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Certification deadline extended for work opportunity tax credit

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The IRS issued Notice 2021-43 Tuesday providing transition relief for the deadline by which employers must request certification of employees as members of the designated community resident or qualified summer youth employee targeted groups for purposes of the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC). Under the transition relief, certain employers have until Nov. 8,

New safe harbor for ERC gross receipts calculation

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The IRS on Tuesday issued a safe harbor that allows an employer to exclude certain amounts received from other coronavirus economic relief programs in determining whether it qualifies for the employee retention credit (ERC) based on a decline in gross receipts (Rev. Proc. 2021-33). The amounts that can be excluded in calculated gross

Does Your State Have a Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares This week’s map showcases states which levy alternative minimum taxes (AMTs) to prevent corporations from reducing their corporate income tax liability beyond a certain level. Under an AMT, corporations are required to calculate their income tax liability under two systems and pay the higher amount. This requirement under the federal AMT imposed steep

Buying Property from the IRS

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares A short Chief Counsel Advisory opinion provides a cautionary tale for those purchasing property from the IRS.  CCA 2021021011190596 explains that if the buyer at an IRS sale does not follow through and make all of the payments necessary to complete the purchase, the IRS can declare the sale null and void.  When

Infrastructure bill would end ERC, increase cryptoasset reporting

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The infrastructure bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday (H.R. 3684) would terminate the employee retention credit early and would require broker reporting of cryptoasset transfers. It also contains a few other tax provisions along with spending on a wide variety of infrastructure and other projects. H.R. 3684, known as the Infrastructure Investment

How Can Congress Protect Families Who Receive Excessive Child Tax Credit Payments?

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Families began receiving monthly Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments on July 15. For many, those regular payments—currently permitted through the end of the year—will combat poverty and help families keep current on monthly bills without having to borrow. But because the CTC depends on income, number of children, and marital status, some changes

Splitting the Refund When One Spouse Files Bankruptcy

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Three individuals who have all provided guest blogs for PT have co-authored a new ABA Tax Section Publication that could be important for those interested in tax controversy work:  Litigating a Case in Tax Court by Sean Murphy Akins, Kandyce Lyndsey Korotky, and David M. Sams.  Designed to cover every aspect of a

IRS updates car and truck depreciation limits

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The IRS issued its annual inflation-adjusted update of depreciation limitations for passenger automobiles (including passenger vans and trucks) placed in service in 2021 (Rev. Proc. 2021-31). The revenue procedure similarly updates income inclusion amounts by lessees of passenger automobiles with respect to vehicles with lease terms beginning in 2021. These limits are updated

TIGTA Report Recommends Shortcutting Deficiency Procedures For Returns Claiming Casualty Loss Deductions

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares A recent TIGTA report discusses the processes the IRS uses to evaluate tax returns that reflect a claimed casualty loss deduction.  TIGTA criticizes the IRS for allowing casualty loss deductions that are not allowed under current law. It recommends that the IRS institute up front checks to prevent the processing of returns that may reflect an

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