IRS Pronouncements--2020--Short List
Small Business Taxes & ManagementTM--Copyright 2020, A/N Group, Inc.
Note. The list below contains a synopses of revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices, announcements and regulations beginning with those issued January 1, 2020. Because the IRS is no longer indexing the contents of the bulletins as in the past, beginning with 2015 we have created two indicies--this one is an abbreviated list that is limited to those items we believe to be of interest to small to mid-sized business owners, their advisors, CPAs, enrolled agents, etc. Because it does not contain items of interest to insurance companies, banks, etc. the list is shorter and easier to review. For a list of all pronouncements go to IRS Pronouncements--2020. For a abbreviated, similar listing for prior years, go to:
We've included the IRB (Internal Revenue Bulletin) reference so you can find the full text on the IRS web site. We've tried to make the list as searchable as possible while keeping the descriptions short. Use the "find-in-page" or "find" feature of your browser (CTRL-F) to search this list. Be sure to try variations of keywords such as "activities" as well as "activity"; "depreciation" as well as "depreciate". The Applicable Federal Rate and interest rates on over- and underpayments are updated on our IRS Interest Rates page.
The list below includes pronouncements for the first 22 bulletins of 2020.
Entries for each section are in the order they appear in the bulletins.
Go to our Abbreviations page for details on any abbreviations.
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For Revenue Procedures-- www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-20-xx.pdf
For Notices-- www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-xx.pdf
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New Additions - Bulletin 22
REG-113295-18 (IRB 2020-22) Sec. 67; clarification of deductions allowed to an estate or non-grantor trust not miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to suspension; costs paid or incurred in connection with administration of estate or trust that would not be incurred but for the estate or trust; distribution deduction.
Notice 2020-33 (IRB 2020-22) Sec. 125; carryover amount 20 percent of maximum salary reduction amount; for 2020 carryover amount increased from $500 to $550.
Notice 2020-29 (IRB 2020-22) Sec. 125; cafeteria plans; COVID-19; flexibility; mid-year elections; during calendar year 2020; employer-sponsored health coverage; health Flexible Spending Arrangements; FSAs; dependent care assistance programs; increased flexibility with respect to grace periods to apply unused amounts; telehealth services.
Notice 2020-25 (IRB 2020-22) Sec. 103; 141 through 150; temporary expansion of circumstances and time periods; tax-exempt bond purchased by state or local governmental issuer treated as continuing in effect.
For the full text of these rulings, go to Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-22
Cumulative Listings - 2020
Rev. Rul. 2020-11 (IRB 2019-19) Applicable federal rates; adjusted federal long-term rate; May, 2020.
Rev. Rul. 2020-8 (IRB 2019-19) Sec. 6511; 10-year limitations period; claims of refund or overpayment resulting from foreign tax credit carryback arising as a result of a net operating loss carryback from a subsequent year; Rev. Rul. 71-533 suspended entirely; Rev. Rul. 68-150 suspended in party.
Rev. Rul. 2020-10 (IRB 2019-15) Sec. 1.61-21(g); fringe benefits aircraft valuation formula; SIFL cents-per-mile rate; employer-provided aircraft; first half of 2020.
Rev. Rul. 2020-9 (IRB 2019-15) Applicable federal rates; adjusted federal long-term rate; April, 2020.
Rev. Rul. 2020-7 (IRB 2019-12) Interest rates on underpayments and overpayments; quarter beginning April 1, 2020.
Rev. Rul. 2020-6 (IRB 2019-11) Applicable federal rates; adjusted federal long-term rate; March, 2020.
Rev. Rul. 2020-5 (IRB 2020-09) Sec. 1016; adjusted basis of an insurance contract not reduced by cost of insurance; Rev. Proc. 2009-13 and Rev. Rul. 20019-14 reversed; Tax Cuts and Jobs Act addition.
Rev. Rul. 2020-4 (IRB 2020-08) Sec. 42; computing income limits applicable to low-income housing credit; new minimum set-aside test; average income test.
Rev. Rul. 2020-3 (IRB 2020-07) Applicable federal rates; adjusted federal long-term rate; February, 2020
Rev. Rul. 2020-1 (IRB 2019-03) Applicable federal rates; adjusted federal long-term rate; January, 2020.
Rev. Proc. 2020-29 (IRB 2020-21) Temporary modification of Rev. Proc. 2020-1 to allow for the electronic submission of requests for letter rulings, closing agreements, determination letters, etc.
Rev. Proc. 2020-27 (IRB 2020-20) Sec. 911; foreign earned income exclusion; relief from bona fide residence test and physical presence test; COVID-19 health emergency; qualified individual.
Rev. Proc. 2020-20 (IRB 2020-20) Nonreident individuals; substantial presence test; COVID-19; medical condition exception to exclude up to 60 consecutive days spent in U.S.; claiming benefits under and income tax treaty.
Rev. Proc. 2020-28 (IRB 2020-19) Economic impact payments provided by CARES Act; tax return filing procedures for certain eligible individuals not otherwise required to file 2019 Federal income tax return.
