Congress Extends New Markets Tax Credit Program, Minimum 9% LIHTC rate, Wind Credit, and Bonus Depreciation

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress yesterday extends several Federal tax credit benefits critical to the development of affordable housing, low-income community development, and renewable energy. The Act authorizes the extension of the Federal New Markets Tax Credit Program for two additional years at $3.5 billion dollars of New Markets Tax Credit authority for each year. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 also extends the minimum credit rate for the Federal low-income housing tax credit of not less than 9% for non-federally subsidized new buildings for allocations made prior to January 1, 2014, the Wind production tax credit for facilities placed in service before January 1, 2014, and bonus depreciation for an additional year.