We are in an era in which more and more sites being considered by developers will be Brownfields sites, and in order to continue to foster economic growth, the creation of jobs, increase tax revenue by stimulating the production of housing, commercial, and retail spaces for our workforce and citizens, the Commonwealth has a decided interest in ensuring that Brownfields sites be remediated, and the Brownfields Tax Credits is an effective tool to achieve that goal. Many times, once a cleanup has been achieved and the LSP's engagement is concluded, the client moves forward with their development of the site without consideration of the BTC. The market for the BTC is growing and stabilizing, and, being a certificated tax credit, the BTC is attractive to an increasing pool of buyers due to its dollar-for-dollar credit against Massachusetts taxes, low risk of recapture by the DOR (as the environmental solution precedes the BTC's issuance), and the statutory language that allows buyers to not be affiliated or connected with the project in any manner whatsoever. The BTC is no different from other tax credits, but practically speaking, it is a "certificated" credit which makes transfer more efficient, the risk of recapture is low, and there are no ongoing compliance and accounting requirements, all of which are elements that are prevalent in, and serve to complicate, other types of tax credits.
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