Treasury Issues Final NMTC Regulations

On September 28th the Department of Treasury issued final regulations modifying the New Markets Tax Credit Program to facilitate and encourage investments in non-real estate businesses in low-income communities. To address the concern that an investment in a non-real estate business would result in a liquidity event for the community development entity prior to the expiration of the 7 year compliance period, the final regulations provide that a CDE may reinvest a qualified low-income community investment during the compliance period in a “qualifying entity” provided that such reinvestment occurs within 30 days. A “qualifying entity” is defined as a certified CDFI or an entity designed by the Secretary of the Treasury. The regulations define a non-real estate qualified active low-income community business as any business whose predominant business activity (measured by more than 50% of the business’ gross income) does not include the development, management or leasing or real estate.