Transferable Tax Credits

Businesses, corporate taxpayers, and individuals may be able to reduce their federal and state tax burdens and also support certain historic, cultural, and community-driven causes by purchasing tax credits.

Many states, as well as the federal government, provide tax credits for certain investments in historic rehabilitation projects, low-income housing, film production, and other activities that spur economic growth and innovation, expand employment, and support progressive initiatives—with many opportunities expanded under the Inflation Reduction Act. 30+ states and select federal programs allow these credits to be purchased by taxpayers to reduce tax rates.

Properly selecting credits to purchase or sell, as well as overseeing the transfers, can be a complex process that consumes time and resources without guidance from professionals versed in federal and state tax credit nuances. Matching buyers to the right sellers who are unable to use credits in their business is also vital to create a foundation for success.

Credit Purchase Opportunities

Transfer prices can range from $0.70 to $1.18 per dollar of credit purchased. Credit amounts depend on if the transfer is at the federal or state level, the type of credit, the types of taxes that may be offset, and whether additional tax attributes and priority returns are passed through to the investor.

Beyond the potential to deliver a high rate of return to buyers and reduce effective tax rates, transferable tax credits can also help you:

  • Reduce your total state income tax liability
  • Diversify your investment portfolio
  • Promote the arts and film, renewable energy, historic rehabilitation, affordable housing, or other industries and causes you may support
  • Achieve sustainability goals and environmental, social, and governance requirements
  • Meet local Community Reinvestment Act requirements

Notable credit purchase opportunities also include Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits for restoration to facilities as well as federal transferable renewable energy credits under the Inflation Reduction Act.

Guidance for Credit Sales and Purchases

Whether you’re buying or selling tax credits, it’s crucial to confidently navigate the process and evaluate your options. Our professionals can help you identify the right credits to purchase or sell, negotiate terms, claim credits and more.

Make Savvy Decisions

Determine what type of transaction is best for your organization with detailed insights including:

  • Education on available credits and market pricing
  • Resources on federal and state transferable credit programs
  • Book, tax, and statutory accounting guidance for tax credit transactions

Enter Transactions Confidently

Be thoroughly prepared for transactions with our professionals helping to:

  • Perform due diligence
  • Evaluate key tax terms of agreements
  • Assist with securing tax credit insurance
  • Provide incentive consulting for applications, negotiations, modeling, and certification

Seamlessly Administer Transfers

Execute transactions smoothly when our professionals:

  • Obtain binding commitments for buying or selling a credit before or after project completion
  • Supply technical memoranda or private letter rulings
  • File necessary transfer forms
  • Perform agreed-upon procedures and other incentive attestation services

Expansive Expertise for Credit Transfers

Our team works closely with developers, state and federal tax credit syndicators, financial institutions, insurance companies, and corporations buying and selling credits.

We have access to all states and markets that offer transferable tax credit programs while staying current on market pricing and legislative measures.

We maintain strong working relationships with key state agencies, tax credit decision-makers, and policy analysts that can help assist in responding appropriately and strategically to state notices or inquiries, as well as obtain guidance related to credits—informally or through formal private letter ruling. This helps keep our insights at the forefront of policy and reduce uncertainty regarding claiming, transferring, or using a credit. 

Collaboratively engaging with your organization, we provide customized options to fit your tax goals and other long-term business initiatives. Through your transactions, our professionals work to strike the proper balance between delivering high tax credit returns while reducing risk.

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