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IRS guidance projects, implementing new tax law provisions

IRS guidance projects, new tax law provisions

The IRS and U.S. Treasury Department released the second quarter update to the 2017–2018 priority guidance plan.


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The second quarter update [PDF 342 KB] includes plans for future guidance for implementing certain measures under the new tax law (Pub. L. No. 115-97) such as:

  • Guidance on certain issues related to the business credit under section 45S with respect to wages paid to qualifying employees during family and medical leave
  • Guidance under sections 101 and 1016 and new section 6050Y regarding reportable policy sales of life insurance contracts
  • Guidance under section 162(m) regarding the application of the effective date provisions to the elimination of the exceptions for commissions and performance-based compensation from the definition of compensation subject to the deduction limit
  • Guidance under section 162(f) and new section 6050X
  • Computational, definitional, and other guidance under new section 163(j)
  • Guidance on new section 168(k)
  • Computational, definitional, and anti-avoidance guidance under new section 199A
  • Guidance adopting new small business accounting method changes under sections 263A, 448, 460, and 471
  • Definitional and other guidance under new section 451(b) and (c)
  • Guidance on computation of unrelated business taxable income for separate trades or businesses under new section 512(a)(6)
  • Guidance implementing changes to section 529
  • Guidance implementing new section 965 and other international sections of the new tax law (Notice 2018-07, released December 29, 2017)
  • Guidance implementing changes to section 1361 regarding electing small business trusts
  • Guidance regarding Opportunity Zones under sections 1400Z–1 and 1400Z–2
  • Guidance under new section 1446(f) for dispositions of certain partnership interests (Notice 2018-08, released December 29, 2017)
  • Guidance on computation of estate and gift taxes to reflect changes in the basic exclusion amount
  • Guidance regarding withholding under sections 3402 and 3405 and optional flat rate withholding
  • Guidance on certain issues relating to the excise tax on excess remuneration paid by “applicable tax-exempt organizations” under section 4960


The second quarter update also lists actions by the IRS and Treasury to identify and reduce regulatory burdens, pursuant to Executive Order 13789.

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