What is the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program? The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program is designed to incentivize investors, through the use of tax credits, to promote economic growth in distressed communities. Inadequate access to healthcare service and education as well as the abundance of vacant or outdated commercial facilities are common in these communities. This causes an economic downturn, worsening the situation. NMTC Program strives to reverse this by attracting private investors to bring a flow of capital development in the region and reinvigorate the local economy through growing businesses and creating jobs. Project Eligibility All NMTC projects must be located in targeted areas of distress having a significant poverty rate or low median income when compared to the surrounding area or unemployment rates significantly higher than the national unemployment rate. Many types of property investments such as office, retail, industrial, educational, and healthcare real estate are allowed in the program. How It Works Private investors can invest in businesses or development projects within the qualified distressed area and over seven years can receive federal tax credits up to 39 percent of their entire Qualified Equity Investment (QEI). The investments are made via a Community Development Entity (CDE) that has been awarded allocation authority by a Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). Businesses and developers are able to get more flexible financing below-market interest rates and better underwriting terms. There are a variety of purposes for which the financing proceeds can be used, but they are most usually used to build or update real estate projects. The distressed communities can expect permanent quality jobs, improvement to access to services and good, and new construction and revitalization of the existing physical amenities in the community. This, in turn, helps to promote future development.