Historic Rehabilitation Category Archives

RBCCM’s Tax Credit Equity Group Closes $65.6 Million California Fund

RBC Capital Markets Tax Credit Equity Group recently announced the closing of RBC Tax Credit Equity California Fund–5 with total tax credit equity of $65,676,225. The Fund consists of federal LIHTC equity and federal Historic Tax Credit equity. The Fund is comprised of investments in six LIHTC eligible multi-family apartment communities located throughout California, representing 707 affordable homes.

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California Passes State Historic Tax Credit, Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

The California Legislature passed S.B. 451, which would create a State Historic Tax Credit (HTC) for 20 or 25 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenses (QREs) that meet specific criteria and would be in effect from 2021 through 2026. The credit would have a statewide cap of $50 million per calendar year, with $2 million set aside for residences and $8 million set aside for developments with QREs of less than $1 million. The bill would require the Legislature to provide for the expenditure each year in appropriations and would require an annual review of the effectiveness of the credits. Governor Newsom has until Oct. 13 to sign the bill. If he doesn’t sign or veto the legislation, it becomes law.

Rep. Brady Announces Draft Tax Measure; Text to be Circulated Soon

House Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has announced he has completed a draft tax measure to fix the “retail glitch” in the new tax law and address many tax extenders.  The draft measure is expected to be circulated in the next few days. It is unclear at time of press whether any affordable housing, historic rehabilitation or New Markets Tax Credit provisions are included in Chairman Brady’s draft, which is said to include between 70-80 alterations to last year’s the tax law, HR 1.  The measure is a potential vehicle for several NH&RA priorities including fixing the 4 percent LIHTC rate, basis adjustment provisions for the historic credit and an extension of the NMTC, which is set to sunset next year.  We will update this story as it develops.

Rutgers / NPS Releases Latest Editions of Historic Tax Credit Report

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, 1,035 completed historic rehabilitation projects were certified by the NPS, representing $5.82 billion in estimated rehabilitation costs that qualify for the 20% Federal tax credit, according to the Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit in 2017.  The report was published through cooperative agreement with Rutgers University, which is responsbile fo the content of the study.  Another 1,501 proposed projects were also approved in FY 2017.  The report found that many of these projects involved buildings that were abandoned or underutilized and in need of substantial rehabilitation to return them to, or for their continued, economic viability. Based on project data provided by the NPS, PolicyMap (a web-based online data and mapping application) determined that 50% of the certified rehabilitation projects in FY 2017 were located in low- and moderate-income census tracks, and over 79% were located in economically distressed areas.

IRS Publishes Early Release Draft of HTC Form; Clarifies Credit to Be Claimed at 4 Percent Per Year for Five Years

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has issued an updated Draft Form 3468 and Draft Instructions for the 2018 tax year.  This is the form that taxpayers must submit in order to claim the federal historic tax credit, as well as several other investment and energy credits. Notably, the form answers a significant question coming out of tax-reform — when the Historic Credit was amended to be claimed “ratably” over 5 years. The form indicates that post-2017 historic credits projects not covered by the transition rules will claim the the credit at a rate of 4 percent per year over five years, beginning with the year placed in service. Prior to tax reform, the historic credit was claimed when the project was placed in service. A final release of this form is expected later this month and it is possible, though unlikely, that the draft form and its instructions could be changed

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Enhance the Historic Tax Credit, Support Needed

NH&RA encourages its members to support this important legislation. Sponsors anticipate there is an opportunity to attach the basis adjustment language to a larger legislative package that is likely to move through Congress toward the end of the year. Support for the legislation needs to come from both sides of the aisle to improve its chances of enactment.

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