0000051931-12-000767.txt : 20121121 0000051931-12-000767.hdr.sgml : 20121121 20121121140219 ACCESSION NUMBER: 0000051931-12-000767 CONFORMED SUBMISSION TYPE: 485BPOS PUBLIC DOCUMENT COUNT: 8 FILED AS OF DATE: 20121121 DATE AS OF CHANGE: 20121121 EFFECTIVENESS DATE: 20121121 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: AMERICAN FUNDS TAX EXEMPT SERIES II /CA CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000794389 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 0831 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1933 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 033-06180 FILM NUMBER: 121220777 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 BUSINESS PHONE: 213-486-9200 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: AMERICAN FUNDS CALIFORNIA TAX EXEMPT SERIES DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19861026 FILER: COMPANY DATA: COMPANY CONFORMED NAME: AMERICAN FUNDS TAX EXEMPT SERIES II /CA CENTRAL INDEX KEY: 0000794389 IRS NUMBER: 000000000 STATE OF INCORPORATION: DE FISCAL YEAR END: 0831 FILING VALUES: FORM TYPE: 485BPOS SEC ACT: 1940 Act SEC FILE NUMBER: 811-04694 FILM NUMBER: 121220778 BUSINESS ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 BUSINESS PHONE: 213-486-9200 MAIL ADDRESS: STREET 1: 333 S HOPE ST - 55TH FL (MICG) CITY: LOS ANGELES STATE: CA ZIP: 90071 FORMER COMPANY: FORMER CONFORMED NAME: AMERICAN FUNDS CALIFORNIA TAX EXEMPT SERIES DATE OF NAME CHANGE: 19861026 0000794389 S000009239 Tax-Exempt Fund of California C000025170 Class A TAFTX C000025171 Class B TECBX C000025172 Class C TECCX C000025173 Class F-1 TECFX C000068592 Class F-2 TEFEX 485BPOS 1 tefca485bxbrl.htm THE TAX-EXEMPT FUND OF CALIFORNIA tefca485bxbrl.htm
SEC. File Nos.  033-06180
811-04694


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
____________

FORM N-1A
Registration Statement
Under
the Securities Act of 1933
Post-Effective Amendment No. 40
and
Registration Statement
Under
The Investment Company Act of 1940
Amendment No. 42
____________

THE AMERICAN FUNDS TAX-EXEMPT SERIES II
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90071-1447
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:
(213) 486-9200
____________

COURTNEY R. TAYLOR, Secretary
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II
333 South Hope Street
Los Angeles, California 90071-1447
(Name and Address of Agent for Service)
____________

Copies to:
Michael Glazer
Bingham McCutchen LLP
 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 4400
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3106
(Counsel for the Registrant)
____________

Approximate date of proposed public offering:
It is proposed that this filing become effective immediately pursuant to paragraph (b) of rule 485.


 
 

 
SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for effectiveness of this registration statement under Rule 485(b) under the Securities Act of 1933 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, duly authorized, in the City of Los Angeles, and State of California, on the 21st day of November, 2012.

THE AMERICAN FUNDS TAX-EXEMPT SERIES II

By:  /s/ Neil L. Langberg                                           
(Neil L. Langberg, President)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this registration statement has been signed below on November 21, 2012 by the following persons in the capacities indicated.


 
 
Signature
 
Title
(1)
Principal Executive Officer:
 
/s/ Neil L. Langberg
President
 
(Neil L. Langberg)
 
(2)
Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer:
 
/s/ Karl C. Grauman
Treasurer
 
(Karl C. Grauman)
 
(3)
Trustees:
 
William H. Baribault*
Trustee
 
James G. Ellis*
Trustee
 
Leonard R. Fuller*
Trustee
 
W. Scott Hedrick*
Trustee
 
R. Clark Hooper*
Chairman of the Board (Independent and Non-Executive)
 
Merit E. Janow*
Trustee
 
Laurel B. Mitchell*
Trustee
 
Frank M. Sanchez*
Trustee
 
Margaret Spellings*
Trustee
 
Steadman Upham*
Trustee
 
/s/ Karl J. Zeile
Trustee and Vice President
 
Karl J. Zeile)
 
*By: /s/ Courtney R. Taylor
 
 
 
(Courtney R. Taylor, pursuant to a power of attorney filed herewith)
 

Counsel represents that this amendment does not contain disclosures that would make the amendment ineligible for effectiveness under the provisions of rule 485(b).

