IRS Has Requested Comments on Ending Revenue Procedure 94-69 Disclosures As a Defense to Penalties... [ read ]
On August 19, 2020 the IRS requested comments on whether it should eliminate disclosures made under Revenue Procedure 94-69, which allows taxpayers to avoid accuracy-related penalties with respect to self-reported adjustments at the beginning of an IRS audit
COVID Crisis Prompting the Need for a Private Letter Ruling in a Flash? No Problem.... [ read ]
Is COVID to blame for you missing a tax election, inadvertently terminating an election, or making the wrong election? Do you need immediate IRS attention… during a global pandemic when most IRS offices are closed? Don't you worry – the IRS is urging taxpayers to take advantage of expedited handling for private letter ruling requests to give you the tax certainty you need, when you need it.
To Forgive or Not to Forgive (in 2020): That is the PPP Question... [ read ]
For the many businesses that secured a potentially forgivable loan under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), one of the more pressing issues is whether to apply for forgiveness now or later and the tax implications of forgiveness in 2021 with respect to 2020 expenses that may become non-deductible upon forgiveness. So what is the right answer?
Missed Yesterday's Deadline? Just "COVID-19" It.... [ read ]
While the IRS has refused any formal program for late penalty relief, informally the IRS is embracing the virtue of forgiveness, with the magic word being "COVID-19."
IRS Launches Helpful Learning Resource on the New Rules Governing Partnership Audits... [ read ]
Yesterday the IRS launched a new website for taxpayers and tax practitioners seeking information on the centralized partnership audit regime. As many of you will recall, in 2015 Congress exchanged one set of overly-complicated audit rules applicable to partnerships, known as TEFRA, with a different but comparably complicated set of partnership audit rules known as BBA (after the enacting legislation, the Bipartisan Budget Act). The new audit regime is generally effective for tax years beginning January 2018.
Using the Substantial Compliance Doctrine to Defeat the IRS... [ read ]
On August 17th, the Tax Court held in favor of the taxpayers regarding a $4 million charitable contribution deduction for donating land to a town in Emanouil v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2020-10. The IRS had challenged the taxpayer's deduction for a number of reasons including the taxpayers' appraisals did not include all the required information and therefore failed to comply with the qualified appraisal requirements. In holding for the taxpayers, the Tax Court cited the taxpayer-friendly substantial compliance doctrine.
New Senate Committee Report Delivers More Bad News for Syndicated Conservation Easement Transactions... [ read ]
As if the onslaught of recent losses in Tax Court was not enough, investors in syndicated conservation easements now have more to worry about. On August 25, 2020, the Senate Finance Committee released a bipartisan report condemning syndicated conservation easements as abusive and encouraging the IRS to take further action to ferret out such abuses.
Second Verse, Same as the First: The IRS Sends Another Wave of Warning Letters Regarding Virtual Currency... [ read ]
As previously reported (Prior Blog Post), last summer the IRS sent letters to taxpayers with virtual currency transactions that potentially failed to report income and pay the resulting tax from those transactions or did not report them properly. Well as the old saying goes, 1 is good, but 2 is better, as this summer the IRS initiates a second wave of letters to cryptocurrency users that suggest they may have misreported their transactions.
Debt Relief: Breaking Down the Tax Aspects of Covid-19's Economic Impact – Part V, Application of Section 108... [ read ]
Parts I–IV of this series have presented a general discussion of what constitutes indebtedness, the general consequences of significant modifications of indebtedness, and a number of statutory and congressionally-enacted exceptions to cancellation of indebtedness income ("COD Income"). This installment will build on these concepts and discuss in a more pragmatic manner the application of the statutory exceptions to COD Income in Section 108 of the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code").
Form 8275 Disclosure Statement: A Tax Practitioner's Best Friend Forever... [ read ]
There is no denying it. My Best Friend Forever, my BFF, is IRS Form 8275 – which I affectionately call Disclosure Statement. The reason being, Form 8275 keeps me and my clients (mostly) out of trouble. And it can do the same for you and your clients.