Effective Date 9/30/11

54.01: Scope, Purpose and Applicability
54.02: Definitions
54.03: Amount of Credit Authorized
54.04: Eligible Projects
54.05: Eligible Recipients
54.06: Allotment of Credit Among Partners, etc.
54.07: Transferability of Credit
54.08: Prerequisites to Claiming Credit
54.09: Placed in Service Requirement; Time for Claiming Credit
54.10: Carryforward of Credit
54.11: Limitations on Credit; Ordering of Credit
54.12: Recapture
54.13: Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements
54.14: Application Process and Administrative Fees
54.15: Reference to Federal Credit Rules
54.16: Authorization of Department to Take Further Actions

 54.01:  Scope, Purpose and Applicability

(1) General. 760 CMR 54.00 explains the calculation of the low-income housing tax credit established by M.G.L. c. 23B, §3, M.G.L. c .62, § 6I and M.G.L. c. 63, § 31H (St. 1999, c. 127, §§ 34, 82, 90). The Department of Housing and Community Development may allocate Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit in the amount set forth in M.G.L. c. 23B, §3, M.G.L. c .62, § 6I and M.G.L. c. 63, § 31H (St. 1999, c. 127, §§ 34, 82, 90) for projects that qualify for the federal low-income housing tax credit under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

(2) Effective Date. 760 CMR 54.00 takes effect upon promulgation and applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2001.

54.02:  Definitions

For purposes of 760 CMR 54.00 et seq., the following terms have the following meanings, unless the context requires otherwise:

Act, M.G.L. c. 23B, § 3, M.G.L. c. 62, § 6I and M.G.L. c. 63, § 31H (St. 1999, c. 127, § § 34, 82, 90).

Allocation of Massachusetts Credit, the award by the Department of the authorized Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit among qualified Massachusetts projects.

Allotment, in the case of a qualified Massachusetts project owned by an unincorporated flow through entity, such as a partnership, limited liability company or joint venture, the share or portion of credit allocated to the qualified Massachusetts project that, consistent within and subject to 760 CMR 54.06, may be claimed by a taxpayer who is designated a member or partner of such entity or by a transferee of such member or partner.

Building Identification Number, the identification number assigned to each building in a qualified Massachusetts project by the Department.

Code, the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and in effect for the taxable year.

Commissioner, the Commissioner of Revenue.

Compliance Period, the period of 15 taxable years beginning with the first taxable year during which a qualified Massachusetts project first meets all of the requirements of 760 CMR 54.08.

Credit Period, the five-year period during which a qualified Massachusetts project is eligible for the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit. The credit period begins with the taxable year in which a project meets all of the requirements of 760 CMR 54.08 and ends five years later.

Department, the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Eligibility Statement, a statement authorized and issued by the Department certifying that a given project is a qualified Massachusetts project and setting forth the annual amount of the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allocated to the project. The Department shall only allocate tax credit to qualified Massachusetts projects consisting of one or more buildings that are all placed in service on or after January 1, 2001.

Federal Carryover Allocation federal carryover allocation of a tax credit where a federal low-income housing tax credit is allocated under Section 42 (h)(1)(E) or (F) of the Code prior to the calendar year in which the buildings comprising the project are placed in service.

Federal Low-income Housing Tax Credit the federal tax credit as provided in Section 42 of the Code.

Low Income Project, a qualified low-income housing project, as defined in Section 42 (g)(1) of the Code, which has restricted rents that do not exceed 30% of the applicable imputed income limitation under said Section 42 of the Code, for at least 40% of its units occupied by persons or families having incomes of 60% or less of the median income or for at least 20% of its units occupied by persons or families having incomes of 50% or less of the median income.

Median Income, the area median gross income as such term is used in Section 42 of the Code, and which is determined under United States Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines and adjusted for family size.

Placed in Service, this term shall have the same meaning as the term is given under Section 42 of the Code and the federal regulations thereunder.

Qualified Massachusetts Project, a low-income project located in the Commonwealth which meets the requirements of M.G.L. c. 23B, §3 M.G.L. c.62 §6I and M.G.L. c. 63, § 31H (St. 1999, c. 127, §§ 34, 82, 90) and whose owner enters into a regulatory agreement.

