Using New Markets Tax Credits with 4% Housing Tax Credits

With New Markets Tax Credit allocation from community development entities the most competitive it has ever been, consideration should be given to alternative and complimentary federal tax credit and subsidy programs. As example, mixed use projects with a residential rental component which may be financed through the New Markets Tax Credit program provided that the property is non-residential rental property should consider bifurcating the project into commercial and residential components. The New Markets Tax Credit program may then be used for the commercial component and the Federal low-income housing tax credit program for the residential rental component. 4% low income housing tax credits will provide approximately the same amount of equity as the New Markets Tax Credit Program and 9% low income housing tax credits will provide significantly more tax credit equity. The tradeoff is the restriction of the rental units with respect to both the income of the tenants and the rents paid for 30 years.

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