TV Repack Reimbursement Audits

Posted on June 30th, 2021 by

For any TV station that was repacked to a different channel after the 2017 TV Incentive Auction, the process for reimbursement of expenditures for relocating to that channel has been a long and complicated one, with the filing of multiple Form 399s with the FCC to substantiate expenses.

Some stations that are now at the end of that process have filed their final Form 399, which then generates an email to the station contact representative about completing the Interim Close-Out process, which requires the station to review a financial reconciliation statement and return it to the FCC with proof of payment for the invoices specified.  If an overpayment is discovered during the review, the station gets to return the excess amount to the FCC.  Stations have 30 days to respond to the Interim Close-Out email, and it is critical that they do so in a timely manner.

Once the FCC’s Fund Administrator receives the signed reconciliation statement and proof of payment documentation, an interim close-out letter is sent.  At or near the conclusion of the reimbursement program, the FCC will issue final amounts and a final close-out letter.

Repacked TV stations that have filed their final Form 399 should be on the lookout for the email from the FCC, which is sent from the email address.  You may want to white list that email address so that it does not get misdirected as spam.