Certified Housing Development Tax Credit (CHDC)

Learn about credits for investing in housing development projects in Massachusetts.

Updated: July 31, 2023


The CHDC may be available to personal income tax or corporate excise taxpayers that invest in housing development projects in Massachusetts.

The current yearly cap of the CHDC is $10,000,000. 

The Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) is responsible for determining:

  • Which housing projects qualify for the CHDC
  • The actual amount of the CHDC


The CHDC is available for up to 25% of the costs of qualified project expenditures.

The credit is allowed only:

  • For the tax year of the completed project
  • After the EOHLC notifies the Department of Revenue (DOR) that the development project is completed

Expenditures are applicable to the credit only if the date of expenditures were:

  • Put into writing by the EOHLC and
  • Sent to the DOR

Carryover and Transfer

Unused CHDCs may be carried forward for the next 10 tax years or transferred. However, the credits aren't refundable.

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