The IRS recently announced that the federal sequestration rate for fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) (Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020) will be reduced to 5.9%. The reduction to 5.9% will result in an increase in interest subsidy that state and local governmental entities receive for payments made from Oct. 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2020, compared to Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019.
The federal sequestration is the automatic spending reductions that began in 2013 as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011. Since 2013, the federal sequestration reduces the federal interest subsidy state and local governmental units receive as interest credit toward projects that were originally issued with Build America Bonds, Qualified School Construction Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds.
If your school district has these types of bonds and you would like Baker Tilly to calculate the updated federal sequestration impact or if you have any questions please contact us.
Debt interest – ((Federal interest subsidy * (1 – Sequestration rate)) = Net interest requirement