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424B5
SOUTHERN CO GAS filed this Form 424B5 on 09/08/2016
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in accordance with these rules, such interest payments will not be subject to U.S. withholding tax if the Non-U.S. Holder provides us or our paying agent with the appropriate documentation (generally an IRS Form W-8ECI).
Sale or Other Taxable Disposition of the Senior Notes
Subject to the FATCA summary below, a Non-U.S. Holder generally will not be subject to U.S. federal withholding tax with respect to gain, if any, recognized on the sale or other taxable disposition of the senior notes. A Non-U.S. Holder will also generally not be subject to U.S. federal income tax with respect to such gain, unless (i) the gain is effectively connected with the conduct by such Non-U.S. Holder of a trade or business within the U.S., or, if certain tax treaties apply, is attributable to a permanent establishment or fixed base within the U.S., or (ii) in the case of a Non-U.S. Holder that is a nonresident alien individual, such Non-U.S. Holder is present in the U.S. for 183 or more days in the taxable year of the disposition and certain other conditions are satisfied. In the case described in (i) above, gain or loss recognized on the disposition of such senior notes generally will be subject to U.S. federal income taxation in the same manner as if such gain or loss were recognized by a U.S. Person, and, in the case of a Non-U.S. Holder that is a foreign corporation, may also be subject to the branch profits tax at a rate of 30% (or a lower applicable treaty branch profits tax rate). In the case described in (ii) above, the Non-U.S. Holder will be subject to a 30% tax on any capital gain recognized on the disposition of the senior notes (after being offset by certain U.S. source capital losses).
Information Reporting and Backup Withholding
Information returns will be filed annually with the IRS in connection with our payment of interest on the senior notes. Copies of these information returns may also be made available under the provisions of a specific tax treaty or other agreement to the tax authorities of the country in which the Non-U.S. Holder resides. Unless the Non-U.S. Holder complies with certification procedures to establish that it is not a U.S. Person, information returns may be filed with the IRS in connection with the proceeds from a sale or other disposition of the senior notes, and the Non-U.S. Holder may be subject to backup withholding tax (currently at a rate of 28%) on payments of interest on the senior notes or on the proceeds from a sale or other disposition of the senior notes. The certification procedures required to claim the exemption from withholding tax on interest described above will satisfy the certification requirements necessary to avoid the backup withholding tax as well. The amount of any backup withholding from a payment to a Non-U.S. Holder may be allowed as a credit against the Non-U.S. Holder’s U.S. federal income tax liability or may entitle the Non-U.S. Holder to a refund, provided that the required information is furnished to the IRS in a timely manner.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act Withholding
Under the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” (which we refer to as FATCA) and additional guidance issued by the IRS, a U.S. federal withholding tax of 30% generally will apply to (1) interest on a debt obligation and (2) the gross proceeds, including the return of principal, from the sale or other disposition, including redemptions, after December 31, 2018 of a debt obligation, in each case paid to (i) a foreign financial institution (as a beneficial owner or as an intermediary), unless such institution enters into an agreement with the U.S. government to collect and provide to the U.S. tax authorities substantial information regarding U.S. account holders of such institution (which would include certain equity and debt holders of such institution, as well as certain account holders that are foreign entities with U.S. owners), or (ii) a foreign entity that is not a financial institution (as a beneficial owner or as an intermediary), unless such entity provides the withholding agent with a certification identifying the substantial U.S. owners of the entity, which generally includes any U.S. Person who directly or indirectly owns more than 10% of the entity. We will not pay any additional amounts to “gross up” payments to holders as a result of any withholding or deduction for such taxes. Non-U.S. Holders are encouraged to consult with their tax advisors regarding the possible implications of the FATCA withholding rules on their investment in the senior notes.
Persons considering the purchase of senior notes are urged to consult their tax advisors with regard to the application of the U.S. federal income tax laws to their particular situations as well as any tax consequences arising under the laws of any state, local or foreign taxing jurisdiction. Furthermore, this discussion does not describe the effect of U.S. federal estate and gift tax laws or the effect of any applicable foreign, state or local law.

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