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Good Cause Evictions – New IRS Guidance

The IRS issued a Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) memorandum on March 26, 2015 on the subject of Noncompliance Resulting from Conflicting Program Requirements in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. The memorandum was issued in order to change the advice…

HUD to Publish Proposed VAWA Regulation

HUD Secretary Julian Castro announced on March 25, 2015 that HUD’s proposed regulation implementing the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) will shortly be published in the Federal Register. The rule will implement the VAWA 2013, which expands…

Understanding Military Income and Allowances

I get many questions from managers regarding how to deal with and verify income for members of the military. Understanding the military pay system is confusing even for those in the military; it can be impossible for persons not familiar…

Employee Unit Rent

As I indicated in a memo I sent to clients on November 7, 2014, the IRS will not consider the charging of rent or utilities for employee or security officer units to be an audit issue. This position is stated…

2015 Income Limits

On March 6, 2015, HUD published the 2014 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits for the LIHTC and Bond projects are published separately from the limits…

Poverty Guidelines Published by HHS – Income Limits to Follow

On January 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services published the 2015 Poverty Guidelines in the Federal Register. These guidelines are used to determine financial eligibility for certain federal programs, including HUD Subsidized housing programs. HUD had…

E-Book on LIHTC Compliance Now Available

As you well know, the federal low-income housing tax credit program is complicated. Staying in compliance with all of the program’s rules – and successfully interpreting the gray areas – is essential for all of the players involved in projects:…

Documents to Retain for LIHTC Projects

Documents to Retain for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects   In September 2014, the IRS published the Audit Guide for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Projects. This guide is intended to assist IRS agents during an examination of a Section 42…

Disaster Relief Rules – IRS Revenue Notice 2014-49

Disaster Relief Rules   Revenue Procedure 2014-49 This IRS Revenue Procedure provides temporary relief from certain requirements of §42 of the Internal Revenue Code (the LIHTC Program) for Agencies and owners if certain areas have been impacted by a major…

Citi Bank Loan Program

Developers looking to put together LIHTC deals in California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Delaware, Washington DC, and Florida have a new financing option available to them.   Citi Bank has released guidance for its new affordable rental-housing program – The…

Social Security COLA Announced

The federal government announced on October 22, 2014 that the Social Security Cost of Live Adjustment (COLA) for 2015 will be 1.7%. This will increase the monthly pension for the average retired worker by $22 per month. This is up from…

Changes in Administration of State Supplementary Payments (SSP)

Almost all states have a Supplementary Payments (SSP) Program, which supplements the Federal Supplemental Security benefit (SSI), which is administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In the past, many states had their program administered by the SSA, making it…

HUD REAC Rules Updated (August 12, 2014)

HUD released HUD Compilation Bulletin on August 12, 2014, providing updated guidance to REAC inspectors regarding when certain areas of properties are not to be inspected for REAC purposes and changing the way certain inspection elements will be reviewed. These…

HUD Updates List of Federally Mandated Income Exclusions

HUD is required to periodically publish in the Federal Register a notice that lists amounts specifically excluded by any Federal Statute from consideration as income for purposes of determining eligibility or benefits in a HUD program. The last such notice…

HUD to Ease PHA Income Verification Requirements

HUD is in the process of preparing new rules that will allow public housing authorities (PHAs) to drastically alter the income verification requirements for public housing and Section 8 Voucher tenants. These changes could impact owners of Low-Income Housing Tax…

Farm Bill Protects Rural Area Designation

After a three-year struggle, the Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) was finally passed by Congress on February 4, 2014, and will now go to the President, who has indicated that he will sign the bill into law. The 357 page bill…

Nonprofit Set-Aside Issues for LIHTC Properties

IRC §42(h)(5) requires that a portion of each state’s annual credit ceiling be set aside for allocation to projects involving qualified nonprofit organizations. Specifically, at least 10% of the state’s allocable credit must be set-aside for a nonprofit pool.  …

HUD Amends Verification Requirements

On December 10, 2013, HUD put online a revised transmittal for Handbook 4350.3, Chg. 4. It provided clarification for verification techniques – primarily those relating to EIV disputes and discrepancies. There is also an important change to Appendix 3, Acceptable…

2014 Income Limits Published

On December 18, 2013, HUD published the 2014 income limits for HUD programs as well as for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Tax-Exempt Bond programs. The limits for the LIHTC and Bond projects are published separately from the limits…

Developer Fees in Eligible Basis

The most important calculation in the LIHTC program – at least in terms of credit generation – is qualified basis. Qualified basis is directly related to the amount of eligible basis (Eligible Basis times Applicable Fraction = Qualified Basis). So,…
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