Year-End Stimulus Gives Boost to LIHTC Development, Struggling Renters

December 23, 2020    

Congressional negotiators recently struck a deal on a bipartisan year-end legislative package, which includes a change that has been advocated by LIHTC proponents for a long time. In the proposed $900 billion federal relief package, lawmakers proposed a floor rate of 4 percent, separating the...

Quiz: Calculating Income & Applying Income Limits

December 23, 2020    

Here are four questions that test your knowledge—and that of your staff—on calculating annual income and applying correct income limits to applicant households. The answers, along with explanations, follow the quiz. Special thanks to tax credit consultant Karen Graham of Karen A...

Industry Group Asks IRS to Extend LIHTC COVID-19 Relief

November 24, 2020    

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) recently sent the IRS and the Treasury Department a letter urging them to extend the temporary Housing Credit relief provided by IRS Notice 2020-53 and to make other necessary program accommodations in light of the continuing disruption of...

How to Determine Allowable Fees at LIHTC Sites

August 31, 2020    

With widespread unemployment and reduced income among renters during the coronavirus pandemic, your site might be experiencing a decline in rental income. As a result, you may be considering charging fees for certain amenities and services to offset the revenue loss and to help cover operating...

Avoid Fair Housing Fears When Rejecting Unqualified Applicants

July 30, 2020    

Many owners and managers are afraid to reject applicants who are protected by fair housing laws—even if those applicants aren’t qualified to live at their site. Owners and managers worry that if an applicant accuses them of discrimination, they’ll be stuck paying steep fines...

Federal Eviction Moratorium Applies to LIHTC Sites

April 15, 2020    

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, 2020, includes important, immediate protections for tenants. Specifically, it mandates a 120-day eviction moratorium for tenants living in certain types of properties.

HUD's New Guidance on Assistance Animals: What You Need to Know

March 11, 2020    

HUD recently issued new guidelines relating to assistance animals under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Notice FHEO-2020-01, referred to as the “Assistance Animals Notice,” replaces prior HUD guidelines from 2013 and can be found at...

IRS Clarifies Income Limits for Average-Income Set-Aside Option

February 11, 2020    

Every tax credit site must meet and maintain a minimum set-aside throughout a 15-year compliance period to qualify for the tax credit program. A minimum set-aside is the federally required minimum level of tax credit units at a site. To meet the set-aside, you must rent a certain percentage of...

Visit Online Fair Housing Resources to Get Help with Compliance

October 30, 2019    

Fair housing compliance is key to successful tax credit management. Here are five online resources for you to check out. Each site offers a product, service, or activity that can help you better understand what you must do to avoid illegally discriminating against applicants and residents at...

IRS Issues Memo on Eligible Basis Reduction Due to Common Area Noncompliance

July 24, 2019    

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel recently issued a memorandum addressing noncompliance of common areas in LIHTC sites. The memo was issued in response to a clarification request by an IRS Program Manager for Technical Issues. The memo states that its advice may not be used or cited as precedent,...

Download Five Documents to Help with Tax Credit Management

December 23, 2018    

As a tax credit owner or manager, you should familiarize yourself with key documents to help you manage your tax credit site. To make it easy for you to get these documents, we’ll discuss five useful documents you can download from the Internet. We’ll tell you about each document and...

Understanding the Placed-in-Service Dates for LIHTC Sites

November 29, 2018    

Placing a building in service—that is, making it functional within the tax credit program—can be tricky if you’re not sure what’s required and what your options are. And knowing how to place a building in service is important because it affects when your building’s...