$2.5 Billion In Tax Credits Awarded To 66 Entities
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announcs that Sixty-six (66) organizations have been selected to receive the first $2.5 billion in tax credit allocations under the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program aimed at stimulating economic opportunity and job creation in low-income communities. The organizations were selected through a competitive application and a review process.
The NMTC program, established by Congress in December 2000, permits individual and corporate taxpayers to receive a credit against Federal income taxes for making Qualified Equity Investments in investment vehicles known as Community Development Entities (CDEs).
The credit provided to the investor totals 39 percent of the cost of the investment and is claimed over a seven-year period. Substantially all of the taxpayer’s investment must in turn be used by the CDE to make qualified investments in low-income communities.
The investments are expected to create jobs and material improvement in the lives of residents of low income communities. Examples of expected projects include small business financing, improved community facilities such as daycare centers and charter schools, and increased homeownership opportunities.
The NMTC program is administered by Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. Tony T. Brown is director of the CDFI Fund.