Peak Energy Services Trust
TSX : PES.UN

Peak Energy Services Trust

February 29, 2008 17:05 ET

Peak Energy Services Trust 2007 United States of America Income Tax Information

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - The following information is intended to assist United States of America individual holders of trust units ("U.S. Individual Unitholder") of Peak Energy Services Trust (TSX:PES.UN) ("Peak" or the "Trust") in reporting distributions received from the Trust during 2007 on their Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") Form 1040, "U.S. Individual Income Tax Return" ("Form 1040").

The information provided herein is intended to be of a general nature only and is not intended to be legal or tax advice to any particular Unitholder or potential Unitholder. Unitholders or potential Unitholders should consult their own legal and tax advisors concerning the tax treatment as it relates to their particular circumstances.

Qualified dividends

Peak believes that its trust units should be classified as equity in a corporation, rather than debt, and that dividends paid to U.S. Individual Unitholders should be "qualified dividends" for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As such, the portion of the distributions made during 2007 that are considered dividends for U.S. federal income tax purposes should qualify for the reduced rate of tax applicable to long-term capital gains. However, the U.S. Individual Unitholder's situation must be considered before making this determination.

The Trust has not received an IRS letter ruling or a tax opinion from its U.S. tax advisors on these matters.

Trust units held within a qualified retirement plan

No amounts are required to be reported on Form 1040 for Trust units held within a qualified retirement plan.

Trust units held outside a qualified retirement plan

The portion of the distributions treated as "qualified dividends" should be reported on Line 9b of Form 1040, unless the fact situation of the U.S. Individual Unitholder determines otherwise. Commentary on page 19 of the Form 1040 Instruction Booklet for 2007 with respect to "qualified dividends" provides examples of individual situations where the dividends would not be "qualified dividends". Where, due to individual situations, the dividends are not "qualified dividends", the amount should be reported on Schedule B - Part II - Ordinary Dividends and Line 9a of Form 1040.

For U.S. federal income tax purposes, in reporting a return of capital with respect to distributions received, U.S. Individual Unitholders are required to reduce the cost base of their Trust units by the total amount of distributions received that represent a return of capital. This amount is non-taxable if it is a return of cost base in the Trust units. A return of capital for U.S. income tax purposes is calculated differently than for Canadian income tax purposes. For U.S. income tax purposes, a return of capital occurs only after all the current and accumulated earnings and profits of a corporation have been distributed. If the full amount of the cost base has been recovered, any further distribution deemed a return of capital should be reported as a capital gain.

U.S. Individual Unitholders are encouraged to utilize the Qualified Dividends and Capital Gain Tax Worksheet of Form 1040 to determine the amount of tax that may be otherwise applicable.

With respect to distributions paid during 2007 to U.S. Individual Unitholders, 100.00 percent should be reported as "qualified dividends" and 0.00 percent should be reported as a return of capital (to the extent of the Unitholder's U.S. tax basis in their respective units). The following schedule details the distributions paid in 2007 and the tax treatment of each distribution per Trust unit for income tax purposes, in Canadian dollars:



Tax Deferred
Amount
Qualified (Return of Total
Record Date Payment Date Dividend Capital) Distribution
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December 31, 2006 January 15, 2007 $ 0.09000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.09000
January 31, 2007 February 15, 2007 $ 0.09000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.09000
February 28, 2007 March 15, 2007 $ 0.06000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.06000
March 31, 2007 April 16, 2007 $ 0.06000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.06000
April 30, 2007 May 15, 2007 $ 0.06000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.06000
May 31, 2007 June 15, 2007 $ 0.06000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.06000
June 30, 2007 July 16, 2007 $ 0.06000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.06000
July 31, 2007 August 15, 2007 $ 0.06000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.06000
August 31, 2007 September 17, 2007 $ 0.04000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.04000
September 30, 2007 October 15, 2007 $ 0.04000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.04000
October 31, 2007 November 15, 2007 $ 0.04000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.04000
November 30, 2007 December 17, 2007 $ 0.04000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.04000

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Total $ 0.70000 $ 0.00000 $ 0.70000
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The taxable portion (for Canadian income tax purposes) of the distributions is subject to a minimum 15 percent Canadian withholding tax that is withheld prior to any payments being distributed to Unitholders that are non-residents of Canada. For Trust units held in a cash account, we believe the full amount of all withholding tax should be creditable, subject to numerous limitations, for U.S. income tax purposes in the year in which the withholding tax is withheld. Where Trust units are held in qualified retirement account, the same withholding tax applies but the amount is not creditable for U.S. income tax purposes.

The amount of Canadian withholding tax withheld should be reported on Form 1116, "Foreign Tax Credit (Individual, Estate, or Trust)". Information regarding the amount of Canadian withholding tax withheld in 2007 should be determined from your own records as Peak is not able to provide this information. Amounts over withheld by Canada, if any, should be claimed as a refund from the Canada Revenue Agency no later than two years after the calendar year in which the payment was paid.

U.S. Individual Unitholders should report their dividend income and capital gain (if any), and make adjustments to their tax basis in Trust units, in accordance with this information and subject to advice from their legal and tax advisors. U.S. Individual Unitholders who hold their Trust units through an investment broker or other intermediary should receive tax reporting information from their investment broker or other intermediary. We expect that the investment broker or other intermediary will issue a Form 1099-DIV, "Dividends and Distributions" or a substitute form developed by the investment broker or other intermediary. The Trust is not required to furnish such Unitholders with Form 1099-DIV.

Information on the Form 1099-DIV issued by the investment broker or other intermediary may not accurately reflect the information in this press release for a variety of reasons. U.S Individual Unitholders should consult their investment broker, legal and tax advisors to ensure that the information presented here is accurately reflected on their tax returns. Investment brokers and/or intermediaries may or may not be required to issue amended Forms 1099-DIV.

About Peak Energy Services Trust

Peak Energy Services Trust is a diversified energy services organization providing oilfield equipment and related services to the energy industry in western Canada and the mid-west United States of America. Peak Energy Services Trust units are list on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "PES.UN".

Certain information set forth in this document, including management's assessment of Peak's future plans and operations, contains forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond these parties' control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, currency fluctuations, environmental risks, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Peak's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that Peak will derive there from. Peak disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

The TSX have neither approved nor disapproved the information contained herein.

Contact Information

  • Peak Energy Services Trust
    Mr. Matthew J. Huber
    Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 543-7325
    (403) 543-7335 (FAX)
    or
    Peak Energy Services Trust
    Mr. Monty R. Balderston
    Vice President, Finance and Administration
    (403) 543-7325
    (403) 543-7335 (FAX)
    or
    Peak Energy Services Trust
    Suite 900, 222-3rd Avenue SW
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    T2P 0B4