Table of Contents
- Specific Instructions
- Who Must File
- When to File
- Penalties for Failure to File
- Statement to Recipient
- Form 1097-BTC Issuer's Name, Address, and Telephone Number
- Form 1097-BTC Issuer's Federal Identification Number
- Recipient's Federal Identification Number
- Recipient's Name
- Recipient's Street Address (Including Apt. No.)
- Box 1. Total
- Box 2a. Code
- Box 2b. Unique Identifier
- Box 3. Bond Type
- Box 4.
- Boxes 5a–5l.
- Box 6. Comments
Issuers of certain tax credit bonds (or their agents) and recipients of Form 1097-BTC from the bond issuer or agent, such as mutual funds or partnerships, who are further distributing the credit must file Form 1097-BTC for each tax credit distributed from the following tax credit bonds.
New clean renewable energy bonds.
Qualified energy conservation bonds.
Qualified zone academy bonds.
Qualified school construction bonds.
Clean renewable energy bonds.
Build America bonds (Tax Credit).
For tax credit bonds issued as serial bonds, each bond must be reported separately on the Form 1097-BTC issued by the bond issuer or its agent.
Issuers that have elected to issue build America bonds (Direct Pay) under section 54AA(g) or specified tax credit bonds under section 6431(f) to receive a refundable credit under section 6431(a) in lieu of tax credits under section 54A should not file Form 1097-BTC.
File Form 1097-BTC, Bond Tax Credit, for each person who is allowed a tax credit as a holder, directly or indirectly, of a tax credit bond or a stripped credit coupon on one or more credit allowance dates during the calendar year in an amount of at least $10. Filings of Form 1097-BTC with respect to a bond, by the issuer or the issuer's agent, must be made on a separate Form 1097-BTC for each bond. Recipients of Form 1097-BTC from the bond issuer or agent, such as brokers, nominees, mutual funds, or partnerships, who are further distributing the credit must file only one Form 1097-BTC per recipient or account, aggregating credit from all applicable bonds.
The tax credit from tax credit bonds or stripped credit coupons is allowed on each credit allowance date for which the bond was outstanding or to which the stripped credit coupon corresponds. For qualified tax credit bonds and clean renewable energy bonds the credit allowance dates are March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15, and the last day on which the bond is outstanding. For bonds issued during the 3-month period ending on a credit allowance date, the amount of the credit is determined ratably based on the portion of the 3-month period during which the bond is outstanding. The same ratable determination of credit applies when a bond is redeemed or matures. For build America bonds (Tax Credit), the credit allowance dates are the interest payment dates. For qualified zone academy bonds issued before October 4, 2008, the credit allowance date is the last day of the 1-year period beginning on the issue date of the bond and each anniversary of such day thereafter.
The tax credit allowed to holders of any tax credit bonds or stripped credit coupons is treated as interest which is included in gross income and must be reported as interest income on a Form 1099-INT or Form 1099-OID, as applicable. For more information on reporting the tax credit treated as interest income paid from tax credit bonds, see the Instructions for Forms 1099-INT and 1099-OID.
File Copy A of Form 1097-BTC with the IRS by February 29, 2016 (March 31, 2016, if filed electronically). See Statement to Recipient, below, for furnishing statements to recipients.
There are penalties for failure to file correct information returns by the due date and for failure to furnish correct payee statements. See part O in the 2015 General Instructions for Certain Information Returns for details. The failure to file Forms 1097-BTC also includes the requirement to file electronically. For more information on penalties for failure to file electronically, see part F in the 2015 General Instructions for Certain Information Returns.
If required to file Form 1097-BTC, you must furnish a statement to the recipient quarterly for each credit amount indicated on or before the 15th day of the 2nd calendar month after the close of the calendar quarter in which the credit was allowed.
|Reporting period:||To recipient (on or before):|
|1st Quarter: January – March||May 15*|
|2nd Quarter: April – June||August 15*|
|3rd Quarter: July – September||November 15*|
|Annual/4th Quarter: October – December||February 15*|
|*Dates may change due to weekends or holidays|
For the first three quarters, report to the recipient only the amounts for the months of the applicable quarter. Box 1 should not be completed and box 6 is optional.
You are not required to furnish a report solely for the fourth quarter because the fourth quarter amounts are reported with the annual filing. For the annual filing, report the credits for each month in boxes 5a–5l; report the total of those amounts in box 1; and complete the rest of the form as applicable. Furnish the annual filing to the recipient by February 16, 2016.
If any amounts previously furnished for the first three quarters need to be corrected, report the correct amounts for the annual reporting and explain the correction to the recipient; no explanation is required for the IRS filing.
For the report furnished to the recipient (quarterly or annual), you may use Copy B or your own substitute statement reporting all the same applicable information (the reporting for the first three quarters may be furnished electronically). See Publication 1179, General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and Certain Other Information Returns, for specific rules about providing substitute statements to recipients.
The IRS encourages Form 1097-BTC issuers to provide the credit information to the recipient monthly if applicable, and as soon after the end of the month in which a credit arises as possible.
For more information about the requirement to furnish a statement to the recipient, see part M in the 2015 General Instructions for Certain Information Returns.
Enter the name, street address, city or town, state or province, country, ZIP or foreign postal code, and telephone number of the entity issuing the Form 1097-BTC.
Enter the entity's true name (as set forth in the legal documents creating it). Enter the address of the entity's principal office or place of business. Include the suite, room, or other unit number after the street address. If the post office does not deliver mail to the street address and the entity has a P.O. box, show the box number instead.
