04 Mar · Tue 2014
Art Momjian to Speak on Historic Tax Credits at Duane Morris CLE Program
15 Feb · Sat 2014
Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor - Part III: Investor's Capital Contributions
Revenue Procedure 2014-12 (the “Rev Proc”) which establishes a safe harbor for structure Federal Historic tax credit transactions provides guidance on the staging of capital contributions by the Historic Tax Credit investor. First, the Rev Proc requires that at least 20% of the tax credit investor’s aggregate capital contribution be contributed before the project is placed in service. In this vein at least 75% of the tax credit investor’s aggregate capital contribution must be fixed at the time of placement in service of the project. The effect of these two requirements of the Rev Proc is to limit the provision in the sponsor’s partnership agreement or master tenant agreement which would adjust the capital required to be contributed by the tax credit investor to 25% of the scheduled investor capital contribution of the tax credit investor. Finally the Rev Proc provides an example to illustrate that the tax credit investor’s expected fixed capital commitment may be conditioned upon the achievement of mutually agreed upon milestones (e.g., receiving National Park Service approvals, leasing the Building to tenants).
14 Feb · Fri 2014
Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor - Part II: Guarantees
Revenue Procedure 2014—12 (the "Rev Proc") issued by the Internal Revenue Service creates a safe harbor for investors in the Federal Historic Tax Credit. Traditionally the tax credit investor has obtained a guaranty with respect to the benefit of the Federal Historic tax credit from the sponsor of the transaction. However, the Rev Proc prohibits funded guarantees and certain "impermissible guarantees. "Impermissible" guarantees are defined as guarantees: (1) to insure the Investor’s ability to claim the historic tax credit, or the repayment of any portion of the Investor’s contribution due to inability to claim historic tax credit in the event the Internal Revenue Service (the "Service") Service challenges all or a portion of the transactional structure of the Partnership; (2) that the Investor will receive Partnership distributions or (3) to pay the Investor’s costs or indemnify the Investor for the Investor’s costs if the Service challenges the Investor’s claim of the historic tax credit. The Rev Proc defines permitted guarantees as guarantees: (1) for the performance of any acts necessary to claim the historic tax credit; (2) for the avoidance of any act (or omissions) that would cause the Partnership to fail to qualify for the historic tax credits or that would result in a recapture of historic tax credit; and, (3) that are not described as impermissible guarantees . The Rev Proc also provides the following as examples of unfunded guarantees permitted: completion guarantees, operating deficit guarantees, environmental indemnities, and financial covenants.
13 Feb · Thu 2014
The Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor - Part I
Revenue Procedure 2014—12 (the “Rev Proc”) issued by the Internal Revenue Service creates a safe harbor for investors in the Federal Historic Tax Credit. It is anticipated that in the aftermath of the Rev Proc changes will be made in the underwriting and structuring of Federal Historic Tax Credit transactions. The Rev Proc requires that a tax credit investor receive reasonably anticipated value, exclusive of tax benefits, as a result of its investment in developer partnership or master tenant. The issue of value may be satisfied by the traditional preferential return although a preferential return cannot be guaranteed and must be dependent upon the success of the project. With respect to the back end, the Rev. Proc prohibits an option to the developer to purchase the Investor’s interest but does permit the traditional “put” right of the tax credit investor to sell its interest to the sponsor as long as the sale is for not more than the fair market of the value of the investor’s interest and the tax credit investor does not abandon its interest. Accordingly it appears that the traditional preferred return to the tax credit investor and the investor “put” right are preserved by the Rev. Proc provided that the preferred return is not guaranteed and the economic interest of the tax credit investor is not reduced by “unreasonable” fees and expenses which would distort the economic benefit to the tax credit investor.
