What Are Capital Credits?
MTA membership begins when you receive telecommunication or information services. Since we are a member-owned cooperative, we allocate our profits (the money left over after all expenses are paid) to our member-owners, based on how much each member paid for their MTA services during the year.
These allocations or capital credits are your share of the margins (profits) that we have assigned to a holding account in your name. These amounts are not paid at this time, and do not represent cash, but rather your patronage capital or equity in the cooperative and evidence of your ownership in MTA.
The funds belong to individual member-owners, but are retained by the cooperative as working capital. The availability of this working capital reduces the amount of money MTA must borrow, which assists in providing members with state-of-the-art services at the lowest possible cost.
The bylaws of the cooperative call for MTA to use capital credits as operating funds. On an annual basis, MTA’s Board of Directors reviews the financial condition of the cooperative and elects to either approve or disapprove a return of capital credits to its members.
Throughout the last decade, when the Board approved the return of capital credits, it was based on a 25-year rotation cycle plus a portion of the capital credits allocated in the previous year. For example, the 2016 return contained capital credits from 1991 and 2012.
At some later date, the Board may determine that the financial condition of the cooperative permits us to retire capital credits again. At that time we will mail out checks or credit customers’ bills. We do not retire capital credits on an individual basis. Only when financial conditions permit us to retire capital credits to all members during a specific time period, will we make a cash retirement.
Please stay in touch. It is important that MTA be advised of any address or member name changes, even if you no longer have active service. Should the Board decide that the financial condition of the cooperative permits a payment of capital credits for a year in which you were an active member, we will mail you a check.
MTA Bylaws allow for the early retirement of capital credits upon the death of a member. Capital credits are not worth their full value until approximately 25 years from allocation. Early retirement of capital credits will result in a reduced value based on 6% per annum. If capital credits are not retired, the distribution of capital credits will remain on the normal schedule and in the current names on the account until retired in full.
Estate documents consist of a Capital Credit Affidavit (form), copy of the death certificate, and legal documentation appointing a representative for the estate. If the estate goes to the joint member, then legal documentation is omitted.
- Capital Credits Policy
- Capital Credits Affidavit
- Assignment of Capital Credits to MTA Foundation
- Business Certification of Entitlement to Capital Credits
- Certification of Ownership of Capital Credits After Divorce or Name Change
- Request for Assignment of Capital Credits to Successor in Interest or Occupancy
Early retirement of capital credits to an estate is discounted by 6% per annum. The discount reduces the balance to a present value of your capital credits. Enclosed with the check is a detailed statement of the calculation.
According to Internal Revenue Service guidelines, MTA is required to issue a 1099 to members that receive a capital credit check for $600 or more.
For residential accounts, capital credits are generally not taxable. We suggest seeking the advice of a tax professional for specific questions.
It is a distribution of MTA’s profits to their members.
You may have moved and the address was not updated in our system.
If the original membership was set up as a joint account, both names will be on the capital credit check. Checks will continue to be issued in the joint account names until the account reaches a zero balance. MTA form “Certification of Ownership of Capital Credits After Divorce or Name Change” can be completed as required to transfer the capital credits to one individual.
Generally, yes. We will want to verify your current address and make sure the account is in good standing.
If your disbursement was less than $40, the capital credit payment was credited to your service account.
Or: You might not have had active service for the years covered by the disbursement.
If you leave our service area or disconnect your service, your capital credits remain on the books until they are paid back in full. It is important to keep us informed of address changes.