NMTC Leaders Applaud 5-Year Extension of Community Development Tax Credit

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NMTC Leaders Applaud 5-Year Extension of Community  Development Tax Credit WASHINGTON, D.C.—Late last night, Congressional leaders and the White House came to an agreement on a tax extender deal, which includes permanency for a few provisions and two- to five-year extension for other expired or expiring tax credits. The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) received a long-term extension of five years (2015-2019) at its current level $3.5 billion annually. The House and Senate still need to approve the measure. “The federal New Markets Tax Credit has achieved great results since its implementation, creating nearly 750,000 jobs in economically distressed rural and urban communities and leveraging almost $75 billion in capital for businesses, and community services and facilities,” said Bob Rapoza, spokesperson for the NMTC Coalition. “The strong bipartisan support for the federal NMTC in both the House and Senate is a testament to its success in delivering much needed investments for community revitalization projects.” Congressional champions also applauded the extension of the NMTC: “The New Markets Tax Credit Program has a history of success nationwide and this extension is a huge step in the right direction. In Missouri, the NMTC has made a real difference in economically distressed communities, including financing for the first new grocery store in the Pagedale community in 40 years, expanding and helping improve the operation of a number of manufacturing businesses, and filling in the funding gap for the construction of 65 home ownership units in a St. Louis neighborhood with very high unemployment.” —Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), who introduced New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act of 2015 (S. 591) on February 26, 2015, a bill which would make the NMTC permanent. Senator Blunt was the lead sponsor of a similar bill in the 113th Congress as well. “This long-term extension of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program is a major win for community revitalization, job creation, and economic development throughout New York State. The NMTC Program has already provided...

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Statement on the Portland Press Herald NMTC Article

On Sunday, April 26, the Portland Press Herald ran the second article in its two-part series on the Maine New Markets Capital Tax Credit. The two articles question many of the aspects and investments of the state program, and also question the efficacy of the federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. As the NMTC Coalition’s focus is exclusively on the federal credit, we will confine our comments to the efficacy of just the federal NMTC program. First and foremost, there is a clear record of success when it comes to the federal New Markets Tax Credit. The federal NMTC is a tool that is available to economically distressed communities, promoting revitalization by encouraging the private sector to make investments in areas they otherwise would not, which has resulted in the creation of nearly 750,000 jobs between 2003 and 2013. The Portland Press Herald article—by selectively citing elements from a 2014 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), as well as a flawed report by former Senator Tom Coburn— fails to capture an understanding of what is necessary to rebuild our low income communities and address the challenges of attracting investments in economically distressed areas where the private markets provides insufficient capital. The principal impediment to economic growth in many of our urban neighborhoods and rural communities is the lack of patient, flexible capital. The NMTC is the principal federal tool for increasing the flow of private sector capital to distressed communities. In fact, a 2007 survey conducted by the GAO acknowledged that 88 percent of federal NMTC investors would not have made their investments, if not for the incentive of the Credit. The survey also found that 69 percent of investors had not previously made any investments in these communities, which illustrates that the federal NMTC is doing what was intended—encouraging private investments in distressed communities and neighborhoods to drive economic growth, and to create and retain jobs. Under the federal NMTC, investors receive a modest return, while...

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NMTC supports innovative manufacturing project in Tallahassee, FL

The New Markets Tax Credit continues to serve as an effective tool to create manufacturing jobs. Last year, thanks to $12.5 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing from the Florida Community Loan Fund, construction began on SolarSink, LLC’s innovative new manufacturing facility: SolarSink, LLC will produce heatsink technology and create a solar array on a 5-acre site, utilizing innovative technology developed in conjuction with Florida State University. This technology allows solar energy to be efficiently converted to electricity, ad power produced will be used in the manufacturing facility, other local businesses, and sold to the municipality’s power grid. This project is in a highly distressed census tract with 49% poverty rate and will provide 137 temporary and 55 permanent jobs. Read more about the project at the Florida Community Loan Fund’s website or in a recent issue of Florida Trend, a Florida focused business...

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Neal extols the virtues of NMTC at the small business markup

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Camp and Tiberi plan review of tax extenders in April

Reps. Tiberi (R-OH) and Camp (R-MI) plan to hold a hearing to review individual tax extenders (including the New Markets Tax Credit) in April. The Hill has a story, and you can read their release below: Camp, Tiberi: Review of “Extenders” to Start in April Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) issued the following statement: “Far too many provisions in the tax code are temporary, making it hard for employers to plan, invest and create new jobs for American families. That is one reason why we are committed to comprehensive tax reform. An important part of comprehensive reform is to conduct a thorough review of the various targeted provisions in the Code commonly referred to as ‘tax extenders.’ In 2010, House Republicans led the charge to review these provisions and over 70 (estimated at over $100 billion) were cleaned out of the Code. In 2012, we must again examine these extenders, and the Committee will begin that process after the April recess. We look forward to hearing from interested parties about the merits of these tax policies.” NOTE: The exact date, time, and format of a tax extender hearing has not yet been set and will be formally announced by the Committee at a future date. However, Chairmen Camp and Tiberi expect the date will be in...

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