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1 Laying the Foundation The Basic Rules Governing Todays Housing Tax Credit Projects

2 2 Background Part of 1986 Tax Reform to Encourage the Construction and Rehabilitation of Low-Income Rental Housing Administered by the Treasury Department and Allocated by State Agencies Contained in Section 42 of the Tax Code Emphasis on Private Sector Involvement (i.e. Developing and Managing Properties) Objective: To Provide Investor Equity to Lower Debt Service, Thereby Lowering Rents Credit is a Dollar-for-Dollar Tax Reduction Credit Amount Based on the Cost of Constructing or Rehabilitating Housing Developments

3 3 Program Requirements Minimum Percentage of LIHTC Units (20/50 or 40/60) Maximum Income Limited for Households Renting LIHTC Units Maximum Rents Limited for LIHTC Units Minimum 30-Year Affordability Commitment Projects Subject to IRS and State Regulation/Compliance

4 4 Credits Are Limited In 2000, Congress Raised Cap from $1.25 to $1.50 for 2001, $1.75 for 2002, and Thereafter Adjusted for Inflation $2.20 Per Person for 2008 (from $2.00) $2,557,500 State Minimum in 2008 (from $2,325,000) Similar Increases in 2009 State Allocation Volume Limit

5 5 Volume Limit Rules Example: – State With Three Million Population Has $6,600,000 in Credits in 2008 Allocated Amount is for One Year of Credit 10% Nonprofit Set-Aside 50% Test: Private Activity Tax-Exempt Bonds Subject to Bond Volume Cap; No Credit Allocation Needed

6 6 Qualified Allocation Plans State Must Adopt QAP to Allocate Credits QAP Must Set Forth Allocation Priorities QAP Must Give Preference To: – Lowest Incomes – Longest Period of Low-Income Use – QCT Projects Contributing to a Concerted Revitalization Plan For Allocations After 2008, QAPs Must Take Into Account Energy Efficiency and Historic Nature of Projects QAP Must Provide Procedure for Notifying IRS of Non- Compliance Bond-Financed Projects Must Satisfy QAP

7 7 Project Evaluation Credit May Not Exceed Amount State Agency Determines Is Necessary for Feasibility and Viability Agency Must Consider: – Sources and Uses – Amounts Expected to Be Generated by Tax Benefits – Reasonableness of Development and Operating Costs

8 8 Project Evaluation (Contd) Evaluation Occurs at the Time of Application, Allocation and Placement in Service Owner Must Certify as to Amount of Subsidies For Tax-Exempt Bond-Financed Projects, Issuer Must Make Similar Evaluation Agency Must Require Market Study Paid by Developer

9 9 Industry Participants Congress IRS/Department of Treasury State Tax Credit Agencies Developers/Owners Property Managers Syndicators/Investors GSEs Nonprofits State/Local Governments HUD Tenants Tax Professionals

10 10 Who Can Use Credits? C Corporations Can Use Credits and Losses Against Ordinary Income and Taxes Limitations on Closely-Held Corporations Individuals Limited Under Passive Loss Rules to Approximately $9,900/Year at the 39.6% Rate Credit May Be Used to Offset Alternative Minimum Tax (Effective for Buildings Placed in Service After 2007)

11 11 Tax Credit Development Timeline July 2008Read State QAP. Analyze Prior Winners, Meet With Staff. July 2008Pick Site, Plan Type of Project. August 2008Develop Cash Pro Formas and Construction Budget. Investigate Loan Availability and Interest Rates. Request Market Study. November 2008Option Land (With Conditions Regarding Zoning, Approvals). November 2008Apply for Soft Loans/Grants, if Necessary. December 2008Receive Soft Loan Commitment. March 2009Apply for Tax Credits. May 2009Receive Reservation of Tax Credits.

12 12 Tax Credit Development Timeline (Contd) May 2009Work on Site Plan and Zoning Approvals. Submit Applications for Construction and Permanent Loans. July 2009 Obtain Site Plan and Zoning Approvals. July 2009Purchase Land. Select Equity Investor and Execute Letter of Intent. Execute Commitment Letter for Debt/Equity. December 2009Obtain Carryover Allocation. January 2010Close on Equity Investment and Construction Loan. Begin Construction. March 2010Submit Cost Certification of 10% of Reasonably Expected Basis for Carryover Allocation (State Deadlines Vary).

