Internal Revenue Service

The United States Internal Revenue Service is a bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury. The IRS is charged with collecting revenue and enforcing the Internal Revenue Code.  
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IRS Releases March 2017 Federal Interest Rates

The 7520 rate for March 2017 has decreased to 2.4%. The March 2017 Applicable Federal Interest Rates can be found here. Please see full Schedule below for more information....more

New Rules Affecting Passports Will Help IRS Collect Tax Debts

The Internal Revenue Service has a powerful new tool to help collect tax debts from individuals applying for or using passports for international travel. The new provisions allow the IRS to coordinate with the U.S. State...more

N.Y.’s 2018 Budget Proposal: Tax Proposals To Watch

Last month, Governor Cuomo presented his budget proposal for NY State’s 2017- 2018 fiscal year. Included in the proposal were a number of tax provisions that should be of interest to closely-held businesses and their owners....more

Executive Order Results in IRS' Reconsideration of Plan to Reject Certain Returns Missing Health Insurance Information

The IRS recently announced that it will not automatically reject individual income tax returns on which a taxpayer has failed to indicate whether they maintained qualifying health insurance coverage during the year for the...more

Michael Jackson Estate Tax Case Moving Forward

Most estate tax practitioners will tell you estate tax it is all about valuation when assets are other than cash and marketable securities. The estate tax case of the Michael Jackson estate is an ideal demonstration. Tax...more

CMS, IRS Address Affordable Care Act Issues in Transition

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the IRS have each published guidance on matters arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is too early to tell whether these measures—some of the first guidance...more

IRS is Getting More Info About Your Home Mortgage

This information will allow the IRS computers and personnel to make some judgments on whether a mortgage interest deduction was properly taken on an income tax return. Without this information, the IRS would have had to audit...more

IRS Holding Off on Issuing Guidance

In response to President Trump’s executive order requiring two regulations to be repealed for every new regulation issued and the regulatory freeze memorandum issued on Inauguration Day, an IRS official has stated that the...more

IRS Announces Proposed Partnership Audit Regulations Which Impact Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Proposed Regulations under Section 1101 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA), which provide that for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017, all entities taxable as...more

Train Your Team: Protect Personally Identifiable Information From a Widespread Phishing Scam

Every January 31, employers scramble to meet the deadline for mailing W-2 forms to their employees. This year, a new iteration of an old W-2 phishing scam surfaced immediately thereafter....more

ALERT: Beware of W-2 Scam!

Our Data Privacy and Security team is currently assisting multiple clients in responding to nearly identical fraudulent requests for IRS Form W-2 information. Significantly, these clients are in a number of industries and are...more

HR, Payroll, Finance Department Beware: Renewed IRS W-2 Phishing Scam Alert

The Internal Revenue Service and other agencies recently issued an urgent reminder Alert warning of a sophisticated scam to obtain confidential information and in some cases, fraudulent cash wire transfer payments. Scammers...more

Another Effort at False Claims Act Reform: Bills Introduced to Amend Illinois Act to Restrict Tax-Related Claims

Illinois Legislators have recently introduced three bills that would amend the Illinois False Claims Act (“Act”) to restrict the ability to bring tax-related claims. Senate Bill 9, the proposed “grand bargain” to resolve...more

Reminder: Filing Requirements for New 501(c)(4) Organizations

With lobbying efforts on the rise, the IRS has issued notice requirements for new 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. These requirements follow the addition of Section 506 to the Code, where notification requirements for...more

New IRS Memo Concludes Benefits Paid by Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans May Be Taxable Income

On January 20, 2017, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed-indemnity health plans. In the Memorandum, the OCC concludes that...more

Section 721(c) Partnership Regulations Arrive Just in Time

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued temporary and proposed regulations (T.D. 9814) under Section 721(c) to address transfers of appreciated property by U.S. persons to partnerships with related foreign partners. With some...more

Citing Regulatory Freeze, IRS Stops Issuing Administrative Guidance

One of President Trump's signature campaign issues involved relief from "burdensome federal regulations," without a lot of detail about what regulations in particular he had in mind. Soon after the inauguration, he issued an...more

Recent Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program

Effective January 1, 2017, except for the last batch of Cycle A filers who were permitted to submit determination letters by January 31, 2017 (i.e., filers with an EIN ending in 1 or 6), the IRS will no longer accept...more

The IRS Targets Thirteen Issues in Its New Compliance Campaigns

On Tuesday, January 31, the IRS announced the rollout of thirteen initial compliance campaigns that will be undertaken by its Large Business and International Division (“LB&I”). These campaigns are part of a broader IRS...more

Tax Guidance to Slow Under Trump. Even More Emphasis on Letter Rulings in Bond Transactions?

As the Trump administration attempts to substantially reduce the amount of federal regulations, both the Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel of the Treasury Department and an Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service...more

403(b) Remedial Amendment Deadline Finally Set

On January 13, 2017, the IRS issued guidance setting March 31, 2020 as the last day of the remedial amendment period for 403(b) retirement plans. A remedial amendment period is a time frame during which an employer can...more

Reporting A Closely Held U.S. Corporation’s Overseas Activities

We have heard a lot about large, publicly-traded U.S. corporations that have parked trillions of dollars overseas to avoid the payment of U.S. income tax. We have heard how the tax system must be seriously broken to have so...more

Keeping Your Company’s Data Safe This Tax Season

Tax-related identity theft is nothing new, but tax season 2016 took tax schemes to a new level. Last year, our cyber experts advised a large cluster of clients (public and private companies) over a period of only two...more

Tax Filing Gets Easier for Small Nonprofits

The IRS has released a new, interactive Form 990-EZ (Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax) to make the annual chore of return filing even easier for “small” tax-exempt organizations, and help them avoid...more

Protecting Employee Information From W-2 Phishing Scams

The IRS recently provided an update on a growing scam targeting employers. The scam generally operates as follows: criminals devise methods to create emails that appear as though the message has been sent from an...more

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