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Key Energy-Related Tax Provisions in the 2016 Budget Proposal

President Obama’s recently released budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year repeats many of his past energy-related tax proposals, including a permanent extension of the renewable energy production tax credit and a provision making it refundable.  Making the production tax credit permanent and refundable signals the administration’s continued strong support for renewable energy.  This Special Report offers a summary of the key energy-related tax provisions contained in the budget proposal and discussed further in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s general explanation of the proposal.

Read the full Special Report here.

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Philip Tingle Tax Attorney McDermott Will & Emery
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Philip (Phil) Tingle represents energy companies such as utilities, independent power producers and financial institutions on a wide range of energy tax-related matters. He is the global head of the Firm's Energy Advisory Practice Group.

Phil provides advice regarding all aspects of renewable-energy projects, including tax equity structures, refinancings, acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings and workouts. He has extensive experience with the production tax credit and with the application of renewable credits to new technologies. Moreover, he works with the investment tax credit for numerous kinds of solar projects. Phil has filed and received a number of private letter rulings on behalf of clients regarding the production tax credit.

Recently, Phil has worked on the many aspects of the American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009, including the tax implications of Section 1603 Grants, the State Energy Program Grants, and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, the production tax credit conversion to an investment tax credit, the advanced energy credit and the sequestration credit. In addition, Phil works extensively with the Global Renewable Energy Group in the United States and internationally.

Phil also advises on the use of the New Markets Tax Credit and the Section 1603 Grant with respect to several renewable projects. He works with many buyers and sellers of electric generation and gas facilities on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and energy contract restructurings.

Phil regularly works on contribution in aid of construction, normalization, grants and other energy related topics. In addition, he is experienced in partnership taxation and works extensively on corporate and consolidated tax issues.

Philip Tingle is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm's Miami office.  Phil’s national tax practice includes representing clients in restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional energy related matters.

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Heather Cooper, Energy Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery Law Firm
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Heather Cooper is counsel in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Miami office.  She works on federal income tax matters, with a focus on energy tax issues. She represents clients in restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional energy related matters. Her national practice includes advising on renewable energy transactions, such as solar and wind projects.

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Justin Jesse International Tax Attorney McDermott Will Emery Law Firm
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Justin Jesse is an associate in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Washington, DC office.  He focuses his practice on U.S. and International Tax.

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Martha Groves Pugh, Federal Income Tax Attorney, McDermott Will Emery Law Firm
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Martha Groves Pugh is counsel in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in its Washington, D.C., office.  She focuses her practice 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. Her practice also includes tax planning for proposed transactions and advising clients on audits, appeals and litigation issues...

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