/s/ Katherine H. Newhall                                                
(Katherine H. Newhall)
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, William H. Baribault, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ William H. Baribault                                                             
William H. Baribault, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, James G. Ellis, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Ari M. Vinocor
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ James G. Ellis                                                             
James G. Ellis, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Leonard R. Fuller, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
AMCAP Fund (File No. 002-26516, File No. 811-01435)
-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
American Funds Global Balanced Fund (File No. 333-170605, File No. 811-22496)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
American Mutual Fund (File No. 002-10607, File No. 811-00572)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
The Investment Company of America (File No. 002-10811, File No. 811-00116)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Brian D. Bullard
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Ari M. Vinocor
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ Leonard R. Fuller                                                             
Leonard R. Fuller, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, W. Scott Hedrick, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ W. Scott Hedrick                                                             
W. Scott Hedrick, Board member

 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, R. Clark Hooper, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ R. Clark Hooper                                                             
R. Clark Hooper, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Merit E. Janow, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
-  
American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
-  
American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
-  
American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
-  
American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
-  
American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
-  
American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
-  
American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
-  
The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
-  
American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
-  
American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
-  
The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
-  
Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
-  
Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
-  
Capital World Growth and Income Fund
-  
Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
-  
Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
-  
The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
-  
The New Economy Fund
-  
Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
-  
The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ Merit E. Janow                                                             
Merit E. Janow, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Laurel B. Mitchell, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

-  
American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
-  
The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
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American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
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American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ Laurel B. Mitchell                                                             
Laurel B. Mitchell, Board member

 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Frank M. Sanchez, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
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American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
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American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Los Angeles, CA, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ Frank M. Sanchez                                                             
Frank M. Sanchez, Board member

 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Margaret Spellings, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Balanced Fund (File No. 002-10758, File No. 811-00066)
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American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
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American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
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American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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The Income Fund of America (File No. 002-33371, File No. 811-01880)
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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International Growth and Income Fund (File No. 333-152323, File No. 811-22215)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Jeffrey P. Regal
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at                                                      Washington, DC, this 18th day of June, 2012.
      (City, State)


/s/ Margaret Spellings                                                             
Margaret Spellings, Board member
 
 
 

 
POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, Steadman Upham, the undersigned Board member of the following registered investment companies (collectively, the “Funds”):

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American Funds College Target Date Series (File No. 333-180729, File No. 811-22692)
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The American Funds Income Series – U.S. Government Securities Fund (File No. 002-98199, File No. 811-04318)
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American Funds Insurance Series (File No. 002-86838, File No. 811-03857)
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American Funds Money Market Fund (File No. 333-157162, File No. 811-22277)
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American Funds Mortgage Fund (File No. 333-168595, File No. 811-22449)
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American Funds Portfolio Series (File No. 333-178936, File No. 811-22656)
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American Funds Short-Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund (File No. 033-26431, File No. 811-05750)
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American Funds Target Date Retirement Series (File No. 333-138648, File No. 811-21981)
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American Funds Tax-Exempt Fund of New York (File No. 333-168594, File No. 811-22448)
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The American Funds Tax-Exempt Series II – The Tax-Exempt Fund of California (File No. 033-06180, File No. 811-04694)
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American High-Income Municipal Bond Fund (File No. 033-80630, File No. 811-08576)
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American High-Income Trust (File No. 033-17917, File No. 811-05364)
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The Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-50700, File No. 811-02444)
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Capital Income Builder (File No. 033-12967, File No. 811-05085)
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Capital World Bond Fund (File No. 033-12447, File No. 811-05104)
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Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. (File No. 033-54444, File No. 811-07338)
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Capital World Growth and Income Fund
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Intermediate Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-19514, File No. 811-05446)
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Limited Term Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 033-66214, File No. 811-07888)
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The New Economy Fund  (File No. 002-83848, File No. 811-03735)
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The New Economy Fund
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Short-Term Bond Fund of America (File No. 333-135770, File No. 811-21928)
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The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America (File No. 002-49291, File No. 811-02421)

hereby revoke all previous powers of attorney I have signed and otherwise act in my name and behalf in matters involving the Funds and do hereby constitute and appoint

Vincent P. Corti
Steven I. Koszalka
Patrick F. Quan
Courtney R. Taylor
Julie E. Lawton
Tanya Schneider
Raymond F. Sullivan, Jr.
Karl C. Grauman
M. Susan Gupton
Brian C. Janssen
Dori Laskin
Gregory F. Niland
Neal F. Wellons
 
 
each of them singularly, my true and lawful attorneys-in-fact, with full power of substitution, and with full power to each of them, to sign for me and in my name in the appropriate capacities, all Registration Statements of the Funds on Form N-1A, any and all subsequent Amendments, or Post-Effective Amendments to said Registration Statement on Form N-1A or any successor thereto, and any supplements or other instruments in connection therewith, and generally to do all such things in my name and behalf in connection therewith as said attorneys-in-fact deem necessary or appropriate, to comply with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940 as amended, and all related requirements of the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  I hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorneys-in-fact or their substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