Regulatory Agreement an agreement between the owner of a qualified Massachusetts project and the Department recorded as an affordable housing restriction under M.G.L c. 184 with the registry of deeds or the registry district of the land court in the county where the project is located that requires the project to be operated in accordance with the requirements of 760 CMR 54.00, and M.G.L. c. 23B, §3, M.G.L. c .62, § 6I and M.G.L. c. 63, § 31H (St. 1999, c. 127, § § 34, 82, 90) for not less than 30 years from the expiration date of the compliance period.

Taxpayer any person, firm, or other entity subject to the personal income tax under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 62, or any corporation subject to an excise under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 63

54.03:  Amount of Credit Authorized

(1) Authorized Amount. The amount of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit authorized to be allocated annually equals the sum of:

(a) $10,000,000;

(b) unused Massachusetts low-income housing tax credits, if any, for the preceding calendar years;  and

(c) Massachusetts low-income housing tax credits returned to the department by a Qualified Massachusetts Project.

54.04:  Eligible Projects

(1) Project Eligibility. Qualified Massachusetts Projects for which the Department has issued an eligibility statement are eligible for an allocation of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit.

 (2) Prioritization by the Department. The Department shall amend or supplement its existing qualified allocation plan or its program guidelines, or both, to provide taxpayers guidance on how Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit will be allocated among competing projects. Such guidance shall adhere to the statutory requirements of providing the least amount of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit necessary to ensure financial feasibility of selected projects while allocating the total available Massachusetts  low-income housing tax credit among as many Qualified Massachusetts Projects as fiscally feasible. Subject to these statutory constraints, the Department may, in its discretion, provide guidance that

(a) requires owners of projects with more than a designated dollar amount of federal credit to fund a portion of project equity from funds attributable to the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit,
(b) encourages owners of certain projects to raise equity primarily using the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit while using a minimal amount of the so-called 9% federal low-income housing tax credit,
(c) encourages the creation of projects funded through a combination of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit and the so-called 4% federal low-income housing tax credit allowable to buildings financed with tax-exempt bonds, and
(d) encourages the creation of any other projects that the Department deems to be consistent with the statutory goal of increasing the overall number of low-income housing units.

54.05:  Eligible Recipients

Any person or entity (of whatever type) with an ownership interest in a Qualified Massachusetts Project is eligible to receive an allocation of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit with respect to such project. 

54.06:  Allotment of Credit Among Partners, etc.

Whenever an owner of a Qualified Massachusetts Project with respect to which Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit has been allocated is an unincorporated flow-through entity, such as a partnership, limited liability company or joint venture, the entity may allot the Massachusetts tax credit available to the entity among persons designated by it as partners or members in such amounts or proportions as they may agree in the organizational documents governing such entity, provided that the owner certifies to the Commissioner the amount of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allotted to each member or partner on a form designated by the Commissioner. The allotment of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit need not follow or be consistent with the allocation, as the word is used in Section 704(b) of the Code, of other partnership items (e.g., income, loss, deduction or credit, including the federal low-income housing tax credit). Similarly, whenever Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit is allocated with respect to a Qualified Massachusetts Project that is owned through a joint tenancy or similar ownership arrangement, the owners of such project may allot the right to claim the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allocated with respect to such project among themselves in such amounts as they agree, without regard to their actual ownership interest in the project, provided that the owners certify to the Commissioner the amount of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allotted to each owner on a form designated by the Commissioner.

54.07:  Transferability of Credit

(1) Transferors, Transferees. Any taxpayer with an ownership interest in a Qualified Massachusetts Project with respect to which there has been allocated Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit and any taxpayer to whom the right to claim Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit has been allotted or transferred may transfer the right to claim unclaimed Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit to any other Massachusetts taxpayer without the necessity of transferring any ownership interest in the original project or any interest in the entity which owns the original project. The transferor must transfer all credit attributable to periods after the transfer date agreed upon by the parties. For treatment of carry forward credit, see 760 CMR 54.10.

