income tax rate tables, plus more than 56 other tax provisions. The IRS makes these cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) each year to reflect inflation.

2022 Income Tax BracketsFor 2022, the highest income tax bracket of 37 percent applies when taxable income hits:

$647,850 for married individuals filing jointly and surviving spouses,$539,900 […]

2022 Inflation Adjustments for Pension Plans, Retirement Accounts Released

The 2022 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) that affect pension plan dollar limitations and other retirement-related provisions have been released by the IRS. In general, many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2022 because the increase in the cost-of-living index due to inflation met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. However, other limitations will remain unchanged.

The 2022 cost-of-living adjustments […]

PPP Tax-exempt Income Timing and Basis Adjustment Guidance Issued

The IRS has released additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness guidance. The guidance addresses (1) timing issues; (2) partner and consolidated group member basis adjustments; and (3) filing of amended partnership returns and information statements.

Timing of Tax-exempt IncomeA taxpayer that received a PPP loan may treat tax-exempt income resulting from the partial or complete forgiveness of the PPP loan […]

Simple Steps to Assist Taxpayers Make 2022 Tax Filing Easier

The IRS has urged taxpayers, including ones who received stimulus payments or advance Child Tax Credit payments, to follow some easy steps for accurate federal tax returns filing in 2022.

Organized Tax RecordsTaxpayers can easily prepare complete and accurate tax returns with the help of organized tax records. Organized tax records also help avoid errors that lead to processing and refund delays. […]

November 2021

COBRA Extension Guidance Clarified

The IRS issued a notice clarifying the application of certain extensions granted under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) for the election of COBRA coverage and payment of COBRA premiums due to the COVID-19 emergency. The IRS also addressed the interaction of COBRA continuation coverage under the Emergency Relief Notices with the COBRA premium assistance available for […]

Ex-Spouse Health Insurance Premiums Deductible as Alimony

An individual was allowed to deduct the amount of premiums paid to provide health insurance coverage for his ex-spouse as alimony. The taxpayer had agreed to pay his then spouse’s health insurance premiums, incident to a separation agreement pending divorce, through a cafeteria plan provided by the taxpayer’s employer. Subsequently, the taxpayer had excluded the amount equal to the health […]

IRS Highlights Tax Withholding Estimator

The IRS has reminded taxpayers that the last quarter of 2021 is a good time to check withholding. The IRS’s convenient Tax Withholding Estimator (https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator), will help taxpayers determine if they have too much withheld and how to make an adjustment to put more cash into their own pocket now. About 70 percent of taxpayers over withhold their taxes every year, […]

LLC Tax-Exempt Determination Letter Requirements Released

The IRS released standards that a limited liability company (LLC) must satisfy to receive a determination letter recognizing it as tax-exempt under Code Secs. 501(a)(1) and 501(c)(3). This does not affect the status of organizations currently recognized under Code Sec. 501(c)(3).

Required ProvisionsThe IRS would issue said letter only if an LLC’s articles of organization and its operating agreement each include:

provisions requiring that each member […]

Final Regulations Reflect CARES Act Impact on FDII, GILTI, and FTC Transition Carryback Rules

The Treasury and IRS have issued final regulations addressing the calculation of qualified business asset investment for qualified improvement property, under the alternative depreciation system (ADS), for purposes of the Code Sec. 250 deduction (for foreign-derived intangible income and Code Sec. 951A global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI)) and for purposes of determining GILTI.

The regulations also contain transition rules relating to the impact of loss […]

October 2021

Qualified Sick and Family Leave Wages Reporting Guidance Issued

The IRS and the Treasury Department have issued guidance to employers about reporting the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021 on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Further, the notice provides guidance under recent legislation, including: the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ( P.L. 116-127), as amended by the COVID-Related Tax […]

IRS Reminder for Classification of Workers as Employees or Independent Contractors

The IRS has emphasized the importance of correctly determining whether the individuals providing services to businesses were employees or independent contractors. Generally, an employee performs services that businesses control. Independent contractors offer their services to the public. Businesses have a right to control the details of the services performed.

The classification depends on the:

company’s behavioral Control on what the worker does […]

September 2021

Guidance for Claiming Employee Retention Credit in Third and Fourth Quarters of 2021

The IRS has issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under Code Sec. 3134, enacted by section 9651 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), P.L. 117-2, which provides a credit for wages paid after June 30, 2021, and before January 1, 2022. The guidance amplifies previous notices which addressed the employee retention credit under section 2301 of […]

Gross Receipts Safe Harbor for Employers Claiming Employee Retention Credit

The Treasury and IRS have provided an optional safe harbor allowing employers to exclude the following amounts from their gross receipts solely for determining eligibility for the employee retention credit:

the amount of the forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan;the amount of any Shuttered Venue Operators Grants under the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act; […]

PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal Created, Loan Questionnaire Discontinuance Explained

The U.S. Small Business Administration ( SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow certain borrowers to apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan forgiveness directly through the SBA. The SBA also is explaining why it discontinued use of Loan Necessity Questionnaires for PPP borrowers.

PPP Direct Forgiveness PortalThe SBA announced that it is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with […]

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