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Tax Credit Finance Resource Center

Tax credit programs allow businesses and investors to claim a dollar for dollar tax credit for committing resources to a project or business. Tax credits reduce a taxpayer’s tax liability. They are not a deduction. Rather they come off of the taxpayer’s total tax liability. In order to receive a tax credit, an investor must demonstrate that their investment has been made. Such a resource commitment could be an investment in a bricks and mortar real estate project or a cash investment in a business. The distributor of the tax credit is authorized to issue credit based on the actual outlay of resources as evidenced by the investor. Tax credits can be used for several purposes in development projects: to provide an increased internal rate of return for investors, to reduce the interest rates on a particular financing package, and perhaps most importantly, to provide a repayment method for investors in place of cash. In the latter case, the credits can often be sold on the secondary market to generate income.

Tax credits are also flexible. They can be used in urban, rural and suburban communities, and in some cases on a regional basis. They can also provide a targeted impact by addressing many different community sectors, such as low-income neighborhoods, historic districts and underserved markets that present opportunities for new investment. There are three main federal tax credit programs – New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. There are also dozens of state tax credit programs.

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+Understanding Tax Credits

Tax Credits are a useful tool for development finance professionals. CDFA has collected many resources to help you understand this important tool.

Assembling Capital for Mixed-Use Development
Thomas Porter, Director of Commercial Lending at the Vermont Economic Development Authority, discusses unique development financing solutions for mixed-use development.
New Market Tax Credits and Brownfields
Jim Walker discusses how the ability of the NMTC program to expand the availability of credit, investment capital, and financial services in distressed urban and rural communities makes this financing tool a viable option for brownfields redevelopments. Through best practices and case studies, this session examines the NMTC structure that's been shown to produce financing and attract developers to brownfield projects in Florida.
Financing for Attainable Housing
Mitch Rosenstein discusses how the workforce housing movement is building in Florida and talks about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing and affordable housing available.
SC Legislative Update
Sara Hazzard with SCEDA and Tushar Chikhliker with Nexsen Pruet discuss the latest legislative updates in South Carolina. What development finance topics are being discussed in the statehouse? Is there recent legislation that will have an impact on the economic development industry?
2017 CDFA Michigan Financing Roundtable Webinar
The 2017 CDFA Michigan Financing Roundtable Webinar discusses the latest and greatest in Development Finance across the state. The webinar includes two sessions: Development Finance Current Events Review and The Michigan Bond Market. Experts, Craig Hammond with Dickinson Wright PLLC, Joshua Hundt with Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and Todd Parker with Michigan Saves begin the webinar by presenting exciting developments in the state, then Ian Koffler and Steve Mann with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. and Bill Roche with Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co. end with walking us through the bond financing process while exploring strategies for maximizing this financing tool in Michigan.
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+New Markets Tax Credit Resources

The NMTC Program attracts private capital into low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial intermediaries called Community Development Entities (CDEs).

Updated NMTC Census Tracts and Transition Rules
How does the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund’s release of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program census data transition affect an NMTC investment?
New Market Tax Credits and Brownfields
Jim Walker discusses how the ability of the NMTC program to expand the availability of credit, investment capital, and financial services in distressed urban and rural communities makes this financing tool a viable option for brownfields redevelopments. Through best practices and case studies, this session examines the NMTC structure that's been shown to produce financing and attract developers to brownfield projects in Florida.
New Market Tax Credits and Brownfields
Kurt Peterson discusses how the ability of the NMTC program to expand the availability of credit, investment capital, and financial services in distressed urban and rural communities makes this financing tool a viable option for brownfields redevelopments. Through best practices and case studies, this session examines the NMTC structure that's been shown to produce financing and attract developers to brownfield projects in Florida.
New Market Tax Credits and Brownfields
Inez Long discusses how the ability of the NMTC program to expand the availability of credit, investment capital, and financial services in distressed urban and rural communities makes this financing tool a viable option for brownfields redevelopments. Through best practices and case studies, this session examines the NMTC structure that's been shown to produce financing and attract developers to brownfield projects in Florida.
Financing for Attainable Housing
Mitch Rosenstein discusses how the workforce housing movement is building in Florida and talks about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing and affordable housing available.
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+Historic Tax Credit Resources

The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings.

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Financing Historic Theater Redevelopment
Historic theaters are key structures for creating a sense of place and often have a rich history of being a community's economic driver. For theaters that have fallen into disrepair, changing their fate requires vision, planning, and a commitment to financing. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, CDFA has partnered with Heritage Ohio to explore the wealth of financing tools available to redevelop historic theaters, including 501(c)(3) bonds, TIF, tax credits, and other creative programs.
Intro to Tax Credit Finance
An introduction into the various types and implications of tax credits is given by Richard Davies of CohnReznick LLP.
Commonly Used Tax Credits in South Carolina
George Strobel of State Tax Credit Exchange overviews the commonly used tax credits in South Carolina.
Getting to the Financing Tools “Nuts & Bolts”
Charlie Bartsch, Senior Program Advisor at the US Environmental Protection Agency, explains the federal tax incentives applicable to brownfields redevelopment.
21c Museum Hotel
Phillip Allen of 21c Hotels details the work they do in restoring iconic historic buildings, partnering with cities, and creating a successful capital stack for unique redevelopment projects.
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+Low Income Housing Tax Credit Resources

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) is the most important resource for creating affordable housing in the United States today.

NCSHA Recommended Practices in Housing Credit Administration
The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) have updated and revised their Recommended Practices in Housing Credit Administration. With help from industry partners, NCSHA combined their compliance monitoring polices with their allocation and underwriting polices as well as added 13 new practices and strengthened several previous practices to create the new Recommended Practices.
Financing for Attainable Housing
Mitch Rosenstein discusses how the workforce housing movement is building in Florida and talks about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing and affordable housing available.
Financing for Attainable Housing
Jim Carras discusses how the workforce housing movement is building in Florida and talks about the different financing tools that can be assembled to address the gap needed to make workforce housing and affordable housing available.
Access to Capital for Native Communities in Arizona
Joan Timeche discusses financing programs and strategies for Native communities in Arizona and considers how to leverage the available capital for even greater investment.
Historic Pike Place Market Renovation & Expansion Project
Emily Crawford and Sabina Proto present the expansion and renovation of the historic Pike Place Market. Not only does it provide a space for farmers and producers, it has become a public plaza that includes low-income housing, a neighborhood center, and director connections from downtown to the new waterfront. The project includes an array of funding through the State, City, tax credits, grants and bond financing.
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+State Tax Credit Resources

+Case Studies

Tax credits are flexible and can be used at many different levels. CDFA has collected over one hundred case study examples.

Assembling Capital for Mixed-Use Development
Thomas Porter, Director of Commercial Lending at the Vermont Economic Development Authority, discusses unique development financing solutions for mixed-use development.
Assembling Capital for Mixed-Use Development
Abby Goldenfarb discusses unique development financing solutions for mixed-use development.
New Market Tax Credits and Brownfields
Kurt Peterson discusses how the ability of the NMTC program to expand the availability of credit, investment capital, and financial services in distressed urban and rural communities makes this financing tool a viable option for brownfields redevelopments. Through best practices and case studies, this session examines the NMTC structure that's been shown to produce financing and attract developers to brownfield projects in Florida.
Creative Financing Strategies - Hahne & Co. Redevelopment, Newark
Unique development financing solutions are increasingly sought after to complete projects of all sizes, and it is often necessary to find creative approaches that involve combining multiple financing tools. Mathew Abraham of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority discusses the Hahne & Co. Redevelopment project in Newark.
A Look at Financing First Time Farmers in Iowa
Tammy Nebola from the Iowa Agricultural Development Division of the Iowa Finance Authority discusses farming in Iowa and what it takes to finance first time farmers around the state.
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+Headlines

Communities throughout the country use tax credits every day and CDFA collects headlines on projects and news daily.

Understanding the Impacts of TCJA on TCs
The National Law Review | Jan. 17 | Legislative | Tax Credits
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+Publications

CDFA publishes several guides that discuss tax credit finance. Purchase them today in the CDFA Bookstore.

DFCP Study Pack
The DFCP Complete Book Package contains all of the reference guides to study for the DFCP final exam at a 10% discount.
Practitioner's Guide to Economic Development Finance 2nd Edition
The Practitioner's Guide provides the insight and practical information needed to critically understand how economic development is financed and the tools, strategies and techniques used to build strong communities.
Tax Credit Finance Reference Guide
The Tax Credit Finance Reference Guide provides an exploratory overview of how communities can use tax credit finance programs to support economic growth. This guide examines how to effectively apply tax credits to development opportunities, and explains the basics of tax credits and the fundamentals of using these tools.
Unlocking Capital: A Handbook for Becoming a High Performing Development Finance Agency
The Handbook is designed to be a starting point for local leaders to engage in the creation or acceleration of a DFA to build and utilize the development finance toolbox.
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+Training Courses

CDFA Offers two tax credit courses on an annual basis.

The Intro Tax Credit Finance WebCourse examines the application of tax credit programs in greater economic development finance efforts. This course will discuss the practical application of tax credit programs including brownfields, new markets, low income housing, historic preservation, and state-specific programs.

The Fundamentals Course will help you understand the variety of development finance tools available, from bonds, tax credits and TIF, to federal financing programs, RLFs, and access to capital lending resources.

+Webcasts

CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Making the Most of $7B in NMTC Allocation
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, our expert speakers provided an inside look into how New Markets Tax Credits can be leveraged and considered opportunities that the double allocation round creates for qualifying projects.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Exploring the Newark Development Renaissance
During this CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast, explore financing programs and investment strategies that Newark, New Jersey has employed to encourage redevelopment in the city.
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: Framing the National Incentives Discussion
In this edition of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, Ellen Harpel from Smart Incentives, Dan Breen from Jones Lang LaSalle, and Heidi Springer from New York Grant Company each give their perspectives of the incentives landscape.
CDFA Brownfields Financing Webinar Series: New Investments with NMTC
As part of the CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program, this third installment of the Brownfields Financing Webinar Series focuses on the recent allocation of $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit awards by the U.S. Treasury Department’s CDFI fund and the significant potential this tool has to support the financing of brownfields cleanup and redevelopment.
CDFA-Stifel Webcast: Downtown Revitalization Finance Strategies
In the second installment of the CDFA-Stifel Small, Medium and Rural Community Development Finance Webcast Series, speakers focus on small town and rural community downtowns, and how to successfully revitalize them through creative financing structures.
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