CALGARY, Jan. 31 /CNW/ - (TSX - PWT.UN; NYSE - PWE) Penn West Energy
Trust ("Penn West") is pleased to provide 2007 tax information on
distributions for unitholders resident in Canada and the United States.
The following information is provided to assist individual unitholders
with 2007 income tax reporting. It is not intended to constitute legal or tax
advice to any particular holder of Penn West units. Readers should consult
with their legal or tax advisors as to their particular tax consequences of
holding Penn West units.
Further tax information in the form of specific tax letters setting forth
the taxability of Penn West distributions on a monthly basis for Canadian and
U.S. residents is available on Penn West's website at www.pennwest.com. If you
would like a copy of Penn West's 2007 tax information, please contact Investor
Relations at 1-888-770-2633 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
2007 Canadian Tax Information
For the 2007 tax year, Penn West has determined that the distributions
received by Canadian resident Penn West unitholders are 100 percent taxable as
"other income" with no return of capital.
2007 U.S. Tax Information
In consultation with its U.S. tax advisors, Penn West believes that the
units of Penn West more likely than not will be properly classified as equity
in a corporation, rather than debt, for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and
that distributions paid to its individual U.S. unitholders will more likely
than not be "qualified dividends" under the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief
Reconciliation Act of 2003. There are certain individual circumstances where
the distributions may not be qualified dividends (such as situations where
individual unitholders do not meet a holding period test). As such, the
portion of the distributions made during 2007 that are considered dividends
should qualify for the reduced rate of tax applicable to certain capital gains
with respect to eligible individual unitholders.
Provided the 2007 Penn West distributions are considered to be qualified
dividends as noted above, Penn West has determined that 100 percent of these
distributions paid during the year will be taxable for U.S. tax purposes as
"qualified dividends" with no return of capital.
Penn West trust units and debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange under the symbols PWT.UN, PWT.DB.A, PWT.DB.B, PWT.DB.C, PWT.DB.D,
PWT.DB.E and PWT.DB.F and Penn West trust units are listed on the New York
Stock Exchange under the symbol PWE.
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For further information:
For further information: PENN WEST ENERGY TRUST, Suite 2200, 425 - First
Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3L8, Phone: (403) 777-2500, Toll-free:
1-866-693-2707, Fax: (403) 777-2699, Website: www.pennwest.com; Investor
Relations: Phone: 1-888-770-2633, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org