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IRS Extends COVID-Related LIHTC, Opportunity Zones Relief

Internal Revenue Service Notice 2021-12 extends the temporary relief for qualified LIHTC projects. The 10 percent test for carryover allocations and the 24-month minimum rehabilitation expenditure period are extended until September 30. The deadline for income recertifications and compliance monitoring is extended until October 1 and the placed-in-service deadline is extended to December 31.

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OCC Publication Focuses on Bank Investments in Opportunity Zones

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published the latest edition of its Community Developments Investments newsletter, “Strengthening Communities With Opportunity Zone Investments.”

This edition of Community Developments Investments explains how banks can support distressed communities by making investments in tax-advantaged qualified opportunity funds (QOF) as part of their community development strategies. For example, the newsletter highlights transactions in which a national bank created and sponsored its own QOF. The newsletter also highlights banks that invested in QOFs sponsored by third-party intermediaries. The newsletter discusses tools that banks can use to evaluate the social and economic benefits created by QOF-financed projects in designated opportunity zones.

Earlier in 2020, the OCC published a banker-oriented fact sheet on opportunity zones. The fact sheet explains how the tax benefit operates, outlines the risks and regulatory considerations of QOF investments, and discusses how QOF investments will be considered under OCC’s recently revised Community Reinvestment Act regulations.

IRS Publishes COVID-19 Relief for Opportunity Zone Funds and Investors

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2020-39, providing guidance for investors in the Opportunity Zones (OZ) incentive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance provides that taxpayers whose last day of the 180-day period to invest capital gains in a Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) falls on or after April 1, 2020, and before December 31, 2020, to postpone the last day to December 31, 2020

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IRS Delays Opportunity Zone Investment, LIHTC Deadlines Due to COVID-19

The Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2020-23, providing additional relief to taxpayers affected by COVID-19. Among other things, the notice automatically extends the 180-day deadline to invest capital gains in a Qualified Opportunity Fund to July 15 for taxpayers with a deadline between April 1 and July 15. While the notice does not specifically reference any Housing Credit or Housing Bond deadlines, it applies the July 15 deadline to all time-sensitive actions included in IRS Revenue Procedure 2018-58, which includes numerous deadlines related to these programs.

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Opportunity and Revitalization Council Reports Findings to President Trump

On February 7, the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, chaired by HUD Secretary Ben Carson, released its one-year report on Opportunity Zones to President Trump. The report makes 43 legislative and regulatory recommendations relating to Opportunity Zones, including a call for the collection of data to assess the incentive’s value to distressed communities.

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