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IRS Finalizes Regulations For 100 Percent Bonus Depreciation

IRS Finalizes Regulations For 100 Percent Bonus Depreciation

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today released the last set of final regulations PDF implementing the 100% additional first year depreciation deduction that allows businesses to write off the cost of most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service by the business.

The 100% additional first year depreciation deduction was created in 2017 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and generally applies to depreciable business assets with a recovery period of 20 years or less and certain other property. Machinery, equipment, computers, appliances and furniture generally qualify.

The deduction applies to qualifying property (including used property) acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017. The final regulations provide clarifying guidance on the requirements that must be met for property to qualify for the deduction, including used property.

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IRS Reminds Taxpayers Of The Home Office Deduction Rules

IRS Reminds Taxpayers Of The Home Office Deduction Rules

During Small Business Week, September 22-24, the Internal Revenue Service wants individuals to consider taking the home office deduction if they qualify. The benefit may allow taxpayers working from home to deduct certain expenses on their tax return.

The home office deduction is available to qualifying self-employed taxpayers, independent contractors and those working in the gig economy. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended the business use of home deduction from 2018 through 2025 for employees. Employees who receive a paycheck or a W-2 exclusively from an employer are not eligible for the deduction, even if they are currently working from home.

Qualifying For A Deduction

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IRS: Facts About Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included changes for businesses and individuals. One of these is the creation of the Opportunity Zones tax incentive, an economic development tool that allows people to invest in distressed areas. This incentive’s purpose is to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities
by providing tax benefits to investors. Low income communities and certain contiguous communities qualify as Opportunity Zones if a state, the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory nominated them for that designation and the U.S. Treasury certified that nomination. Following the nomination process, 8,764 communities in all 50
states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories were certified as Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs). Congress later designated each low-income community in Puerto Rico as a QOZ effective Dec. 22, 2017. The list of each QOZ can be found in IRS Notices 2018-48 and 2019-42. Further, a visual map of the census tracts designated as QOZs may be found at Opportunity Zones Resources.

Benefits Of Investing In Opportunity Zones

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IRS Finalizes Regulations For 100 percent Bonus Depreciation

IRS Finalizes Regulations For 100 percent Bonus Depreciation

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released the last set of final regulations implementing the 100% additional first year depreciation deduction that allows businesses to write off the cost of most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service by the business.

The 100% additional first year depreciation deduction was created in 2017 by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and generally applies to depreciable business assets with a recovery period of 20 years or less and certain other property. Machinery, equipment, computers, appliances and furniture generally qualify.

The deduction applies to qualifying property (including used property) acquired and placed in service after Sept. 27, 2017. The final regulations provide clarifying guidance on the requirements that must be met for property to qualify for the deduction, including used property.

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IRS Releases State-By-State Breakdown Of Nearly 9 Million Non-Filers Who Will Be Mailed Letters About Economic Impact Payments

IRS Releases State-By-State Breakdown Of Nearly 9 Million Non-Filers Who Will Be Mailed Letters About Economic Impact Payments

The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool on IRS.gov before the October 15 deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment.

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IRS Reminds Taxpayers And Practitioners Of Expedited Letter Ruling Procedures

IRS Reminds Taxpayers And Practitioners Of Expedited Letter Ruling Procedures

The Internal Revenue Service continues to look for ways to assist taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As part of that effort, the IRS reminds taxpayers and tax practitioners of the procedures for requesting expedited handling of requests for letter rulings under Rev. Proc. 2020-1, 2020-1 I.R.B. 1 (Jan. 2, 2020).

As set forth in Rev. Proc. 2020-1, the IRS ordinarily processes requests for letter rulings in the order that they were received.  A taxpayer with a compelling need to have a request processed more quickly may request expedited handling.  The request for expedited handling must be made in writing, preferably in a separate letter submitted with the letter ruling request.  Requests for expedited handling are granted at the discretion of the IRS and typically involve a factor outside of the taxpayer’s control that creates a real business need to obtain a letter ruling before a certain date in order to avoid serious business consequences.  Requests for expedited handling should be submitted as promptly as possible after the taxpayer has become aware of the deadline or compelling business need. 