(2) Transfer Contract Requirements. A taxpayer, owning an interest in a Qualified Massachusetts Project or to whom the right to claim Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit has been allotted or transferred, who transfers his, her or its credit such that credit may be claimed by a taxpayer without ownership in the project and without an interest in the entity that owns the project must enter into a transfer contract with the transferee. The transfer contract must specify the following:

(a) Building Identification Numbers for all buildings in the project;
(b) the date each building in the project was placed in  service;
(c) the 15-year compliance period for the project;

(d) the schedule of years during which the credit may be  claimed and the amount of credit previously claimed; and
(e) the taxpayer or taxpayers that are responsible for  paying recapture if recapture should occur.

The transferring party shall attach a copy of this contract to the transfer statement required under 760 CMR 54.13(4). 

(3) Transferred Eligibility to Claim Credit. Any taxpayer who is a transferee of the right to claim a Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit with respect to a Qualified Massachusetts Project may, provided all transfer requirements and all other requirements for claiming such credit are met, claim such credit notwithstanding the fact that the credit may initially have been allocated to a taxpayer paying a different income tax (i.e., personal or corporate) 

(4) Sale of Credit is Sale of Capital Asset. The sale of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit will be treated as the sale of a capital asset under the Massachusetts personal income tax or the net income measure of the corporate excise.

(5) Examples. The following examples illustrate the application of 760 CMR 54.07:
(a) Example 1. If taxpayer X receives an allotment of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit as a partner in a partnership that owns a Qualified Massachusetts Project, taxpayer X may transfer the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allotted to it to taxpayer Y, whether or not taxpayer Y is a partner in the partnership.
(b) Example 2. Credit is allocated with respect to a project owned by a limited liability company and allotted to individuals who are members in the company. One of the members may sell his or her credit to a corporation, whether or not such corporation is a member in the company.

54.08:  Prerequisites to Claiming Credit

When Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit is  allocated with respect to a Qualified Massachusetts Project,  such credit may not be claimed by any taxpayer with respect to  any building in such project unless and until 
(1) all buildings in such project have been placed in service,  and

(2) the project has met the minimum set-aside and occupancy  requirements of Section 42(g) of the Code. Before the end of the first taxable year in which credit is claimed, the taxpayer must record a Regulatory Agreement in a form acceptable to the Department with respect to such project.

54.09:  Placed in Service Requirement; Time for Claiming Credit

(1) Placed in Service Requirement. All buildings in a project must generally be placed in service in the year in which the allocation of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit is made. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence:

(a) with respect to a  project that has an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credit, whenever such project qualifies for a federal carryover  allocation under Section 42(h)(1)(E) or (F) of the Code and  the federal regulations thereunder, such project may  continue to be a Qualified Massachusetts Project if the  owner of the project enters into a satisfactory carryover  allocation agreement with the Department prior to the end  of the year in which the allocation of credit is made;

(b) with respect to a project for which the federal low-income housing tax credit is allowable by reason of Section  42(h)(4) of the Code applicable to buildings financed with tax exempt bonds, such project may continue to be a Qualified  Massachusetts Project if, in the judgment of the  Department, the project would otherwise meet all of the  requirements for a federal carryover allocation under  Section 42(h)(1)(E) or (F) of the Code and the federal  regulations thereunder and the owner of the project enters  into a satisfactory carryover allocation agreement with the  Department prior to the end of the year in which the  allocation of credit is made; and

(c) with respect to all projects that do not have an allocation of federal low-income tax credit and for which such credit is not allowable by reason of Section 42(h)(4) of the Code, such project may continue to be a Qualified Massachusetts Project if, in the judgment of the Department, the project would meet the standards and requirements for a federal carryover allocation under Section 42(h)(1)(E) or (F) of the Code and the regulations thereunder, if, at the time of the allocation of the Massachusetts low-income tax credit, the project had, instead, been allocated a federal low-income tax credit, and the owner of the project enters into a satisfactory carryover allocation agreement with the Department prior to the end of the year in which the allocation of the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit is made.  

The Department shall provide a form of Massachusetts carryover allocation agreement for the Massachusetts low-incoming housing tax credit. 

(2) Timing of Claiming Credit. Any taxpayer holding the right to claim Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit with respect to a Qualified Massachusetts Project may claim a pro rata portion of the annual amount of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allocated with respect to such project for the calendar year in which such project first meets the conditions described in 760 CMR 54.08, with proration based on the portion of such calendar year during which the project meets those conditions. Any amount of annual credit deferred on account of proration may be claimed in the sixth tax year, assuming the project remains qualified. 

(3) Early Credit Election. Notwithstanding the generally  applicable timing for claiming Massachusetts low-income  housing tax credit described in 760 CMR 54.09(2), an owner of  a Qualified Massachusetts Project may elect to accelerate the  time for claiming the credit. Provided that the project first meets the conditions described in 760 CMR 54.08, an owner of such Qualified Massachusetts Project may file a notice with the Commissioner in a form to be determined by the Commissioner that the owner has elected to accelerate the credit.

(4) Effect of Early Credit Election. When an owner of a  Qualified Massachusetts Project makes an early credit election  in the first year of the credit period and such project meets  the requirements for making such an election, then  notwithstanding 760 CMR 54.09(2), any taxpayer holding the  right to claim Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit  with respect to such project shall claim the taxpayer's share  of the project's entire annual allocation of Massachusetts  low-income housing tax credit for the taxable year in which  such election is validly made, without proration or adjustment  on account of the date during such year on which the project  is placed in service or on which such election is made,  subject to any other applicable limitations. 

(5) Examples. The following examples illustrate the application of 760 CMR 54.09.

(a) Example 1. Assume $100,000 of Massachusetts low income housing tax credit is allocated with respect to a project in 2001. The project is owned by one individual who retains the right to claim such credit. No Massachusetts carryover allocation agreement under 760 CMR.54.09(1) has been  entered into. The individual's tax year coincides with the calendar year. If the project meets the conditions  described in 760 CMR 54.08 and is placed in service on  October 1, 2001, then the individual holding the right to  claim such credit may claim $25,000 in Massachusetts  low-income housing tax credit on his or her Massachusetts  tax return for the year 2001 subject to any other  applicable limitations. The individual would be expected to claim $100,000 on his or her Massachusetts tax returns for each of the years 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, and to claim $75,000 on his or her Massachusetts tax return for the year 2006, assuming the project remains qualified and the individual retains the right to claim all of the credit.
(b) Example 2. The same individual elects to take the early credit option instead of the pro rata approach. The individual may claim $ 100,000 in Massachusetts low income housing tax credit on his or her tax return for 2001, and $ 100,000 per year for each of the subsequent four years.
(c) Example 3. The same individual has a tax year that runs from July I to June 30. The individual elects to take the early credit option. The individual takes the $100,000 credit available on October 1, 2001 in his tax year that ends on June 30, 2002 and $ 100,000 per year for each of the taxpayer's subsequent four tax years. 

54.10:  Carryforward of Credit

(1) Carryforward Period. Any amount of the credit that exceeds the claimant's tax due may be carried forward to any of the five subsequent taxable years. 
(2) Transfer of Carryforward. A taxpayer who transfers an unclaimed portion of the credit pursuant to 760 CMR 54.07(1) may choose whether or not to include carryforward credit from prior years in the transfer. 
(3) Transferee Treated Like Original Owner. For the purpose of determining the carryforward period, the transferee shall be bound by the same schedule for claiming a credit as the taxpayer originally entitled to the credit as an owner of a qualified Massachusetts project, regardless of how often the credit has been transferred. 

54.11:  Limitations on Credit; Ordering of Credit

(1) Limitations on Credit. The credit may not be applied to increase the maximum amount of credit allowed under M.G.L. c.  63, or to reduce the minimum corporate excise imposed under M.G.L. c. 63. 

(2) Ordering of Credit. The credit may be applied in combination with other credits allowed under M.G.L. c. 63 in any order. Similarly, the credit may be applied in combination with other credits allowed under M.G.L. c. 62 in any order. 

(3) Credit Nonrefundable. The credit is not refundable to the taxpayer. The following text is effective 11/24/2000.

54.12:  Recapture

(1) Recapture; Disallowance. Whenever an event or circumstance  occurs
with respect to a Qualified Massachusetts Project that  results in any recapture of federal low-income housing tax  credit or if, in the judgment of the Department, the project would meet the condition for recapture of federal low-income housing tax credit under Section 42(j) of the Code and the regulations thereunder, if, at the time of the allocation of the Massachusetts low-income tax credit, the project had, instead, been allocated a federal low-income tax credit, then any Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit  claimed with respect to the project shall be subject to  recapture in the amount described below, subject to the standards and requirements of Section 42(j) of the Code and the regulations thereunder, and any Massachusetts  low-income housing tax credit allocated to such project and  not yet claimed as of the date of the recapture event shall be  disallowed. Notwithstanding any agreement between transferor  and transferee, each taxpayer who has claimed any portion of  the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allocated to  the project in question shall be liable for payment of his,  her or its respective recapture amount as specified in 760 CMR  54.12(3). 

(2) Recapture Period. Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allocated with respect to a project is subject to recapture (and disallowance to the extent not yet claimed) at any time during the 15-year compliance period. 

(3) Recapture Fraction. 

(a) With respect to projects that have an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits, a fraction in which the numerator is the amount of all  federal low-income housing tax credit recaptured with  respect to the project and the denominator is the amount of  all federal low-income housing tax credit previously  claimed with respect to the project. 

(b) With respect to projects that do not have an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credit, a fraction calculated according to the standards and requirements of Section 42(j) of the Code, as if a federal low-income housing tax credit had been allocated to the project instead of a Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit.

(4) Amount of Recapture. The amount of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit to be recaptured from any taxpayer upon the occurrence of a recapture event equals the product of

(a) the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit claimed  by such taxpayer prior to the recapture event times
(b) the recapture fraction.

(5) Timing of Recapture. The amount of recapture of the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit shall be reported and shall be subject to tax in the taxable year during which the recapture event takes place. 

(6) Example. The following example illustrates the application of 760 CMR 54.12. Assume, the owner of a Qualified Massachusetts Project is a calendar year taxpayer. The annual credit amount allocated to the project is $20,000. The project meets the requirements of 760 CMR 54.08 on October 1, 2001.  Taxpayer makes an early credit election and takes a $20,000 credit for tax year 2001. Taxpayer takes a second $20,000 credit for tax year 2002. On April 1, 2003, the project goes out of compliance and becomes subject to federal recapture, or would become subject to federal recapture if federal credits had been awarded instead of state credits. No credit is available to taxpayer for tax years 2003, 2004 and 2005. The $40,000 credit previously taken by the taxpayer is subject to recapture according to the formula in 760 CMR 54.12(4).

54.13:  Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

(1) Taxpayer Requirements. In order to claim the credit, a taxpayer must provide to the Commissioner the following:

(a) eligibility statement as provided in 760 CMR 54.13(2);
(b) allotment certification, if applicable, as provided in  760 CMR 54.13(3);
(c) transfer statement, if applicable, as provided in 760  CMR 54.13(4) (with a copy of transfer contract, if  applicable, as provided in 760 CMR 54.07(2)); and
(d) Massachusetts carryover allocation agreement, if  applicable, as provided in 760 CMR 54.09(1). 

(2) Eligibility Statement. The Department shall adopt a form of eligibility statement to be issued by the Department evidencing a Qualified Massachusetts Project's eligibility for Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit. Each taxpayer claiming any Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit with respect to a project shall file a copy of the eligibility statement with each Massachusetts tax return on which any Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit is claimed.

(3) Allotment Certification. The Commissioner, in consultation with the Department, shall provide a form of allotment certification to be filed by any unincorporated flow-through entity

(a) that is the owner of a project with respect to which  Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit has been  allocated or The following text is effective 11/24/2000 
(b) to which the right to claim a Massachusetts low-income  housing tax credit has been allotted or transferred.  The entity shall file such certification with the Commissioner following the close of the first taxable year in the credit period or the first taxable year the entity holds the right to claim credit, whichever is later. Such  certification shall provide the name and federal taxpayer  identification number of each taxpayer with an interest in the  entity on the date the project met all of the requirements of  760 CMR 54.08, and shall also indicate the amount of  Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit allotted to each  such taxpayer. The certification shall also contain such other information as the Commissioner may from time to time require.  Each taxpayer claiming any Massachusetts low-income housing  tax credit by way of a flow-through entity shall file a copy  of such certification with each Massachusetts tax return on  which any Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit is  claimed. 

