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June 2018

PHFA Issues Second Draft Allocation Plan for Program Years 2019-2020

PHFA_logo_300The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has issued a second draft of their 2019-2020 Allocation Plan for low-income housing tax credits.

According to the draft Allocation Plan, applicants will be required to submit an Intent to Submit Fact Sheet and Development Synopsis to PHFA on or before August 31, 2018. The final applications will be due to PHFA by 3 pm on November 16, 2018.

A number of changes have been made since the first draft of the 2019 Allocation Plan was released. A few of those changes include:

  • The addition of Income Averaging language and several related changes
  • A change in the time period the allocation plan covers (the new draft covers the 2019 and 2020 years)
  • An increased required length of the Restrictive Covenant Agreement to 35 years.

You can read the revised draft allocation plan here.

Written comments on the draft allocation plan are due to PHFA by July 10, 2018.

A Pre-Application meeting will be held by PHFA on August 7, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg/Hershey.

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IRS Updates Form 8609 to Include "Average Income" Option

IRSOn May 31, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published an updated version of Form 8609, which is the form owners file with the IRS in order to claim low-income housing tax credits.

The updated version includes an additional minimum set-aside option under line 10c on the form – the “average income” option. Owners may benefit from selecting the new set-aside option, bringing with it the opportunity to offer affordable housing to renters earning up to 80% of area median income. Owners should seek the advice of their accountant prior to filing Form 8609.

While the updated form is available on the IRS website, updated instructions have not yet been released.

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