13 13 Tax Credit Development Timeline (Contd) October 2011Place All Buildings in Service (required by 12/31/11). November 2011Finish Construction. Begin Leasing. January 2012 Start First Year of Credit Period. Continue Leasing. Submit Cost Certification for Forms April 2012Achieve Full Lease-up and Beginning of Break-Even Period. August 2012Close Permanent Loan, obtain IRS Forms 8609 and Achieve Final Equity Contribution.

14 14 Common Investment Structures Direct Investment Structure Syndication Structure – Proprietary (Single Investor) Funds – Multi-Investor Funds

15 15 Direct Investment Structure Corporation ABCLocal GP Developer Operating Partnership

16 16 Syndication Structure (Single Investor) Corporation ABC $$$ Syndicator GP Investment Partnership LP Local GP Developer Operating Partnership

17 17 Syndication Structure (Multi-Investor) Corp A Syndicator GP Investment Partnership LP Local GP Developer Operating Partnership Corp B Corp C Corp D

18 18 Key Business Terms Projects Owned by Limited Partnership or Limited Liability Company Limited Partner Generally Receives 99.99% of Tax Credits, Depreciation, Losses and Profits Limited Partner Makes Capital Contributions in Multiple Installments (Generally 3 or 4), Based on Negotiated Benchmarks General Partner Guarantees Completion/Stabilization, Amount (and Timing) of Credits, and Funding of Deficits

19 19 Affordability Commitment Income Restrictions Rent Restrictions

20 20 Income Restrictions Minimum Set-Aside Election of: – 20% of Units at 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), or – 40% of Units at 60% of AMI Election Upon Placement in Service Must Meet Minimum Set-Aside by End of First Credit Year HUD Publishes Area Income Figures Annually

21 21 Rent Restrictions Rent (Including Utilities) Cannot Exceed 30% of Qualifying Income for Assumed Family Size; Based on Bedrooms Per Unit Rent Limits Change Annually With Publication of New Area Median Incomes Rent Will Not Decrease Below Original Floor Gross Rent Does Not Include Section 8 (or Similar Rental Subsidies) Gross Rent Must Include Utility Allowance for Tenant- Paid Utilities (i.e., Deduct From Rent to Owner)

22 22 Length of Affordability Commitment Fifteen-Year Tax Credit Compliance Period – Continued Tenant Qualification Required – Possibility of Credit Recapture Fifteen-Year Extended Use Period – Extended Use Agreement – Early Termination of 30-Year Affordability Commitment Foreclosure (or Instrument in Lieu of Foreclosure) Qualified Contract Process

23 23 Qualified Contract Process Available under Section 42; Many States Require Waiver (Deferral) of Right in Order to Receive Credits State to Find Buyer if Requested by Owner After 14th Year Pursuant to Qualified Contract Contract Price = Outstanding Debt + Adjusted Investor Equity + Other Capital Contributions – Cash Available for Distribution If No Buyer Found Within One Year, Owner may Opt Out of Tax Credit Program (Subject to 3-Year Transition Period) IRS Issued Proposed Regulations in June 2007; Comments Received and Under Review; Public Hearing Held

24 24 Recapture Recapture on Non-Compliance: – Accelerated Portion of Credit Recaptured (1/3 of Credit First 10 Years, Decreasing Through Year 15) – If Minimum Set-Aside Fails, All Accelerated Credits Recaptured – Otherwise, Unit-by-Unit (Extent of Decrease in Qualified Basis) Full Recapture on Transfer of Project or Interest Therein – Diminimus (1/3 Ownership) Exception

25 25 Calculating Recapture Cost Recapture Tax (Up to 1/3 of Credits Previously Claimed) Additional Interest Charge No Right to Receive Future Tax Credits

