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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A series of new provisions for the Alabama state historic tax credit will become effective July 14. The new provisions include a requirement that any nonprofit receiving a credit must file a state tax return for the year the project is placed in service, any tax credit transferred must be valued at 85 percent or greater of the present value and the recipient of a tax credit certificate must forward a copy of the certificate to the Alabama Department of Revenue within 30 days of the date of issuance.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Legislation to eliminate the existing basis adjustment requirement for historic tax credit (HTC) properties was introduced yesterday by Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Ben Cardin, D-Md., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Reps. Darin LaHood, R-Ill., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. A press release from Sen.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Several Massachusetts tax credit programs, including the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and the historic tax credit (HTC), were expanded and extended effective May 31. H 4536 extended the state LIHTC through 2025 with $5 million per year added for properties that improve existing state or federally assisted housing, along with a five-year housing bond issue.

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Colorado state historic tax credit (HTC) was extended through 2029 and the amount of the credit was increased for structures in disaster areas or rural communities after the Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act became effective Wednesday.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Missouri enacted S.B. 590 Friday to reduce the annual state historic tax credit (HTC) program cap from $140 million to $90 million, with the possibility of an additional $30 million in tax credits for developments in qualified census tracts. The bill is effective Aug. 28.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department today published Notice 2018-43 to invite public recommendations on what should be included in the 2018-2019 priority guidance plan. The 2018-2019 priority guidance plan will identify which guidance projects that Treasury and the IRS will prioritize from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. The deadline to submit recommendations for possible inclusion in the original 2018-2019 priority guidance plan is June 15.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 668 last week to raise the cap for the Wisconsin state historic tax credit (HTC) from $500,000 to $3.5 million for all projects undertaken on the same parcel, effective July 1. Wisconsin’s state credit had no cap until last fall, when state budget legislation proposed a $5 million project cap. Walker used a line-item veto to reduce the cap to $500,000.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Treasury Department today designated qualified opportunity zones (OZs) in 15 states and three territories, the first such designations made after the creation of the areas by H.R. 1.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The final New York state fiscal year 2019 budget legislation includes a five-year extension for the state historic tax credit (HTC) and rejects Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to limit tax credit claims to $2 million per year and defer the ability of taxpayers to claim the balance until 2021.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Illinois state Rep. Michael Halpin introduced legislation to create a state historic tax credit (HTC), effective Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2029. The Bicentennial Mississippi River Region Redevelopment Historic Tax Credit would be for 25 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenses and would apply to properties in 34 of the state’s 102 counties. The aggregate limit per county would be $30 million for three of the counties and $15 million for the other 31.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The National Park Service (NPS) issued 1,501 preliminary certifications of rehabilitation with nearly $9.1 billion in rehabilitation costs under the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) program in fiscal year 2017 (FY17), according to the annual report released today by the National Park Service (NPS).

Monday, February 12, 2018

President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.4 trillion fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget would cut by 18 percent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs and would eliminate the HOME Investment Partnerships program, Community Development Block Grant program and Public Housing Capital Fund. Funding for HUD would be $6.8 billion less than annualized funding levels as per the continuing resolution for FY 2018 under the proposed FY 2019 budget.

Friday, February 9, 2018

President Trump today ended a brief government shutdown by signing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, a two-year, $300 billion increase to the defense and nondefense spending caps for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Department of Treasury today released a second-quarter update to its 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan. Guidance for Opportunity Zones created under the new tax law was added in this update.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Maryland Department of Planning has adopted amended regulations for its state historic tax credit, effective Feb. 12. The amendments clarify that qualified rehabilitation expenditures are the amount undertaken after approval of a rehabilitation plan. The regulations clarify that procedures for application for and review of certification of eligibility of the structure apply to amendments to the application as well as the original application.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A bill filed by Missouri state Sen. Daniel Hegeman this week would reduce the annual cap on the state historic tax credit (HTC) from $140 million to $50 million, effective July 1. SB 590 would also make the state HTC discretionary, limit the credit to the least amount required for a project to be feasible (with a maximum of 25 percent of eligible costs) and make residential structures ineligible for the credits. The legislation was referred to a committee.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Forty-nine Wisconsin state Legislators introduced a bill to increase the cap on state historic tax credits (HTCs) from $500,000 to $3.5 million for a single parcel. AB793 was referred to the state Committee on Ways and Means. Gov. Scott Walker used his line-item veto authority last year to reduce the state single-parcel cap from $5 million to $500,000.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Alabama Department of Revenue implemented rules effective Feb. 19 concerning improperly obtained state historic tax credits (HTCs) and the recapture of state HTCs. The rules clarify liability for improperly obtained credits and spells out that recapture will be proportionate to the recapture of federal HTCs.

Friday, December 22, 2017

President Donald Trump today signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1). The legislation, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018, preserves the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), tax exemption for private activity bonds, the 2018 and 2019 new markets tax credit (NMTC) allocation application rounds, a revised historic tax credit (HTC) and existing phasedowns for the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC).

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The House of Representatives today passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) 224-201, with 12 Republicans against it and no Democrats voting for it. The Senate passed the legislation earlier, 51-48 on a party-line vote. The tax bill preserves the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), the tax exemption for private activity bonds, the 2018 and 2019 new markets tax credit (NMTC) allocation application rounds, a revised historic tax credit (HTC) and existing phasedowns for the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC).