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2019 MOTOR FUEL INCOME TAX CREDIT - Use this form determine if you are eligible to claim this credit on your 2019 SC tax return.  The first page has a flowchart to help you determine your eligility.  Page 2 is the Form I-385.  If married filing a joint return, complete a separate form for each of you.  Pages 3-5 contain instructions and helpful information to address most questions and circumstances such as selling, trading in, or a total loss of a vehicle during the year.  Please open this file and then either save it to your computer.  After completing the form, wither email it to us or print it and include with the other tax documentation that you bring to us.  Please complete the YES/NO questions on page 1 and then proceed to page 2 and complete every field for each vehicle a credit is to be claimed.  All fields must be completed. 


This schedule is not all-inclusive, but it covers most of the common deductions and credits.  The General Information section helps us with the basic information needed for all returns.  There is also a section to summarize your rental and self-employment business income and related expenses.


2019 MOTOR FUEL INCOME TAX CREDIT - Use this form determine if you are eligible to claim this credit on your 2019 SC tax return.  The first page has a flowchart to help you determine your eligility.  Page 2 is the Form I-185.  If married filing a joint return, complete a separate form for taxpayer and spouse.  Pages 3-5 contain instructions and helpful information to address most questions and circumstances such as selling, trading in, or a total loss of a vehicle during the year.  Please print this form out and complete it completely.  The required information is noted with "---->" in the left margin.  All fields must be completed.  Each SC resident may claim the credit for up to 2 eligible vehicles.


This annual newsletter in briefly update and other information we feel necessary to share with you.  Also, included is a brief explanation of the SC Refundable Motor Fuel Income Tax Credit that can be claimed on your 2019 returns.  See "SC Form I-385" above for the form referenced in this newsletter.


On December 20, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan, year-end government spending and tax package, just hours before federal funding was set to expire. Trump's signature on the over 2,000-page spending package avoided a government shutdown.


The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) ( P.L. 111-148) individual mandate is unconstitutional because it can no longer be read as a tax, and there is no other constitutional provision that justifies this exercise of congressional power. However, the central question of whether the rest of the ACA remains valid after Congress removed the penalty for not having health insurance remained unanswered. Instead, the case was sent back to the district court to reconsider how much of the ACA could survive without the individual mandate penalty.


Proposed qualified opportunity zone regulations issued on October 29, 2018 ( REG-115420-18) and May 1, 2019 ( REG-120186-18) under Code Sec. 1400Z-2 have been finalized with modifications. The regulations. which were issued in a 550 page document, are comprehensive.


The IRS has issued final regulations that provide guidance on transfers of appreciated property by U.S. persons to partnerships with foreign partners related to the transferor. Specifically, the regulations override the general nonrecognition rule under Code Sec. 721(a) unless the partnership adopts the remedial allocation method and certain other requirements are satisfied. The regulations affect U.S. partners in domestic or foreign partnerships.


The IRS has released Publication 5382, "Internal Revenue Service Progress Update / Fiscal Year 2019—Putting Taxpayers First." This new annual report describes accomplishments across the agency, and highlights the work of IRS employees during the past year. It covers a variety of taxpayer service efforts, including development of the new Taxpayer Withholding Estimator, as well as operations support efforts on areas involving information technology modernization, human capital office initiatives, and others.


Bridget Roberts, the Acting National Taxpayer Advocate, released her 2019 Annual Report to Congress. The report discusses the key challenges facing the IRS regarding the implementation of the Taxpayer First Act, inadequate taxpayer service and limited funding of the agency. Further, Roberts released the third edition of the National Taxpayer Advocate’s "Purple Book," which presents 58 legislative recommendations designed to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve tax administration.


The IRS has modified the applicability dates for proposed regulations under Code Sec. 382 that were issued with NPRM REG-125710-18, September 10, 2019 (2019 proposed regulations). The IRS is withdrawing the text of the proposed applicability dates, and proposing revised applicability dates. The newly issued proposed rules would also provide transition relief.


The Treasury and IRS have issued final regulations on the due diligence and reporting rules for persons making certain U.S. source payments to foreign persons. Guidance is also provided on reporting by foreign financial institutions on U.S. accounts. The regulations are effective on the date the regulations are published in the Federal Register.


Taxpayers have been provided with additional guidance for complying with the Code Sec. 871(m) regulations on dividend equivalent payments for 2021, 2022, and 2023. The Treasury Department and the IRS intend to amend the regulations to delay the effective/applicability date of certain rules. Further, the phase-in period provided in Notice 2018-762, I.R.B. 2018-40, 522, has been extended.


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