Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2021) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has submitted 170 recommendations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in reference to the agency’s 2021-2022 Guidance Priority List.
Each year, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy and the IRS use the Guidance Priority List to identify and prioritize tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices and other published administrative guidance. The AICPA’s recommendations pertain to guidance projects it believes Treasury and the IRS should consider when addressing these issues.
AICPA’s high priority recommendations relate to guidance on regulations found in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA); the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act; and the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act. These recommendations address many significant tax issues, including employee retention credits (ERC), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness and various aspects of section 199A, virtual currency taxation, and international taxation.
Recognizing the complexities and competing interests when drafting guidance, the AICPA urged the IRS to consider the following guidelines as part of the process:
Use the simplest approach to accomplish a policy goal;
Provide safe harbor alternatives;
Offer clear and consistent definitions;
Use horizontal drafting (a rule placed in one Internal Revenue Code section should apply in all other Code sections) to the greatest extent possible;
Build on existing business and industry-standard record-keeping practices;
Provide a balance between simple, general rules and more complex, detailed rules; and
Match a rule’s complexity to the sophistication of the targeted taxpayers.
Suggestions are listed under the AICPA working group that developed them and recommendations are listed in priority order within category.
About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the CPA profession, with more than 431,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.
Veronica L. Vera