Our Videos

October 11, 08

NEWS / Tax-exempt Money Market Funds - Temporary Treasury Program to Support Money Market Funds-No Violatio


Notice 2008-81
SECTION 1. Purpose
This Notice relates to a program being provided by the United States Department
of the Treasury (the “Treasury Department”) in response to the credit market instability
to make available certain funds from its Exchange Stabilization Fund on a temporary
basis upon prescribed terms and conditions (as described further below, the “Program”),
to money market funds that are regulated under the Security and Exchange
Commission’s Rule 2a-7, 17 C.F.R. 270.2a-7, under the Investment Company Act of
1940 ("Rule 2a-7") to enable money market funds to maintain stable $1.00 per share
net asset values. The Program is available to both money market funds holding assets
subject to Federal income taxation and to money market funds holding assets that
include State and local governmental debt obligations the interest on which is
excludable from gross income (“tax-exempt bonds”) under § 103 of the Internal
Revenue Code, as amended (the “Code”). (Except as noted, section references herein
are to the Code.) Money market funds that hold a sufficient portion of their total assets
in tax-exempt bonds to be eligible to pay exempt interest dividends under § 852(b)(5)
are referred to herein as “tax-exempt money market funds.” This Notice provides
guidance to the effect that the Program will not result in any violation of the restrictions
against federal guarantees of tax-exempt bonds with respect to the tax-exempt bond
assets of tax-exempt money market funds which would impair the tax-exempt status of
dividends received by their shareholders.
SECTION 2. Background
2.1. The Program. In general, under the Program, the Treasury Department
plans to make available its Exchange Stabilization Fund on a temporary basis to assist
participating money market funds in maintaining $1.00 per share net asset values and in
paying their shareholders $1.00 per share upon liquidation of shares. The Program will
be limited to assets in money market funds as of the close of business on September 19,
2008, and to investors of record as of that date. Participating money market funds are
required to make premium payments to participate in the Program. Payments to a
money market fund under the Program are tied to the per share net asset value of the
money market fund itself. Payments to a money market fund under the Program are not
tied to the terms or performance of any particular assets held by the money market fund,
such as tax-exempt bond assets held by a tax-exempt money market fund. The general
description of certain aspects of the Program herein is subject fully to the specific terms,
- 2 -
conditions, maximum size limitations, and other limitations to be set forth in the
operative legal documents for the Program.
2.2. The Restrictions Against Federal Guarantees of Tax-exempt Bonds.
Section 149(b) provides generally that, subject to certain specific exceptions, the
interest on State or local governmental bonds is not excludable from gross income
under § 103(a) if the bonds are federally guaranteed. Section 149(b)(2) provides
generally that a bond is federally guaranteed if: (A) the payment of principal or interest
with respect to such bond is guaranteed (in whole or in part) by the United States (or
any agency or instrumentality thereof)); (B) such bond is issued as part of an issue and
five (5) percent or more of the proceeds of such issue is to be (i) used in making loans
the payment of principal or interest with respect to which are to be guaranteed (in whole
or in part) by the United States (or any agency or instrumentality thereof), or (ii) invested
(directly or indirectly) in federally insured deposits or accounts; or (C) the payment of
principal or interest on such bond is otherwise indirectly guaranteed (in whole or in part)
by the United States (or any agency or instrumentality thereof).
SECTION 3. Scope and Application
3.1 No Violation of Restrictions Against Federal Guarantees of Tax-exempt
Bonds. The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) will not
assert that the Program causes any violation of the restrictions against Federal
guarantees of tax-exempt bonds under § 149(b) with respect to any tax-exempt bond
assets held by tax-exempt money market funds participating in the Program. In addition,
the Treasury Department and the IRS will not assert that the Program impairs the ability
either of a money market fund participating in the Program to designate exempt interest
dividends under § 852(b)(5) or of the shareholders of such a fund to claim the benefits
of tax exemption with respect to such exempt interest dividends under § 852(b)(5)(B).
3.2 No Inferences on Law. This Notice provides administrative relief in
furtherance of public policy to promote stability in the market for money market funds.
Except with respect to the administrative relief expressly provided in this Notice, no
inference should be drawn from this Notice regarding any other Federal tax issues
affecting tax-exempt bonds, money market funds, or any other security. In addition, this
Notice is not intended to address any other Federal tax issue implicated in the
described transactions under the Program.
SECTION 4. Effective Date
This Notice is effective on September 22, 2008.
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-08-81.pdf

Tags: document,
 




Testimonials

AnnaMaria Realbuto
Thank you for all your assistance and efficiency...
Read More »
Kateryna Melnychenko
Thanks a lot Anton!...
Read More »
Rani Payne
Thank you so much! I’m sure I will be in touch again with something else that will need to be apost...
Read More »
Serge Bauer Law
Thank you again for your help with this case!...
Read More »



FAQ

How do I register my business?
Read More »
What penalties does an employer face for I-9 violations?
Read More »
What is Apostille?
Read More »
Q: Do the transition procedures apply to these cases?
Read More »






News

May 16, 24
Bureaucratic snafu with birth certificate strands young US couple with newborn baby in Brazil
Read More »
May 13, 24
Apostille Convention to Take Effect in Rwanda in June
Read More »
May 6, 24
Federal Appeals Court Debates Tennessee’s Birth Certificate Policy Amid Transgender Rights Battle
Read More »
April 30, 24
OJ Simpson died from prostate cancer—death certificate
Read More »