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HUD Designates 2016 DDAs, QCTs

WASHINGTON – Nov. 20, 2015

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In Tuesday's Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish a notice designating difficult development areas (DDAs) and qualified census tracts (QCTs) for 2016 for purposes of the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC). LIHTC developments in DDAs or QCTs are eligible for as much as 30 percent more LIHTC subsidy. For the first time in 2016, DDAs inside metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) will be divided by ZIP codes, rather than counties. As a result, the newly formed small area difficult development areas (SADDAs) will be substantially smaller and more numerous.

Compared to previous designations, this notice:

  1. Provides a six-month delay in the implementation of 2016 DDAs and QCTs from Jan. 1 to July 1, 2016,
  2. Extends from one to two years the period for which previous QCT and DDA designations are effective,
  3. Describes a strengthening of the data quality standards for 2016 QCTs.

Learn more about comprehensive DDA changes on the Notes from Novogradac blog.


Obama Signs Two-Year Budget Legislation

WASHINGTON – Nov. 2, 2015

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President Barack Obama today signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The legislation suspends the debt limit through March 2017 and lifts spending limits through September 2017. The deal raises sequestration caps and increases discretionary spending by about $50 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016 and $30 billion in FY 2017, split evenly between defense and domestic spending. Congress passed the legislation last week with votes of 64-35 in the Senate and 266-167 in the House.

Read about the bill’s implications for tax credit partnerships on the Notes from Novogradac blog.


HUD Sets 2016 Operating Cost Adjustment Factors

WASHINGTON – Oct. 9, 2015

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In the Oct. 13 Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will publish a notice establishing the operating cost adjustment factors (OCAFs) for project-based assistance contracts for eligible multifamily housing properties that have an anniversary date on or after Feb. 11, 2016. The factors are used to adjust Section 8 rents in housing assistance payment contracts renewed under Sections 515 and 524 of the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform and Affordability Act of 1997. OCAFs are calculated as the sum of weighted average cost changes for wages, employee benefits, property taxes, insurance, supplies and equipment, fuel oil, electricity, natural gas and water/sewer/trash. The 2016 OCAFs are effective Feb. 11, 2016.


HUD Announces FY 2016 MIPs

WASHINGTON – Oct. 2, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the mortgage insurance premiums (MIPs) for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) multifamily, health care facilities and hospital mortgage insurance programs that have commitments to be issued or reissued in fiscal year (FY) 2016. The FY 2016 MIPs are the same as FY 2015 MIPs, which were published in the Federal Register March 31, 2014. The first-year upfront MIP fee for multifamily, health care facilities and hospital programs is 50 basis points. The FY 2016 MIPs became effective Thursday.


Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Bill

WASHINGTON – Sept. 30, 2015

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Congress today passed a stopgap spending bill that will keep the federal government funded through Dec. 11. The Senate passed the bill this morning with a vote of 78-20 and the House later approved it 277-151.  President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill today. To avoid a government shutdown, a stopgap spending bill needs to be passed before the start of the 2016 fiscal year (FY) Thursday.


HUD Announces Proposed Fair Market Rents for 2016

WASHINGTON – Sept. 3, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released the fiscal year 2016 (FY 2016) proposed fair market rents (FMRs) to determine payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts and initial rents for housing assistance payment contracts in the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (SRO) program. FMRs also serve as rent ceilings in the HOME Investments Partnerships program. A preamble addressed the upcoming publication of FMRs in the Federal Register, as well as the advance notice of proposed rulemaking on small area FMRs that was published June 2. HUD also posted the proposed FY 2016 small-area FMRs for five demonstration participants and the proposed FY 2016 exception FMRs for manufactured home spaces in the HCV program.

Tune in to the Sept. 8 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast to learn more.

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