EXECUTED at Washington, DC, this 13th day of June, 2012.
     (City, State)


/s/ Steadman Upham                                                             
Steadman Upham, Board member
 
 
 

 
Exhibit Index

Exhibit No.
Description
   
EX-101.INS
XBRL Instance Document
EX-101.SCH
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
EX-101.CAL
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase
EX-101.DEF
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase
EX-101.LAB
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Labels Linkbase
EX-101.PRE
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

 
 

 
EX-101.INS 2 ck0000794389-20120831.xml 485BPOS 2012-08-31 0000794389 2012-11-01 AMERICAN FUNDS TAX EXEMPT SERIES II /CA false 2012-10-31 2012-11-01 <tt>The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells <br />securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate <br />may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when fund <br />shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in <br />annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund's investment <br />results. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund's portfolio turnover rate <br />was 15% of the average value of its portfolio.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ExpenseExample_S000009239Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/BarChartData_S000009239Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>The fund's primary investment objective is to provide you with a high level of<br />current income exempt from regular federal and California income taxes.</tt> <tt>This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in<br />the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.<br /> <br />The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods<br />indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The<br />example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the<br />fund's operating expenses remain the same.</tt> <tt>The fund seeks to achieve its objectives by primarily investing in municipal<br />bonds issued by the state of California and its agencies and municipalities<br />within the state. Consistent with the fund's objectives, the fund may also<br />invest in municipal securities that are issued by jurisdictions outside<br />California. Municipal bonds are debt obligations generally issued to obtain<br />funds for various public purposes, including the construction of public<br />facilities.<br /> <br />Under normal circumstances, the fund will invest at least 80% of its assets <br />in, or derive at least 80% of its income from, securities that are exempt from <br />both regular federal and California income taxes and that do not subject you <br />to federal alternative minimum tax. The fund may also invest up to 20% of its<br />assets in securities that subject you to federal alternative minimum tax. The<br />fund is intended primarily for taxable residents of California.<br /> <br />The fund will invest primarily in debt securities rated BBB- or better or Baa3<br />or better by Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations designated<br />by the fund's investment adviser, or unrated but determined by the fund's<br />investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. The fund may also invest in debt<br />securities rated BB+ or below and Ba1 or below or unrated but determined by the<br />fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. Such securities are<br />sometimes referred to as "junk bonds." Some of the securities in which the fund<br />invests may have credit and liquidity support features, including guarantees and<br />letters of credit.<br /> <br />The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio counselors in<br />managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of the fund is<br />divided into segments managed by individual counselors who decide how their<br />respective segments will be invested.<br /> <br />The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser to make<br />decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic investment philosophy <br />of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in attractively priced securities <br />that, in its opinion, represent good, long-term investment opportunities. The <br />investment adviser believes that an important way to accomplish this is by <br />analyzing various factors, which may include the credit strength of the issuer, <br />prices of similar securities issued by comparable issuers, anticipated changes <br />in interest rates, general market conditions and other factors pertinent to the <br />particular security being evaluated. Securities may be sold when the investment <br />adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively attractive investment <br />opportunities.</tt> The Tax-Exempt Fund of California® <tt>Its secondary objective is preservation of capital.</tt> You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American Funds. Example After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Investment objectives Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results. The Lipper California Municipal Debt Funds Average includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's primary objective and/or strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. Principal risks Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be: 0.15 Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ from the results shown above. Calendar year total returns for Class A shares (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.) (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower) Investment results 100000 The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market results. <tt>Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:<br /><br />Highest 10.13% (quarter ended September 30, 2009)<br />Lowest -7.29% (quarter ended December 31, 2008)<br /><br />The fund's total return for nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 8.42%.</tt> Annual fund operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge): <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from<br />year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total<br />returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market<br />results.</tt> Portfolio turnover <tt>This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's principal<br />investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. The<br />likelihood of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter period of time.<br /> <br />Investing in municipal bonds of issuers within the state of California - Because<br />the fund invests primarily in securities of issuers within the state of<br />California, the fund is more susceptible to factors adversely affecting issuers<br />of California securities than a comparable municipal bond mutual fund that does<br />not concentrate its investments in a single state. For example, in the past,<br />California voters have passed amendments to the state's constitution and other<br />measures that limit the taxing and spending authority of California governmental<br />entities, and future voter initiatives may adversely affect California municipal<br />bonds. More detailed information about the risks of investing in California<br />municipal securities is contained in the statement of additional information.<br /> <br />Market conditions - The prices of, and the income generated by, the securities<br />held by the fund may decline due to market conditions and other factors,<br />including those directly involving the issuers of securities held by the fund.<br /> <br />Investing in bonds - Rising interest rates will generally cause the prices of<br />bonds and other debt securities to fall. Longer maturity debt securities may <br />be subject to greater price fluctuations than shorter maturity debt securities. <br />In addition, falling interest rates may cause an issuer to redeem, call or<br />refinance a security before its stated maturity, which may result in the fund<br />having to reinvest the proceeds in lower yielding securities.<br /> <br />Bonds and other debt securities are subject to credit risk, which is the<br />possibility that the credit strength of an issuer will weaken and/or an issuer<br />of a debt security will fail to make timely payments of principal or interest<br />and the security will go into default.<br /> <br />Thinly traded securities - There may be little trading in the secondary market<br />for particular bonds or other debt securities, which may make them more<br />difficult to value, acquire or sell.<br /> <br />Credit and liquidity support - Changes in the credit quality of banks and<br />financial institutions providing credit and liquidity support features with<br />respect to securities held by the fund could cause the values of these<br />securities to decline.<br /> <br />Investing in lower rated bonds - Lower rated bonds and other lower rated debt<br />securities generally have higher rates of interest and involve greater risk of<br />default or price declines due to changes in the issuer's creditworthiness than<br />those of higher quality debt securities. The market prices of these securities<br />may fluctuate more than the prices of higher quality debt securities and may<br />decline significantly in periods of general economic difficulty. These risks <br />may be increased with respect to investments in junk bonds.