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WHY IT’S GOOD TO BE GRATEFUL

On February 23, 2018, The Wall Street Journal published an article, “How to Raise More Grateful Children.” The subtitle for the article stated: “A sense of entitlement is a big problem among young people today, but it’s possible to teach gratitude.” This last idea is what I hope to do with my clients.


TAXES AND GRATITUDE?

You probably never thought you would see these two words paired together.  Let me share my perspective on how this unique combination arises.


THE STORY OF THE GRATITUDE ROCK

How I started practicing Gratitude

My coach and mentor, Lee Brower, is well-known as a thought leader on Gratitude.  He’s been featured on television, in articles, and in the movie, “The Secret,” on the topic of Gratitude. But Lee, by his own admission, wasn’t always a grateful person.  In fact, one of the defining moments of his life started out as one of his most ungrateful moments.


The IRS has corrected Notice 2019-20, which provided a waiver of penalties under Code Secs. 6722(failure to furnish correct payee statements) and 6698 (failure to file partnership return) for certain partnerships that file and furnish Schedules K-1 to Form 1065 without reporting negative tax basis capital account information. The updated Notice extends the penalty waiver to Code Secs. 6038(b)and (c) and any other section of the Code, for partnerships that fail to file and furnish Schedules K-1 or any other form or statement to Form 8865, Return of U.S. Persons With Respect to Certain Foreign Partnerships, for any penalty that arises solely as a result of failing to include negative tax basis capital account information.


The upper-tier controlled foreign corporation (CFC) partners of a domestic partnership were required to include in gross income their distributive share of income inclusions under subpart F from lower-tier CFCs, and increase earnings and profits (E&P) by the same amount. Regulations under Code Sec. 964provided preliminary steps for conforming a foreign corporation’s profit and loss statement to that of a domestic corporation. The general rules of Code Sec. 312 that governed earnings and profits computations of domestic corporations then applied.


The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the information reporting requirements under Code Secs. 101(a)(3) and 6050Y, added by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ( P.L. 115-97). The regulations are to apply to reportable life insurance policy sales made, and reportable death benefits paid, after December 31, 2017. Transition relief applies until these regulations are finalized.


Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA), has announced her decision to retire this summer from the esteemed NTA position at the IRS. Olson has served as taxpayers’ "voice" within the IRS and before Congress for the last 18 years.