The Scissortail Fund tax credit scheme described.
Here is a simplified description of a complicated plan the Oklahoma Tax Commission signed off on and legitimized.
Scissortail claimed to raise $5-15 million from investors and borrow $85-90 million, and claimed 20 to 30% of the total amount in tax credits.
Note: Timing is the key that allows the investors' money to remain free of risks. The investors' funds are kept safely out of risk's way, while the loan is obtain and tax credits are in hand. The tax credits can then be used to replace the investors funds and repay
the investors the $2 for $1 profit.
To raise the investment capital Scissortail
- offers investors $2 in tax credits for every $1 they invest as part of the $5 to 15 million.
- will obtain a loan of $85 to $90 million using the assets of the Portfolio Company as collateral.
In other words put the Portfolio companies assets at risk to avoid putting Scissortail and the investors at risk.
To simplify the explanation we will use raising $10 million from investors and a $90 million loan.
The plan states one-third of the investment fund will be invested in the Portfolio Company, then uses impressive sounding terms to explain how diligently they will hold the Portfolio Company for this one-third. Then a oblique and vague reference to the other two-thirds.
The CAPCO, in this case Scissortail, keeping two-thirds or 67% is in keeping with the
Missouri and Louisiana CAPCOs keeping 66% and 70% respectively of the capital raised, for their profits, leaving only the remaining
for the intended use.
What makes this scheme so unbelievable? And why did the Oklahoma Tax Commission legitimize?
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