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USA – What are Build America Bonds or direct-pay municipal bonds? (Brookings)

Nasiha Salwati and David Wessel write: Interest on many municipal bonds issued by local and state governments and some non-profits is exempt from federal income taxes. As a result, investors, mainly high-income individuals, are willing to lend money to issuers at a lower interest rate than they would demand if the bonds were taxable. Build America Bonds (known as BABs or direct-pay bonds) were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as an alternative way for the federal government to subsidize local and state government borrowing. Instead of making the interest on those bonds exempt from federal income taxes, the federal government provided a subsidy directly

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