Presented below is our summary of significant Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance and relevant tax matters for the week of May 27 – May 31, 2019.

May 28, 2019: The IRS released Announcement 2019-05 listing recent disciplinary sanctions against attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents, enrolled actuaries, enrolled retirement plan agents and appraisers.

May 30, 2019: The IRS released a Tax Tip advising taxpayers to include tax planning in their wedding plans. The Tax Tip focuses on advice on filing a couple’s first tax return as newlyweds.

May 31, 2019: The IRS issued a news release announcing a draft of the 2020 Form W-4, Employees Withholding Allowance Certificate. The revised form is intended to be more compatible with changes made by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

May 31, 2019: The IRS released Proposed Regulations regarding withholding on certain periodic and nonperiodic distributions under Section 3405. The Proposed Regulation is based on earlier guidance under Notice 87-7 which the Treasury and IRS concluded provides an administrable standard with respect to withholding under Section 3405.

May 31, 2019: The Treasury Department and the IRS in the May 31 edition of the Federal Register requested comments concerning various forms, guidance and regulations. Topics include Treasury Decision 9452, Form 13441-A, mortgage interest and reporting requirements, and the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).

May 31, 2019: The IRS issued a notice of public hearing on proposed regulations regarding the amount of the deduction for foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI). The hearing is scheduled for July 10, 2019, and speaker’s outlines are due July 1, 2019.