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May 29, 2020 Special Feature

Tax Section Offers COVID-19 Tax News

By Julie Divola, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco, CA and Keith Fogg, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Jamaica Plain, MA

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tax Section is pleased to offer COVID-19 Tax News and Information, a regularly updated source of tax information and resources related to the pandemic. We curate the page daily, seeking to include all relevant listings from government, private, and Section sources. The page launched March 26 and has since grown into an extensive list of news, information, and resources. The goal in creating the page was to provide a readily available source of material for Tax Section members drawing from a wide variety of resources.

There are various categories of information on the website. The Webinars and Calls section of the page includes recordings of the popular webinars produced by the Tax Section in the wake of the pandemic. Legal and Regulatory Updates links to statutory and administrative guidance issued in response to the pandemic and includes IRS notices and revenue procedures as well as tax legislation documents. News and Analysis gathers relevant tax news, including important IRS News Releases and select Client Alerts issued by various law and accounting firms. State and Local Updates provides links to tracking resources, and Court Updates includes news about the status of federal and state tax courts. Submissions to the Government lists comment letters submitted to government entities by the Tax Section and other organizations.

Disaster and Pro Bono Resources collects resources from the Tax Section and beyond to assist during the pandemic and other crises. The book Effectively Representing Your Client before the IRS, published by the Tax Section, devotes an entire chapter to the tax issues surrounding disaster. If you have not previously encountered this chapter, you may find it useful background reading for the current situation. Tax Resources and General Resources collects links to helpful resource pages prepared by other organizations including the Internal Revenue Service, the ABA, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

We invite you to visit the page and encourage you to share it with your professional networks. Please let us know if you identify important or helpful updates we have missed. We wish to provide our sincerest thanks to the law firms, accounting firms, professional organizations, and others who have generously allowed the Tax Section to link to materials they have created so that we can provide a rich selection of resources for our members. We also thank Michael Waalkes, Keith’s research assistant, for his work on this project.