Summer Newsletter 2020

On August 6, 2020, the IRS issued proposed regulations (REG-132434-17) limiting the role of contractors hired to assist the IRS in audits, including during summons interviews. The proposed regulations implement Section 7602(f), enacted by the Taxpayer First Act (P.L. 116-25), which became effective on July 1, 2019. They withdraw and replace proposed regulations

After the Supreme Court declined to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Altera Corporation v. Commissioner, 926 F.3d 1061 (9th Cir. 2019) (cert denied — S. Ct. — (June 22, 2020)), the IRS has confirmed that it is examining taxpayers that did not include stock-based compensation costs as intangible development costs under Treasury

The IRS has announced that it will begin enforcing Section 965’s repatriation tax in October 2020. Section 965 and its regulations require United States shareholders to pay a one-time transition tax on untaxed foreign earnings of certain foreign corporations as if these earnings had been repatriated to the United States. Cash holdings are taxed at

On July 27, 2020, the Senate Republicans proposed the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools Act (HEALS Act) in response to the House passing the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act). The HEALS Act is a combination of eight individually proposed bills from the Senate. Both the HEALS Act and

Mornings are different, all around the country — and world.

Due to travel limitations imposed in response to the COVID-19 crisis, instead of taking trains, buses and cars to commute to work, people are going to work at home. This new work location has created concerns for both businesses and individuals as to what authority

In two decisions issued on July 9, 2020, the Supreme Court addressed challenges to several subpoenas that sought the President’s financial records, including tax returns. In a case concerning a subpoena issued by a state district attorney’s office, the Court held that a sitting president is not categorically immune from issuance of a subpoena in

Update: On July 15, the Internal Revenue Service announced in news release IR-2020-158 that taxpayers who have experienced delays with the process of Form 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits Due To COVID-19 will receive letters. If the IRS rejected taxpayer’s Form 7200 or made a change to the requested amount of advance payment due to a computation error, the taxpayer will receive letter 6312 explaining the reason for rejection or list the new payment amount if the old amount was due to a computation error. The taxpayer will receive letter 6313 if the IRS needs written verification of the taxpayer’s current mailing address in order for the IRS to process the taxpayer’s Form 7200.

Update: On July 8, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-54 as guidance for employers regarding the requirement to report amounts of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Under Notice 2020-54, employers will be required to report payment to employees either on Box 14 of Form W-2, or in a separate statement. The notice also provides employers with language to use on Form W-2 or in the statement to employees. This reporting requirement is imposed to assist employees who are self-employed to properly claim their qualified sick and family leave equivalent credits.

On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Labor issued primary guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act) (commonly referred to as Phase 2) in Notice IR-2020-57 (the Notice). Please see alert for discussion of two new important tax details provided in the Notice regarding the Act’s employer tax credits, and for additional discussion of the Act, generally. The two new important tax details are (1) that employers can be “paid” by retaining certain funds otherwise due to the government (including income tax withholding from ALL employees), and (2) that rebate requests will be processed by IRS within two weeks or less.
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In this episode of Ropes & Gray’s podcast series, Disputing Tax, Pascal Mayer, a senior attorney in the employment, executive compensation & employee benefits group, is joined by Kat Gregor and Loretta Richard, partners in the tax, employment & benefits practice and co-founders of the tax controversy group, to discuss the payroll tax provisions