Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. introduced the Creating Prosperity through Preservation (CAPP) Act of 2012. S. 2074 would increase the federal historic tax credit (HTC) from 20 percent to 30 percent for deals with less than $5 million in qualified rehabilitation expenditures.
Tax credit syndicators are now the largest owners of apartments in the United States, according to the National Multi Housing Council's (NMHC's) 2011 NMHC 50, an annual ranking of the 50 largest apartment owners and 50 largest managers.
On March 14, the Haas Institute released the study, “Opportunity, Race, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects: An Analysis of LIHTC Developments in the San Francisco Bay Area,” which comprehensively analyzes the administration of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The Haas Institute examined LIHTC properties in the San Francisco Bay Area, and results showed that developments financed by the LIHTC in the Bay Area were relatively well distributed across boundaries of opportunity. According to the report, nearly two-thirds of LIHTC developments (64.9 percent) in the nine-county area were sited in moderate, low-, and very-low-opportunity neighborhoods during the years for which data was available (1987-2014). In addition, the Haas Institute stated that 9 percent credits were more frequently used to create housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods than 4 percent credits. However, more than 45 percent of large family developments were sited in low- and very-low-opportunity areas, with these types of properties disproportionately placed in low-opportunity areas where resources for families with children are inadequate to support healthy development and upward mobility. In addition, results indicate that 9 percent LIHTC developments are sited in neighborhoods that are not racially integrated; on a ratio of 3.78-to-1 basis, and 9 percent developments were sited in neighborhoods where 50 percent or more of the population were people of color. The report is available at www.taxcredithousing.com.
Julián Castro, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary, issued an exit memo Dec. 30, 2016, as he prepared to vacate his post. In his memo, Castro highlighted the importance of housing as a platform for opportunity. He stated that the program is needed now more than ever as potential tax reform changes could reduce the value of the tax credits through the lowering of corporate tax rates. Castro also stated that tax reform needs to be done in such a way that it’s thoughtful about the impact it will have on the LIHTC program and the housing market in general. In addition, he said it’s important for states to be smart about their qualified application plans. Castro also said there is a lot of work that can be done at the state level to get more out of the LIHTC program. In an interview, Castro also highlighted some of the work done with the program. He noted the more nuanced work that has been done to the application of difficult development areas (DDAs) and the use of ZIP codes or census tracts instead of larger areas. He said this gives a boost to the areas where it is more difficult to get an affordable housing development completed.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) March 4 released Notice 2016-23. The IRS is requesting comments on the new partnership audit regime enacted in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015...