Tax Credit vs. Tax Deduction

A tax credit provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction in tax liability, not just a reduction in taxable income. A $1 tax credit results in a $1 reduction in tax liability. The value of a tax deduction is equal only to the taxpayer’s bracket. For example, a $1 tax deduction for a taxpayer in a 21% tax bracket will reduce tax liability by $0.21. Tax credit developments are typically structured to maximize…

Understanding the LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit)

Introducing the LIHTC The Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program is a federal tax incentive that encourages private sector investors, developers and lenders to finance, construct and operate affordable housing. Since the program’s founding in 1986, LIHTC tax credits have been allocated for the construction and rehabilitation of more than three million housing units. About one of every six units of new rental housing built in the…