On January 16, Governor Cuomo introduced the New York FY 2019 Executive Budget (“Budget”). The Budget includes a proposal to revive an emergency measure, originally passed in the wake of the Great Recession, which would defer taxpayers’ ability to claim certain tax credit amounts. Like the original version, which was passed in 2010, the Governor’s proposal would limit taxpayers to $2 million in business tax credits for tax years 2018, 2019, and 2020. The excess over $2 million would be subject to deferral and available to be claimed starting in 2021. For refundable credits (including the Brownﬁeld Credits), the deferred portion would be allowed as follows: 50% in 2021, 75% percent of the balance (eﬀectively 37.5% of the deferred portion) in 2022, and the remainder in 2023. For nonrefundable credits, the deferred portion of the credits could be claimed in the tax year beginning in 2021.
If passed, the deferral provision would aﬀect credits under the New York Brownﬁeld Cleanup Program (“Brownﬁeld Credits”), the New York credits for low income housing and the rehabilitation of historic properties, the alcoholic beverage production credit, and others. In total, thirty‐five tax credits would be subject to this provision. The ﬁlm production and post‐production tax credits and the commercial production tax credit would not be aﬀected.
Brownﬁeld projects would be hit particularly hard. Due in large part to the Brownﬁeld Credits, the market has been willing to take on signiﬁcant risk associated with cleaning up contaminated sites throughout New York. Many Brownﬁeld projects in progress are now in danger of disruption or failure due to the delay of the Brownﬁeld Credits, which are critical to the projects’ ﬁnancial viability. The eﬀect would be disproportionately harsh for aﬀordable housing projects developed on brownﬁeld sites that rely on institutional credit investors. If enacted, the proposed deferral would jeopardize dozens of brownﬁeld cleanups seeking to meet NYSDEC program deadlines.
If the bill is enacted, Brownﬁeld projects that would be most signiﬁcantly aﬀected would include:
The Governor’s proposal would require taxpayers to make quarterly 2018 estimated tax payments (beginning June 15th for most taxpayers) as if the credit deferral had been in eﬀect for the entire tax year. Taxpayers eligible for the aﬀected credits should closely monitor the status of the Governor’s proposal and be prepared to make estimated payments as if the proposal is enacted.
Please keep in mind that this is a proposal from the Governor and will not become law unless it is taken up and acted upon by the Legislature. This would likely be addressed in the overall negotiation of the ﬁscal year 2018‐19 budget (if it is taken up at all). We will be following the progress of this bill, so please look for further Alerts.
Click here to review a copy of the proposed bill.