This week we look at the following developments:

  • Conference committees appointed and Joint Committee on Taxation issues report on differences

  • IRS memo clarifies the tax treatment of a disgorgement payment following U.S. Supreme Court decision

  • Qualified plan required amendment (RA) list published for 2017

  • No loss allowed on sale to former spouse

  • IRS found not to have conducted a second examination of the taxpayers’s books and records

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Direct download: 2017-12-11_-_Let_the_Conference_Begin.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

This week we look at the following developments:

  • Senate passes their version of HR1, setting up moving to a conference committee
  • IRS gets access to information from bitcoin exchange
  • The Tax Court uses English law to determine if a payment was alimony for federal tax purposes
  • A safe harbor casualty loss rule is adopted for damage to concrete foundations caused by pyrrohite
  • A taxpayer is denied a deduction for legal fees to recover overpaid alimony
  • More relief for partnerships due to change in filing dates for 2016 returns
  • The Tax Court updates its views on how to evaulate Stamps.com postmarks under timely filing rules

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Direct download: 2017-12-04_On_to_the_Conference.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

Current Federal Tax Developments for the week of November 23, 2017 - S Corporation Difficulties. Current Federal Tax Developments is brought to you by the state CPA societies and the Loscalzo Institute, a Kaplan Company.

This week we look at the following developments:

  • HR1 moves to the Senate floor this week
  • Taxpayer does not have COD income when relieved of requirement to pay back overpayments on pension
  • Qualified plan relief provisions extended to victims of California wildfires
  • Court does not accept attempt to use FLP discount to create income tax loss from liquidation of S corporation formed to hold FLP interest
  • No basis to shareholders in debt to S corporation other S corporation shareholders controlled
  • IRS issues FAQ on QSEHRAs

The articles for this week can be downloaded below:

2017-11-27 Current Federal Tax Developments

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Direct download: 2017-11-27_S_Corporation_Problems.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

Another week as Congress continues down the path towards comprehensive tax reform. This week we look at the changes the Senate made to its bill, as well as the passage by the House of their version of the bill. We also discuss what comes next in this process.

The PDF below has the description of the two bills as they stood when this was recorded on November 18, 2017.

2017-11-20 Current Federal Tax Developments

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Direct download: 2017-11-20_One_Down_One_to_Go.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

This week we look at the current developments on the tax reform front, including the two amendment sets adopted by the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Committee's explanation of the bill the Senate Finance Committee will hold hearings on beginning Monday.

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Direct download: 2017-11-13_Tax_Reform_Continues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Current Federal Tax Developments is brought to you by the Loscalzo Institute and your state society of CPAs. This week we look at HR1, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

A PDF with a description of the provisions can be downloaded below:

2017-11-06 Current Federal Tax Developments

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Direct download: 2017-11-06_Current_Federal_Tax_Developments_-_Tax_Reform_Starts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44am EDT

Current Federal Tax Developments is brought to you by the Loscalzo Institute, a Kaplan Company and by your state society of CPAs.

This week we look at the following developments:

  • House adopts Senate budget resolution beginning tax reform process
  • A taxpayer’s amount of claimed theft loss found excessive by Tax Court
  • An expert’s testimony did not substitute for records of cost of goods sold
  • IRS summons to state agency found to be proper
  • IRS memo discusses indirect loan issues for church 403(b) plan

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Direct download: 2017-10-30_Kick_Off_for_Tax_Reform.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Current Federal Tax Developments for the week of October 23, 2017 - Indexing Time of the Year. Current Federal Tax Developments is brought to you by the state CPA societies and the Loscalzo Institute, a Kaplan Company.

