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House passes bill to defund new IRS enforcement agents
On Jan. 9, the House passed H.R. 23, the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act
, which defunds expanded IRS enforcement efforts while retaining funding for the IRS to focus on improving taxpayer services and modernizing operations to serve taxpayers. NRCA joined with other business associations supporting this legislation to ensure IRS focuses its scant resources on taxpayer services—not unnecessary pursuits.
stated “before considering how to penalize taxpayers, the agency should address the immense backlog facing the agency and how to better assist taxpayers with compliance. In late August 2022, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) detailed how the IRS’s processing delays have prevented businesses from receiving key pandemic relief benefits. More specifically, the IRS did not begin processing claims for qualified Sick and Family Leave Credits and Employee Retention Credit for 12 months. As of December 23, 2022, the IRS reported the agency still has 1.91 million unprocessed individual returns to process.”
IRS releases inflation-adjusted amounts for 179 expensing
In late 2022, the IRS released the tax year 2023 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including adjustments for Section 179 expensing for nonresidential roofs. Revenue Procedure 2022-38
provides details about these annual adjustments. After passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, section 179 allows qualifying taxpayers to immediately expense the cost of qualifying property rather than recovering such costs over multiple years through depreciation. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly expanded the expensing limits under Section 179, with the maximum amount a business may expense for 2023 set at $1.16 million and the phase-out threshold increasing to $2.89 million. This is a significant increase because the maximum amounts were indexed to inflation in the original law.
Federal Trade Commission proposed rule regarding noncompete agreements
On Jan. 5, the Federal Trade Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
that generally would prohibit the use of noncompete agreements by employers. The agency argues such clauses in employment contracts constitute an unfair method of competition and therefore violate Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. If adopted, the proposed rule
would make it illegal for an employer to enter into a noncompete agreement with an employee; maintain an existing noncompete with an employee; or represent to an employee, under certain circumstances, that the employee is subject to a noncompete. It would apply to certain independent contractors, as well as employees, and would require employers to rescind existing noncompete agreements and inform employees such agreements are no longer in effect.
The Federal Trade Commission is accepting public comments regarding the proposed rule through March 10, and legal challenges are expected for any final rule.
Date : Jan. 01, 0001