Rev. Proc. 2020-25 (IRB 2020-19) Sec. 168; change of depreciation method; qualified improvement property; QIP; making of late election for certain years.
Rev. Proc. 2020-24 (IRB 2020-18) Sec. 172; net operating losses; NOLs; carryback of losses arising in 2018, 2019, and 2020 back 5 preceding taxable years; election to waive or reduce carryback period; election with respect to income inclusion as a result of Sec. 965.
Rev. Proc. 2020-23 (IRB 2020-18) Sec. 6031; CARES Act; partnerships; relief for 2018 and 2019 centralized partnership audit regime under BBA Act of 2015; amendment of partnership returns; administrative adjustment request; AAR.
Rev. Proc. 2020-22 (IRB 2020-18) Sec. 163; interest limitation deduction; elections to be an electing real property or farming trade or business.
Rev. Proc. 2020-14 (IRB 2020-16) Sec. 911; earned income exclusion; waiver of time requirements for time in foreign country; countries added to waiver countries.
Rev. Proc. 2020-13 (IRB 2020-11) Sec. 263A; taxpayers in farming business; changes by Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; application to certain plants; qualification as a small business under Sec. 448 gross receipts test.
Rev. Proc. 2020-8 (IRB 2020-8) Form 1023; application for recognition of exemption organization; Sec. 501; electronic submission process; Rev. Proc. 2020-5 modified.
Rev. Proc. 2020-11 (IRB 2020-6) Sec. 108; income from discharge of indebtedness; Federal or private student loans to finance; discharge not taxable for certain students where schools closed.
Rev. Proc. 2020-9 (IRB 2020-2) Sec. 401; amendments which are treated as integral to a plan provision that fails to satisfy qualification requirements of Code; recent regulations under Sec. 401(k), 401(m); hardship distributions of elective deferrals; interim amendment for pre-approved plans.
Rev. Proc. 2020-7 (IRB 2020-1) Areas of IRC under jurisdiction of Associate Chief Counsel (International); IRS will not issue determination letters or letter rulings.
Rev. Proc. 2020-5 (IRB 2020-1) Procedures for issuing determination letters; issues under jurisdiction of Director, Exempt Organizations; EO; rulings and agreements; pension, profit-sharing, stock bonus, annuity, and employee stock ownership plans; private foundation status; Sec. 7428.
Rev. Proc. 2020-4 (IRB 2020-1) Revised procedures; determination letters and letter rulings issued by the Commissioner; Tax Exempt and Government Entities; Employee Plans Rulings and Agreements; Rev. Procs. 2019-4 superseded.
Rev. Proc. 2020-3 (IRB 2020-1) Revised list of areas where IRS will not issue letter rulings or determination letters; Corporate; Financial Institutions and Products; Income Tax and Accounting; Passthroughs and Special Industries; Procedure and Administration; Tax Exempt and Government Entities; Associate Chief Counsel; Rev. Proc. 2019-3 superseded.
Rev. Proc. 2020-2 (IRB 2020-1) Procedures for Technical advice memoranda; TAMS; taxpayer rights when field office requests TAMS; Rev. Proc. 2019-2 superseded.
Rev. Proc. 2020-1 (IRB 2020-1) Procedures for letter rulings and information letters; Associate Chief Counsel; Corporate; Financial Institutions and Products; Income Tax and Accounting; International; Passthroughs and Special Industries; Procedure and Administration; Tax Exempt and Government Entities; Rev. Proc. 2019-1 superseded.
RegulationsT.D. 9893 (IRB 2020-9) Sec. 61; valuation of fringe benefits; employee personal use company car; maximum vehicle values for use with special valuation rule for autos; adoption of special valuation rule for 2018 and 2019.
Proposed RegulationsREG-113295-18 (IRB 2020-22) Sec. 67; clarification of deductions allowed to an estate or non-grantor trust not miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to suspension; costs paid or incurred in connection with administration of estate or trust that would not be incurred but for the estate or trust; distribution deduction.
NoticesNotice 2020-33 (IRB 2020-22) Sec. 125; carryover amount 20 percent of maximum salary reduction amount; for 2020 carryover amount increased from $500 to $550.
Announcement 2020-5 (IRB 2020-19) Connecticut homeowners; financial assistance from Connecticut Foundation Solutions Indemnity Company; premature deterioration of concrete foundations; mineral pyrrhotite.
Action On Decision
Action on Decision 2020-3 (IRB 2020-17) Sec. 7811; acquiescence to the holding that the term “taxpayer” interpreted to include a wrongful-levy claimant. Nonacquiescence to the holding that suspends the running of the limitations periods for third-parties to file wrongful levy claims or suits. Rothkamm; (5th Cir. 2015).
Links to Individual Bulletins
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-1
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-2
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-3
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-4
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-5
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-6
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-7
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-8
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-9
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-10
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-11
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-12
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-13
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-14
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-15
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-16
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-17
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-18
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-19
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-20
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-21
Internal Revenue Bulletin 2020-22
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--Last Update 05/23/20