Tax-Exempt Bonds

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What Are Green Bonds?

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

Top Public Finance Attorneys Urge Regulatory Changes to Foster More P3’s

We all know how hard it is to change federal statutes these days—you need an Act of Congress and the President to sign the bill. Last week, a group of the top public finance lawyers in the US offered an approach relating to...more

New Rules Encourage Use of P3s

The recently released Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules in the final allocation and accounting regulations encourage the use of public-private partnerships (P3s). Under these rules, a private party can form a partnership...more

Helpful News from IRS on Student Loan Bonds

On November 13, the IRS issued Notice 2015-78, providing favorable guidance on topics of interest to providers of “supplemental” or “alternative” student loans financed with tax-exempt bonds and to underwriters of such...more

Three Signs that the U.S. is Growing More Comfortable with Innovative Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships

Some recent events, taken together, provide evidence that policy-makers in the United States are growing more comfortable with public-private partnerships as a vehicle for project delivery, in particular with respect to the...more

Where We Stand on Issue Price for Tax-Exempt Bonds

The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) held a public hearing on the definition of issue price for tax-exempt bonds on October 28, 2015. The hearing is another step in the process of changing what...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations Regarding Allocation of Bond Proceeds to Mixed-Use Projects; SLGS Window Reopens

On October 26, 2015, the IRS released final regulations (the “Final Regulations”) regarding allocation and accounting rules for purposes of the private activity bond restrictions applicable to tax-exempt bonds issued by state...more

New IRS Regulations for Mixed-Use Projects Financed With Tax-Exempt Bonds Have Particular Importance for Nonprofit Health Care...

On October 27, 2015 the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service published final regulations concerning the treatment of “mixed-use” projects financed with tax-exempt bonds. These new regulations have particular...more

IRS Releases Final Regulations Facilitating P3s and Mixed-Use Developments, and Remedial Actions

On October 26, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service released final allocation and accounting regulations (the Final Regulations) under Section 141 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) related to...more

At Long Last – Allocation and Accounting Rules

Good things come to those who wait. The tax-exempt bond industry has waited 18 years for a missing reserved section of the private activity bond regulations, the allocation and accounting regulations, Treas. Reg. Section...more

New Flexibility for Joint Ventures Using Tax-Exempt Bond-Financed Property

On October 26, 2015, the IRS released final regulations under Sections 141 and 145 of the Internal Revenue Code concerning the use of property financed with tax-exempt bond proceeds. The bulk of the new regulations fill a...more

New IRS Regulations for Mixed-Use Projects Financed With Tax-Exempt Bonds Have Practical Importance

On October 27, 2015 the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service published final regulations concerning the treatment of “mixed-use” projects financed with tax-exempt bonds. These new regulations have significant...more

FY 2016 Sequestration Reduction Percentage for Direct Pay Tax Credit Bonds Set at 6.8 Percent

According to an update released by The IRS Office of Tax Exempt Bonds (TEB), the sequester reduction percentage applied to the payments made to issuers of direct pay bonds in FY 2016 will be 6.8 percent. This percentage will...more

IRS Releases New Proposed Issue Price Regulations

On June 23, 2015, the IRS released new proposed Treasury Regulations (the “2015 Proposed Regulations”) concerning the definition of “issue price” for purposes of arbitrage investment restrictions on tax-exempt bonds. The...more

Treasury Revises Issue Price Regulations

The Treasury Department published in the June 24, 2015 Federal Register new proposed regulations for determining the “issue price” of bonds. The same announcement also withdrew the proposed regulations published in 2013 (the...more

IRS Revamps Proposed Issue Price Definition for Municipal Bonds

Treasury and IRS today announced a decision to withdraw the much-criticized portion of the notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on September 16, 2013 (the “2013 Proposed Regulations”) related to the...more

Bill Would Create New Category of Tax-Exempt Bonds, Tax Credits for P3 Projects

On May 4, 2015, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking minority member Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, and Senator John Hoeven, a Republican from North Dakota, introduced legislation entitled the "Move America Act of 2015,"...more

President Obama’s 2016 budget poised to address infrastructure needs

Released in February, the 2016 budget set forth by the Obama administration takes a focused stance towards the country’s growing infrastructure requirements. The 2016 budget features tax-exempt bond proposals seen in the...more

New IRS guidance for certain entities benefitting from tax-exempt bond financings

The IRS has released guidance in three areas of interest to entities that benefit from tax-exempt bond financings, particularly hospitals and educational institutions....more

Prepayment of tax-exempt bonds in connection with the sale of a multifamily housing project

In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the number of multifamily housing projects being sold at the completion of the 15-year low-income housing tax credit compliance period. Strong rental demand in many areas of...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: February 2015 Update on Federal Budget Sequestration Affecting Build America Bonds and Other Direct Pay...

As we have noted in previous client advisories, under current law, direct pay bond subsidy payments are subject to federal budgetary sequestration through fiscal year 2024. On February 2, 2015, the Office of Management and...more

State/Local Bond Proposals in Administration's 2016 Budget

Several proposals affecting tax-exempt bonds were included in the Obama Administration's Budget for FY 2016. As usual, the overall budget proposal has immediately been declared DOA by political pundits. Nonetheless, taking...more

Recent Favorable IRS Guidance for Tax-Exempt Bond Financed Facilities

The IRS has released guidance in three areas of interest to entities that benefit from tax-exempt bond financings, particularly hospitals and educational institutions. This guidance creates new rules related to management...more

Municipal Bond Interest Paid By a Bond Insurer After an Issuer’s Bankruptcy Discharge Can Remain Tax-Exempt

In the aftermath of recent municipal bankruptcies in which issuers proposed and/or implemented bankruptcy plans involving partial discharges of the issuer’s payment obligation on insured bonds, there has been increased focus...more

New IRS Standards for Qualified Management Contracts

A few weeks ago the Internal Revenue Service released a new notice with allows 501(c)(3) organizations with tax-exempt bonds greater flexibility in drafting their management agreements. In the past, entities with outstanding...more

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