Notice 2012-20 provides guidance relating to the portfolio interest exception, the short term debt exception under section 1.6049-5(b)(10), and the excise tax under section 4701 in connection with the repeal of section 163(f)(2)(B)(the bearer debt repeal).
Notice 2012-20 will be published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin 2012-13, dated March 26, 2012.
The foregoing rules generally do not apply with respect to bearer debt that complies with the foreign-targeting rules of section 163(f)(2)(B) and the regulations thereunder. However, section 502 of the HIRE Act generally eliminated the various exceptions for foreign-targeted bearer debt, effective for obligations issued after March 18, 2012. As a result of this change in law, with respect to obligations issued after March 18, 2012, the portfolio interest exception will be available only for obligations issued in registered form.
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