- Created: Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:45
- Written by Laura Proescholdt
Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is headed to President Trump’s desk, here’s an update on how tax reform will impact affordable housing development.
First, thanks to the persistent advocacy of leaders in the affordable housing sector — including MHP Investors Council members — the final bill preserves Multifamily Housing Bonds (Housing Bonds), a key resource for affordable housing development nationwide. Each year, these bonds help develop 3,400 affordable rental homes in Minnesota.
The final bill also retains, with no changes, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), and, with the modifications outlined in the Senate bill, the Historic Tax Credit (HTC).
However, despite these significant victories, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will still negatively impact affordable housing development. According to analysis by Novogradac & Company, over the next 10 years, tax reform will reduce the supply of affordable rental homes by nearly 235,000 and lead to the loss of more than 262,000 jobs. Why? The bill lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, which will likely reduce the value of LIHTC and lead to a loss of $1.7 billion or more in equity annually, according to Novogradac. The bill also modifies the way inflation is calculated for LIHTC and private activity bond allocations, a change that will negatively impact the number of units LIHTC can produce.