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Administration Releases FY 2017 Budget

WASHINGTON – Feb. 9, 2016

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President Barack Obama today released his $4.2 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, the final budget request of his presidency. For the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the budget requests $48.9 billion in gross discretionary funding, a 15 percent increase over FY 2016. The budget also calls for a new $11 billion in mandatory spending over the next 10 years for programs to house homeless families, including $8.8 billion for housing choice vouchers and $2.2 billion for short-term assistance.

The budget proposes changes to reform and expand the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, including allowing states to convert up to 18 percent of each state’s private-activity bond volume cap into additional LIHTC authority; allowing the income-average rule for LIHTC eligibility; adding to the selection criteria for LIHTC allocation the preservation of federally assisted affordable housing; making affirmatively furthering fair housing an explicit preference in qualified allocation plans (QAPs); allowing HUD to designate as a qualified census tract (QCT) any census tract that meets certain criteria for the prevalence of poverty or low-income households; and adding protection for victims of domestic violence as a mandatory provision of the long-term-use agreement. The proposal would also modify and permanently extend the new markets tax credit (NMTC) at $5 billion and the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC).

Further analysis will be available on the Notes from Novogradac blog.

 

Enterprise Recommends Doubling LIHTC Allocations, Making NMTC Permanent

COLUMBIA, Md. – Feb. 4, 2016

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Enterprise Community Partners Inc., a national nonprofit organization, today proposed several affordable housing and economic development policies to strengthen communities in, “An Investment Opportunity: A Bold New Vision for Housing Policy in the U.S.” The proposals include gradually doubling annual allocations of the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTCs), expanding funding for the Section 8 program, promoting mixed-income developments and making permanent and significantly expanding the new markets tax credit (NMTC). Enterprise also recommended creating a new federal tax credit for private investments into community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and other community investment entities.

 

Capital Magnet Fund FY 2016 Funding Round Opens

WASHINGTON– Feb. 2, 2016

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today opened the fiscal year (FY) 2016 funding round for the Capital Magnet Fund. The Capital Magnet Fund is a competitive grant program through which CDFIs and qualified nonprofit housing organizations receive awards to finance affordable housing and economic development activities in underserved areas.  The CDFI Fund estimates that about $80 million will be available through the Capital Magnet Fund’s FY 2016 round. The deadline to apply is March 16 for submissions through Grants.gov or March 30 for submissions through the CDFI Fund’s Award Management Information System (AMIS).

 

FHA Updates MAP Guide

WASHINGTON– Feb. 2, 2016

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The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today released an updated Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide that combines all FHA multifamily underwriting guidance into one document. The updated MAP Guide includes revised chapters that discuss the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and other tax credits, as well as master lease structuring to facilitate the use of new markets tax credits (NMTCs) and historic tax credits (HTCs). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said the revised MAP Guide is intended to streamline loan application approvals and to promote consistency across all HUD processing offices. Requirements of the revised guide apply to loans for which an initial application for firm commitment is submitted by May 28.

 

CDEs Request $17.6 Billion in 2015 NMTC Round

WASHINGTON– Jan. 25, 2016

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today announced that it received 238 applications from community development entities (CDEs) requesting a combined $17.6 billion in allocation authority under the 2015 round of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. The requested amount is five times the $3.5 billion in authority available for the 2015 round. Applicants in the 13th round are headquartered in 43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.

Through the first 12 rounds of the NMTC program, the CDFI Fund has made 912 awards totaling $43.5 billion in tax credit allocation authority. This includes $3 billion in Recovery Act Awards and $1 billion for Gulf Opportunity Zones.

 

CDFI Fund Opens Application Period for Bond Guarantee Program

WASHINGTON– Jan. 5, 2016

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today opened the fiscal year (FY) 2016 application period for its bond guarantee program in anticipation of the publication of a Notice of Guarantee Authority (NOGA) in the Federal Register later this week.

The NOGA makes $750 million in bond guarantee authority available to CDFIs in 2016. The application materials are now available.

Tune in to the Jan. 12 Tax Credit Tuesday podcast for more information.

