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Tax Incentives for Affordable Housing: The Low Income Housing Tax Credit

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  • Singhal, Monica
  • Dharmapala, Dhammika
  • Desai, Mihir A.

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The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) represents a novel tax expenditure program that employs “investable†tax credits to spur production of low-income rental housing. While it has grown into the largest source of new affordable housing in the U.S. and its structure is now being replicated in other programs, the LIHTC has also drawn skepticism and calls for its repeal. We provide estimates of tax expenditures under this program and discuss pricing, efficiency, and distributional effects of the program. We also consider the impacts of the recent financial crisis on the LIHTC program and explore implications of resulting policy changes and proposals.

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  • Singhal, Monica & Dharmapala, Dhammika & Desai, Mihir A., 2010. "Tax Incentives for Affordable Housing: The Low Income Housing Tax Credit," Scholarly Articles 10611680, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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    • H2 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue
    • H76 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Other Expenditure Categories
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets
    • R51 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Finance in Urban and Rural Economies

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