<br /> <br />Investing in similar municipal bonds - Investing significantly in municipal<br />obligations of issuers in the same state or backed by revenues of similar <br />types of projects or industries may make the fund more susceptible to certain<br />economic, political or regulatory occurrences. As a result, the potential for<br />fluctuations in the fund's share price may increase.<br /> <br />Management - The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund's<br />investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods <br />and analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not produce <br />the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment<br />results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives.<br /> <br />Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or<br />guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other<br />governmental agency, entity or person. You should consider how this fund <br />fits into your overall investment program.</tt> Fees and expenses of the fund After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Principal investment strategies americanfunds.com <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from<br />year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total<br />returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market<br />results. This information provides some indication of the risks of investing <br />in the fund. The Lipper California Municipal Debt Funds Average includes the <br />fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies <br />reasonably comparable to the fund's primary objective and/or strategies. Past <br />investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future <br />investment results. Updated information on the fund's investment results <br />can be obtained by visiting americanfunds.com.</tt> <tt>This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold<br />shares of the fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your<br />family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American<br />Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your<br />financial professional and in the "Sales charge reductions and waivers" section<br />on page 33 of the prospectus and on page 63 of the fund's statement of<br />additional information.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/OperatingExpensesData_S000009239Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> For the share classes listed below, you would pay the following if you did not redeem your shares: <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/PerformanceTableData_S000009239Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other<br />share classes will vary. After-tax returns are calculated using the highest<br />individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods<br />shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual<br />after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will <br />differ from the results shown above.</tt> Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency, entity or person. <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ExpenseExampleNoRedemption_S000009239Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>Class A annualized 30-day yield at August 31, 2012: 2.53%&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;<br />(For current yield information, please call American FundsLine&#xAE; <br />at 800/325-3590.)&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;&#xA0;</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ShareholderFeesData_S000009239Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> Lipper California Municipal Debt Funds Average (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes) 0.1172 0.0363 0.0440 0.0579 1986-10-28 Barclays California Municipal Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes) 0.1228 0.0504 0.0532 1986-10-28 Share class A - After taxes on distributions and sale of fund shares 0.0626 0.0339 0.0425 1986-10-28 Share class A - After taxes on distributions 0.0741 0.0330 0.0428 1986-10-28 TEFEX 0.0000 Share class F-2 (before taxes) 49 154 604 269 0.1177 0.0015 0.0033 0.00 0.00 0.0000 0.0048 0.0621 2008-08-22 0.0000 TECFX 0.0000 Share class F-1 (before taxes) 75 233 906 406 0.1149 0.0015 0.0033 0.0401 0.00 0.00 0.0025 0.0457 0.0073 0.0442 2001-03-20 0.0000 TECCX 0.0000 Share class C (before taxes) 245 145 449 1702 776 0.0973 0.0009 0.0033 1702 0.0328 449 776 0.00 0.00 0.0100 0.0382 0.0142 0.0372 2001-03-19 0.0100 TECBX 0.0000 Share class B (before taxes) 639 139 834 1443 950 0.0579 0.0004 0.0033 1443 0.0298 434 750 0.00 0.00 0.0100 0.0406 0.0137 0.0458 2000-03-15 0.0500 TAFTX 0.0813 Lowest Highest 0.0375 800/325-3590 2012-09-30 Share class A - Before taxes 437 2009-09-30 0.0253 569 -0.0729 0.0462 0.0331 1132 713 0.0035 0.1013 0.0741 0.0005 -0.1205 0.0033 2008-12-31 0.2014 0.0330 0.0382 The fund's total return for the nine months ended 0.00 0.1162 0.00 0.0483 Class A annualized 30-day yield at August 31, 2012: 0.0025 0.0428 0.0063 0.0490 0.0564 1986-10-28 0.0842 0.0100 <tt>The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells <br />securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate <br />may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when fund <br />shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in <br />annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund's investment <br />results. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund's portfolio turnover rate <br />was 14% of the average value of its portfolio.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/ExpenseExample_S000009238Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/BarChartData_S000009238Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>The fund's investment objective is to provide you with a high level of current<br />income exempt from federal income tax, consistent with the preservation of<br />capital.</tt> <tt>This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in<br />the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.<br /> <br />The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods<br />indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The<br />example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the<br />fund's operating expenses remain the same.</tt> <tt>The fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing primarily in municipal<br />bonds.<br /> <br />Under normal circumstances, the fund will invest at least 80% of its assets <br />in, or derive at least 80% of its income from, securities that are exempt from<br />regular federal income tax. The fund will not invest in securities that subject<br />you to federal alternative minimum tax. The fund invests substantially in debt<br />securities rated A- or better or A3 or better by Nationally Recognized Statistical <br />Rating Organizations designated by the fund's investment adviser, or unrated but <br />determined by the fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. The <br />fund may also invest in debt securities rated BBB+ or below and Baa1 or below <br />(including those rated BB+ or below and Ba1 or below) or unrated but determined <br />by the fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. Securities rated <br />BB+ or below and Ba1 or below are sometimes referred to as "junk bonds." Some <br />of the securities in which the fund invests may have credit and liquidity <br />support features, including guarantees and letters of credit.<br /> <br />In addition, the fund may invest significantly in municipal obligations of<br />issuers in the same state, or engaged in the same type of projects or<br />industries.<br /> <br />The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio counselors in<br />managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of the fund is<br />divided into segments managed by individual counselors who decide how their<br />respective segments will be invested.<br /> <br />The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser to make<br />decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic investment philosophy <br />of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in attractively priced securities <br />that, in its opinion, represent good, long-term investment opportunities. The <br />investment adviser believes that an important way to accomplish this is by <br />analyzing various factors, which may include the credit strength of the issuer, <br />prices of similar securities issued by comparable issuers, anticipated changes <br />in interest rates, general market conditions and other factors pertinent to the <br />particular security being evaluated. Securities may be sold when the investment <br />adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively attractive investment <br />opportunities.