Income

Beware of identity theft scam involving unemployment benefits

The IRS warned taxpayers that identity thieves are fraudulently claiming state unemployment benefits using stolen taxpayer identities. Here is what taxpayers should do if they receive a Form 1099-G reporting state unemployment benefits they did not receive.

Recent developments in individual taxation

This semiannual update of recent developments in the area of individual taxation includes cases on conservation easements, discharge of student loan debt, net operating loss deductions, and real estate professional status.

Foreclosure of principal residence and DOI income

Taxpayers can exclude from gross income a discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness before Jan. 1, 2021; under the CARES Act, certain taxpayers may also request forbearance from foreclosure on their residence.

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).

Tax Insider Articles

DEDUCTIONS

Business meal deductions after the TCJA

This article discusses the history of the deduction of business meal expenses and the new rules under the TCJA and the regulations and provides a framework for documenting and substantiating the deduction.

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.