New Markets Tax Credit Allocation as Inexpensive Private Equity

While the demand for New Markets Tax Credit allocation is at a historical high the Duane Morris New Markets Tax Credit practice group has been successful in assisting clients identify allocation available from community development entities in which the benefit provided to the sponsor is in the form of a subordinate interest free loan in the amount of the net tax credit equity. This subordinate loan payable in 7 years and may be converted into an equity interest in the sponsor. While this form allocation may not be desirable to non-profit sponsors, the allocation provides for-profit sponsors with what is tantamount to inexpensive private equity. Projects which have the best opportunity to receive this form of New Markets Tax Credit allocation: (a) are located in non-metropolitan census tracts; (b) create significant permanent jobs: and/or (c) are supermarkets in a food desert.