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2018

October 24, 2018

IRS Secure Messaging Pilot for Tax Exempt Bonds

Tax Exempt Bonds is beginning a pilot to test the use of the IRS Secure Messaging platform for TEB examinations. The IRS Secure Messaging platform will allow you to communicate online with us about your bond examination.

  • • Correspond with the examination agent through your web browser
  • • Electronically submit requested documentation quickly and securely
  • • Eliminate paper and postage
  • • Reduce the need to call or wait for mail delivery

Issuers, authorized conduit borrowers and authorized representatives invited to participate in the pilot can use IRS Secure Messaging. TEB examinations started before April 30 and TEB VCAP are not a part of this pilot.

Look for your invitation to join the IRS secure messaging pilot included in your bond examination letter.

You can find more information at IRS.gov/tebconnect. If you have any questions about using IRS Secure Messaging or are having trouble signing into the platform, please ask your TEB agent for help.

May 24, 2018

Issue Snapshots

Issue Snapshots are IRS employee job aids that provide analysis and resources along with audit tips or issue indicators for technical tax issues. The most recent Issue Snapshots from Tax Exempt Bonds are:

2017

December 18, 2017

Issue Snapshots

This Tax Exempt Bonds Issue Snapshot addresses the Maturity Limitation for Certain Private Activity Bonds that must be satisfied to be qualified private activity bonds. Visit Issue Snapshots periodically for any new or updated snapshots.

Tax Exempt Bonds Webinars

First-time issuers of tax-advantaged bonds should watch TEB’s three-part webinar series on how to maintain the tax-advantaged status of your bonds.

Watch this webinar to learn about TEB’s tax-advantaged bonds examination process.

TEB’s three-part webinar series on conduit issuers offers a basic overview of tax-advantaged debt obligations.

Additional TEB webinars are available at IRSvideos.gov.

11/06/2017

Issue Snapshots

Issue Snapshots are IRS employee job aids that provide analysis and resources along with audit tips or issue indicators for a given technical tax issue. The most recent Issue Snapshots from Tax Exempt Bonds are:

Rehabilitation Requirement under IRC Section 147(d) for Financing Acquisitions of Existing Property
Discusses the rehabilitation requirement that must be met when the net proceeds of a bond issue subject to Section 147(d) are used to acquire used property. 

Qualified Residential Rental Property – Multifamily Housing Bonds
Discusses the residential rental property requirements of IRC Section 142(d), including what types of property can be financed and the qualified uses of that property.

Sale or Disposition of a Bond Financed IRC Section 501(c)(3) Facility
Remedial action provisions that may remediate what would otherwise be a violation of Section 145(a) require particular actions during specific timeframes.

Bonds with a Qualified Hedge – Hedge Termination
Addresses the rules that apply to terminations and deemed terminations of qualified hedges.

“Deep Discount”: Effect on Exempt Facility Bonds Compliance
Original issue discount in the sale of exempt facility bonds and small issue bonds may affect compliance with the 95% expenditure requirement through the addition of "imputed proceeds" to the amount of net proceeds. This Issue Snapshot discusses the regulations that govern the determination of the amount of imputed proceeds that arise from deep discount sales.

Requirement to Spend Available Project Proceeds of Qualified Tax Credit Bonds within 3 Years of Date of Issuance
Qualified tax-credit bonds have requirements on how much of the proceeds must be spent on a qualified use and when the proceeds must be used for that qualified use. This Issue Snapshot discusses the spending rules and the permitted remediation for these bonds.

95% Expenditure Requirement for Exempt Facility Bonds
Exempt facility bonds have requirements that 95% or more of their net proceeds must be used to provide an exempt facility. This Issue Snapshot discusses the spending rules and the permitted remediation for these bonds.

05/08/2017

Publication 5271, Complying with Arbitrage Requirements: A Guide for Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds
This new publication is a basic guide to the yield restriction and rebate requirements (arbitrage requirements) of Internal Revenue Code Section 148 and related regulations. Information in the guide can help issuers and conduit borrowers comply with their obligations and prevent violations of the arbitrage requirements.

Tax Exempt Bonds Phase I Training Text
Basic lessons that examine the rules applicable to tax-advantaged bonds, discuss the appropriate use of bond proceeds and introduce the arbitrage, yield restriction and rebate concepts.

Tax Exempt Bonds Phase II Training Text
Intermediate lessons supplement the basic lessons in Phase I, including advanced topics in arbitrage and rebate.

Tax Exempt Bonds Phase III Training Text
Advanced lessons that examine the rules applicable to refundings, reissuances, pooled financing issues and IRC Section 6700 penalties.

