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August 2021

IRS Highlights Website and Online Tools

The IRS reminded taxpayers that their website (www.irs.gov) provides millions of visitors with the answers they need to fit their busy summer schedules. Taxpayers who requested an extension to October 15 or missed the May 17 deadline can still prepare and e-file tax returns for free with the IRS Free File tool. Further, taxpayers can view, download or print tax products, […]

July 2021

Supreme Court Rejects Affordable Care Act Challenge

The Supreme Court has reversed and remanded California v. Texas, holding that the Plaintiffs do not have standing to challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum essential coverage provision.

In 2010, ACA, under the newly added Code Sec. 5000A, required most Americans to obtain minimum essential health insurance coverage, or pay a penalty. In 2017, under the Tax Cuts and […]

American Rescue Plan Tax Credit FAQs

The IRS issued two new, separate sets of frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) to assist families and small and mid-sized employers) in claiming credits under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). These FAQs provide information on eligibility, computing the credit amounts and how to claim these important tax benefits. Enacted in March to assist families and small businesses with the fallout of the COVID-19 […]

Child Tax Credit Letters Being Sent

The IRS has started sending letters to over 36 million families who, based on tax returns filed, may be eligible to receive monthly child tax credit payments starting July. Eligibility of these families are being evaluated based on information provided by taxpayers in their 2019 or 2020 tax returns, or through the Non-Filers tool while registering for an Economic Impact […]

Final Disaster Deadline Postponement Regulations

The IRS has finalized regulations relating to the mandatory 60-day postponement of certain time-sensitive tax-related deadlines by reason of a federally declared disaster. Further, the regulations clarify the definition of “federally declared disaster.” The regulations affect individuals who reside in or were killed or injured in a disaster area, businesses that have a principal place of business in a disaster area, relief […]

Residential Rental Property Depreciation Procedures

The IRS has released a revenue procedure explaining how a taxpayer changes its method of computing depreciation for certain residential rental property. Automatic consent procedures for changing accounting method are available for taxpayers adopting the depreciation method changes.

Residential Rental Property Allowed 30-Year ADS Depreciation
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97) added residential rental property held by an electing real property […]

Eligible Partnerships May File Amended Returns

An eligible partnership may file amended partnership returns for tax years beginning in 2018, 2019, and 2020 by filing a Form 1065, U.S. Return of Partnership Income (Form 1065), with the “Amended Return” box checked. The partnership may also issue an amended Schedule K-1, Partner’s Share of Income, Deductions, Credits, etc. (Schedule K-1), to each of its partners.

Partnerships Eligible for Amended-Return Procedures
The amended-return procedures […]

Marriage Was Valid for Estate Tax Purposes

An estate was allowed a marital deduction because the decedent’s marriage was valid in the country of celebration. The decedent, who was Jewish, obtained a religious divorce under rabbinical law in New York from his first wife after a New York court had declared his Mexican divorce invalid, which resulted in the declaration that his marriage to a second wife […]

BEAT QDP Reporting Requirement Deferred

The Treasury Department and the IRS have announced that they intend to amend the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) regulations under Code Sec. 59A and Code Sec. 6038A to defer the information reporting requirements for qualified derivative payments (QDPs) until tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023. The current regulations provide that the QDP reporting requirements apply to tax years beginning […]

June 2021

White House Proposes $1.8 Trillion American Families Plan

On April 28, 2021, the White House released details on President Biden’s new $1.8 trillion American Families Plan. The proposal follows the already passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act and the recently proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure-focused American Jobs Plan. The details were released in advance of President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress.

The plan includes many provisions […]

Refunds Coming for Excluded 2020 Unemployment Pay

The IRS announced that it had started issuing refunds to eligible taxpayers who paid taxes on 2020 unemployment compensation that was excluded from taxable income by the recently enacted American Rescue Plan (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2).

Unemployment compensation is taxable income, but the ARP excludes $10,200 in unemployment compensation from the income used to calculate the amount of taxes owed. The […]

Safe Harbor for Certain PPP Loan Recipients Who Did Not Deduct Expenses

A safe harbor is available for certain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients who relied on prior IRS guidance and did not deduct eligible business expenses. These taxpayers may elect to deduct the expenses for their first tax year following their 2020 tax year, rather than filing an amended return or administrative adjustment request for 2020.