26 26 Avoiding Recapture: Old Rule Recapture May be Avoided Upon the Disposition of a Building (or Interest therein) if: – Taxpayer Reasonably Expects the Building to Remain Low Income and in Compliance with LIHTC Program, and – Taxpayer Posts a Recapture Bond (or Pledges Securities) Purpose/Utility of Recapture Bond Requirement Recapture Bond Requirement Eliminated by Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008

27 27 Avoiding Recapture: New Rule The Requirement That a Bond Be Posted Upon the Disposition of a Building (or Interest Therein) to Avoid Credit Recapture is Repealed Recapture Bonds are Replaced With an Extended Period for the Statute of Limitations – Three Years Following Taxpayers Notification to the Treasury that a Recapture Event has Occurred Effective for Dispositions after 7/30/08 and for Dispositions Before 7/30/08 if Taxpayer Elects the Application of the New Provisions The Result is that Outstanding Bonds May be Retired if the Taxpayer Elects Application of These Provisions Revenue Procedure

28 28 Compliance Monitoring State Credit Agencies Monitor Projects Owners Recordkeeping Requirements: – Number of Low-Income and Total Units – Income Certifications and Annual Re-Certifications (in some cases, other than for 100% low-income) and Backup Verifications – Qualified Basis and Eligible Basis Amounts – Rent Amounts Owner Annual Compliance Certifications Check QAP for Requirements

29 29 Calculating Credit Amount Annual Credit Amount Available for 10 Full Years Credit Period Begins When a Building Is Placed in Service Unless the Taxpayer Elects to Defer the Start of the Credit Period to the Next Calendar Year First Year Credit Reduced to Reflect Qualified Occupancy During First Credit Year Annual Credit Amount = Qualified Basis X Applicable Percentage

30 30 Basis Calculations Start With Eligible Basis, Then Qualified Basis

31 31 Eligible Basis New Construction = Adjusted Basis (Generally, Development Cost Less Land) Acquisition = Acquisition Cost of Building Substantial Rehabilitation = Capitalized Rehabilitation Expenditures (24-Month Rule) Must Subtract Federal Grants 130% Increase in Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) and Difficult Development Areas (DDAs) that are either determined by HUD or by the state credit agency if not tax-exempt bond-financed

32 32 Common Areas Eligible Basis Includes Cost of Common Areas and Tenant Facilities to the Extent Such Facilities Are Made Available to All Residents Without Additional Charge Common Areas Include Community Rooms, Garages, Laundry Rooms and Pools/Playgrounds Common Areas/Tenant Facilities Must Be Used Exclusively by Tenants of the Tax Credit Property Community Service Facility Exception: Cost of Construction Community Service Facility May Be Included in Eligible Basis Even if Non-Residents Use the Facility; Allowable Basis Increased for Buildings Placed in Service After 7/30/08

33 33 Manager Units Eligible Basis Includes Cost of Constructing Units Occupied by a Full-Time Resident Manager/On-Site Maintenance Personnel Manager Units Are Excluded From the Applicable Fraction When Determining a Buildings Qualified Basis

34 34 Eligible Basis in Mixed Use Buildings Mixed Use Buildings May Qualify for Tax Credits But the Eligible Basis Must Be Reduced by the Cost of Any Non- Residential Rental Property Cost of Common Areas Allocated Between Residential and Non-Residential Use According to Any Reasonable Method That Properly Reflects the Proportional Benefits to Be Derived by the Residential/Non-Residential Property Common Approach: Allocating Cost of Common Elements Based on Relative Square Footage of Residential/Commercial Property

35 35 Qualified Basis Qualified Basis = Eligible Basis X Applicable Fraction Applicable Fraction is the Lower of: – Number of Occupied Low-Income Units Divided by the Total Number of Residential Units, or – Floor Space Fraction

36 36 Applicable Percentage With Qualified Basis Defined, Now Define Applicable Percentage Two Credit Rates: – 4% Credit = 3.37% for October 2008 (floating) – 9% Credit = Not less than 9.00% for Buildings Placed in Service After 7/30/08 and Before 12/31/13 Owner Elects to Set Applicable Percentage Either (i) When Receiving a Binding Commitment From the State (or When Tax-Exempt Bonds Issued), or (ii) When Building is Placed in Service

