Weekly IRS Roundup September 28 – October 2, 2020

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Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of September 28, 2020 – October 2, 2020. 

September 29, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to the source of income for certain property sales and modifying rules for determining whether foreign source income is effectively connected with a US trade or business.

September 29, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to a wide range of foreign tax credit topics. The regulations provide guidance on the allocation and apportionment of deductions and creditable foreign taxes, the definition of financial services income, foreign tax redeterminations, availability of foreign tax credits under the transition tax, the application of the foreign tax credit limitation to consolidated groups, adjustments to hybrid deduction accounts to take into account certain inclusions in income by a United States shareholder, conduit financing arrangements involving hybrid instruments and the treatment of certain payments under the global intangible low-taxed income provisions.

October 1, 2020: The IRS published Notice 2020-70 generally removing Form 1040NR, US Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return, from the list of returns that are administratively exempt from the electronic filing requirement.

October 1, 2020: The IRS published final regulations related to savings programs for eligible individuals with a disability under section 529A.

October 1, 2020: The IRS released an Office of Chief Counsel Notice related to settlement options for syndicated conservation easement transactions.

October 2, 2020: The IRS published Notice 2020-76 providing for transition relief related to information reporting requirements related to the Affordable Care Act.

October 2, 2020: The IRS updated the instructions for Form 8858: Information Return of US Persons with Respect to Foreign Disregarded Entities (FDEs) and Foreign Branches (FBs) to reflect changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 2, 2020: The IRS released Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-41, dated October 5, 2020, containing the following highlights: Announcement 2020-12 (Administrative); Rev. Proc. 2020-42 (Administrative); Rev. Rul. 2020-20 (Income Tax); Rev. Rul. 2020-21 (Income Tax); TD 9915 (Income Tax); Notice 2020-73 (Income Tax); Notice 2020-74 (Income Tax).

September 25, 2020: The IRS released its weekly list of written determinations (e.g., Private Letter Rulings, Technical Advice Memorandums and Chief Counsel Advice).

Special thanks to Brian Moore in our Washington, DC, office for this week’s roundup.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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