</tt> The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America® You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American Funds. Example After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Investment objective Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results. The Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. Principal risks Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment) Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be: 0.14 Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ from the results shown above. Calendar year total returns for Class A shares (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.) (Results do not include a sales charge;if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.) Investment results 100000 The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market results. <tt>Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:<br /><br />Highest 7.86% (quarter ended September 30, 2009)<br />Lowest -4.42% (quarter ended December 31, 2010)<br /><br />The fund's total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 7.83%.</tt> Annual fund operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment) Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge): <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from<br />year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total<br />returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market<br />results.</tt> Portfolio turnover <tt>This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's principal<br />investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. The likelihood <br />of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter period of time.<br /> <br />Market conditions - The prices of, and the income generated by, the securities<br />held by the fund may decline due to market conditions and other factors,<br />including those directly involving the issuers of securities held by the fund.<br /> <br />Investing in bonds - Rising interest rates will generally cause the prices of<br />bonds and other debt securities to fall. Longer maturity debt securities may be<br />subject to greater price fluctuations than shorter maturity debt securities. <br />In addition, falling interest rates may cause an issuer to redeem, call or<br />refinance a security before its stated maturity, which may result in the fund<br />having to reinvest the proceeds in lower yielding securities.<br /> <br />Bonds and other debt securities are subject to credit risk, which is the<br />possibility that the credit strength of an issuer will weaken and/or an issuer<br />of a debt security will fail to make timely payments of principal or interest<br />and the security will go into default.<br /> <br />Thinly traded securities - There may be little trading in the secondary market<br />for particular bonds or other debt securities, which may make them more<br />difficult to value, acquire or sell.<br /> <br />Credit and liquidity support - Changes in the credit quality of banks and<br />financial institutions providing credit and liquidity support features with<br />respect to securities held by the fund could cause the values of these<br />securities to decline.<br /> <br />Investing in lower rated bonds - Lower rated bonds and other lower rated debt<br />securities generally have higher rates of interest and involve greater risk of<br />default or price declines due to changes in the issuer's creditworthiness than<br />those of higher quality debt securities. The market prices of these securities<br />may fluctuate more than the prices of higher quality debt securities and may<br />decline significantly in periods of general economic difficulty. These risks <br />may be increased with respect to investments in junk bonds.<br /> <br />Investing in similar municipal bonds - Investing significantly in municipal<br />obligations of issuers in the same state or backed by revenues of similar <br />types of projects or industries may make the fund more susceptible to certain<br />economic, political or regulatory occurrences. As a result, the potential for<br />fluctuations in the fund's share price may increase.<br /> <br />Management - The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund's<br />investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods <br />and analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not produce <br />the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment<br />results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives.<br /> <br />Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or<br />guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other<br />governmental agency, entity or person. You should consider how this fund fits<br />into your overall investment program.</tt> Fees and expenses of the fund After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary. Principal investment strategies americanfunds.com <tt>The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied <br />from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual <br />total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market<br />results. This information provides some indication of the risks of investing in<br />the fund. The Lipper General &amp; Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average includes <br />the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies<br />reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. Past investment<br />results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results. <br />Updated information on the fund's investment results can be obtained by visiting <br />americanfunds.com.</tt> <tt>This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold<br />shares of the fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your<br />family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American<br />Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your<br />financial professional and in the "Sales charge reductions and waivers" section<br />on page 33 of the prospectus and on page 63 of the fund's statement of<br />additional information.</tt> <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/OperatingExpensesData_S000009238Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> For the share classes listed below, you would pay the following if you did not redeem your shares: <div style="display:none">~ http://www.americanfunds.com/role/PerformanceTableData_S000009238Member column dei_LegalEntityAxis compact * column rr_PerformanceMeasureAxis compact * column rr_ProspectusShareClassAxis compact * row primary compact * ~</div> <tt>After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other<br />share classes will vary. 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ProspectusDate rr_ProspectusDate Nov. 01, 2012
Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America (Prospectus Summary) | Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Risk/Return [Heading] rr_RiskReturnHeading The Tax-Exempt Bond Fund of America®
Objective [Heading] rr_ObjectiveHeading Investment objective
Objective, Primary [Text Block] rr_ObjectivePrimaryTextBlock The fund's investment objective is to provide you with a high level of current
income exempt from federal income tax, consistent with the preservation of
capital.
Expense [Heading] rr_ExpenseHeading Fees and expenses of the fund
Expense Narrative [Text Block] rr_ExpenseNarrativeTextBlock This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold
shares of the fund. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your
family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American
Funds. More information about these and other discounts is available from your
financial professional and in the "Sales charge reductions and waivers" section
on page 33 of the prospectus and on page 63 of the fund's statement of
additional information.
Shareholder Fees Caption [Text] rr_ShareholderFeesCaption Shareholder fees (fees paid directly from your investment)
Operating Expenses Caption [Text] rr_OperatingExpensesCaption Annual fund operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Portfolio Turnover [Heading] rr_PortfolioTurnoverHeading Portfolio turnover
Portfolio Turnover [Text Block] rr_PortfolioTurnoverTextBlock The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells
securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate
may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when fund
shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in
annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund's investment
results. During the most recent fiscal year, the fund's portfolio turnover rate
was 14% of the average value of its portfolio.
Portfolio Turnover, Rate rr_PortfolioTurnoverRate 14.00%
Expense Breakpoint Discounts [Text] rr_ExpenseBreakpointDiscounts You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in American Funds.
Expense Breakpoint, Minimum Investment Required [Amount] rr_ExpenseBreakpointMinimumInvestmentRequiredAmount 100,000
Expense Example [Heading] rr_ExpenseExampleHeading Example
Expense Example Narrative [Text Block] rr_ExpenseExampleNarrativeTextBlock This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in
the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds.