 

President Signs FY2016 Omnibus, Tax Extenders Legislation

WASHINGTON– Dec. 18, 2015

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President Barack Obama today signed the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 and the tax-extending, $680 billion, Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. The bills include provisions to permanently extend the minimum 9 percent low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), extend the new markets tax credit (NMTC) for five years at $3.5 billion annually through 2019, and extend and gradually phase down the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC) through 2021.

For more detailed information on the bills, see the Notes from Novogradac blog.

 

Congress Unveils FY2016 Omnibus Spending Bill, Extenders Legislation

WASHINGTON– Dec. 16, 2015

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The House Appropriations Committee today released the $1.1 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The fiscal year (FY) 2016 omnibus spending bill provides $38.6 billion net spending for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including:

  • $950 million for the HOME Investment Partnerships program,
  • $19.6 billion for the Housing Choice Voucher program,
  • $10.6 billion for renewal of project-based rental assistance contracts and
  • $2.3 billion for homeless assistance grants, among numerous other programs.

The spending bill also extends the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy through 2016 at prior levels, phasing them out after 2019. The legislation extends the temporary 30 percent solar ITC and the temporary credit for solar residential energy through 2019, then phases the 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) out after 2021. The House will likely vote on the bill Friday.

In other news, House and Senate leadership yesterday announced the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, a $650 billion extenders bill that extends or makes permanent several temporary tax provisions. The bill:

  • makes permanent the minimum 9 percent low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) applicable percentage or rate for federally unsubsidized developments,
  • extends the new markets tax credit (NMTC) for five years at $3.5 billion annually through 2019,
  • and makes permanent the military housing allowance exclusion for LIHTC income qualification for personnel stationed at or near certain military bases.

The House will consider it on Thursday. The Senate could consider it shortly thereafter on Friday, but if some Senators decide to slow consideration, it could take until Dec. 22 for final passage. The president is expected to sign it. More information about the extenders bill can be found in the section-by-section summary here and on the Notes from Novogradac blog. More information on the omnibus will also be available on the Notes from the Novogradac blog.

Chairman Brady Releases Tax Extenders Proposal

WASHINGTON – Dec. 8, 2015

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, yesterday proposed an amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 34 that would extend through 2016 several temporary tax provisions that expired at the end of calendar year 2014, also known as the “tax extenders.”

 The bill would:

  • extend the 9 percent minimum credit rate for low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) allocations made for non-federally subsidized new buildings before 2017;
  • extend through the end of 2016 the military housing allowance exclusion for determining LIHTC tenant eligibility;
  • authorize the new markets tax credit (NMTC) at $3.5 billion annually for 2015 and 2016;
  • extend and modify bonus depreciation for property acquired and placed in service during 2015 or 2016;
  • extend the energy-efficient credit for new homes through 2016;
  • extend the energy-efficient commercial buildings deduction through 2016;
  • and extend the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) for wind and certain other energy facilities that commence construction by the end of 2016.

The legislation includes technical changes to the partnership audit provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, additional tax policy changes and reforms to the IRS. A section-by-section summary can be found here.

Learn more about the extenders proposal on the Notes from Novogradac blog.

CDFI Fund Updates NMTC Certification, Compliance and Monitoring FAQs

WASHINGTON – Dec. 4, 2015

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for new markets tax credit (NMTC) compliance. The updated Certification, Compliance and Monitoring FAQ document replaces previous publications of the document by updating, revising and adding questions, including definitions and clarifications. More than 20 items have been updated or added since the original publication.

Included is new information on how the CDFI Fund monitors compliance with the unrelated-entity requirement in the allocation agreement and whether a qualified active low-income community business (QALICB) can use qualified low-income community investment (QLICI) proceeds to pay a debt or equity provider to monetize an asset owned or controlled by the QALICB or an affiliate.

For more information, tune in to the Dec. 8 Tax Credit Tuesday podcast.

 

 

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.

