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October 2020


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Topic:   Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update: Opportunity Zones

Aired:   Thursday, September 3, 2020

View:    IRS Video Portal

The full transcript is provided as closed captioning and the PowerPoint is posted for downloading under the “Slides PDF” link.


September 22 to 24 was Small Business Week. See the Small Business Week page on IRS.gov for news releases, tax tips, and Social Media.




IRS issues final regulations on the deduction for meals and entertainment

  • The IRS issued final regulations on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • The 2017 TCJA generally eliminated the deduction for any expenses related to activities generally considered entertainment, amusement or recreation. However, taxpayers may still deduct business expenses related to food and beverages if certain requirements are met.
  • These final regulations address the disallowance of the deduction for expenditures related to entertainment, amusement or recreation activities, including the applicability of certain exceptions to this disallowance. They also provide guidance to determine whether an activity is considered entertainment. The final regulations also address the limitation on the deduction of food and beverage expenses.

Redesigned IRS.gov page helps people closing a business; page features steps to navigate final tax actions

  • The IRS has launched a redesigned page on IRS.gov to help business owners navigate the federal tax steps when closing a business.
  • During this difficult and challenging time, the IRS streamlined the "Closing a Business" page into simple steps, so business owners and self-employed individuals can quickly find the information they need.



  • We know that tax information can be hard to understand in any language. It can be even harder if that information isn’t offered in the language you know best. We’re translating our tax resources into more languages. Until we do, we’re offering basic tax information in these twenty languages.

IRS expands tax help into more languages; Form 1040 offered in Spanish and more services, information available in multiple languages

  • As part of a larger effort to reach underserved communities, the IRS taking a number of aggressive steps to expand information and assistance available to taxpayers in additional languages, including providing the Form 1040 in Spanish for the first time.
  • The 2020 Form 1040 will also give taxpayers the opportunity to indicate whether they wish to be contacted in a language other than English. This is a new feature available for the first time this coming filing season.
  • The 2020 version of Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, will be available early next year in seven languages – English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional).

IRS expands multilingual resources and services

  • Taxpayers can access interpreters in more than 350 languages when interacting face-to-face or over the phone with IRS employees.


How people can reconstruct records lost in a natural disaster

  • Reconstructing records after a disaster is important for several reasons including insurance reimbursement and taxes. Most importantly, records can help people prove their disaster-related losses. More accurately estimated losses can help people get more recovery assistance like loans or grants.
  • Whether it's personal or business property that has been lost or destroyed, here are some steps that can help people reconstruct important records.


Here’s how to get the status of an Economic Impact Payment

  • Eligible individuals can visit IRS.gov and use the Get My Payment tool to find out the status of their Economic Impact Payment. This tool will show if a payment has been issued and whether the payment was direct deposited or sent by mail.
  • In certain situations, this tool will also give people the option of providing their bank account information to receive their payment by direct deposit. Information is updated once a day, usually overnight, so there's no need to check it more than once a day.
  • Here are some key things to know about the Get My Payment tool and who can use it.

IRS releases state-by-state breakdown of nearly 9 million non-filers who will be mailed letters about Economic Impact Payments

  • The IRS released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they're eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment. The special mailing is Notice 1444-A.


What to know about the tax-exempt application process for charities

  • Organizations that meet specified requirements under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code may qualify for tax-exempt status. These include charities, social welfare organizations, civic leagues, social clubs, labor organizations and business leagues. Here are some key things that charities should know about the application process.


From the SBA:

Coronavirus Recovery Information in Other Languages

  • SBA is providing materials in languages other than English to help business owners recover

Connect with your local SBA office for assistance


  • Use this page to find an SBA District Office, SBDC, SCORE, Veteran’s Business Outreach Center, Women’s Business Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, or U.S. Export Assistance Center.


Free tax content you can share: Outreach Connection


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IRS Social Media

  • The IRS uses social media tools to share the latest information on tax changes, scam alerts, initiatives, products and services. Connect with the IRS through social media tools.


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