Premium tax credit unaffected by personal exemption decrease to zero

The IRS issued long-promised proposed regulations explaining how taxpayers who may qualify for the Sec 36B premium tax credit are affected by the temporary reduction of the personal exemption deduction under Sec. 151 to zero.

HSA contribution limits increase for 2021

The IRS issued its annual inflation-adjusted contribution limits for contributions to health savings accounts permitted to participants in high-deductible health plans. Most of the amounts increased slightly over the 2020 amounts.

IRS mobilizing 3,500 phone operators to answer stimulus questions

With many taxpayers still having problems using the Internal Revenue Service’s “Get My Payment” website, the IRS announced that it is mobilizing 3,500 telephone representatives to answer some of the most common questions about economic impact payments.

Final regs. clarify when interest in corporation is stock vs. debt

The IRS has issued final regulations addressing when certain related-party interests in corporations should be treated as stock vs. debt.

Proposed rules govern deductions and reporting for restitution

The IRS issued regulations explaining the allowance of deductions for certain fines and penalties under Sec. 162(f) as amended by the law known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

IRS allows midyear changes to health coverage, dependent care elections

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the IRS is allowing employers to permit their employees to change their health coverage elections or dependent care elections during the year and is extending the carryover period for health flexible spending arrangement (FSA) expenses.

Taxpayers must act soon for direct deposit of stimulus payments

The IRS announced that taxpayers for whom the Service does not have direct deposit information should go to its “Get My Payment” website and enter that information by noon on Wednesday, May 13, so they can receive their stimulus payments electronically.

Trusts and estates are permitted certain deductions

The IRS issued proposed regulations to clarify that certain deductions are allowed to an estate or nongrantor trust because they are not miscellaneous itemized deductions.

AICPA proposes broad range of tax relief to aid economic recovery

The AICPA has made a broad range of legislative recommendations to encourage economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AICPA supports bill that would make PPP-funded expenses deductible

A bill introduced in the Senate would clarify that ordinary expenses funded by Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are deductible by taxpayers. If enacted, this would overrule a recent IRS notice saying the expenses are not deductible.

AICPA challenging nondeductibility of PPP-related expenses

The IRS issued guidance clarifying that a deduction is disallowed for expenses for payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, and other interest on debt obligations to the extent they are being reimbursed by loans forgiven under the Paycheck Protection Program.

PLR and other requests for IRS guidance can now be sent electronically

The IRS is temporarily allowing taxpayers to submit requests for private letter rulings, closing agreements, determination letters and information letters electronically instead of by mail.

CARES Act QIP change requires action

Taxpayers with qualified property must act to take advantage of changes to the treatment of qualified improvement property, which is now eligible for bonus depreciation. Here are some considerations for taxpayers and their advisers.

Prop. regs. would govern silo rules for exempt organizations

The IRS issued proposed regulations on how to identify separate trades or businesses to determine a tax-exempt organization’s unrelated business taxable income under new rules that require different trades or businesses to be reported separately or siloed.

Relief for tax residency impacts of COVID-19 travel disruptions

Individuals and businesses can avoid having their prolonged stay in a country affect their tax residence if their cross-border travel was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, under limited relief the IRS announced in two revenue procedures and FAQs.