IRS Practice & Procedure

AICPA mobilizes members to push for deductibility of PPP-funded expenses

The AICPA is asking its members to write to their senators and representatives in Congress in support of legislation that would mandate that anyone who receives a loan through the PPP can deduct business expenses even when payment of those expenses results in loan forgiveness under the CARES Act.

IRS commissioner: Penalty relief will not be ‘blanket’

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told attendees at the AICPA National Tax & Sophisticated Online Tax Conference not to expect blanket penalty relief in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and he addressed other effects of the pandemic on the agency.

IRS announces help with tax debt

The IRS said it was revising its procedures to help taxpayers who cannot pay their taxes because of the pandemic. The new program is called the Taxpayer Relief Initiative.

Ethics and the tax preparer

The AICPA’s complimentary annual webcast on Tax Ethics answers questions on client confidentiality, tax practice quality control, conflicts of interest, records retention, and how to address errors discovered on clients’ tax returns.

Originally filed return starts clock ticking

The Chief Counsel determined that the original return and not the superseding return starts the three-year statutory period for assessment under Sec. 6501 or for filing a refund claim under Sec. 6511.

Guidance on deferred employee payroll tax issued

The IRS issued guidance to employers and employees on reporting deferred Social Security tax on Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, under the Aug. 8 Presidential Memorandum authorizing the deferral.

Nonfilers have until Nov. 21 to apply for economic impact payment

The IRS announced that it was extending the deadline from Oct. 15 to Nov. 21 at midnight for certain individuals to enter their information on the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here tool on the IRS website to receive the $1,200 stimulus payment due to individual taxpayers.

Health coverage reporting deadline extended

The IRS extended the due date for furnishing Form 1095-B and 1095-C health care coverage information returns to individuals from Jan. 31, 2021, to March 2, 2021. The date for filing them with IRS has not been extended.

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.