Press Release

Mid-America Apartment Communities Announces Taxable Composition of 2010 Dividends

Company Release - 1/21/2011 12:09 PM ET

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE: MAA) today announced the taxable composition of its 2010 distributions paid to shareholders. The amount of distribution referred to as return of capital is considered by the Internal Revenue Service to be a return of invested capital and is not currently taxable. This amount should be applied to reduce the shareholders' tax cost basis of the related shares. The company did not incur any foreign taxes. The composition presented is applicable to all dividend distributions during 2010. The classifications for 2010 are as follows:

COMMON STOCK (CUSIP NO. 59522J103)

Record

Dates

Payable

Dates

Cash

Distributions

Per Share

Ordinary Taxable

Distribution

Long-Term

Capital Gains

Return of

Capital

Unrecaptured Sec. 1250

Gain

1/15/2010

4/15/2010

7/15/2010

10/15/2010

1/29/2010

4/30/2010

7/30/2010

10/29/2010

$0.615

$0.615

$0.615

$0.615

66.64%

66.64%

66.64%

66.64%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

33.36%

33.36%

33.36%

33.36%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%



8.30% SERIES H CUMULATIVE REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK (CUSIP NO. 59522J806)

Record

Dates

Payable

Dates

Cash

Distribution

per Share

Ordinary

Taxable

Distribution

Long-Term

Capital

Gain

Return of

Capital

Unrecaptured Sec. 1250

Gain

3/12/2010

6/2/2010 (1)

6/11/2010

8/5/2010 (2)

3/23/2010

6/2/2010

6/23/2010

8/5/2010

$0.51875

$0.53003

$0.51875

$0.37215

100.00%

100.00%

100.00%

100.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%



(1) On May 3, 2010, MAA announced the redemption of 3,100,001 shares of the then 6,200,000 outstanding shares of the 8.30% Series H Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, or Series H Preferred.  On June 2, 2010, as a part of that redemption, MAA paid all unpaid accumulated dividends to and including the redemption date.  

(2) On July 6, 2010, MAA announced the redemption of the then remaining 3,099,999 shares of Series H Preferred stock. On August 5, 2010, as a part of that redemption, MAA paid all unpaid accumulated dividends to and including the redemption date.  

The Long Term Capital Gain Distributions qualify for the 15% Reduced Tax Rate on Capital Gains.  Please note REIT Ordinary Taxable Dividends, by law, do not qualify for the Reduced Tax Rate of 15%.

This release is based on the preliminary work the company has performed on its filings and is subject to correction or adjustment based on the completion of those filings.  The company is releasing information at this time to aid those required to distribute 1099s on the company's dividends.  No material change in the taxable composition is expected.

MAA is a self-administered, self-managed apartment-only real estate investment trust which owns or has ownership interest in 46,650 apartment units throughout the Sunbelt region of the U.S. 6584 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN  38138, (901) 682-6600 FAX: (901) 682-6667 Web-Site: www.maac.net

SOURCE Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc.

Contact: Investor Relations of Mid-America Apartment Communities, +1-901-682-6600, or investor.relations@maac.net