Income

Guidance explains tax treatment of cryptocurrency airdrops and hard forks

The IRS ruled that a taxpayer does not have gross income as a result of a hard fork of a cryptocurrency if the taxpayer does not receive units of a new cryptocurrency, but does have gross income as a result of an airdrop of new cryptocurrency after a hard fork if the taxpayer receives units of the new cryptocurrency.

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.

IRS proposes changes to maximum automobile values

The IRS issued proposed rules that provide maximum automobile values for the cents-per-mile and fleet-average valuation rules used to determine the amount to include in an employee’s gross income for personal use of an employer-provided vehicle.

Limiting business interest expense

Under new Sec. 163(j), business interest expense deductions are limited, and a business interest expense that is disallowed in the current year is carried forward to the succeeding tax year.

Proposed regs. govern maximum automobile values

The IRS issued proposed rules that provide maximum automobile values for the cents-per-mile and fleet-average valuation rules used to determine the amount to include in an employee’s gross income for personal use of an employer-provided vehicle.

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.