All New Basis Consistency Regulations and IRS Form 8971 (ondemand webinar)

  • Credits: 1
  • Format:OnDemand Webinar
  • Field of Study:Federal Tax Law
  • Author/ Speaker: Bradley Burnett

Course ID: Advanced Preparation: Experience Level:
EWTFM-T-01490-20-O | 6233-CE-0217 None Overview
Published Date: Program Prerequisites: Other Course Formats:
© April 2020 General Understanding of Taxation OnDemand Webinar | Live Webinar

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Breaking News!! During tax season, IRS planted a couple of nuclear bombs in its newly issued Form 8971 Basis Consistency Regulations:

1. IRS’ all-new ZERO BASIS rule: If tax matters are mishandled at the estate level, the beneficiary’s basis (for income tax purposes) in an inherited asset is zero!!

2. SUBSEQUENT TRANSFER rule: Any later transfer by a beneficiary (of an asset originally subject to Form 8971 reporting) itself must be reported on a newly generated Form 8971. IRS Form 8971, of course, is the controversial brand-new form IRS requires an estate to complete to report the basis of inherited assets to (IRS and) beneficiaries. Penalties for non-compliance can be financially disastrous.

Where is all of this coming from? The Highway Funding Bill (P.L. 114-41) created basis mania with 3 new statutes:

  • New IRC §1014(f) – Heirs must use the estate tax value of assets received from an estate as their income tax basis.
  • New IRC §6035 – Executors must report estate tax value of assets to IRS and heirs.
  • IRC §6501 – the 6-year statute of limitations (on assessment) expanded to apply where the overstatement of asset basis omits more than 25% of gross income stated on return IRS issued Form 8971 and prop/temp regs in response. There’s a whole lot to it than meets the eye and some unanswered questions to boot.

Topics include:

  • Highway Funding Bill Basis Mania
  • §6501 – Extension of 6 Year Statute of Limitations to Basis Overstatements
  • New IRC §1014(f) – Basis Consistency Requirement
  • New IRC §6035 – Basis Reporting to IRS and Heirs
  • Congress Blocks the Trick Play
  • Treasury Response – Proposed and Temp Regs
  • Form 8971
  • Basis Consistency - Penalties for Non-Compliance
  • Zero Basis Rule
  • Later Adjustments to Value
  • Subsequent Transfers
  • Consistent Basis and Form 8971 – Future Outlook

Learning Objectives:

After reading the course material, you will be able to:

  • To enlighten as to how Congress has mandated basis consistency in a broad variety of contexts, including how the 3-year period of limitations for tax assessment is extended to 6 years, as well as the basis of assets inherited by beneficiaries.
  • To explore the timing and detail of the new IRS Form 8971 and the devastating consequences of failure to comply with the vast array of Congress, Treasury, and IRS’s new rules.

Who Should Attend:

  • All Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)
  • Enrolled Agents (EAs)
  • Tax Return Preparers (TRPs)

Qualifies and approved with all state boards of accountancy and the following sponsorships:

NASBA
IRS
CTEC