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Bill Introduced to Make Permanent LIHTC Floor

WASHINGTON – Feb. 26, 2015

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Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, and Richard Neal, D-Mass., today introduced a bill that would create a permanent floor for the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC). The bill would establish a fixed 9 percent LIHTC rate for new rental construction property and a fixed 4 percent LIHTC rate for existing property. The bill would apply to buildings placed in service after Dec. 31, 2014.  

Tune into the March 3 Tax Credit Tuesday podcast to learn more about the bill.

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HUD Publishes Housing Trust Fund Interim Rule

WASHINGTON – Jan. 30, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a Federal Register notice establishing interim regulations that will govern the Housing Trust Fund (HTF) and the formula that will determine how HTF funds are distributed among eligible grantees. Each of the states and the District of Columbia are to receive a minimum allocation of $3 million. Factors that determine allocation amounts are a state’s relative shortage of rental housing available to extremely low- and very low-income families; the relative number of extremely low- and very low-income renter households living in substandard, overcrowded or unaffordable units in a particular state; and construction cost adjustment factors.

Major regulation provisions include siting and neighborhood standards; income determinations; eligible costs and activities; project requirements; tenant and homeowner qualification requirements; other federal requirements; program administration regulations; and quality control provisions.

The HTF was established under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) to provide grants to state governments that would increase and preserve the supply of rental housing for extremely low- and very-low-income households and to increase homeownership for extremely low- and very-low-income households. HUD said it intends to open the interim rule for public comments once funding is available and the grantees gain experience administering the HTF program.

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

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HHS Issues 2015 Poverty Guidelines, HUD FY 2015 Income Limits Expected to Follow

WASHINGTON – Jan. 26, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Health & Human  Services (HHS) last week issued its 2015 poverty guidelines, which the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will use to update its fiscal year (FY) 2015 income limits. The HHS 2015 poverty guideline for a four-person household increased by nearly 1.7 percent compared to 2014, so counties that adjusted their extremely low-income limits up to the poverty level in 2014 will likely see another increase of around 1.7 percent for 2015.

HUD anticipates that its FY 2015 income limits will be published in February. HUD delayed publishing its FY 2015 income limits, originally expected to be released in December, because of a change in the definition of an “extremely low-income” household, which is mainly used for setting admissions targets in the Housing Choice Voucher program.  The change was made by the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, and an extremely low-income household is now defined as one with an income that does not exceed the greater of the HHS poverty guidelines or 30 percent of area median income (AMI).

The Novogradac Rent & Income Limit Calculator© will be updated with 2015 limit data as soon as it is available. Tune into the Jan. 27 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast for more information.

HUD Releases Report on LIHTC Housing Tenants

WASHINGTON – Jan. 20, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today released “Understanding Whom the LIHTC Program Serves: Tenants in LIHTC Units as of December 31, 2012,” a compilation of demographic and economic data about the tenants of housing built or rehabilitated with low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs). HUD worked with state housing agencies to collect data on ethnicity, disability status, family composition and age, household income, monthly rental payments and other facts.

Tune into the Jan. 20 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.

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Obama Signs 2014 Tax Extenders Bill

WASHINGTON – Dec. 19, 2014

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President Barack Obama today signed “The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014” (H.R. 5571), a tax incentives bill that retroactively extends through the end of 2014 most temporary tax provisions that expired at the end of 2013. The one-year extension act passed the Senate earlier this week by a vote of 76-16. The House passed the legislation 378-46 on Dec. 3.

The bill includes several provisions of interest to the tax credit community. They include an extension of the 9 percent floor for low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) allocations made for non-federally subsidized buildings before Jan. 1, 2015; an extension through the end of this year for the new markets tax credit (NMTC); and an extension of the production tax credit (PTC) for wind and certain other renewable energy sources for facilities that begin construction before the end of this year. The legislation also includes an extension of 50 percent bonus depreciation to property acquired and placed in service during 2014 (and 2015 for certain properties with a longer production period).

Tune into the Dec. 23 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast for more information.

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