The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the fund for the time periods
indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The
example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the
fund's operating expenses remain the same.
Expense Example by, Year, Caption [Text] rr_ExpenseExampleByYearCaption Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
Expense Example, No Redemption, By Year, Caption [Text] rr_ExpenseExampleNoRedemptionByYearCaption For the share classes listed below, you would pay the following if you did not redeem your shares:
Strategy [Heading] rr_StrategyHeading Principal investment strategies
Strategy Narrative [Text Block] rr_StrategyNarrativeTextBlock The fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing primarily in municipal
bonds.

Under normal circumstances, the fund will invest at least 80% of its assets
in, or derive at least 80% of its income from, securities that are exempt from
regular federal income tax. The fund will not invest in securities that subject
you to federal alternative minimum tax. The fund invests substantially in debt
securities rated A- or better or A3 or better by Nationally Recognized Statistical
Rating Organizations designated by the fund's investment adviser, or unrated but
determined by the fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. The
fund may also invest in debt securities rated BBB+ or below and Baa1 or below
(including those rated BB+ or below and Ba1 or below) or unrated but determined
by the fund's investment adviser to be of equivalent quality. Securities rated
BB+ or below and Ba1 or below are sometimes referred to as "junk bonds." Some
of the securities in which the fund invests may have credit and liquidity
support features, including guarantees and letters of credit.