31 Dec · Tue 2013
IRS Publishes Safe Harbor for Historic Tax Credit Investors
07 Nov · Thu 2013
Historic Tax Credit Industry Waits for Boardwalk Guidance from the IRS
In the aftermath of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversal of the lower Tax Court decision of the Historic Boardwalk case while industrial investments in the Federal historic tax credits continue the Historic Tax Credit industry has been waiting from promised guidance by the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) in the form of a Revenue Procedure. In this interim, transactions are being structured to address concerns of the IRS voiced in its appeal of Historic Boardwalk and some of the principles contained in Revenue Procedure 2007-65. On October 19th 2007 the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2007-65 (the “Wind Rev. Proc. establishing a “safe harbor” for the “flip” structures for partners and partnership that own and produce electricity from qualified wind energy facilities under Section 45 of the Internal Revenue Code. The energy tax credit and the federal rehabilitation tax credit are investment tax credits under the Code and the Revenue Procedure to be issued by the IRS may mirror may of the provisions contained in Wind Rev. Proc. It is hoped that the Historic Tax Credit Revenue Procedure will be issued by the IRS by the end of the year.
29 May · Wed 2013
U. S. Supreme Court denies Cert. on the Historic Boardwalk Hall Case
24 May · Fri 2013
IRS to Issue Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor
In the aftermath of the Third Circuit's decision in Historic Boardwalk Hall LLC v. Commissioner, the IRS has announced its intention to provide guidance for tax structures where developers work with investors to use Federal Historic Tax Credits to further the development of historic structures. While the Service acknowledges that Congress supports the rehabilitation of historic buildings, the position of the Service is that partnerships with investors must conform to the Service’s historic requirements for tax partnerships. It is anticipated that the guidance from the IRS to come in a revenue procedure that provides a safe harbor similar to what Rev. Proc. 2007-65, 2007-45 offers for the section 45 wind energy production tax credit.. If this is the case, we can expect the Service to require that the investors have real upside and downside as a partner which was the Service’s position articulated in the Historic Boardwalk Hall LLC case.[Read More]
19 Jan · Sat 2013
Appeal of Historic Boardwalk Hall Case made to the U. S. Supreme Court
23 Oct · Tue 2012
Third Circuit Denies Historic Boardwalk Petition for Rehearing
The petition for rehearing filed by taxpayer in the Historic Boardwalk case was reviewed the Third Circuit Court of Appeals judges who participated in the Historic Boardwalk case and the other available circuit judges of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals noting that no judge who concurred in the Historic Boardwalk decision asked for a rehearing, and a majority of the circuit judges of the circuit in regular service did not vote for rehearing, denied the petition for rehearing by the panel and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals en banc. The only appeal left to the taxpayer in the Historic Boardwalk case is to the United States Supreme Court.[Read More]
22 Oct · Mon 2012
Petition Filed for Rehearing of Historic Boardwalk Case
17 Sep · Mon 2012
After Historic Boardwalk - A New Look at the Wind "Safe Harbor"
In the aftermath of the Historic Boardwalk case, the Historic tax credit investment community is struggling with a partnership investment structure which will not be challenged by the Service. Conceptually one may only need to look to Rev. Proc. 2007-65 in which the Service set forth a safe harbor for investors in partnerships owning qualified energy facilities. The positions advanced by the Service in its appeal of the Tax Court decision in the Historic Boardwalk case mirrored many of the safe harbor requirements of the Rev. Proc. 2007-65. As a result, to follow the safe harbor of Rev. Proc. 2007-65 one would conclude at a minimum future historic tax credit partnership agreements should: (1) provide both cash flow and tax credits to the investor; (2) no longer be structured as “pay as you go” transactions; (3) no longer have tax credit indemnities in favor of the investor; and (4) no longer have an investor “put” to the developer for nominal consideration.[Read More]
08 Sep · Sat 2012
Life After the Historic Boardwalk Case
28 Aug · Tue 2012
Court of Appeals Reverses Tax Court Decision in the Historic Boardwalk Case
26 Jun · Tue 2012
Third Circuit Hears Oral Argument in the Historic Boardwalk Case