Posts tagged Regulatory Notice 15-27.
The Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority fined a UBS unit $750,000 for mistakenly reporting customers' municipal-bond-account interest was tax-exempt, when the firm's handling of the trades made it taxable instead. Because the brokerage itself paid over 4000 customers about $1.2 million in interest, the payments weren't tax exempt; to qualify, the interest must be paid directly by a municipal issuer. Instead, the firm had used the customers' long positions in those bonds to cover the firm's short positions and so made substitute interest payments. FINRA's AWC stated ...
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FINRA issued its late-July Regulatory Notice 15-27 warning brokerage firms that inadvertent short positions or fail-to-delivers in municipal securities trading can create situations where the member-firm pays a customer substitute interest that is not tax-deductible. Firms need to ensure their supervisory and compliance systems, and just as importantly their customer communications, address those situations. Short sales of municipal securities (selling a borrowed position, and buying it in lower, later) are rare. But the IRS has held that the lender's receipt of interest ...
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