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Employee Retention Tax Credit for Employers under the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, contains a tax credit to encourage companies to continue paying employees if the business has been closed, or there has been a significant decline in sales due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This tax credit is … Continue Reading

IRS Extends Income Tax Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020, and Removes Cap on Tax Payments Deferred to July 15, 2020

On March 20, 2020, the IRS issued Notice 2020-18, extending the April 15, 2020, due date for filing federal income tax returns and making federal income tax payments to July 15, 2020, for all affected taxpayers. IRS Notice 2020-18 supersedes IRS Notice 2020-17, which was issued two days earlier, on March 18, 2020, and provided for a … Continue Reading

Summary of Guidance on Section 45Q Carbon Tax Credits Under 2020 Notice and Revenue Procedure

On Feb. 19, 2020, the IRS released Notice 2020-12 and Revenue Procedure 2020-12 (together, the “Carbon Guidance”) which provide highly anticipated clarity on the Internal Revenue Code Section 45Q credit for carbon oxide sequestration. The Carbon Guidance provides details on determining when construction has begun on an eligible project, and valid partnership allocations (including a permissible partnership flip structure), … Continue Reading

IRS Takes First Steps to Implement Carbon Capture Tax Credit

On Feb. 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service released partial guidance on the implementation of section 45Q tax credits related to the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide. The section 45Q tax credit was updated on Feb. 9, 2018, as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (Pub. L. 115-123) to increase the amount of the … Continue Reading

IRS to Increase Enforcement Against Abusive Micro-Captive Insurance Transactions

Emboldened by significant victories in three Tax Court cases involving micro-captive insurance companies, on Jan. 31, 2020, the IRS announced that it is establishing 12 new examination teams to assist in the audits of abusive micro-captive insurance transactions. The IRS expects the audit teams to immediately begin new examinations that will impact several thousand taxpayers involved in … Continue Reading

2019 Tax Act Effects on Tax-Exempt Organizations; Required Section 501(c)(4) Notices

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a provision increasing taxes on tax-exempt organizations. New Internal Revenue Code Section 512(a)(7) required that tax-exempt organizations include in computing unrelated business taxable income any amount incurred by the tax-exempt organization (i) for any qualified transportation fringe benefit for an employee (generally, costs of mass transit passes and … Continue Reading

Qualified Opportunity Zones – Final Treasury Regulations Released

On Dec. 19, the United States Department of the Treasury released final regulations related to investment in Qualified Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds (544 pages). These highly anticipated regulations and related guidance provide critical information to investors, Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs), and project sponsors/operators involved in real estate, venture capital, operating businesses, and project finance in Qualified Opportunity … Continue Reading

Final IRS Guidance for Rental Deduction Still Leaves Triple Net Leases Out in the Cold

Many real estate investors hoping for clarity on whether they will be eligible for the tax break for pass-through entities under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will be disappointed that guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not help much for projects leased on a triple-net basis. Read Marvin A. Kirsner’s article … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Barbara Kaplan, Michelle Ferreira, and Jennifer Vincent Featured in Law360

Law360 recently published an article by Greenberg Traurig’s Barbara T. Kaplan, Michelle Ferreira, and Jennifer Vincent, titled “Prepare For Greater IRS Scrutiny On Conservation Easements.” While the Internal Revenue Service has been focused on syndicated conservation easements for over 10 years, earlier this year IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig announced several campaign issues on which the … Continue Reading

Syndicated Conservation Easements: Under New Fire as IRS Enforcement Action Increases

While the IRS has been cracking down on syndicated conservation easements for over ten years, earlier this year Chuck Rettig, the Commissioner of the IRS, announced several campaign areas upon which the IRS would heighten focus in the coming year. Following through on this promise, on Nov. 12, 2019, the IRS announced a significant increase … Continue Reading

IRS Issues New Cryptocurrency Guidance

On Oct. 9, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released revenue ruling (Rev. Rul. 2019-24) and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document, which provide additional guidance on the tax treatment and reporting obligations for transactions involving virtual currency (also known as cryptocurrency). This guidance supplements the original guidance that was issued in 2014 in the … Continue Reading

