Federal Tax Alert - July 2015

July 2015

Stopgap Highway Bill Includes New Tax Compliance Measures

An eleventh-hour temporary extension of federal highway and transportation spending is partially paid for by new tax compliance requirements. The Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3236) was approved by the House, 385 to 34, on July 29, and the Senate on July 30, by a 91-4 margin. This stop-gap bill changes the filing deadlines of certain returns, modifies mortgage reporting, clarifies the six-year statute of limitations in the case of overstatement of basis, and requires consistency between estate tax value and income tax basis of assets acquired from a decedent. The bill also provides that employees with TRICARE or VA coverage may be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility requirements and clarifies veterans’ eligibility for a health savings account (HSA).