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New Markets Tax Credit

CDFI Fund Combines CY 2015 and 2016 Rounds of New Markets Tax Credit Program

Combined Round Will Provide Up To $7 Billion in Allocation Authority

The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) has amended its Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA) for the calendar year (CY) 2015 round of the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program). The CDFI Fund is releasing the amended NOAA in advance of its publication in the Federal Register later this week. The NOAA has been revised to include the following:

  • The combination of the CY 2015 and the CY 2016 NMTC allocation authorities into one allocation round (the “combined CY 2015 – 2016 allocation round”); and

  • An increase in allocation authority available to award for the combined CY 2015 – 2016 round from $5.0 billion to $7.0 billion.

The NMTC Program is an important tool for communities to attract private investment for community development and economic revitalization. In December 2015, Congress authorized the program for five years. By combining the CY 2015 and CY 2016 allocation rounds, the CDFI Fund will be able to announce the allocation of New Markets Tax Credits in the year for which they are authorized, and will be able to help more communities access the benefits of the tax credits sooner.

The CDFI Fund is not re-opening the combined CY 2015 – 2016 round for new applications. All allocation determinations will be made from the existing pool of applications submitted for the CY 2015 round. The CDFI Fund received 238 applications requesting an aggregate total of $17.6 billion in NMTC allocation authority.

Currently, the CDFI Fund anticipates announcing the CY 2015 – 2016 NMTC Program allocations in late 2016.

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