The IRS had initially determined […]

Simplified Return Procedures for Advance Child Credit Payments and EIPs

Individuals may use two special procedures to file returns for 2020 that allow them to receive advance payments of the 2021 child credit and the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. Under the procedures:

individuals who are not required to file returns for 2020 can use a simplified federal income tax return filing procedure; and
individuals with zero adjusted gross income (AGI) […]

Guidance on COBRA Premium Assistance, Related Tax Credit

The IRS has provided guidance for employers, plan administrators, and health insurers regarding the new credit available to them for providing continuation health coverage to certain individuals under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) emergency.

COBRA provides eligible former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children with the right to temporary continuation of […]

Employers Entitled to Claim Refundable Tax Credits for Providing Paid Sick Leaves to Employees

The IRS has reminded employers that under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2), small and midsize employers and certain government employers are entitled to claim refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave to their employees due to COVID-19. This includes leave taken by employees to receive […]

Options for Taxpayers Who Can’t Pay in Full

The IRS has reminded taxpayers who owe 2020 taxes that there are different ways to pay their taxes online, including payment options for many people who cannot pay in full.

The IRS stated that the most important thing that taxpayers with a tax bill should do is file a return by the May 17 due date, even if they cannot pay […]

Taxpayers Urged to Create Emergency Preparedness Plans

The IRS reminds taxpayers that May includes National Hurricane Preparedness Week and National Wildfire Awareness Month. It urges taxpayers to create or review emergency preparedness plans for surviving natural disasters.

The IRS advises taxpayers to do the following:

Secure key documents such as tax returns, birth certificates, deeds, titles and insurance policies inside waterproof containers in a secure space. Keep duplicates […]

Dependent Care Carryover, Extended Claims Period Treatment Clarified

Dependent care assistance benefits carryovers and extended claims period amounts that would have been excluded from income if used during the preceding tax year will remain excludable in tax years ending in 2021 and 2022. In addition, these benefits will not be taken into account in determining the dependent care benefits exclusion limit for the tax years ending in 2021 […]

Treasury: Invest in IRS, Improve Compliance

The Treasury Department has released a statement discussing investment in the IRS and improving tax compliance. While roughly 99 percent of the taxes due on wages are remitted to the IRS, compliance across other forms of income is substantially less, because the IRS has had difficulty verifying whether income from unverified sources is properly reported. The Treasury states that noncompliance […]

Michael Jackson Estate Assets Valued

Michael Jackson’s image and likeness, as well as his interests in two trusts—one trust (NHT II) that held his interest in the Sony/ATV Music Publishing, LLC, and one trust (NHT III) that held Mijac Music—were valued for estate tax purposes.

Image and Likeness

The estate claimed that the decedent’s image and likeness was valued at about $2,000. However, at trial, the estate […]

May 2021

IRS Extends Federal Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Certain Taxpayers Affected by COVID-19

The IRS has postponed the federal tax filing and payment deadlines, and associated interest, penalties, and additions to tax, for certain taxpayers who have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. For individual taxpayers, the notice postpones to May 17, 2021, certain deadlines that would normally fall on April 15, 2021, such as the time for making […]

Guidance on Temporary Full Deduction for Business Meals

The IRS has provided guidance related to the temporary 100-percent deduction for business meals provided by a restaurant. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 ( P.L. 116-260) temporarily increased the deduction from 50 percent to 100 percent for a business’s restaurant food and beverage expenses for 2021 and 2022. All other food and beverage expenses are still […]

Guidance for Claiming Employee Retention Credit for First and Second Quarters in 2021

The IRS has issued guidance for employers claiming the employee retention credit under Act Sec. 2301 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) ( P.L. 116-136), as modified by Act Secs. 206 and 207 of the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (Relief Act) (Division EE of P.L. 116-260), for the first and second calendar […]

COBRA Premium Assistance Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor has published a new webpage with guidance implementing the Continuation of Health Coverage premium assistance provisions of the American Rescue Plan (ARP), to provide full COBRA premium assistance to certain individuals who experienced a reduction in hours or involuntary termination of employment. This guidance, from the Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, includes documents to implement […]

Suspension of Excess Advance Premium Tax Credit Repayment

The IRS has announced that, under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) ( P.L. 117-2), the requirement that taxpayers increase their tax liability by all or a portion of their excess advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit (excess APTC) is suspended for tax year (TY) 2020. A taxpayer’s excess APTC is the amount by which the taxpayer’s advance payments of […]

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