Summary: S.1909 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (11/18/2011)

Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to establish and administer a new series of U.S. savings bonds to be known as "Buy Back America Bonds," to be used first solely to reduce the amount of foreign-held public debt, and then to reduce other public debt.

Sets the redemption date of a Buy Back America Bond at 10 years from the date of issue and its maturity date at 20 years from such date. Requires annual anniversary interest payments, which shall not be includible in gross income under the Internal Revenue Code.

Requires such bonds to be issued at face value and in denominations of at least $25.

Allows redemption of such a Bond before 10 years if during any fiscal year during which it is outstanding: (1) the federal budget deficit is less than 3% of gross domestic product (GDP), or (2) the public debt is less than 10% of GDP.

Limits the holding of a Buy Back America Bond to: (1) U.S. citizens or residents; (2) domestic partnerships, or domestic corporations (not more than 1% of the ownership interest of which is held, directly or indirectly, by a person who is not a U.S. person); or (3) estates or trusts which are U.S. persons, unless there is a trust beneficiary who is not a U.S. person.

Permits a Bond to be purchased by or transferred to an individual who provides a valid Social Security account number, not including a taxpayer identification number (TIN) provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).