This week we look at the following developments:

  • IRS releases inflation adjusted tax factors for 2018
  • LB&I Division issues guidance on unit of property and major component issues for the mining industry
  • IRS announced retirement plan numbers for 2018
  • IRS announces nonacquiesence in S corporation/real estate professional decision
  • Anti-Kerr regulations officially withdrawn by the IRS
  • 2017 Returns without health care information will not be accepted for efiling
  • A court decision that appears to arrive at approximately the right place, but for all the wrong reasons

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Direct download: 2017-10-23_Indexing_Time_of_the_Year.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

This week we look at the following developments:

  • Filing date relief issued by IRS for victims of Northern California wildfires
  • Challenge to minister’s housing allowance exclusion returns to court
  • Tax Court will assert strict subordination requirement for mortgages on conservation easements outside First Circuit
  • Signature no longer required for §754 election
  • Retroactive loss of tax-exempt status going back a decade proves very costly in terms of interest on unpaid tax
  • IRS email discusses potential impact on due date disaster relief and date for assessment of tax

PDF with articles for this week's podcast.

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Direct download: 2017-10-16_Housing_Allowance_Returns_to_Court.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:45pm EDT

Loscalzo Institute/A Kaplan Corporation Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week we look at the following developments:

  • South Dakota petitions the Supreme Court for its Quill challenge
  • Congress passes a Hurricane relief bill
  • Taxpayer did not willfully fail to file FBAR
  • Parents are held liable to repay dependent son’s advanced health insurance credit
  • LB&I announces method that can be used to start with ASC 750 research expenses in computing qualified research expenditures
  • Time off donation programs expanded to cover Hurricane Maria relief donations
  • IRS releases special per diem rates for new fiscal year

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Direct download: 2017-10-09_Congress_Proves_It_Can_Pass_a_Tax_Bill.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

Loscalzo Institute/A Kaplan Corporation Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week we look at the framework for comprehensive tax reform that was issued by the “Big 6” and is scheduled to be taken up by Congress.  We discuss the proposal’s framework for changes in:
 
  • Standard deduction and personal exemptions
  • Individual tax brackets
  • Alternative minimum tax repeal
  • Itemized deductions
  • Work, education and retirement issues
  • Estate and GST Tax repeal
  • Business tax rates
  • Expensing of capital improvements
  • Interest expense
  • Other business deductions and credits
  • Offshore corporate earnings
  • Where does this go from here?

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Direct download: 2017-10-02_Framing_Tax_Reform.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:41pm EDT

Loscalzo Institute/A Kaplan Corporation Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week we look at the following developments

  • IRS Extends Harvey Relief to Victims of Irma
  • South Dakota Ready to Ask Supreme Court to Throw Out Quill
  • Massachusetts Releases Regulations That Broadly Define Physical Presence
  • IRS Has Right to Examine First Deceased Spouse Form 706 to Decrease DSUE at Second Death

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Direct download: 2017-09-25_Good_Deeds_and_Conflicts_of_Interest.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 9:50am EDT

Loscalzo Institute/A Kaplan Corporation Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week we look at the following developments

  • IRS Extends Harvey Relief to Victims of Irma
  • South Dakota Ready to Ask Supreme Court to Throw Out Quill
  • Massachusetts Releases Regulations That Broadly Define Physical Presence
  • IRS Has Right to Examine First Deceased Spouse Form 706 to Decrease DSUE at Second Death

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Direct download: 2017-09-18_Making_Quill_Irrelevant.mp3
Category:Federal Tax Update -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT

Loscalzo Institute/A Kaplan Corporation Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 72 IRS Memorandum Gives Examples of Applying Plan Loan Grace Period Rules

Section: 165 Loss Does Not Qualify for Special Relief Revenue Procedure from Madoff Era

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 36B Taxpayer Had to Repay Excess Premium Credit Despite Exchange Not Reacting to Notice of Change in Income

Section: 73 Loss from Competing in Pageants Reportable on Return of Minor Daughter, Not Parents

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update podcast  with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 162 No Deduction Allowed for Premiums Paid to Related Entity in Microcaptive Structure

Section: 401 ESOP Failed to Cover Employees of Related Corporation, Plan Disqualified