IRS Offers Settlements to Some Micro-Captive Insurance Taxpayers

On Sept. 16, 2019, the IRS announced it is offering settlements to certain taxpayers with open audits of micro-captive insurance transactions. The IRS has targeted these micro-captive insurance transactions since 2014, and they were designated as transactions of interest in 2016.1 Although micro-captive insurance transactions have gained popularity among closely held entities, the IRS has challenged such … Continue Reading

Applicable Federal Rates and Code Section 7520 Rate for October 2019 – Downward Trend Accelerates

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes monthly the applicable federal rates (AFRs) under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 1274(d) and the Code Section 7520 rate (7520 rate) for the month following the month in which the Revenue Ruling is published in a Revenue Ruling that is released around the 18th day of the immediately preceding month. Advance … Continue Reading

Applicable Federal Rates and Code Section 7520 Rate for September 2019 – Downward Trend Continues

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes monthly the applicable federal rates (AFRs) under Internal Revenue Code (Code) Section 1274(d) and the Code Section 7520 rate (7520 rate) for the month following the month in which the Revenue Ruling is published in a Revenue Ruling that is released around the 18th day of the immediately preceding month. … Continue Reading

IRS Aims to Catch Up to Tech Advancements

Recently proposed IRS regulations would significantly affect tax on income from international cloud transactions and electronic transfers of digital content. Accordingly, CFOs should review the structure of agreements involving such transactions and transfers. Issued on Aug. 9, the proposed regulations represent an attempt by the IRS to catch up with technological advancements, two decades after … Continue Reading

In the Zone: GT Qualified Opportunity Zone News – July and August 2019

Welcome to In the Zone: GT Qualified Opportunity Zone News. Our monthly digest of the latest federal and state developments in Qualified Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds and related Greenberg Traurig news and events will keep stakeholders apprised of the most pressing issues in this burgeoning space. President Trump’s Tweets Show Continued Strong Support … Continue Reading

IRS Clarifies U.S. Tax Treatment of Cross-Border Cloud and Other Online Transactions in Proposed Regulations

On Aug. 9, 2019, the IRS issued proposed regulations (Proposed Regulations) addressing the U.S. federal income tax treatment of cross-border cloud transactions. The Proposed Regulations will not become effective until final rules are adopted. By way of background, the last time the IRS meaningfully addressed the taxation of cross-border digital content transfers was in October … Continue Reading

Now Is the Time to Consider Voluntary Disclosure: Advancement of the IRS Campaign on Withholding Tax Noncompliance for Forms 1042, 1042-S

Campaign for Compliance Last year the IRS announced a new campaign to target “Withholding and International Individual Compliance” regarding Forms 1042 and 1042-S. Those who make payments of certain U.S.-source income to foreign persons must comply with withholding, deposit, and reporting requirements. The IRS campaign promised to address “withholding agents who make such payments but … Continue Reading

Proposed Regulations for Qualified Foreign Pension Funds that are Exempt from U.S. Tax on Disposition of U.S. Real Property Interests

The Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980, as amended (FIRPTA), imposes tax on gain realized on disposition by nonresident alien individuals or foreign corporations (non-U.S. persons) of a U.S. real property interests (USRPI) by treating such gain as effectively connected with the conduct of a U.S. trade or business by such non-U.S. … Continue Reading

IRS Says Special Program Bonds Including Tribal Development Bonds May Be Current Refunded

While the advance refunding of tax-advantaged bonds remains a thing of the past, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued guidance on May 22, Notice 2019-39, expanding the realm of current refundings to permit the current refunding of all existing and future tax-exempt bond programs that impose bond volume cap, issuance time deadlines, or both, for … Continue Reading

IRS and Treasury Issue Final IRC Section 956 Regulations that Reduce Deemed Income Inclusion for Certain Corporate U.S. Shareholders

On May 23, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department issued final regulations (the Final Section 956 Regulations) intended to mitigate the impact of Section 956 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) for certain domestic corporations. Consistent with the proposed regulations issued in November 2018 (see previous GT Alert here), the Final … Continue Reading
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