Tax Alerts

IRS Modifies Applicability of HDHP Relief, Notice 2023-37

In light of the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Treasury Department and the IRS have released guidance modifying prior guidance regarding benefits related to testing for and treatment of COVID-19 that can be provided by a high deductible health plan (HDHP). Specifically, the relief described in Notice 2020-15, which provides that a health plan will not fail to be a HDHP if it provides benefits related to the testing and treatment of COVID-19 prior to the satisfaction of a deductible, applies only with respect to plan years ending on or before December 31, 2024.

For subsequent plan years, a high deductible health plan (HDHP) is not permitted to provide health benefits associated with testing for and treatment of COVID-19 without a deductible, or with a deductible below the minimum deductible (for self-only or family coverage) for an HDHP.

Preventive Care Safe Harbor

Generally, an HDHP is not permitted to provide benefits for any year until the minimum deductible for that year is satisfied. However, an HDHP may provide preventive care benefits without a deductible, or with a deductible below the minimum annual deductible. The preventive care safe harbor described in Notice 2004-23, I.R.B. 2004-15, 725 includes screening services but generally not any service or benefit intended to treat an existing illness, injury, or condition, such as the flu. The guidance clarifies that the preventive care safe harbor therefore does not include screening for COVID-19. If COVID-19 testing were to be recommended with an “A” or “B” rating by the USPSTF, then that testing would be considered preventive care under Code Sec. 223(c)(2)(C).

IRS Highlights Home Energy Credits for Taxpayers, IR-2024-137

The IRS has advised taxpayers that making specific energy-efficient updates to their homes could qualify them for home energy credits. This guidance comes under the expanded provisions of […]

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IRS Highlights Home Energy Credits for Taxpayers, IR-2024-137

IRS Issues FAQs on Disaster Relief Related to Retirement Plans, FS-2024-19; IR-2024-132

The IRS issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to distributions from retirement plans and IRS for individuals impacted by federally declared disasters. These FAQs cover the ongoing disaster relief for certain distributions […]

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IRS Issues FAQs on Disaster Relief Related to Retirement Plans, FS-2024-19; IR-2024-132

2025 Inflation Adjustments for Health Savings Accounts Released, Rev. Proc. 2024-25

The IRS has released the 2025 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts under Code Sec. 223. For calendar year 2025, the annual limitation on deductions under Code Sec. 223(b)(2) for an […]

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2025 Inflation Adjustments for Health Savings Accounts Released, Rev. Proc. 2024-25

FL - Eligibility for tax credit scholarship program expanded

The eligibility for the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program is expanded for sales and use tax purposes. The scholarship program […]

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FL - Eligibility for tax credit scholarship program expanded

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

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 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)