04/14/2017

Form 8038 series receipt acknowledgements
The return acknowledgement process for the Form 8038 series returns is automated. The IRS will send you a Notice CP152, CP152A or Letter 86C for each form you file. Don’t include an acknowledgement copy of your return with your filing; it may delay processing or cause a duplicate filing.
 

Avoid Form 8038-CP processing delays
All required lines must be completed on your Form 8038-CP, Return for Credit Payments to Issuers of Qualified Bonds, before we can process it. We’ll request any missing information from you by mail, leading to delays in getting your refund. To avoid these delays, use our interactive Form 8038-CP. Complete it in the order presented and you’ll be alerted to missing fields and other errors.

Form 8038 Corner
The Form 8038 Corner on IRS.gov has links to the Form 8038 series returns, filing tips and the sequestration rates that affect Form 8038-CP filers.

2016

IRM 4.81.5 Interim Guidance on New Case Closing Procedures
Tax Exempts Bonds issued interim guidance effective October 18, 2016 to update IRM 4.81.5 regarding New Case Closing Procedures.

FY2017 Update: Effect of Sequestration on State & Local Government Filers of Form 8038-CP
Pursuant to the requirements of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, certain automatic reductions will take place as of October 1, 2016. These required reductions include a reduction to the refundable credit under section 6431 of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to certain qualified bonds.

Understanding the Tax Exempt Bonds Examination Process
New guide discusses general rules and procedures that we follow in examinations and how to correct certain compliance problems.

Form 8038-CP FAQs
How and when to file a Return for Credit Payments to Issuers of Qualified Bonds to claim refundable tax credits payable to issuers of certain bonds.

IRS Revises Publications for Tax-Exempt Bonds
The Office of Tax Exempt Bonds, of the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division today announced the release of revised publications for municipalities and other issuers of tax-exempt bonds.

IRS Makes Changes to Its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT)
The Internal Revenue Service has announced changes to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) including a reduction in the number of people on the committee and a revision to its focus.

Published Volume Cap Limit for Tribal Economic Development Bonds
IRS announces the Published Volume Cap Limit for applications for allocations of national bond volume limitation authority to issuers of tribal economic development bonds for periods beginning in 2016.

Published Volume Cap Limits and Available Amounts for New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds
IRS announces the Published Volume Cap Limits and the available volume caps for periods beginning in 2016, for applications for allocations of the national volume cap to issuers of New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds.


2015

FY2016 Update: Effect of Sequestration on State & Local Government Filers of Form 8038-CP
Pursuant to the requirements of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended, certain automatic reductions will take place as of October 1, 2015. These required reductions include a reduction to the refundable credit under section 6431 of the Internal Revenue Code applicable to certain qualified bonds.

Mailing Address for Notices of Defeasance and Certain Elections Required by Treasury Regulations
Mailing address for notices of defeasance under Treasury Regulations 1.141-12(d)(3), Treasury Regulations1.142-2(c)(2), and Notices of Election under Treasury Regulations 1.142(f)(4)-1.

Provide Accurate Routing and Account Numbers on Form 8038-CP to Avoid Delayed Payments
Inaccurate direct deposit information on Form 8038-CP, Return for Credit Payments to Issuers of Qualified Bonds may cause a delay in the payment of a request for a credit payment.

Notice 2015-12 (New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds Volume Cap Application)
This Notice (updated to clarify the definition of qualified facility under section 45(d) of the Internal Revenue Code) solicits applications for allocations of the remaining available amount of the national limitation (volume cap) for new clean renewable energy bonds (New CREBs). The available amounts include certain amounts previously allocated and subsequently forfeited. This Notice also provides related guidance on the following: (1) application requirements and forms for requests for volume cap allocations; and (2) the method that will be used to allocate the volume cap. The IRS will update the Volume Cap Limit and the available amounts by publishing these updates on the IRS website approximately every sixty days until the applicable volume cap is fully allocated.

Notice 2015-11 (Qualified Zone Academy Bond Allocations for 2014)
This notice sets forth the maximum face amount of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs) that may be issued for each State for the calendar year 2014 under § 54E(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under § 54A(e)(3), the term State includes the District of Columbia and any possession of the United States.

Announcement 2015-2 (Simplified VCAP Process for Issuers of Qualified 501(c)(3) Bonds)
This Announcement provides a simplified VCAP process for issuers of qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, as defined in the Announcement, to request a closing agreement in situations in which the borrower of the proceeds of the bonds received Prospective Reinstatement, as defined in the Announcement, after its tax-exempt status was automatically revoked under section 6033(j)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”).