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Tax Treatment of Certain State Payments Clarified, Notice 2023-56; IR-2023-158

The IRS has provided guidance on the income tax treatment of payments made by states in 2023 and later years. In IRS News Release 2023-23, February 10, 2023, the IRS clarified the federal tax status of special payments made by 21 states in 2022 that were mainly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, with varying terms in the types of payments, payment amounts, and eligibility rules.

State Tax Refunds

The exclusion of state income tax refunds is largely dependent on whether an individual itemized deductions and deducted the amount of state income tax paid. A state income tax refund will be excluded from an individual’s gross income if the person claimed the standard deduction for the tax year in which the state income tax was paid. On the other hand, an individual who itemized deductions and deducted the amount of state income tax paid will include a state income tax refund to the extent that the individual received a federal income tax benefit from the prior federal income tax deduction.

A similar rule applies to state property tax refunds.

2022 Payments Covered by IR-2023-23

IR-2023-23 described some 2022 programs that intended to make payments in early 2023. To the extent an individual could exclude such a payment received in 2022 pursuant to the news release, an individual may exclude a state payment received in 2023 under a 2022 program from federal income tax.

General Welfare Payments

Payments that are made under a state program for the promotion of the general welfare are not includible in federal income tax. To be excluded as a payment for the general welfare, the payment must: (1) be made from a governmental fund; (2) be for the promotion of the general welfare, meaning based on individual or family need; and (3) not represent compensation for services.

Comments Requested

The IRS requests comments on the application of these rules and on specific aspects of state payment programs or additional situations where federal guidance would be helpful. Comments should be submitted on or before October 16, 2023. Comments may be mailed to the IRS or submitted electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov.

FL - IRC conformity tie-in date updated, disaster extension established

Florida updated the IRC conformity tie-in date for computing corporate income tax liability from January 1, 2023 to January 1, […]

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FL - IRC conformity tie-in date updated, disaster extension established

FL - Gas and Sulfur production tax rates for 2024-2025 announced

Florida has issued the severance tax rates for the production of gas and sulfur effective July 1, 2024, through June […]

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FL - Gas and Sulfur production tax rates for 2024-2025 announced

No Further Funding Cuts For IRS In FY24

Other than a planned repurposing of Inflation Reduction Act supplemental funding, the Internal Revenue Service saw no other cuts as the President signed off on the resolution […]

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No Further Funding Cuts For IRS In FY24

IRS Updates FAQ on Commercial Clean Vehicle Credits (FS-2024-14; IR-2024-111)

The IRS updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) on New, Previously Owned and Qualified Commercial Clean Vehicle Credits. These FAQs provide guidance on how the Inflation Reduction […]

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IRS Updates FAQ on Commercial Clean Vehicle Credits (FS-2024-14; IR-2024-111)

2024 Foreign Housing Expense Amounts Released, Notice 2024-31

KPMG TaxNewsFlash – United States March 20, 2024 The IRS today released Notice 2024-31 [PDF 156 KB] providing the adjustments to the limitation on housing expenses, under […]

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2024 Foreign Housing Expense Amounts Released, Notice 2024-31

Energy Efficient Property and Improvement Rebate Guidance Issued, Announcement 2024-19; IR-2024-97

The IRS has issued an announcement that addresses the federal income tax treatment of amounts paid for the purchase of energy efficient property and improvements. Taxpayers who […]

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Energy Efficient Property and Improvement Rebate Guidance Issued, Announcement 2024-19; IR-2024-97

IRS Criminal Investigation Releases COVID Fraud Conviction Statistics, IR-2024-83

The IRS released statistics that showed 1,644 tax and money-laundering cases related to COVID fraud, totaling $9 billion investigated by the Criminal Investigation (CI). CI is the law enforcement […]

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IRS Criminal Investigation Releases COVID Fraud Conviction Statistics, IR-2024-83

IRS Releases Major Filing Numbers Showing Service Improvements, IR-2024-109

Reflecting on the 2024 tax filing season, the IRS released major filing numbers for the season. The agency highlighted a variety of improvements that dramatically expanded service for millions of taxpayers during […]

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IRS Releases Major Filing Numbers Showing Service Improvements, IR-2024-109

IRS Wraps Up Dirty Dozen, Warns of Bogus Tax Avoidance Strategies (IR-2024-105)

The IRS has wrapped up the 2024 Dirty Dozen campaign, with a warning to taxpayers to beware of promoters selling bogus tax avoidance strategies. Promoters have been peddling elaborate bogus schemes to […]

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IRS Wraps Up Dirty Dozen, Warns of Bogus Tax Avoidance Strategies (IR-2024-105)

FL - Tax rate on commercial rentals reduced from 4.5% to 2% effective june 1, 2024

Effective June 1, 2024, the Florida sales tax rate imposed on the total rent charged for renting, leasing, letting, or […]

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FL - Tax rate on commercial rentals reduced from 4.5% to 2% effective june 1, 2024