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 Warns Plan Sponsors About Hardship Withdrawal Documentation

In a recent Employee Plans Newsletter, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned plan sponsors that they must obtain and keep documentation related to hardship withdrawals, particularly the documentation necessary to...more

"New IRS Tax Accounting Rule to Benefit M&A"

The IRS recently adopted a taxpayer-favorable new tax rule that alleviates one of the more significant tax risks that often complicates M&A. Historically, if a target company had been reporting something incorrectly on its...more

Five Things to Know about New Jersey’s Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency. The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency (CVC),...more

Foreign Banks and Bankers Face New Risks From Swiss Bank Amnesty

The first non-prosecution agreement signals expanded US tax enforcement opportunities at home and abroad. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced the first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with BSI, SA, (BSI)...more

On the Eve of Tax Day, DOJ Gently Reminds Taxpayers to File Timely and Accurate Returns

Every year as April 15 approaches, we observe an uptick in the frequency of Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department press releases announcing criminal charges against individuals accused of violating the tax laws. ...more

IRS Releases Favorable Private Letter Ruling on “Taxable Annuity.”

On April 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released PLR 201515001 (Oct. 10, 2014), favorably addressing a “taxable annuity”—essentially, a deferred annuity contract supported, in part, by subaccounts, each of which...more

Tax Day Update: 2015 Inflation Adjustments and Prices for Energy Credits Released by IRS

Just in time for tax day – but 14 days behind the Congressional deadline – the IRS released the statutorily required calculations to determine the value of the Section 45 Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) credit amount in 2015,...more

IRS Issues Updates to Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System

In recent weeks, the IRS has issued two updates to its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). EPCRS allows plan sponsors to correct many documentary and operational errors that otherwise might jeopardize a...more

60 Crummey Withdrawal Beneficiaries Allowed

For many years, courts have recognized that gifts to a trust can qualify for the gift tax annual exclusion as “present interest” gifts if withdrawal powers are granted to beneficiaries.The IRS is hostile to persons being...more

New Correction Options for 401(k) and 403(b) Plans

On April 2, 2015, the IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2015-28, which provides new safe harbor correction methods for errors relating to automatic contribution features, including automatic enrollment and automatic escalation of...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $1.4 Trillion. The estimated total of individual income taxes the Internal Revenue Service is expecting to collect on April 15. The U.S. House of Representatives has returned from recess and is planning to...more

A Warning to 401(k) Plan Sponsors Relying on Third-Party Administrators (TPAs)

A recent news bulletin from the IRS serves as a cautionary reminder that plan sponsors retain responsibility for the proper administration of participant hardship distributions and loans, and related recordkeeping...more

Final 162(M) Rules Have A Surprise For Newly Public Companies

The final Section 162(m) regulations issued by the IRS last week have a small but welcome surprise for companies that have recently become public....more

Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations

Recent months have been eventful for exempt organizations and their advisors. While fundamental tax reform remains a possibility, with a number of proposals on the table that would significantly change the rules for exempt...more

IRS Provides New Flexibility to Correct Retirement Plan Errors

The IRS recently issued important updates to its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). The updates are contained in Revenue Procedures 2015-27 and 2015-28. ...more

IRS Provides Limited Section 162(m) Transition Relief for RSUs and Similar Equity-Based Awards

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued final regulations under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). The final regulations are substantially similar to the proposed regulations issued by the IRS in...more

DOJ Announces Major Policy Change on Use of Asset Forfeiture for Structuring Offenses

We previously reported that the Internal Revenue Service had been criticized for its controversial, yet legal, practice of seizing bank accounts when the account holder is suspected of engaging in “structuring.” ...more

IRS Commissioner Says IRS is “Under New Management;” What’s Happened Over the Past Year In the IRS Affecting Tax-Exempt...

On March 31, 2015, the Commissioner of the IRS reported in a speech to the National Press Club that the IRS is “under new management” due to major changes in management staff over the last few years. Many of these management...more

IRS Provides Relief for Correction of Elective Deferral Mistakes in 401(k) Plans

The IRS recently announced changes that make it significantly easier to correct employee deferral mistakes (also known as elective deferrals) in qualified retirement plans. The changes make modifications to the IRS’ Employee...more

Two-Year Preapproved Defined Contribution Plan Window is Still Open

Retirement plan vendors sponsoring defined contribution plan documents approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have begun issuing packages containing the new IRS-approved version of those documents—reflecting the...more

Don’t Get Scammed by the “IRS”

Many people have either received, or know someone who has received, a phone call or an e-mail from someone claiming to be the “IRS” threatening the recipient with all kind of horrifying consequences if he or she doesn’t...more

Professional Employer Organizations: New Tax Services Possible

Currently, Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs) have no comprehensive federal framework under which to offer employment tax collection and remittance services to their clients. The Small Business Efficiency Act (“SBEA...more

Tax Alert: AM 2015-01—Does Previously Taxed Income “Tier up” to a Domestic Corporate Shareholder?

In a recent chief counsel memorandum (AM 2015-01), the IRS addressed a long uncertain tax question: when a US corporate shareholder includes an amount in income under subpart F, does the subpart F inclusion increase the...more

IRS Clarifies That After-Tax HRAs and Other Individual Health Insurance Payment Arrangements Generally Violate the Affordable Care...

Any employer who offers an arrangement that reimburses employees (or pays directly) for premiums or other medical costs of individual health insurance coverage, including a health reimbursement account ("HRA") provided in...more

Estate planning for personal property: Why you should sweat the small stuff

When planning their estates, most people focus on major assets, such as business interests, real estate, investments and retirement plans. But it’s also important to “sweat the small stuff” — tangible personal property. This...more

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