|ENTERPRISE PRODUCTS PARTNERS L P filed this Form 424B3 on 02/01/2018|
Interest Income and Original Issue Discount on the Notes
It is expected, and assumed for purposes of this discussion that, subject to the discussion below, the notes will not be issued with original issue discount (OID) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Accordingly, you should include in gross income the interest on the notes in accordance with your method of accounting.
Under applicable Treasury regulations, a debt instrument will qualify as a variable rate debt instrument if (a) its issue price does not exceed the total non-contingent principal payments due under the debt instrument by more than a specified de minimis amount and (b) the debt instrument provides for stated interest, paid or compounded at least annually, at current values of a single fixed rate and one or more qualified floating rates. A qualified floating rate is any variable rate where variations in the value of such rate can reasonably be expected to measure contemporaneous variations in the cost of newly borrowed funds in the currency in which the debt instrument is denominated. Under the foregoing definition, the notes are expected to be treated as variable rate debt instruments for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Under this characterization, payments treated as qualified stated interest (QSI) on the notes will generally be taxable to you as ordinary interest income at the time such interest payments are accrued or received, depending on your method of accounting for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
For U.S. federal income tax purposes, OID is the excess of the stated redemption price at maturity of a debt instrument over its issue price, if such excess equals or exceeds a specified de minimis amount (generally 1/4 of 1% of the debt instruments stated redemption price at maturity multiplied by the weighted average maturity of such debt instrument). A debt instruments weighted average maturity is the sum of the following amounts determined for each payment on the debt instrument (other than a payment of QSI): (i) the number of complete years from the issue date until the payment is made multiplied by (ii) a fraction, the numerator of which is the amount of the payment and the denominator of which is the debt instruments stated redemption price at maturity. The issue price of an issue of debt instruments equals the first price at which a substantial amount of the debt instruments has been sold (ignoring sales to bond houses, brokers or similar persons or organizations acting in the capacity of underwriters, placement agents or wholesalers). The stated redemption price at maturity of a debt instrument is the sum of all payments provided by the debt instrument other than payments of QSI. The term QSI generally means stated interest that is unconditionally payable in cash at least annually at a single fixed rate. You will be required (regardless of your method of accounting) to include any OID in ordinary income as it accrues in accordance with a constant yield method based on a compounding of interest.
Under applicable Treasury regulations, in order to determine the amount of QSI and OID in respect of the notes, an equivalent fixed rate debt instrument must be constructed. The equivalent fixed rate debt instrument is a hypothetical instrument that has terms that are identical to those of the notes, except that the equivalent fixed rate debt instrument provides for fixed rate substitutes in lieu of the actual rates on the notes. The equivalent fixed rate debt instrument is constructed in the following fashion: (i) first, the initial fixed rate is replaced with a qualified floating rate such that the fair market value of the notes as of the notes issue date would be approximately the same as the fair market value of an otherwise identical debt instrument that provides for the replacement qualified floating rate rather than the fixed rate, and (ii) second, each floating rate (including the floating rate determined under (i) above) is converted into a fixed rate substitute (which, in each case, will generally be the value of each floating rate as of the issue date of the notes).
Once the equivalent fixed rate debt instrument has been constructed pursuant to the foregoing rules, the amount of OID and QSI, if any, are determined for the equivalent fixed rate debt instrument by applying the