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  Martha (Marty) Groves Pugh advises clients on federal income tax issues with a particular emphasis on the nuclear and energy industries. Marty has helped clients seek and receive many private letter rulings and has extensive experience in drafting legislative language for tax proposals and interacting with the US Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service on important industry issues. Her practice also includes tax planning for proposed transactions and advising clients on audits, appeals and litigation issues. Read Martha Groves Pugh's full bio.

IRS Releases Initial Section 45Q Carbon Sequestration Credit Guidance


By , , , and on Feb 21, 2020
Posted In Environmental, Natural Gas, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax

Treasury and the IRS released initial guidance on the amended Section 45Q carbon oxide sequestration credit on February 19, 2020. Notice 2020-12 and Revenue Procedure 2020-12 provide guidance relating to the beginning of construction and tax equity partnership allocations. This is the first Section 45Q guidance since Treasury issued a request for comments in Notice...

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Senate Passes Tax Extenders Deal That Includes Extension of Renewable Energy Incentives


By , , and on Dec 19, 2019
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

The US Senate today passed a package of tax extenders as part of the year-end appropriations act that the US House of Representatives passed on December 17, 2019. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation before the end of the day tomorrow to avoid a government shutdown. The package includes a one-year extension of...

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Court Rules That Wind Farm Did Not Provide Proof of Development Fee to Receive 1603 Cash Grant


By , , and on Jun 28, 2019
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Tax

On June 20, 2019, the United States Court of Federal Claims published its long-awaited opinion in California Ridge Wind Energy, LLC v. United States, No. 14-250 C. The opinion addressed how taxpayers engaging in related party transactions may appropriately determine the cost basis with respect to a wind energy project under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Central...

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FERC Announces Tax Reform Actions and Eliminates Income Tax Allowance for Master Limited Partnerships


By and on Mar 23, 2018
Posted In FERC, Natural Gas, Power Markets, Project Development and Finance, Tax

FERC announced actions in response to the 2017 tax reform legislation and a revised income tax policy, which eliminates the income tax allowance for Master Limited Partnerships. Regulated entities should ensure that they comply with FERC’s orders regarding the treatment of income taxes and consider whether to file comments on the proposed rulemaking and notice...

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The Senate’s New Base Erosion Tax: Highlights for Renewable Energy


By , , , and on Dec 8, 2017
Posted In Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

On December 2, 2017, the Senate approved its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Bill includes the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, a new tax intended to apply to companies that significantly reduce their US tax liability by making cross-border payments to affiliates. Given its potential to disrupt the financing of...

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Initial Republican Tax Reform Proposal Includes Tax Cuts and Changes to Energy Credits


By , , , and on Nov 3, 2017
Posted In Featured, Power Markets, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

Changes to the energy credits proposed in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act could impact the eligibility of renewable energy projects that had been relying on the guidance previously issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Continue Reading

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Analysis of Energy and Tax Proposals in the 2018 Budget Proposal


By , , and on May 25, 2017
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax, U.S. Congress

President Trump released his budget proposal for the 2018 FY on May 23, 2017, expanding on the budget blueprint he released in March. The budget proposal and blueprint reiterate the President’s tax reform proposals to lower the business tax rate and to eliminate special interest tax breaks. They also provide for significant changes in energy...

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IRS Issues Additional Guidance on Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Projects


By , , , and on Dec 21, 2016
Posted In Environmental, Power Markets, Renewables, Tax

On December 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2017-04, which provides welcome guidance on how to meet the “beginning of construction” requirements for wind and other qualified facilities. There has been much uncertainty about when construction of these types of facilities begins for renewable energy tax credit purposes. The Notice (1) extends the...

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CDFI Fund Announces $7 Billion Allocation of New Markets Tax Credits


By and on Nov 29, 2016
Posted In Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax

On November 17, 2016, the US Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced the largest single round award of New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations since the program’s creation in 2001. One hundred and twenty organizations, headquartered in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, were awarded a...

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Court Awards $206 Million to Alta Wind Projects in Section 1603 Grant Litigation


By , , , and on Nov 4, 2016
Posted In Environmental, Project Development and Finance, Renewables, Tax

The US Court of Federal Claims awarded damages of more than $206 million to the Plaintiffs in a case with respect to the cash grant program under Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Section 1603 Grant). In its opinion, which was unsealed on Monday, October 31, the Court held...

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