The IRS today released an advance version of Rev. Proc. 2020-26 that sets forth safe harbors under which modifications to certain mortgage loans in connection with a forbearance program related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are not treated as replacing the unmodified obligation with a newly issued obligation, or as manifesting a power to vary for purposes of determining the federal income tax status of certain securitization vehicles—such as investment trusts and real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs)—that hold the loans.
Rev. Proc. 2020-26 also sets forth a safe harbor under which certain securitization vehicles are not treated as having improper knowledge of an anticipated default on the grounds that they acquired a mortgage loan with respect to which the borrower had participated in a forbearance program.
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The “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) (Pub. L. No. 116-136) provides that during the covered period, borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans and multifamily borrowers with federally backed multifamily mortgage loans experiencing a financial hardship due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 emergency may request and obtain forbearance on their loans.
Today’s revenue procedure reveals that the IRS and Treasury Department have received requests for guidance as to whether:
Rev. Proc. 2020-26 provides that for mortgage loans held by REMICs, forbearances (and all related modifications) as described by today’s revenue procedure:
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