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IRS Updates LB&I Examination Directive On Credit For Increasing Research Activities

IRS Updates LB&I Examination Directive On Credit For Increasing Research Activities

The IRS has revised guidance for examiners in the Large Business & International division (LB&I) reviewing the amounts claimed for the tax credit for increasing research activities.

The guidance to auditors issued today modifies a directive issued in 2017. The credit for increasing research activities (Internal Revenue Code § 41) enables taxpayers to receive a tax credit for qualified research activities (QREs).

Independently determining the correct amount of this research credit claimed by large corporate taxpayers can be resource intensive for those taxpayers and IRS examiners. This revised directive provides an efficient methodology for determining QREs for these taxpayers that meet the requirements of the updated directive.

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Final Regulations On Business Interest Expense Deduction Limitation Published In The Federal Register

Final Regulations On Business Interest Expense Deduction Limitation Published In The Federal Register

The final regulations for the business interest expense deduction limitation published in the Federal Register today. The final regulations vary slightly from the document released on IRS.gov on July 28, 2020.

The Treasury Department and the IRS released a version of the final regulations on the business interest expense deduction limitation on IRS.gov on July 28, 2020. The version released on IRS.gov contains a disclaimer that the document had been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register for publication, and notes that the version of the final regulations may vary slightly from the document published in the Federal Register.

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Third Quarter Estimated Tax Payments Due September 15th

IRS - Estimated Tax Payments

The Internal Revenue Service reminded the self-employed, investors, retirees and others with income not subject to withholding that third quarter estimated tax payments for 2020 are due Sept. 15.

Taxes are paid as income is received during the year through withholding from pay, pension or certain government payments such as Social Security or unemployment; and/or making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Who should pay quarterly?

 Individuals, including sole proprietors, partners and S corporation shareholders, generally make quarterly estimated tax payments if they expect to owe $1,000 or more when their tax return is filed. Taxpayers with income not subject to withholding, including interest, dividends, capital gains, alimony and rental income, normally make estimated tax payments.

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IRS To Mail Special Letter To Estimated 9 Million Non-Filers, Urging Them To Claim Economic Impact Payment By Oct. 15

IRS To Mail Special Letter To Estimated 9 Million Non-Filers, Urging Them To Claim Economic Impact Payment By Oct. 15

Later this month, the Internal Revenue Service will start mailing letters to roughly 9 million Americans who typically don’t file federal income tax returns who may be eligible for, but have not registered to claim, an Economic Impact Payment. 

The letters will urge recipients to register at IRS.gov by Oct. 15 in order to receive their payment by the end of the year. Individuals can receive up to $1,200, and married couples can receive up to $2,400. People with qualifying children under age 17 at the end of 2019 can get up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child.

The letters are being sent to people who haven’t filed a return for either 2018 or 2019. Based on an internal analysis, these are people who don’t typically have a tax return filing requirement because they appear to have very low incomes, based on Forms W-2, 1099s and other third-party statements available to the IRS. But many in this group are still eligible to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

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IRS Launches BBA Centralized Partnership Audit Webpage

IRS Launches BBA Centralized Partnership Audit Webpage

The IRS announces the launch of the Bi-Partisan 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.

A partnership is subject to BBA unless it is an eligible partnership and makes an annual election out of BBA on a timely filed Form 1065. An eligible partnership is one with 100 or fewer partners, all of whom are either individuals, C corporations, foreign entities that would be treated as a C corporation if it were domestic, S corporations or estates of deceased partners.

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Settlements Begin In Syndicated Conservation Easement Transaction Initiative

Settlements Begin In Syndicated Conservation Easement Transaction Initiative

As part of a continuing effort to combat abusive transactions, the Internal Revenue Service announced the completion of the first settlement under its initiative to resolve certain docketed cases involving syndicated conservation easement transactions.

On June 25, 2020, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel announced that it would offer to settle certain cases involving abusive syndicated conservation easement transactions. Since then, Chief Counsel has sent letters to dozens of partnerships involved in these transactions whose cases are pending before the U.S. Tax Court.

“We are seeing movement on these settlements,” said IRS Chief Counsel Mike Desmond. “Given the potential for significant penalties, we anticipate more taxpayers will take similar actions and ultimately accept these offers, and we encourage them to do so.”

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