Gains & Losses

Qualified opportunity zone rules are relaxed

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS further postponed the 180-day deadline to invest in a qualified opportunity fund from July 15, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, extended other deadlines, and relaxed some qualified investment rules.

Hedging transactions: Timing of gain or loss

While the U.S. federal income tax rules generally provide comprehensive instruction on tax hedging transactions, ambiguity remains regarding the timing for transactions intended to hedge anticipated, but unfulfilled, transactions.

Final regulations govern QOZs

The IRS issued final regulations providing guidance on tax-favored investments in qualified opportunity zones (QOZs).

Recent developments in individual taxation

This semiannual update of recent developments in the area of individual taxation includes cases on hobby losses, innocent-spouse relief, material participation in a business, discharge of indebtedness, and self-employment tax, as well as IRS guidance on charitable deductions, cryptocurrency, and other topics.

Tax advantages of QOZ investments

Sec. 1400Z-2 offers three ways for a taxpayer to benefit from investing directly or via a passthrough entity in a qualified opportunity zone.

The taxation of collectibles

This article discusses what assets are treated as collectibles subject to the 28% rate, the netting process for collectibles gains and losses, how gains on the sale of collectibles are taxed, and practical strategies that taxpayers can use to lessen the impact of the 28% rate.

TIGTA reports large increase in alimony tax gap

Discrepancies between the amount of alimony deducted by payers and reported as income by its recipients increased by 38% in six years, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reported.

Deducting losses after an S corporation terminates

A special relief provision allows unused losses caused by a lack of basis to be deducted by an S corporation shareholder under certain conditions for one year (or more) during the S corporation’s post-termination transition period.

IRS provides clarity in second round of opportunity zone regulations

Several tax benefits can accrue to taxpayers that make investments in certain low-income communities through qualified opportunity funds. A second round of proposed regulations addresses many outstanding questions about this new vehicle for taxpayer-friendly investing in distressed communities.

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.

TAX RELIEF

Quirks spurred by COVID-19 tax relief

This article discusses some procedural and administrative quirks that have emerged with the new tax legislative, regulatory, and procedural guidance related to COVID-19.