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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.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The United States will impose tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar panels after President Donald Trump issued a decision in response to a petition from American manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld Americas Inc.

Friday, December 22, 2017

A client alert authored by Novogradac & Company partner Stephen Tracy, CPA, highlights the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the renewable energy tax credit industry.

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).

Friday, December 15, 2017

Tax-exemption for private activity bonds, the 2018 and 2019 new markets tax credit (NMTC) allocation application rounds and a revised historic tax credit (HTC) will be retained under a final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act released by a joint House-Senate conference today. The low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) is also preserved, as are existing phasedowns for the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC).

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The U.S. Senate early today approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a party-line 51-49 vote. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. was the only Republican Senator voting no. The next step will be a conference committee to work out the differences between tax reform versions approved by the Senate and House of Representatives.

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Senate Finance Committee yesterday introduced its version of tax reform legislation. The Senate bill would retain 4 percent and 9 percent low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) and tax-exempt multifamily private activity bonds. The bill also preserves the 2018-2019 authorized new markets tax credit (NMTC) allocation rounds. The Senate bill repeals the 10 percent non-historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC) and reduces the 20 percent HTC to 10 percent.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) would be retained, while the tax exemption for private activity bonds, new markets tax credit (NMTC) and historic tax credit (HTC) would be repealed under long-awaited tax reform legislation released today by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Novogradac & Company today announced the launch of a resource center with information about current and historic tax reform proposals, www.taxreformresourcecenter.com. The new site arrives as House Republicans prepare to release tax reform legislation. The Tax Reform Resource Center contains news, legislation, advocacy, research and reports, as well as links to blog posts and other materials about tax reform.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced that those affected by California wildfires will have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. The announcement includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions that run out Oct. 16. The IRS is providing relief to seven California counties: Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Sonoma and Yuba.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Trump administration and congressional leadership today jointly released a tax reform framework  and highlights summary that would set the top corporate tax rate to 20 percent and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax (AMT). The pass-through rate would be set at 25 percent with measures to ensure that personal income and wages are not re-characterized as profits.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, this week introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which would create an investment tax credit (ITC) for the first 3,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind facilities placed into service. Rather than the current sunset dates for the ITC, which gradually drops to 10 percent after 2021, and the production tax credit (PTC), which will expire after 2019, S. 1672 would expire after reaching the MW placed-in-service limit.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Congressional leaders and White House officials today released a joint statement on tax reform, in which they expressed an expectation that comprehensive tax reform will be considered by Congress this fall. The statement pledged a lower tax rate for businesses and unprecedented capital expensing, but did not address limitations on interest deductibility. Legislators will set aside the border adjustment tax (BAT), which has been a point of contention.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, today released a letter inviting stakeholder feedback on tax reform.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking, public hearing and withdrawal of notice of proposed rulemaking concerning centralized partnership audit regime. The new regulations provide rules for partnerships under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. The proposed rules published Feb. 13, 2009, are withdrawn. Comments on the proposal must be submitted by Aug. 14.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Donald Trump today released his $4.1 trillion fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request, which includes a $7.4 billion cut to $40.7 billion for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gross discretionary funding–a 15 percent reduction that includes the elimination of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) formula grants, the HOME Investment Partnerships program and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., yesterday introduced the Clean Energy for America Act. Under the legislation’s proposed technology-neutral program, taxpayers could choose to take a production tax credit (PTC) of 2.3 cents per kilowatt hour or a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC). The proposal would repeal the phasedown for wind and solar incentives. Expired and expiring clean energy provisions would be extended through Dec. 31, 2018.