The accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause has introduced an interactive online mapping tool that helps users determine if a business or development project may qualify under various criteria for the New Markets Tax Credit or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program.

The NMTC made more than $30 billion in direct NMTC investments from 2003 to 2012 to businesses in low-income areas and leveraged a total of $60 billion, with the majority of these investments being in communities exhibiting severe economic distress, the firm noted. A total of 310 applications received under the 2013/2014 round of the program, requesting an aggregate total of $25.8 billion in allocation authority, are competing for a share of the $3.5 billion authorized. Through the LIHTC program, more than two million housing units have been placed in service between 1987 and 2011, with an average of more than 105,000 units placed in service each year.

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