Two New Reports Paint an Incomplete and Inaccurate Picture of the New Markets Tax Credit

The NMTC Coalition further substantiates this claim by pointing to a prior report in which the GAO found that 88 percent of investors would not have made their investments, but for the incentive of the Credit.

“The hallmark of the credit is its flexibility, which allows for diversity in projects based on needs and opportunities identified by citizens and local leaders-the vast majority of which include child and health care facilities, grocery stores, and manufacturing facilities,” said Rapoza.

Like the report from Senator Coburn, the GAO report ignores the challenges of investing in low-income communities and the success that the NMTC has in spurring revitalization in urban neighborhoods, small towns and farming communities. Furthermore, GAO does not provide an accurate analysis of the operations of the NMTC. In one such case, the GAO overestimated an investor return by 400 percent through faulty analysis. In this case, GAO authors used incomplete information based on one example in a second-party report that they could not independently verify. Consequently, GAO implies the financial structures used in NMTC transactions allow investors to receive an unduly large return on their investments, claiming a 24 percent annual return to the investor, when actual NMTC investor returns align with market rates of 6 to 7 percent annually.

“Unfortunately, some conclusions are based on misinterpreted data and flawed calculations. The Coburn report builds on those errors to cast a sensationalized and inaccurate portrayal of the NMTC,” Rapoza adds.

SOURCE New Markets Tax Credit Coalition