On Jan. 16, 2014, NMHC/NAA joined numerous real estate trade associations in sending a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) expressing concern over tax reform proposals that would significantly increase the cost of investment in multifamily and other properties.
Chairman Baucus' staff proposed late last year to: retroactively increase to 43 years (from 27.5 years) the depreciation period for multifamily buildings; tax depreciation recapture at a rate of up to 39.6 percent (from 25 percent); eliminating like-kind exchanges; and to repeal the Section 179D tax deduction for energy-efficient investments in commercial buildings.
Although the prospects for enacting tax reform in 2014 remain uncertain, particularly given President Obama's nomination of Chairman Baucus to become U.S. Ambassador to China, proposals put forth by Finance Committee staff will undoubtedly continue to be considered any time a tax overhaul is on the table. So the multifamily community and the real estate industry oppose proposals that would make it far more costly to invest in commercial real estate and provide housing to America's renters.
Full DocumentTax Reform Comments 2014-01
- Low-Income Housing Tax Credit
- Workforce Housing Tax Credit (WFHTC)
- Trade Group Coalition Letter to House Ways and Means Committee Opposing Proposed Tax Increases
- Real Estate Coalition Letter Regarding Like-kind Exchanges of Real Estate Under Section 1031
- Real Estate Coalition Letter to House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Regarding Proposed Tax Proposals