 

 

CDFI Fund Updates NMTC Guidance

WASHINGTON – Oct. 30, 2015

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today updated its NMTC Compliance Monitoring Frequently Asked Questions document. The update provides supplemental guidance on the use of qualified low-income community investments proceeds to pay a debt or equity provider to monetize an asset, and to clarify the guidance’s applicability to the calendar year 2015 new markets tax credit (NMTC) application round. The deadline to submit application questions to the CDFI Fund on the 2015 NMTC allocation round is Dec. 14 at 5 p.m. EST.  

For more information about the next NMTC allocation application round, register for the Novogradac 2015 NMTC Application Webinar that will be held Nov. 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

 

 

NMTC Application Includes Changes

WASHINGTON – Oct. 21, 2015

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Today’s release of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund’s calendar year 2015 new markets tax credit (NMTC) application includes a change meant to allow military base realignment and closure (BRAC) sites to qualify for the NMTC more easily.  BRAC sites–many of which were closed by the federal government–were added to a list of targeted service areas that help determine qualification for the NMTC. The notice of allocation availability (NOAA) included guidance on the use of qualified low-income community investment (QLICI) proceeds to repay certain debt or equity investments.

Meanwhile, the CDFI Fund’s updated Certification, Compliance Monitoring and Evaluation FAQ document includes 74 questions and answers about the program. Questions 42, 43 and 44 address the use of QLICI proceeds. The CDFI Fund also announced it will conduct two one-hour conference calls Oct. 27 and 29 to answer applicant questions.

 

CDFI Fund Opens 2015 NMTC Round

WASHINGTON – Oct. 21, 2015

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today released the notice of allocation availability (NOAA), opening the next round of competition under the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program. The NOAA makes $5 billion in tax credit authority available under the calendar year (CY) 2015 round, pending congressional authorization. Under the 2015 NOAA, applications are due Dec. 16. Allocation applicants that are not yet certified as community development entities (CDEs) must submit an application for certification as a CDE by Nov. 6 to be eligible for an NMTC allocation. Application information has also been posted online at www.newmarketscredits.com.  

The CDFI Fund announced it will conduct two one-hour conference calls to answer applicant questions Oct. 27 and 29.

Parties seeking NMTC allocation are also reminded that qualified active low-income community businesses (QALICBs) may fill out this allocation request form to have their allocation requests posted on an online list of allocation requests by state. The information will be available for public review online at www.newmarketscredits.com.

 

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.

 

 

CDFI Announces $327 Million in Bond Loans

WASHINGTON – Sept. 29, 2015

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced today that it guaranteed nine bond loans worth $327 million in fiscal year (FY) 2015. All bond proceeds provide long-term, fixed-rate capital for projects in low-income and underserved communities. The bond proceeds are provided through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program, which has now provided $852 million in bond guarantees since it was enacted as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The CDFI Bond Program funding expires at the end of the fiscal year Wednesday, although the president’s proposed budget for 2016 includes an extension of the program, subject to reauthorization by Congress.

For more information on the announcement, tune in to the Oct. 6 episode of Tax Credit Tuesday.

 

CDFI Fund Launches Awards Management Information System

WASHINGTON – Sept. 28, 2015

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The Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund today launched its Awards Management Information System (AMIS). The enterprise-wide business system will eventually support all CDFI Fund programs, replacing the myCDFIFund portal.  The CDFI Fund is transitioning to AMIS in several stages from today through fall 2016. Available now through AMIS is the community development entity (CDE) certification application, which replaces the former paper-based process. Organizations and users must also begin to manage their profiles using AMIS.

Tune in to the Oct. 6 episode of the Tax Credit Tuesday podcast to learn more.

 

Novogradac to Honor QLICIs of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO – Sept. 22, 2015

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The Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits today announced the winners of the 2015 Community Development QLICIs of the Year Awards, which recognize community development entities (CDEs) that made exceptional qualified low-income community investments (QLICIs) in the past year. Awardees were recognized in five categories: Metro, Non-Metro, Operating Business, Real Estate and Small Business. Winners will be honored Oct. 21 at the Novogradac New Markets Tax Credit Conference in Chicago.

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