IRS Announces 27 States to Share in $5.4 Million in Reallocated LIHTCs

Published by Michael Novogradac on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 12:00am

The Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2022-37 Monday, allocating more than $5.4 million in carryover low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) allocation to 27 states for calendar year (CY) 2022. 

Other than CY 2021, when the LIHTC carryover pool reached a 26-year high at $7.8 million, CY 2022 is the most carryover since 2007 ($6.4 million). The COVID-19 pandemic likely played a major role in this two-year high.

Blog Graphic: National 2022 LIHTC Pool Down from 2021
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Background

The carryover allocation is made up of LIHTCs that are not allocated by states but are added to a national pool and redistributed to qualified states that apply for the additional credits. To qualify for carryover allocation, a state must have allocated its entire LIHTC ceiling for the preceding calendar year. Carryover credits are often available because the allocation process sometimes results in LIHTC authority too small to be allocated to affordable housing developments.

CY 2022

As noted above, the 2022 amount is the most carryover since 2007 ($6.4 million). From 2007 through 2022, the average carryover amount is $3.3 million. While the 2022 carryover amount ($5.4 million) is lower than 2021 ($7.8 Million), it is still well above the average in recent years.

Among the 27 states that will receive 2022 carryover credits, California received the most—$982,548. That is down from last year when California received more than $1.3 million, which was the most for a single state since California received $2.4 million in carryover credits in 1995. Florida received the second most carryover allocation in CY 2022, receiving $545,418.

Blog Graphic: Five States with the Largest 2022 LIHTC Pool Allocations
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While the total amount of pool allocation was higher than average, the number of states that received a carryover allocation was lower than average. In the past decade, the average number of states to receive allocation from the national pool is 32. The 27 states in 2022 to receive a carryover allocation is the fewest in any given year over the past 10 years. By comparison, 2021 had the second lowest number of carryover awardees at 29. Eight states (Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah) that received credits in 2021 are not on the 2022 list and seven states (Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon) will receive pool credits in 2022 after not receiving them in 2021.

An important context for the carryover allocation: The national total of $5.4 million in carryover is less than 1% of the 2021 total allocation. More importantly: Unused authority should not be confused for a general lack of demand. National demand for LIHTCs remains robust.

To stay up to date on the latest LIHTC industry news, there is still time to register for the Novogradac 2022 Tax Credit Housing Finance Conference on Dec.1-2 in Las Vegas.