37 37 Example of Tax Credit Calculation 100 Unit Project/70 Low-Income Units Total Development Costs (Including Land) = $5.5m Land Value = $500k Eligible Basis = $5.0m Qualified Basis = $3.5m ($5.0m X 70%)

38 38 Example of Tax Credit Calculation (Contd) Applicable Percentage = 9.00% Annual Credit = $315,000 ($3.5m X 9.00%) 10-Year Credits = $3,150,000

39 39 Equity Calculation Pricing Typically Based on Total Credits Available to Investor (and Timing of Delivery) and Market Conditions Expressed as Cents Per Tax Credit Dollar In Above Example, if Investor Will Pay $0.80 Per Tax Credit Dollar, Equity = $2,520,001 ($3,150,000 X 99.99% X 0.80) Equity Generally Paid in Several Installments (Often 3 or 4 Installments) Based Upon Negotiated Benchmarks If Bond-Financed 4% Deal, Equity = $943,506 (($5,500,000 - $500,000) X 70% X 3.37% X 10 X 0.80 X 99.99%)

40 40 Understanding the 4% and 9% Credits Qualifying for the 4% Credit – Acquisition of Building – Tax-Exempt Bond-Financing – Federal Grant (Without Removal From Basis) Qualifying for the 9% Credit – New Construction/Rehabilitation if Building is not Federally Subsidized – New Rule: Below Market Federal Loans no longer disqualify Building from 9% Credit

41 41 4% Credit for Acquisition Based on the Acquisition Cost of an Existing Building Purchase From an Unrelated Party (10% Related Party Rule Increased to 50% for Buildings Placed in Service After 7/30/08) Ten-Year Rule Certain Placements in Service Ignored – Carryover Basis – Acquired From Decedent – Placement in Service by Governmental Unit or Nonprofit Entity – Foreclosure – Projects Substantially Assisted, Financed or Operated Under HUD or RHS Housing Programs or Similar State Housing Programs for Buildings Placed in Service After 7/30/08 (Replaces the Treasury Waiver)

42 42 Substantial Rehabilitation Requirement To Be Eligible for Acquisition Credit, Must Fulfill Substantial Rehabilitation Requirement For Credit Allocations Made and Bonds Allocated After 7/30/08, Expenditures During a 24-Month Period Selected by the Taxpayer Must Equal the Greater of: – $6,000 Per Low-Income Unit (to Be Adjusted for Inflation), or – 20% of Adjusted Basis – Increased from $3,000/10% Separate New Building 4% or 9% Credit on the Expenditures

43 43 Federally Subsidized and Below Market Federal Loans: Old Rule For Buildings Placed in Service Before 7/30/08: 4% Credit for Federally Subsidized New Construction or Rehabilitation Expenditures – Building Receives Tax-Exempt Bonds or Below Market Federal Loan Below Market Federal Loan – From Federally Appropriated Funds – Interest Rate Below AFR (in July 2008 for Long- Term Loans Compounded Annually, AFR = 4.60%) – Not Applicable for Buildings Placed in Service After 7/30/08

44 44 Exceptions From Federally Subsidized Definition HOME Loan if 40% at 50% Targeting (in Each Building) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Loans Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Loans Loan or Bond Is Subtracted From Eligible Basis Section 8 Native American Housing Assistance and Self- Determination Act (NAHASDA) of 1996 if 40% at 50% Targeting (in Each Building)

45 45 Federally Subsidized and Below Market Federal Loans: New Rule The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Eliminates the Unfavorable Treatment for Below Market Federal Loans As a Result, New Construction and Substantial Rehabilitation Expenditures will Qualify for 9% Credits Even if the Project Receives a Below Market Federal Loan Effective for Buildings Placed In Service after 7/30/08 Tax Exempt Bond Financed Projects are Still Federally Subsidized and Only Eligible for 4% Credit

46 46 9% Credit for New Construction or Substantial Rehabilitation For Buildings Placed in Service After 7/30/08: – If No Tax-Exempt Bonds – If No Federal Grants Properties Receiving 9% Credits with Below Market HOME Loans Now Eligible for 130% Boost if Located In a QCT/DDA #

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