What the Final Tax Reform Bill Has in Store for Housing and Development

The final version of the tax reform bill included some surprises with regard to housing and infrastructure funding mechanisms threatened in previous version of the bill.
December 18, 2017, 2pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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[Updated December 18, 2017] "House and Senate negotiators struck a compromise agreement late last week paving the way for final votes this week on tax reform," according to an article by Jason Jordan on the American Planning Association's website. "Thanks in large part of the work of planning and community development advocates, most of the imperiled infrastructure, economic development, and housing tools survived in the final legislation."

The post goes through a list of proposed tax reform items with relevance to the list of concerns mentioned above. As explained by Jordan, the final compromise version of the tax reform bill is headed to the House for a vote on Tuesday, and the Senate later in the week.

  • New Markets Tax Credit – "As with PABs, the House had proposed elimination of New Markets Tax Credits. However, the final bill maintains NMTC for 2018 and 2019 with annual $3.5 billion allocations."
  • Historic Tax Credit – "The compromise bill adopts the Senate’s approach to the Historic Tax Credit. The legislation maintains the HTC but, in a change from current law, requires investors to claim the credit over five years."
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit – "LIHTC was maintained in the legislation in its current form. The conference committee rejected proposals to eliminate the existing exemption for artist housing, as well as new provisions for rural housing. The preservation of PABs was also an essential element of maintaining the effectiveness of LIHTC."

I've just listed a sample, but the original post has more on issues like Private Activity Bonds and the Mortgage Interest Deduction. Another article by Jeremy Zremski includes additional details about the tax reform bill, with specific focus on the Historic Tax Credit.

[Update: Conor Dougherty also provides specific coverage on the expected impact of the final version of the tax reform bill for homeowners. "Today, a little under half of American homes are worth enough to justify itemizing mortgage interest and property taxes," according to Dougherty. "Under the tax legislation, that figure would fall to close to 14 percent."

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Published on Monday, December 18, 2017 in American Planning Association
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