In addition, the fund may invest significantly in municipal obligations of
issuers in the same state, or engaged in the same type of projects or
industries.

The investment adviser uses a system of multiple portfolio counselors in
managing the fund's assets. Under this approach, the portfolio of the fund is
divided into segments managed by individual counselors who decide how their
respective segments will be invested.

The fund relies on the professional judgment of its investment adviser to make
decisions about the fund's portfolio investments. The basic investment philosophy
of the investment adviser is to seek to invest in attractively priced securities
that, in its opinion, represent good, long-term investment opportunities. The
investment adviser believes that an important way to accomplish this is by
analyzing various factors, which may include the credit strength of the issuer,
prices of similar securities issued by comparable issuers, anticipated changes
in interest rates, general market conditions and other factors pertinent to the
particular security being evaluated. Securities may be sold when the investment
adviser believes that they no longer represent relatively attractive investment
opportunities.
Risk [Heading] rr_RiskHeading Principal risks
Risk Narrative [Text Block] rr_RiskNarrativeTextBlock This section describes the principal risks associated with the fund's principal
investment strategies. You may lose money by investing in the fund. The likelihood
of loss may be greater if you invest for a shorter period of time.

Market conditions - The prices of, and the income generated by, the securities
held by the fund may decline due to market conditions and other factors,
including those directly involving the issuers of securities held by the fund.

Investing in bonds - Rising interest rates will generally cause the prices of
bonds and other debt securities to fall. Longer maturity debt securities may be
subject to greater price fluctuations than shorter maturity debt securities.
In addition, falling interest rates may cause an issuer to redeem, call or
refinance a security before its stated maturity, which may result in the fund
having to reinvest the proceeds in lower yielding securities.

Bonds and other debt securities are subject to credit risk, which is the
possibility that the credit strength of an issuer will weaken and/or an issuer
of a debt security will fail to make timely payments of principal or interest
and the security will go into default.

Thinly traded securities - There may be little trading in the secondary market
for particular bonds or other debt securities, which may make them more
difficult to value, acquire or sell.

Credit and liquidity support - Changes in the credit quality of banks and
financial institutions providing credit and liquidity support features with
respect to securities held by the fund could cause the values of these
securities to decline.

Investing in lower rated bonds - Lower rated bonds and other lower rated debt
securities generally have higher rates of interest and involve greater risk of
default or price declines due to changes in the issuer's creditworthiness than
those of higher quality debt securities. The market prices of these securities
may fluctuate more than the prices of higher quality debt securities and may
decline significantly in periods of general economic difficulty. These risks
may be increased with respect to investments in junk bonds.

Investing in similar municipal bonds - Investing significantly in municipal
obligations of issuers in the same state or backed by revenues of similar
types of projects or industries may make the fund more susceptible to certain
economic, political or regulatory occurrences. As a result, the potential for
fluctuations in the fund's share price may increase.

Management - The investment adviser to the fund actively manages the fund's
investments. Consequently, the fund is subject to the risk that the methods
and analyses employed by the investment adviser in this process may not produce
the desired results. This could cause the fund to lose value or its investment
results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives.

Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or
guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other
governmental agency, entity or person. You should consider how this fund fits
into your overall investment program.
Risk Lose Money [Text] rr_RiskLoseMoney You may lose money by investing in the fund.
Risk Not Insured Depository Institution [Text] rr_RiskNotInsuredDepositoryInstitution Your investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other governmental agency, entity or person.
Bar Chart and Performance Table [Heading] rr_BarChartAndPerformanceTableHeading Investment results
Performance Narrative [Text Block] rr_PerformanceNarrativeTextBlock The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied
from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual
total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market
results. This information provides some indication of the risks of investing in
the fund. The Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average includes
the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies
reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies. Past investment
results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results.
Updated information on the fund's investment results can be obtained by visiting
americanfunds.com.
Performance Information Illustrates Variability of Returns [Text] rr_PerformanceInformationIllustratesVariabilityOfReturns The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market results.
Performance Additional Market Index [Text] rr_PerformanceAdditionalMarketIndex The Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average includes the fund and other funds that disclose investment objectives and/or strategies reasonably comparable to the fund's objective and/or strategies.
Performance Availability Website Address [Text] rr_PerformanceAvailabilityWebSiteAddress americanfunds.com
Performance Past Does Not Indicate Future [Text] rr_PerformancePastDoesNotIndicateFuture Past investment results (before and after taxes) are not predictive of future investment results.
Bar Chart [Heading] rr_BarChartHeading Calendar year total returns for Class A shares (Results do not include a sales charge; if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.)
Bar Chart Narrative [Text Block] rr_BarChartNarrativeTextBlock The following bar chart shows how the fund's investment results have varied from
year to year, and the following table shows how the fund's average annual total
returns for various periods compare with different broad measures of market
results.
Bar Chart Does Not Reflect Sales Loads [Text] rr_BarChartDoesNotReflectSalesLoads (Results do not include a sales charge;if a sales charge were included, results would be lower.)
Bar Chart Closing [Text Block] rr_BarChartClosingTextBlock Highest/Lowest quarterly results during this period were:

Highest 7.86% (quarter ended September 30, 2009)
Lowest -4.42% (quarter ended December 31, 2010)

The fund's total return for the nine months ended September 30, 2012, was 7.83%.
Performance Table Uses Highest Federal Rate rr_PerformanceTableUsesHighestFederalRate After-tax returns are calculated using the highest individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes.
Performance Table Not Relevant to Tax Deferred rr_PerformanceTableNotRelevantToTaxDeferred Your actual after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ from the results shown above.
Performance Table One Class of after Tax Shown [Text] rr_PerformanceTableOneClassOfAfterTaxShown After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other share classes will vary.
Performance Table Narrative rr_PerformanceTableNarrativeTextBlock After-tax returns are shown only for Class A shares; after-tax returns for other
share classes will vary. After-tax returns are calculated using the highest
individual federal income tax rates in effect during each year of the periods
shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Your actual
after-tax returns depend on your individual tax situation and likely will differ
from the results shown above.
Performance Table Footnotes rr_PerformanceTableFootnotesTextBlock Class A annualized 30-day yield at August 31, 2012: 2.15%       
(For current yield information, please call American FundsLine®
at 800/325-3590.)
Caption rr_AverageAnnualReturnCaption Average annual total returns For the periods ended December 31, 2011 (with maximum sales charge):
Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America (Prospectus Summary) | Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America | Barclays Municipal Bond Index
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Barclays Municipal Bond Index (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees, expenses or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 10.70%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 5.22%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 5.38%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Oct. 03, 1979
Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America (Prospectus Summary) | Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America | Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Label rr_AverageAnnualReturnLabel Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average (reflects no deductions for sales charges, account fees or taxes)
1 Year rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear01 10.56%
5 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear05 3.75%
10 Years rr_AverageAnnualReturnYear10 4.39%
Since Inception rr_AverageAnnualReturnSinceInception 6.66%
Inception Date rr_AverageAnnualReturnInceptionDate Oct. 03, 1979
Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America (Prospectus Summary) | Tax Exempt Bond Fund of America | Class A
 
Risk Return [Abstract] rr_RiskReturnAbstract  
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases (as a percentage of offering price) rr_MaximumSalesChargeImposedOnPurchasesOverOfferingPrice 3.75%
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) (as a percentage of the amount redeemed) rr_MaximumDeferredSalesChargeOverOfferingPrice 1.00% [1]
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on reinvested dividends rr_MaximumSalesChargeOnReinvestedDividendsAndDistributionsOverOther none
Redemption or exchange fees rr_ExchangeFeeOverRedemption none
Management fees rr_ManagementFeesOverAssets 0.25%
Distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees rr_DistributionAndService12b1FeesOverAssets 0.25%
Other expenses rr_OtherExpensesOverAssets 0.05%
Total annual fund operating expenses rr_ExpensesOverAssets 0.55%
Expense Example, with Redemption, 1 Year rr_ExpenseExampleYear01 429
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