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 72 Tax Court Refuses to Take Birth Certification Provided by Taxpayer as Proof of Age When Taxpayer Provided Issuing Agency with Date of Birth

Section 162 No Deduction for Employee Who Failed to Submit Expenses for Reimbursement by Employer

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 166 Moneylending Was a Business for Taxpayer, So Debt Was a Business Bad Debt

Section: 170 Proceeds From Sale of Land Used for Farming Is Not Income From Farming or Ranching for Purpose of Expanded Conservation Easement Deduction

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: State Tax Colorado Publishes Rules for Sellers to Comply with Tattletale Use Tax Reporting

Section: Security Another Phishing Scam Makes the Rounds Attacking Tax Professional

And Much More...

 


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Tax Reform Congressional and Administration Officials Release Statement on Tax Reform 

Section: Appeals to Begin Offering Web-based Conferences in Pilot Program

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 85 Taxpayer Had to Report Unemployment Benefit Income Even Though He Later Repaid the Benefits

Section:IRS for the Third Time Extends Safe Harbor for Recipients of Hardest Hit Fund Relief Through 2021

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with

Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 72 Employer's failure to Deduct 401(k) Loan Payment form Employer's Pay While on Leave Resulted in Taxable Distribution.

Section: 162 Legal Fees Related to Employment, Not Taxpayer's New Business Venture

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with

Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: State Tax Washington State Enacts Use Tax Tattletale Bill with Very Low Threshold

Section: 32 IRS Will Not Follow Case That Allowed Taxpayer Filing Married Filing Separate to Claim Earned Income Tax credit

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 72 No taxable IRA Distribution Where Taxpayer Had Funds Wired to Buy Stock That Custodian Later Refused to Accept

Section: 274 Full Deduction Allowed to Hockey Team for Meal's Provided to Players at Away Games

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Security Latest Phishing Email to Target Tax Professionals Uses Spoofed Emails from Education Providers

Section: 3401 Corporation Liable for Payroll Taxes Left Unpaid by PEO

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 267 ESOP Participants Accrued Compensation Found Not Deductible Until Paid

Section: 6103 Taxpayer Can Obtain Information on Payment of Tax By Contractors From IRS in Employment Tax Dispute, But Only During Court Dispute

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section 2010 Automatic Late Portability Election Relief Produce Published by IRS

Section: 6109 IRS Can Require PTINs for Tax Preparers, But Cannot Charge User Fees for Issuance and Renewal

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Exam IRS Warns Agents Against Using IRS Website FAQs to Sustain Positions in Exam

Section: Payments User Fees For Certain Rulings, Including Private Letter Ruling, Must Be Submitted via Pay.gov

And Much More...

 


Loscalzo Institute's Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 61 Court Accepts IRS's Reconstruction of Business Using Bank Deposits and Form 1099K

Section: 501 Organization Formed to Support "Community Journalism" Did Not Quality for Exempt Status

And Much More...

 


Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 6015 Divorce Decree Splitting Ex-spouse's Liability for Prior Taxes Did Not Control Innocent Spouse Relief

Section: 6511 CCA Outlines When Refunds Created by OVDP Filing Can Be Offset Against Tax Due

And Much More...

 


Loscalzo Institute Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Bankruptcy Return Filed After IRS Assessment Did Not Allow Tax Debt to Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

Section: Various IRS Adds Direct Link to Get Transcript to View Your Tax Account Information Page

And Much More...


Loscalzo Institute's Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Podcast with 

Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 36B IRS Releases Inflation Adjusted Individual Affordable Care Percentages for 2018

Section: 223 HSA Limits Increased for 2018

And Much More...


Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with

Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 41 Taxpayer Not Allowed to Use Estimation Method to Determine Wages That Represented Qualified Research Expenses

Section: 61 IRS Published Terminal Charge and SIFL Mileage Rates for January - June 2017

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 402 Examining Agent Abused Discretion by Refusing ot Consider Late Rollover Relief Requested by Taxpayer

Section: 446 2017 Revision of Comprehensive List of Automatic Accounting Method Changes Issued by IRS 

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 167 IRS announces It Will Not Follow Court Decision Treating Retail Building as Placed in Service Before It Had Been Ready to Open

Section: 460 IRS Announces Its Disagreement With Allowing Costs of Entire Development for Purposes of the Completed Contract 95% Test 

and Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section 263 Expenditures Required by Regulatory Agency to Obtain Approval for Merger Not Automatically Required to be Capitalized

Section: 6103 Taxpayer Can Obtain Information on Payment of Tax by Contractors From the IRS in Employment Tax Disputes

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update with

Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 41 Interim Guidance Issued for Taxpayers Electing to Claim Research Credit Against Payroll Taxes

Section: 162 No Evidence Any Services Were or Could Have Been Preformed for Management Services Paid to Related  Corporation

And Much More...

 


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly's Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Appeals Small Business/Self-Employed Taxpayer Fast Track Settlement Program made permanent

Section: OPR Has No Authority Over Tax Preparation or Opinion Services Offered by Disbarred Attorney

And Much More...

 


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section 162 Students Participating in State Department Summer Work Programs Denied Travel Deductions Despite Limitations Contained in Visas

Section: 168 Racing Team May Treat Individual Auto Parts, Rather Than Entire Racing Car, as Unit of Property for Disposition Purposes

And Much More...

 


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section 36B Ways and Means Committee to Begin Mark Up of American Health Care Act

Section 911 Taxpayer's Abode Remained in the :United States Now Foreign Earned Income Exclusion Allowed

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 170 Doctrine of Substantial Compliance Did Not Apply to Taxpayer Who Failed to Meet Documentation Requirements for Donation of Used Airplane

Section: 213 Medical Deduction Allowed for Treatments Not Generally Recognized as a Conventional Treatment 

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 162 No Deduction Allowed for Payment to Related Entity When Reasonableness of Payment Not Demonstrated

Section: 166 No Business Bad Debt Nor Partnership Loss Allowed to Taxpayer

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Security Yet Another Phishing Email Warning from the IRS

Section: 408A Sixth Circuit Panel Finds IRS Cannot Use Substance Over Form to Recharacterize DISC-Roth IRA Structure

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast with 

Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 104 Taxpayer Not Allowed to Exclude Amounts form Income Merely Because IRS Allowed the Position on Three Prior Amended Returns

Section: 108 Value of CalPERS Pension Not Included in Calculation of Insolvency

And Much More...

 


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 71 Last Minute Changes to Separation Agreement Required Entire payment to Be Treated as Not Alimony

Section: 106 Fixed Indemnity Medical Plan Payments Are Taxable as Wages When Received If Premiums Were Not Paid from After-Tax Funds

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

IRS Issues, Then Pulls Back, Proposed Regulations for BBA Partnership Audit Regime - REG-136118-15

 

 


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 446 IRS Grants Relief to Taxpayer When CPA Firm Inadvertently Failed to Have Taxpayer File Form 3115

Section: 469 Surgeon's Interest in Surgical Center Generated Passive Income and Taxpayer Did Not Need to Group With Medical Practice

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Security New More Sophisticated Phishing Attacks Aimed at Tax Professionals

Section 61 IRS Sets Annual Limits On Value of Vehicles for Cents Per Mile and Fleet-Average Valuation Rule


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: Various List of Expired and Expiring Federal Tax Provisions from 2016-2025 Released by Joint Committee on Taxation

Section: FBAR Reporting FinCEN Announces Grant of Automatic Six Month Extension to October 15 for FBAR Reports

And Much More...


Nichols Patrick Current Federal Tax Developments Weekly Update Podcast

with Ed Zollars, CPA

This week's podcast includes:

Section: 501 Narrow Scholarship Criteria Found to Limit Benefits to Founder's Son, Exempt Status Denied

Section: 1297 Final Regulations Published Related to Determining Ownership of PFICs and Reporting Requirements

And Much More...


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