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IRS Provides Clarification on COVID-19 Issues

The IRS recently issued guidance relating to COVID-19 relief for LIHTC projects (July 1). The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) requested clarification from the IRS on two of the provisions in the IRS Notice (Notice 2020-53): (1) suspension…

IRS Releases Major LIHTC Program Guidance – July 1, 2020

On July 1, 2020, the IRS released an advanced copy of proposed regulations concerning low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) housing finance agency (HFA) monitoring requirements and Notice 2020-53, which provides COVID-19 related relief to issuers, owners, operators, and tenants of…

Procedures for Requesting a Private Letter Ruling

A Private Letter Ruling (PLR) is a written decision by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that is sent in response to a taxpayer’s request for guidance on unusual circumstances or complex questions about their specific tax situation. For certain transactions…

Special Needs Trust- Determination of Annual Income

Managers of affordable housing properties (e.g., Section 8 or LIHTC) must consider whether a household has assets that may contribute to the income of the household. Common assets include cash-on-hand, bank accounts, and retirement accounts. A less common type of…

Principal or Primary Residence Issue for LIHTC Housing

Virtually all affordable housing programs, including Section 8 and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), require that the lessees of the unit use apartments being rented under the applicable program as a “principal residence”.  Agencies have not provided a lot…

NCSHA Provides Updated LIHTC Compliance Forms

The National Council for State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) has released updated model compliance forms for housing credit developments. Virtually all Housing Credit agencies (HCAs) require Housing Credit development owners to use specific forms in their compliance reporting. NCSHA, in collaboration…

Determining the Income of LIHTC Applicants and Residents

The determination of income is a primary requirement when determining the eligibility of applicants and residents at Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Properties. While individual Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) have their own requirements relating to the determination of income, there…

Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019

On June 25, 2019, four U.S. Senators and three members of the House introduced the Save Affordable Housing Act of 2019. The sole purpose of this proposed legislation is to repeal the qualified contract option for the federal Low-Income Housing…

Proposed Changes to LIHTC Program

     On June 4, 2019, S. 1703, “The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019,” was introduced in the Senate. It offers some major revisions to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. If enacted into law, it would represent…

IRS Final Regulation on LIHTC Compliance Monitoring

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the IRS will publish in the Federal Register a final regulation on how state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) must monitor low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) properties for compliance with the requirements of Section 42 of…

Documents Critical to the IRS Section 42 Audit Process

DDespite a recent increase in IRS audit activity relating to Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects, audits of such projects remain relatively rare. However, such audits do occur, and owners should ensure that record retention protocols include the documents that…

Documentation of Child Custody and Support

One of the most vexing problems faced by managers of affordable housing is how to handle the counting of children when full time residence in a unit is not clear. There are many households with children in shared custody situations.…

LIHTC Lease – Important Elements

Important Elements of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Leases   With the exception of having at least a six-month initial term when a household moves into a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) property, the IRS has no specific requirements regarding leases.…

Final GAO Report on LIHTC Program – September 18, 2018

On September 18, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued its fourth and final report on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. This report is titled “Improved Data and Oversight Would Strengthen Cost Assessment and Fraud Risk Management.” The…

Update on State Positions Regarding Income Averaging

State Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) continue to release information regarding how they will approach the new minimum set-aside election – the “Average Income” election. As of August 1, 2018, 20 HFAs have provided some guidance on how the new election…

States Begin Issuing Average Income Set-Aside Guidance

A number of states have now begun to issue guidance regarding the implementation of the “Average-Income” minimum set-aside test, which was signed into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. Eight states have provided formal guidance. Alaska…
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