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HTCC Publishes Safe Harbor Recommended Practices

WASHINGTON – April 20, 2015

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The Historic Tax Credit Coalition (HTCC) published recommended practices for closing federal historic tax credit (HTC) investments intended to satisfy the requirements of Rev. Proc. 2014-12. Topics include the investor’s partnership interest, fees, lease terms, disproportionate distributions, investor’s capital contributions, flips, guarantees and options.

Tune into the April 28 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast for more information

Historic Preservation Groups Invite Others to Sign On to Letter Supporting HTC

WASHINGTON – March 27, 2015

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Five historic preservation groups are circulating a sign-on letter in support of the federal historic tax credit (HTC). The letter urges the Senate Finance Committee to protect and enhance the HTC during tax reform efforts. Stakeholders argue that weakening or eliminating the HTC would endanger the economic feasibility of nearly all historic rehabilitation projects. The letter is headed by the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Action. Parties interested in signing on to the letter should email Carl Wolf at cwolf@savingplaces.org by April 13.

Tune in to the April 7 Tax Credit Tuesday podcast  to learn more about the sign on letter and efforts to protect the HTC.

Arkansas Extends, Clarifies Historic Tax Credit Program

WASHINGTON – March 26, 2015

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed into law Act 567, which extends the state historic tax credit (HTC) program through 2027. The legislation amends the Arkansas Historic Rehabilitation Income Tax Credit Act to define “certified rehabilitation” as the total of appropriate and approved rehabilitation work on an eligible property that results in a substantial rehabilitation of an eligible property that has been issued an eligibility certificate. Act 567 also adds a provision to the statute that allows each eligible property to receive the state historic tax credit only once in any 24-month period, beginning with the March 20 effective date of the act.

Tune into the March 31episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast to learn more about the legislation.

Senate Tax Reform Working Group Seeks Comments

WASHINGTON – March 11, 2015

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The Senate Finance Committee today announced that its tax reform working groups are seeking comments from the public as they work to advance tax reform efforts in the 114th Congress. The five working groups are community development and infrastructure; business income tax; individual income tax; international tax; and savings and investment. The community and infrastructure group’s jurisdiction includes the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), the new markets tax credit (NMTC) and the historic tax credit (HTC). The business tax reform group’s jurisdiction includes renewable energy tax credits (RETCs). Comments will be accepted through April 15.

Tune into the March 17 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast for more information.

Reports: NPS Approved $5.98 Billion in Proposed HTC Investment in FY 2014

WASHINGTON – March 2, 2015

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The National Park Service (NPS) on Saturday released its Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2014 and a supplementary Statistical Report and Analysis for Fiscal Year 2014. According to the reports, NPS approved 1,156 proposed projects worth $5.98 billion in rehabilitation work in fiscal year (FY) 2014. Completed projects certified in FY 2014 created an estimated 77,762 jobs, and more than 50 percent of completed projects certified in FY 2014 used both federal and state historic tax credits.

Tune into the March 10 Tax Credit Tuesday podcast to hear more about the reports’ findings.

IRS Clarifies Income Inclusion Amount Under Section 50(d)(5)

WASHINGTON – Feb. 2, 2015

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last week issued Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum 201505038, which addresses the amount of additional income required to be recognized by a lessee in a historic tax credit (HTC) transaction using a lease pass-through structure. The memorandum states that the additional income, often known as 50(d) income, is 100 percent of the credit allowable. There had been some question as to whether 50(d) income is based on 50 percent or 100 percent of the allowable credit.

Tune into the Feb. 3 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast for more information.

Senate Finance Committee Announces Tax Reform Working Groups

WASHINGTON – Jan. 15, 2015

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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced the co-chairs of the five working groups they created to advance tax-reform efforts in the 114th Congress. The groups will work with the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) to review current tax law, analyze available reform options and produce a comprehensive report that can serve as a foundation for bipartisan tax reform legislation. The report is expected to be released by the end of May.

The five working groups are community development and infrastructure, co-chaired by Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; business income tax, co-chaired by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., Ben Cardin, D-Md.; individual income tax, co-chaired by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; international tax, co-chaired by Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; and savings and investment, co-chaired by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. The community and infrastructure group will encompass the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), the new markets tax credit (NMTC) and the historic tax credit (HTC), and the business tax reform group will encompass renewable energy tax credits (RETCs).

Tune into the Jan. 20 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast for more information.

Camp Introduces Tax Reform Legislation; Senate Finance Committee GOP Staff Releases Tax Reform Report

WASHINGTON – Dec. 11, 2014

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Today House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., officially introduced H.R. 1, the Tax Reform Act of 2014. Camp’s legislation proposes formalizing the tax reform discussion draft released last February. It retains the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), doesn’t mention the new markets tax credit (NMTC) and proposes the repeal of the historic tax credit (HTC) and renewable energy tax credits (RETCs). Camp called for the legislation to “spur further action” during the 114th Congress, which begins in January.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Republican staff today released a report titled “Comprehensive Tax Reform for 2015 and Beyond,” outlining issues that policymakers will face if they attempt comprehensive tax reform in the upcoming Congress. While LIHTCs, NMTCs, HTCs and RETCs are not specifically mentioned, the report calls for “permanence and certainty,” and indicates that some tax credits should be enhanced and made permanent.  

Tune into the Dec. 16 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast to learn more.

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