Common Questions and Answers
Who can issue these bonds?
Any state or local government; cannot be for private activity and cannot be for not-for-profits
What can they be used for?
For new governmental capital expenditure; can be for refunding outstanding bonds; can be for working capital (Compare with BABs - Direct Pay)
How are they subsidized by the feds?
Federal tax credit to investors equal to 35% of interest payable by issuer on taxable BABs (net of tax credit)
What are the benefits?
Issuers borrow at rates equal to about 74% of comparable taxable rates. Issuer provided with more financing options (eg., refunding) in exchange for lower effective savings when compared to the BAB-Direct Payment option
Are there special reporting requirements?
Election to issue BABs must be made on or before the issue date of the BABs. Otherwise, same information requirements as tax-exempt state or local government bonds
How long will these bonds be available?
BABs must be issued before 1/1/2011
Is there a cap?
Where can I find more information?
Section 1531 of ARRTA; Limited Interim Guidance Issued 4/3/2009; US Treasury website http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206044,00.html
What else should I know?
Go to http://mass.gov/recovery/finance for more information related to Municipal Finance Opportunities under ARRA.
Information provided by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance