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GAO Report on RHS Subsidy Errors

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) completed a study in 2012 that examined improper RA payments by the Rural Housing Service (RHS). The study found that between 2007 and 2010, RHS made from $15 million to $35 million in errors…

Use of Residual Receipts to Offset HAP Payments (Notice H-2012-14)

HUD Notice H-2012-14 was published on August 2, 2012 requiring the use of “New Regulation” Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contracts residual receipts to offset project-based Section 8 HAP payments. This Notice applies to Section 8 New Construction/Substantial Rehabilitation…

HUD Eliminates Two Income Exclusions and Adds Others

HUD Amends List of Income Exclusions   On July 24, 2012, HUD published in the Federal Register additional types of income that are excluded from income for purposes of determining eligibility for HUD housing programs. These exclusions also apply to…

A. J. Johnson Consulting to Introduce Pre-MOR Review Service

A.  J. Johnson Consulting Services will begin offering a new service in January 2013. This service will be conducting pre-MOR reviews for properties with project-based Section 8 assistance. Those properties subject to HUD and Contract Administrator review will benefit from…

IRS Proposed Rule on Utility Allowances

The IRS has published a proposed regulation that will amend the IRS utility allowance regulation 1.42-10. This regulation outlines requirements relative to utility allowances on low-income housing tax credit buildings. The proposed regulation updates 1.42-10 to clarify that utility costs…

The Importance of Cost Segregation Studies

Cost segregation is the process of examining all the physical components of a property and classifying them based on their life expectancy for tax purposes. A major tax court case (AmeriSouth v. Commissioner (TC Memo 2012-67), March 2012) has resulted…

Dealing with Bed Bug Infestation

Bedbugs: Addressing and Preventing Outbreaks in Tax Credit Properties By A. J. Johnson             Outbreaks of bedbug infestation in apartments are increasing at an alarming rate in most metropolitan areas of the country, and low-income housing tax credit properties are…

HUD Publishes Formal Guidance on Infestation Control

On April 23, 2012, HUD published Notice H 2012-5, “Guidelines on Addressing Infestations in HUD insured and Assisted Multifamily Housing.” This guidance formalizes that in cases of infestation, owner priority should be the establishment of an Integrated Pest Management Plan…

Section 538 Web Conferences

In August and November 2012, the United Stated States Department of Agriculture will hold a series of teleconference calls and/or web conferences regarding the Section 538 Guaranteed Loan Program. These discussions are open to the public and will cover a…

Indiana Getting Tougher for Rules Infractions

Developers and developer team members who fall into noncompliance with LIHTC program rules will face tougher penalties under proposed rules issued by the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Under the proposal, which is contained in the draft 2012-2013…

High Credit Demand Leads Massachusetts to Limit Applications

The Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development (MDHCD) is proposing to limit the number of applications a sponsor can submit and an increase in minimum project sizes for 2011. Developer demand for tax credits in 2010 exceeded their availability…

Michigan Proposing New Rules to Encourage LIHTC Development

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) has proposed changes to its rules to make projects more feasible for LIHTC developers and to encourage new developers to participate in the program. A major change would eliminate the requirement that investors…

Maryland Loan Program Provides Financing for Energy Upgrades

The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (MDHCD) has established a loan program to finance improvements to energy systems for multifamily developments, single-family homes, and businesses. The program is called be SMART (Save Money and Resources Today), and if…

House 2012 Funding Bill Cuts RD Across the Board

The House passed the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2112) on June 16 in which virtually all discretionary spending was cut. The effect of the amendment will result in a reduction in funding for the Section 515 Program of $457,080,…

HUD Relaxes Restrictions on ex-Criminals in Public Housing

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan has issued a letter to public housing agencies clarifying that ex-criminals may live in public housing under certain conditions. HUD outlines only two explicit circumstances under which ex-criminals are prohibited from public housing or issuance of…

Congress Unveils New Section 8 Proposals

The House Housing Subcommittee has released a modified version of an earlier Section 8 Voucher Reform proposal, and chances for passage this year look to have improved over what they were earlier. The bill, entitled the Section 8 Savings Act,…

No More Paper Checks for Federal Benefits

Paper checks are being phased out for all federal benefit payments. Beginning May 1, 2011, anyone newly applying for Social Security, Veterans benefits or any other federal benefit, will need to choose an electronic payment method – paper checks will…
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