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Administration Broadens Short-Term Health Insurance Exemption from Affordable Care Act Consumer Protections

The Departments Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury have amended the definition of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance coverage by allowing such coverage to last up to 364 days rather than up to 3 months. The amendments apply 60 days after August 3, 2018, the…

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Senate Panel Examines IRS Administration; Congress Works Toward Bipartisan IRS Reform

The IRS faces numerous challenges, most of which are attributable to funding cuts, the National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson told a Senate panel on July 26. “The IRS needs adequate funding to do its job effectively,” Olson told lawmakers. IRS Funding Olson, while testifying at a Senate…

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Final Regulations Provided for Substantiating and Reporting Charitable Contributions

The IRS has issued final regulations relating to the substantiation and reporting of charitable contribution deductions under Code Sec. 170 for income tax purposes. The final rules adopt proposed regulations issued in 2008, as well as other interim guidance, with only a few minor modifications. The regulations…

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House Approves Five Tax Bills

The House approved five tax bills on July 24. The tax bills cover areas related to health care, IRS administration, and water infrastructure. The following measures were approved: Protect Medical Innovation Bill of 2018 ( HR 184): this bill would amend the tax code to repeal the…

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Brady Unveils Tax Reform 2.0 Framework

The House’s top tax writer has unveiled Republicans’ “Tax Reform 2.0” framework. The framework outlines three key focus areas: making permanent the individual and small business tax cuts enacted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA); promoting family savings by streamlining retirement savings accounts and creating…

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Senate Approves IRS Funding Bill; Congress Departs for August Recess

The Senate has approved a fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget for the IRS. The Senate’s approved IRS budget provides less funding than a House-approved proposal. The Senate appropriations package, which includes the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill (HR 6147), cleared the Senate by a 92-to-6…

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FAQs Provide Penalty and Filing Relief for Taxpayers Subject to Code Sec. 965 Transition Tax

Three new FAQs covering the Code Sec. 965 transition tax provide welcome penalty and filing relief for taxpayers who make the election to pay the tax in eight annual installments. The transition tax on accumulated foreign earnings is a tax imposed on the untaxed foreign earnings of…

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IRS Warns Taxpayers Against Impersonation Scams

The IRS has warned taxpayers to remain vigilant against phishing emails and telephone scams especially at a time when those who had recently filed returns could be waiting for a response from the Service. The IRS also urged taxpayers to be alert against year-round tax scams, which…

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Mnuchin, Kautter Testify Before Senate Committee on Outdated IRS Technology

IRS Budget Hearing Testimony The IRS’s “Achilles’ heel” is using outdated software originating from the 1960s, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter told Senate lawmakers. Kautter and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testified in a May 22 Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee hearing. System Shut Down…

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Section 199A Passthrough Guidance Expected in July, Kautter Says

The IRS expects to issue guidance on the Code Sec. 199A passthrough deduction in July, Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter has said. Kautter outlined the timeline of various guidance proposals at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation May Meeting in Washington, D.C. Proposed Guidance More…

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