Do not use the address of the registered agent for the state in which the entity is incorporated. For example, if a business is incorporated in Delaware or Nevada and the corporation's principal office is located in Little Rock, AR, the corporation should enter the Little Rock address.
If the entity receives its mail in care of a third party (such as an accountant or an attorney), enter for the street address “C/O” followed by the third party's name and street address or P.O. box.
Enter the Form 1097-BTC issuer's federal identification number, such as an employer identification number (EIN). Do not truncate the Form 1097-BTC issuer's federal identification number. An issuer that does not have an EIN should apply for one. See Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number, and its separate instructions, available at www.irs.gov. Applications can be submitted online, by phone, fax, or mail.
Enter the federal identification number, such as an EIN or social security number, of the recipient of the distributed (or stripped) credit from the tax credit bond.
Enter the name of the recipient of the distributed (or stripped) credit from the tax credit bond. If not an individual, enter the entity's true name (as set forth in the legal documents creating it).
Enter the street address, city or town, state or province, country, and ZIP or foreign postal code of the recipient's principal office or place of business. Include the suite, room, or other unit number after the street address. If the post office does not deliver mail to the street address and the entity has a P.O. box, show the box number instead.
Do not use the address of the registered agent for the state in which the recipient is incorporated.
If the recipient receives its mail in care of a third party (such as an accountant or an attorney), enter for the street address “C/O” followed by the third party's name and street address or P.O. box.
Check, as applicable, whether you are the issuer of the bond or its agent filing the initial 2015 Form 1097-BTC for the bond or are an entity or a person that received a 2015 Form 1097-BTC for credit(s) that was or should have been reported.
Enter the total amount of credits distributed to the recipient with respect to the amounts reported in boxes 5a–5l.
This box should be only filled out when filing Copy A and when the annual statement (Copy B of the form) is sent to the recipient. See Statement to Recipient, earlier.
Enter the unique identification number code. Enter “A” for account number, “C” for CUSIP number, and “O” if the unique identification number is not an account number or a CUSIP number, such as a self-provided identification number. If you checked the first box under Form 1097-BTC issuer, and a CUSIP number is assigned to the bond(s), enter “C.” If no CUSIP number is assigned to the bond(s) and you checked the first box under Form 1097-BTC issuer, use the account number as the unique identifier and enter “A”or “O” if you are using any other unique identifying number. See Box 2b. Unique Identifier, next.
The unique identification number is assigned by the Form 1097-BTC issuer and is limited to 39 alphanumeric characters. It can be the account number, CUSIP number, or any other unique identification number by which you track the bond transactions.
For a bond issuer filing the 2015 Form 1097-BTC for a bond, the unique identification number must start with the CUSIP number(s), if available, and may be expanded by the account number or any other self-provided number(s). If a CUSIP number was not issued for the bond, the bond issuer may use or devise its own unique identifier, preferably the account number or other reference number by which you track and account for the bond transaction. A recipient of a Form 1097-BTC that issues its own Form 1097-BTC to further distribute the credit may use or devise its own unique identifier using whatever means it deems best.
Enter code “101” for clean renewable energy bonds issued under section 54. Enter code “199” for all other bonds.
Enter the amount of credit allowed for each month during the calendar year, calculated by using steps 1 and 2, following.
For qualified zone academy bonds issued before October 4, 2008, enter the amount so determined in the box 5 that corresponds to the credit allowance date. When filing the annual Form 1097-BTC with the IRS, enter the same amount in box 1.
You issued a qualified energy conservation bond on March 16, 2015. For the Form 1097-BTC statement for the 2nd quarter reporting period, April to June, due to recipient by August 17, you would enter 25% of the amount computed in STEP 1 in box 5f. For the Form 1097-BTC statement for the 3rd quarter reporting period, July to September, due to recipient by November 16, you would enter 25% of amount computed in STEP 1 in 5i. For the annual Form 1097-BTC and 4th quarter reporting period, October to December, due to recipient by February 16 and to the IRS by February 29, 2016 (March 31, 2016, if filed electronically), enter 25% of the credit amount determined in STEP 1 in box 5l and 75% of the credit amount determined in STEP 1 in box 1.
However, the 25% will be pro-rated for any credit allowance date if a clean renewable energy bond or qualified tax credit bond is issued, redeemed, or matures during the 3-month period ending on a credit allowance date with respect to which you are reporting the credit. The percentage of credit allowed for that credit allowance date is pro-rated for the number of days the bond was outstanding during the 3-month period.
You issued a qualified energy conservation bond on March 23, 2015. Since the bond was not outstanding for the entire 3-month period on June 15, 2015, the pro-rated portion of the 25% is figured by dividing (a) the number of days the bond was outstanding beginning on the day after the date the bond was issued and ending on the next credit allowance date by (b) the number of days included in the 3-month period beginning on the day after the prior (March 15) credit allowance date and ending on the next (June 15) credit allowance date. See below.
|84 days (number of days from March 24 through June 15)||= .913 X 25% = 23%|
|92 days (number of days from March 16 through June 15)|
Thus, for each credit allowance date with respect to the 3-month period in which the bond was issued, redeemed, or matured, you would multiply the credit allowance by the pro-rated percentage. In the example above, for the 2nd quarter reporting period, due to recipient by August 17, you would enter the amount determined by multiplying 23% with the credit amount determined in STEP 1 in box 5f. You would carry the same percentage to the Total annual credit reported in box 1 for the annual/4th quarter reporting period filed with the IRS and sent to the recipient. Thus, in the example above, you would enter in box 1 (73%) of the amount determined in STEP 1.
For new clean renewable energy bonds issued under section 54C and qualified energy conservation bonds issued under section 54D, report the credit amount after the 70% limit has been applied.
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