Nareit Thanks Sponsors for Introducing the Multifamily Depreciation Parity Act

On Dec. 6, Nareit joined other national real estate organizations in a letter thanking the Multifamily Depreciation Parity Act’s (MDPA) lead sponsors, Senator John Thune (R-SD) in the Senate, and Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Joseph Morelle (D-NY) in the House, for introducing this critical legislation. The MDPA would correct a drafting oversight in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that requires certain multifamily buildings to be depreciated over 40 years as opposed to the congressionally intended 30 years.

Under the TCJA, multifamily property owners may elect out of limitations on interest deductibility so long as they depreciate new property under the Alternative Depreciation System (ADS) for taxable income purposes. Properties are already depreciated under ADS for purposes of calculating earnings and profits. The TCJA also reduced the ADS recovery period for multifamily property from 40 years to 30 years.

Due to a drafting oversight, the law subjects multifamily properties placed in service prior to 2018 to the old 40-year period rather than the intended new 30-year period for those companies that elect out of the interest deductibility limitations. The letter urges that this legislation should be included in any tax legislation that moves forward this year.

(Contact: Dara Bernstein at dbernstein@nareit.com)

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