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Nov 28 -- The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund), U.S. Department of the Treasury, is soliciting comments concerning the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program) Allocation and Qualified Equity Investment Tracking System (AQEI). Written comments must be received on or before January 27, 2023 to be assured of consideration.

The Department of the Treasury, through the CDFI Fund, administers the NMTC Program, which provides an incentive to investors in the form of tax credits over seven years and stimulates the provision of private investment capital that, in turn, facilitates economic and community development in low-income communities. In order to qualify for an allocation of NMTC Program authority, an entity must be certified as a qualified Community Development Entity and submit an allocation application to the CDFI Fund. Upon receipt of such applications, the CDFI Fund conducts a competitive review process to evaluate applications for the receipt of NMTC Program allocations. Entities selected to receive an NMTC Program allocation must enter into an Allocation Agreement with the CDFI Fund. The Allocation Agreement contains the terms and conditions, including all reporting requirements, associated with the receipt of a NMTC Program allocation.

The CDFI Fund requires each Allocatee to use an electronic data collection and submission system, known as the Allocation and Qualified Equity Investment Tracking System (AQEI), to report on the information related to its receipt of a Qualified Equity Investment. The CDFI Fund developed the AQEI to, among other things:

(1) enhance the Allocatee's ability to report to the CDFI Fund timely information regarding the issuance of its Qualified Equity Investments;
(2) enhance the CDFI Fund's ability to monitor the issuance of Qualified Equity Investments to ensure that no Allocatee exceeds its allocation authority and to ensure that Qualified Equity Investments are issued within the timeframes required by the Allocation Agreement and IRC § 45D;
(3) provide the CDFI Fund with basic investor data that can be aggregated and analyzed in connection with NMTC Program evaluation efforts; and
(4) provide the CDFI Fund with information about the status of Qualified Active Low-Income Community Businesses and Qualified Low-Income Community Investments at the end to the tax credit compliance period.

NMTC Program: https://www.cdfifund.gov/programs-training/programs/new-markets-tax-credit
Draft data collection instruments and technical documentation sought from CDFI by AEA.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-25781

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