The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) released the Notice of Allocation Availability (NOAA), which officially opens the next round of competition under the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program). The NOAA combines the calendar year (CY) 2013 and CY 2014 rounds, making $8.5 billion ($3.5 billion authorized by Congress for CY 2013 and $5 billion requested in the President’s 2014 Budget) in tax credit authority available, pending Congressional authorization.

The CDFI Fund seeks to combine the CY 2013 and CY 2014 rounds in order to achieve cost and efficiency savings to the government in addition to realigning the program calendar.  The combined round would also prevent an anticipated deficit of available NMTCs and would allow the CDFI Fund to make additional allocation awards.   

At this time, the CDFI Fund anticipates opening the CY 2015 round of the NMTC Program in the summer of 2014 with award decisions in the spring of 2015.