February 2020


There will be two webinars in February. Details to follow. Please check Webinars for Tax Practitioners for updates.


Get up-to-date information this tax filing season with redesigned IRS e-News Subscriptions

  • The IRS encourages taxpayers, businesses, tax professionals and others to take advantage of a variety of improved e-mail subscription services.


  • The IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days, although some require additional time. You should only call if it has been:
    • 21 days or more since you e-filed
    • 6 weeks or more since you mailed your return, or when
    • “Where’s My Refund” tells you to contact the IRS

IRS provides relief to financial institutions affected by tax law change raising the age for required minimum distributions

  • The IRS has provided relief to financial institutions that were expected to provide required minimum distribution (RMD) statements to IRA owners by January 31, 2020.
  • Notice 2020-6 clarifies that if an RMD statement is provided for 2020 to an IRA owner who will turn age 70½ in 2020, the IRS will not consider the statement to be incorrect, but only if the financial institution notifies the IRA owner no later than April 15, 2020, that no RMD is due for 2020.

IRS and Treasury issue guidance for students with discharged student loans and their creditors

  • The IRS and Department of the Treasury issued Revenue Procedure 2020-11 that establishes a safe harbor extending relief to additional taxpayers who took out federal or private student loans to finance attendance at a nonprofit or for-profit school.
  • Relief is also extended to any creditor that would otherwise be required to file information returns and furnish payee statements for the discharge of any indebtedness within the scope of this revenue procedure.

Improved Tax Withholding Estimator helps workers target the refund they want; shows how to fill out new 2020 W-4

  • The Tax Withholding Estimator incorporates the changes from the redesigned Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate, that employees can fill out and give to their employers this year.

National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress: focuses on Taxpayer First Act implementation, taxpayer service, and IRS funding

  • Acting National Taxpayer Advocate Bridget Roberts today released her 2019 Annual Report to Congress. Key challenges highlighted in the report include implementation of the Taxpayer First Act, inadequate taxpayer service and limited funding of the agency.
  • Roberts also released the third edition of the National Taxpayer Advocate’s “Purple Book,” which presents 58 legislative recommendations designed to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve tax administration.

IRS issues 2019 annual report; highlights program areas across the agency

  • The IRS released a new annual report highlighting accomplishments across the nation’s tax agency during Fiscal Year 2019.
  • “Internal Revenue Service Progress Update/Fiscal Year 2019 – Putting Taxpayers First” provides an overview of a variety of operations across taxpayer service, compliance and support areas. The 41-page document is built around the agency’s six strategic goals.

Opportunity Zones

►TAX TIPS to share with your clients

Gig economy work can affect a taxpayer’s bottom line

  • Taxpayers who work in the gig economy need to understand how their work affects their taxes. A little pre-planning can help make sure gig economy workers are prepared when it’s time to file their tax return.


What’s new for QBID/Sec 199A?

FTD’s for a fiscal year taxpayer

  • Q: When using EFTPS to make an FTD for a fiscal year taxpayer, what year do you use? Is it the year when the fiscal year starts, or the year when the fiscal year ends?
  • A: Use the year for when the fiscal year ends.
  • (88) TAX PERIOD – The month and year in which the length of liability ends for a particular return or payment transaction. For Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return, the tax period is the beginning month of liability. For Form 706, U.S. Estate Tax Return, the tax period is 000000. The tax period cannot be later than the current year/month plus one year.




If you need to mail in a tax return or payment:

Clarification on Lockboxes

  • Per “e-News for Small Business Issue 2020-2”, lockboxes in Cincinnati and Hartford are closing on July 1.
  • The lockboxes that are closing do not relate to 1040 estimated tax payments. They relate to business payments.

IRS Guidance

  • Tax Code. Federal tax law begins with the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), enacted by Congress in Title 26 of the United States Code (26 U.S.C.). Note: The IRC materials in the link are provided as a public service by The Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School, not the IRS.
  • Treasury regulations (26 C.F.R.)–commonly referred to as Federal tax regulations– pick up where the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) leaves off by providing the official interpretation of the IRC by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.



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Small Business Cybersecurity: Protect Your Small Business

  • Learn the basics for protecting your business from cyber-attacks. The business cybersecurity resources in this section were developed in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security.


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