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TEB Voluntary Closing Agreement Program

TEB administers the Voluntary Closing Agreement Program (TEB VCAP) to assist governmental issuers in resolving violations of the federal tax laws applicable to their tax-exempt bonds, tax credit bonds, or direct pay bonds (tax-advantaged bonds). Under TEB VCAP, issuers can conclusively resolve violations through the execution of closing agreements with the Service.

The primary objective of TEB VCAP is to encourage issuers and other parties to bond transactions to exercise due diligence in complying with applicable federal tax laws and to provide a vehicle to correct tax violations as expeditiously as possible.  As such, unlike private letter rulings, closing agreements under TEB VCAP may not conclusively resolve matters of tax law relating to future events or actions impacting the tax-advantaged status of bonds.

IRM 7.2.3 provides procedures for TEB VCAP.  Links to the various sections of this IRM relating to submission requests and case processing are organized below.  To view the entire IRM, please click here.  General procedures relating to TEB closing agreements are provided in IRM 4.81.6.

Objective & General Matters
These IRM procedures provide general information about the objectives and scope of TEB VCAP.  They also provide general information about the effect of closing agreements, how TEB VCAP impacts the selection of bond issues for examination, and special procedures for anonymous requests. 

IRM 7.2.3.1 – 7.2.3.1.2 TEB VCAP Objectives, Scope & Other General Matters
IRM 7.2.3.1.3 Effect of TEB VCAP Closing Agreement
IRM 7.2.3.1.4 Audit Selection of TEB VCAP Cases
IRM 7.2.3.1.5 Special Procedures for Anonymous Requests

Request Submission
These IRM procedures set forth the information required to be provided by the issuer in its TEB VCAP submission request as well as the case assignment procedures.

IRM 7.2.3.2 – 7.2.3.2.1 Information Required in Submission Request
IRM 7.2.3.2.2 Receipt & Perfection of Submission Request

Case Assignment & Development
These IRM procedures describe the process for the case assignment and development of TEB VCAP submissions.

IRM 7.2.3.3 – 7.2.3.3.1 Case Establishment & Assignment
IRM 7.2.3.3.2 Case Development

Case Resolution & Closing
These IRM procedures describe the process for the resolution and closing of TEB VCAP cases.

IRM 7.2.3.3.3 – 7.2.3.3.4  Case Resolution & Closing Agreement Execution
IRM 7.2.3.3.5  Case Closing
IRM 7.2.3.3.6  Unresolved Case Resolution

 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 08-Apr-2014