Document summaries for the week of April 27, 2020

Tax document summaries for the week of April 27–May 1, 2020, covering individuals and international tax.

EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS

Proposed updates to Sec. 501(c) group exemption letter program

The IRS issued a proposed revenue procedure that sets forth updated procedures under which recognition of exemption from federal income tax for organizations described in Sec. 501(c) may be obtained on a group basis for subordinate organizations affiliated with, and under the general supervision or control of, a central organization. While Rev. Proc. 80-27 continues to apply until publication of the final revenue procedure, the IRS stated that it will not accept any requests for group exemption letters starting on June 17, 2020, until publication of the final revenue procedure or other guidance in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. Notice 2020-36 (5/1/20).

 

INDIVIDUALS

Tax Court: Taxpayer cannot ‘bamboozle’ his way to procedural victory

The Tax Court held that the IRS, relying on former Sec. 6231(g)(2), reasonably determined that the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982 (TEFRA), P.L. 97-248, procedures did not apply to a taxpayer’s limited liability company for the 2011 and 2012 tax years. The taxpayer argued that it was impossible for the IRS to make a determination about whether TEFRA applied because the returns at issue were internally inconsistent and irreconcilable. The court responded that the taxpayer could not “litter his returns with misleading and inaccurate information, selectively rely upon the information, and then expect to bamboozle his way to a procedural victory.” Bridges, T.C. Memo. 2020-51 (4/27/20).

 

INTERNATIONAL

IRS extends FATCA certification deadline

The IRS announced on its FATCA FAQs page that it will grant an automatic extension of time to submit a FATCA certification for entities with a certification due date of July 1, 2020. FATCA — FAQs General: FATCA Certifications, Q21 (4/29/20).

 

IRS PROCEDURE

Taxpayers can electronically submit private letter ruling and other requests

The IRS modified the procedures in Rev. Proc. 2020-1 to temporarily allow for the electronic submission of requests for private letter rulings, closing agreements, determination letters, and information letters under the jurisdiction of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, and for determination letters issued by the IRS Large Business and International Division (LB&I). Until modified or superseded, both paper and electronic requests for advice described in the new procedure will be accepted. Rev. Proc. 2020-29 (4/30/20) (see related news story).

 

TAX ACCOUNTING

No deduction allowed for expenses reimbursed by forgiven Paycheck Protection Program loans

The IRS advised that no deduction is allowed for an expense that is otherwise deductible in a taxpayer's trade or business if the payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program loan and the income associated with the forgiveness is excluded from gross income. In reaching its conclusion, the IRS cited Sec. 265 and Regs. Sec. 1.265-1, which generally provide that no deduction is allowable where the deduction is allocable to a class of income exempt from tax. Notice 2020-32 (4/30/20) (see related news story).

Newsletter Articles

50th ANNIVERSARY

50 years of The Tax Adviser

The January 2020 issue marks the 50th anniversary of The Tax Adviser, which was first published in January 1970. Over the coming year, we will be looking back at early issues of the magazine, highlighting interesting tidbits.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

2019 tax software survey

This annual survey shows how CPAs rate the tax preparation software they used during last tax season and how it handled the recent tax law changes.