(4) Transfer Statement. The Commissioner, in consultation with the Department, shall promulgate a form of transfer statement to be filed by any person who transfers the right to claim Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit with respect to a Qualified Massachusetts Project. The transfer statement shall be required in addition to the transfer contract required in 760 CMR 54.07(2).

The transferor shall file a transfer statement with the Commissioner within 30 days after transfer. The transferor shall also provide a copy of such statement to the owner of the project with respect to which the transferred credit was allocated within 30 days after transfer. The transfer statement shall provide the name and federal taxpayer identification number of each taxpayer to whom the filing transferor transferred the right to claim any Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit with respect to the project and shall also indicate the amount of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit, including any carry forward credit, transferred to each such person or entity. The statement shall also contain such other information as the Commissioner may from time to time require. A copy of the transfer contract, if required under 760 CMR 54.07(2), shall be attached to the transfer statement. Each taxpayer claiming any Massachusetts  low-income housing tax credit shall file with each  Massachusetts tax return on which any Massachusetts low-income  housing tax credit is claimed copies of all transfer  statements and transfer contracts necessary to enable the  Commissioner to trace the claimed credit to the credit that  was initially allocated with respect to the project. Each project owner shall file copies of all transfer statements and transfer contracts received regarding a project with such owner's annual Massachusetts tax or informational return. 

(5) Record keeping Requirements. Owners of qualified Massachusetts projects and taxpayers that transfer or claim credit with respect to such projects shall be required to keep all records pertaining to credit until the expiration of the regulatory agreement; if a Massachusetts carryover allocation agreement is entered into with the Department under 760 CMR 54.09(1), the records must include a copy of the Massachusetts carryover allocation agreement and documents relevant thereto.

54.14:  Application Process and Administrative Fees

(1) Application. Project applicants seeking an allocation of Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit shall include a request for such credit allocation in the same application to be filed with the Department through which such proponent requests an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credit. With respect to projects described in 760 CMR 54.09(1)(b), the request for Massachusetts low-income housing  tax credit shall be made in the form of a letter to the  Department accompanied by:

(a) a copy of the applicant's submission to the agency  providing the tax-exempt bond financing for the project;  and
(b) such additional information as would be included in an  application to the Department for a federal low-income  housing tax credit allocation. The Department shall issue guidance describing any additional information to be included with credit requests. The Department may require that the applicant provide analyses of alternative funding scenarios that allow the Department to evaluate the comparative efficiency of allocating varying levels of federal and Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit to such proposed project.

(2) Filing Fee. Each application seeking an allocation of  Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit shall be  accompanied by a filing fee set by the Department which shall  be payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

54.15:  Reference to Federal Credit Rules

Unless otherwise provided in M.G.L. c. 23B, §3, M.G.L. c .62,  § 6I and M.G.L. c. 63, § 31H (St. 1999, c. 127, §§ 34,  82, 90) or 760 CMR 54.00 or unless the context clearly  requires otherwise, the Massachusetts low-income housing tax  credit shall be administered and allocated in accordance with  the standards and requirements applicable to the federal  low-income housing tax credit as set forth in Section 42 of  the Code and the federal regulations adopted there under, and with respect to the administration of the Massachusetts low-income housing tax credit, whenever the word “Secretary” appears in the Code and associated regulations, it shall be taken to mean Director of the Department. 

54.16:  Authorization of Department to Take Further Actions

Nothing in 760 CMR 54.00 shall be deemed to limit the  authority of the Department to take all actions deemed by the  Department in its discretion to be consistent with the  authority granted the Department under M.G.L. c. 23B, §3,  M.G.L. c.62, § 6I and M.G.L. c. 63, § 31H (St. 1999, c. 127,  §§ 34, 82, 90).

REGULATORY AUTHORITY 
760 CMR 54.00: M.G.L. c. 23B, §§ 3, 6; M.G.L. c. 62, §§ 6I (a), (c)(7), (e), (f)(4), (g); M.G.L. c. 63, § §  31H (a), (c)(7), (e), (f)(4), (g).