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August 2019

Proposed Exception to MEP Unified Plan Rule

Proposed regulations would provide an exception to the unified plan rule for multiple employer plans (MEPs). The purpose is to reduce the risk of plan disqualification due to noncompliance by other participating employers. The regulations would apply on or after the publication date of final regulations in the Federal Register. They cannot be relied upon until then. Comments and requests […]

Proposed Regulations Address PFIC Rules

The Treasury and IRS have issued proposed regulations on provisions dealing with passive foreign investment companies (PFICs). Proposed regulations published on April 25, 2015, also have been withdrawn ( NPRM REG-108214-15).

U.S. persons who own interests in PFICs are subject to rules that limit deferral on passive income earned by foreign corporations ( Code Sec. 1291– Code Sec. 1298). In general, a PFIC is […]

Continuity Safe Harbor Deadlines for Energy Credit Facility Construction May Be Tolled for National Security Delays

The continuity safe harbor placed-in-service date deadlines for the investment tax energy credit (Code Sec. 48) and the renewable electricity production credit (Code Sec. 45(a)) may be tolled if a construction delay is caused by national security concerns raised by the Department of Defense (DOD).

Background

In general, the energy credit may only be claimed if construction on a qualified facility begins […]

Preventive Care High Deductible Health Plan Exceptions Expanded for Chronic Conditions

Effective July 17, 2019, the list of preventive care benefits that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP) without a deductible or with a deductible below the applicable minimum deductible is expanded. The list now includes certain cost effective medical care services and prescription drugs for certain chronic conditions.

HDHPs and Health Savings Accounts

Individuals covered by an HDHP […]

Final Regs Dealing With Lessees Claiming Investment Credit Disallow Basis Increases for Partners and S Shareholders Making Income Inclusions

IRS final regulations provide rules that apply when the lessor of investment tax credit property elects to pass the credit through to a lessee. If this election is made, the lessee is generally required to include the credit amount in income (50 percent of the energy investment credit). The income is included in income ratably over the shortest MACRS depreciation […]

Final Regulations Allow Truncated TINs on Forms W-2 Furnished to Employees

Final regulations allow employers to voluntarily truncate employees’ social security numbers (SSNs) on copies of Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, furnished to employees. The truncated SSNs appear on the forms as IRS truncated taxpayer identification numbers (TTINs). The regulations also clarify and provide an example of how the truncation rules apply to Forms W-2.

Why Truncate?

The Protecting Americans from Tax […]

Final Regulations Clarify Employment Tax Treatment of Partners in Partnership That Owns Disregarded Entity

The IRS has released final regulations that clarify the employment tax treatment of partners in a partnership that owns a disregarded entity.

The Treasury Department and the IRS had issued the temporary regulations ( T.D. 9766) to clarify that the rule that a disregarded entity is treated as a corporation for employment tax purposes does not apply to the self-employment tax treatment […]

House Approves Bipartisan Repeal of ACA’s “Cadillac” Tax

The House has approved a bipartisan repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called “Cadillac”excise tax on certain high-cost insurance plans.

ACA Cadillac Tax Repeal

The Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Bill (HR 748) cleared the House on the evening of July 17 by a 419-to-6 vote. The bipartisan bill would repeal the 40 percent excise tax under the ACA known as […]

Trump Signs Bipartisan IRS Reform Legislation Into Law

On July 1, President Trump signed into law a sweeping, bipartisan IRS reform bill called the Taxpayer First Act ( P.L. 116-25). This legislation aims to broadly redesign the IRS for the first time in over 20 years.

Reworked IRS Reform Bill

The Senate approved the Taxpayer First Act by voice vote on June 13. The measure was unanimously approved in the House […]

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