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Treasury/IRS Provide Early Holiday Present: Final “Issue Price” Regulations Released

Posted in Tax/arbitrage

By CHRISTIE MARTIN and MAXWELL D. SOLET After two sets of proposed regulations, Treasury and IRS have now released final regulations on the definition of “issue price” for purposes of arbitrage investment restrictions that apply to tax-advantaged bonds (the “Final Regulations”) and it appears that the third time’s the charm. Practitioners are particularly praising the… Continue Reading

Draft Treasury Legislation Would Give Puerto Rico Access to “Super Chapter 9” and Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

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By LEN WEISER-VARON and BILL KANNEL   A draft of the U.S. Treasury’s proposed debt restructuring legislation began circulating earlier today.  The draft legislation would give Puerto Rico, as well as other U.S. territories, and their municipalities access to U.S. bankruptcy court under a new chapter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (so-called “Super Chapter 9”) as well… Continue Reading

ABLE Programs and Beneficiaries Boosted by Helpful Guidance from IRS and Social Security Administration

Posted in Section 529 plans

By LEN WEISER-VARON The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act), one of the few recent examples of bipartisan cooperation on a new category of tax and budget expenditure, is both well-intentioned in its principles and cumbersome in its details, another example of the proposition that a camel is a… Continue Reading

Helpful News from IRS on Student Loan Bonds

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By MAXWELL D. SOLET 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 student loan bonds. Such guidance confirms that loans financeable under such programs include (i) parent loans as well as… Continue Reading

IRS Revamps Proposed Issue Price Definition for Municipal Bonds

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By MAXWELL SOLET and CHRISTIE MARTIN 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 definition of issue price for tax-advantaged obligations and to propose a revised definition of issue… Continue Reading

IRS Green Lights Section 529A ABLE Disability Programs

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By LEN WEISER-VARON Pi Day comes but once a century, on 3/14/15. The Internal Revenue Service receives praise approximately as frequently. But the IRS deserves applause for its Notice 2015-18, released March 10, 2015, giving the green light to states to proceed with the establishment of tax-free investment programs for the disabled under new Section… Continue Reading