Feature Articles

Feature Articles



How to Document Reason for Third-Party Income Verification’s Absence

February 28, 2019    

When certifying and recertifying households, you must first try to verify the items you include in household income with third-party sources. For example, you must ask a resident’s employer to verify her employment income. But third-party sources don’t always cooperate with you by...

Share Safety Tips Regarding CO Poisoning with Site Residents

January 30, 2019    

Along with the colder weather comes the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that’s the second most common cause of non-medicinal poisoning death. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), over 10,000 people are poisoned by CO and...

How to Handle Rental Property When Calculating Household Income

January 30, 2019    

Determining annual income is an important step in determining an applicant’s eligibility for the LIHTC program. To become income eligible, an applicant’s household gross annual income must be equal to or less than the income limit applicable to your site.

Avoid Noncompliance Problems When Family Size Changes

December 23, 2018    

As a tax credit manager, you must be aware of households’ composition and how changes in the size of an existing household after the initial tenant income certification may invoke certain LIHTC rules. Generally, changes in family size don’t cause a unit to stop being income-qualified...

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...

Include Required LIHTC Documents in Site's Retention Plan

November 29, 2018    

Every year site owners submit various IRS tax forms to claim the low-income housing tax credit on their tax return. IRS examiners look at the submitted information along with internal IRS information to determine whether to conduct an audit. If an examiner wants to continue with the audit...

How to Certify Households Sharing Child Custody

November 29, 2018    

Site managers have to deal with countless situations presented to them by residents, one of which is shared custody of children. A low-income household may report to you that its members include children who are covered by a joint custody arrangement—that is, the children live part of the...

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...

Use Green Landscaping Practices to Save Money and Resources

November 13, 2018    

By Carolyn Zezima

Q&A on Tax Credit Site Leases

October 30, 2018    

When managing a tax credit site, you may be confused about what you can and can’t do when it comes to creating a lease for your low-income households. For instance, you may be unsure whether you can give households a one-month lease without putting your site owner’s tax credits at...

Conduct Detailed Interview of Households Claiming Zero Income

October 30, 2018    

Under Treasury Regulations 1.42-5(b)(1)(vii), LIHTC site owners must document each low-income tenant’s income certification with documents such as federal income tax returns and W-2 forms. The regulation makes an exception for tenants receiving housing assistance payments under Section 8....

Prepare for Winter with Fall 'To Do' List

October 30, 2018    

Each season of the year presents a different set of maintenance challenges for apartment building management. Winter represents the harshest season of wear and tear on your building. Some fall maintenance tasks are obvious—such as closing the swimming pool and draining the in-ground...