WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules for political subdivisions issuing tax-exempt bonds that lawyers say will completely change the regulatory landscape and the way infrastructure has been financed in a number of states.
Under the proposed rules, which are slated to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, an entity is a political subdivision that can issue tax-exempt bonds if it meets a three-prong test. It must exercise sovereign powers, serve a governmental purpose, and be governmentally controlled. The requirement to be governmentally-controlled is new.
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