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February 1, 2014
Periodical News Brief
On Dec. 19, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a draft audit technique guide (ATG) for the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) program. The guide was prepared to assist IRS examiners with auditing taxpayers, usually partnerships, owning IRC §42 lowincome housing projects ...
May 2, 2017
Periodical News Brief
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
February 1, 2017
Periodical News Brief
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.
November 1, 2011
Periodical News Brief
Freddie Mac, which in June required lenders to apply for a special national designation to continue to sell and service multifamily senior housing conventional loans to the company, approved 12 lenders.
May 1, 2011
Periodical News Brief
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.
June 1, 2014
Periodical News Brief
On April 10, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., introduced the Renters Tax Credit Act of 2014 (H.R. 4479). The act would provide a renter’s credit for low-income tenants that would be administered and implemented by state agencies through a public-private partnership with property owners and lenders...
October 1, 2011
Periodical News Brief

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in a press release that it will provide tax relief to certain taxpayers in designated areas that were impacted by Hurricane Irene

February 1, 2015
Periodical News Brief

The United States Conference of Mayors released its annual report, “Hunger and Homelessness Survey: A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America’s Cities” in late December 2014. The survey analyzes the status of hunger and homelessness in 25 cities. ...

April 1, 2016
Periodical News Brief

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...

Reports and Software
The 2018 Novogradac Tax Reform Resource Guide provides an in-depth look at the general and specific impacts of the federal tax reform legislation passed at the end of 2017, so that investors, developers and others involved in various tax credit transactions can know what to expect. The 2018 Novogradac Tax Reform Resource Guide includes a general section on changes made in the legislation (P.L. 115-97), including business tax changes, corporate tax changes and noncorporate tax updates in such areas as cost recovery changes, business interest expense limitation, new tax rates and more. The guide also includes individual chapters on how the changes affect the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC), new markets tax credit (NMTC), renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) and production tax credit (PTC), plus a section on the new opportunity zones incentive created by the tax reform legislation. The guide also includes an index and appendices, with links to important documents. The report contains guidance informed by Novogradac’s nearly 30 years of experience with the tax code and the tax credit programs associated with it.
January 5, 2018
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