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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Markets Tax Credit: An Introduction

Donald J. Marples
Section Research Manager

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) is a non-refundable tax credit intended to encourage private capital investment in eligible, impoverished, low-income communities. NMTCs are allocated by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI), a bureau within the United States Department of the Treasury, under a competitive application process. Investors who make qualified equity investments reduce their federal income tax liability by claiming the credit. The NMTC program, enacted in 2000, is currently authorized to allocate $33 billion through the end of 2011. To date, the CDFI has made 495 awards totaling $26 billion in NMTC’s allocation authority.

The 111
th Congress extended and modified the NMTC program authorization. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5, increased the NMTC allocation for 2008 and 2009 to $5 billion from $3.5 billion. Further, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-312) extended the NMTC authorization through 2011 at $3.5 billion per year.

Date of Report: January 7, 2011
Number of Pages: 10
Order Number: RL34402
Price: $29.95

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