QAP - Qualified Allocation Plan Documents

2017 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan (LIHTC QAP) pdf format of QAP
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2016 Low Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan (LIHTC QAP) Hearing Notice pdf format of 2016 QAP Hearing Notice

MCAS Grade 10 2013 Data Chart, Sorted by Community pdf format of mcas-grade10-2013.pdf

Job Accessibility Chart, Sorted by Community pdf format of jobaccessibilitychart.pdf

LIHTC News and Updates

Winter 2016 Rental Funding Round NOFA pdf format of Winter 2016 Rental Funding Round NOFA

Market Analysis Summary Form, 2013 xls format of marketanalysis-summaryform2013.xls

Housing Development Funding Priorities pdf format of hs-develpmentfunding.pdf


Program Description
The Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) was created by Congress under Section 252 of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 to promote the construction and rehabilitation of housing for low income persons. The tax credit provides a means by which developers may raise capital for the construction or acquisition and substantial rehabilitation of housing for low income persons. Under the federal income tax code, investors in low income rental housing are permitted to take a credit against taxes owed the federal government. In Massachusetts, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is the allocating agency for tax credits. DHCD is responsible for preparing the annual allocation plan and making it available for review by interested members of the public before final publication. Because it depends on investor capital rather than just direct government subsidies, the LIHTC has imposed market discipline that results in long term stability for the projects. Investors assume significant risks and assert strict business discipline in selecting projects and overseeing their development and long-term operations.

How it works:
Developers of affordable rental housing developments apply to DHCD for tax credits. If they are awarded the credit, the developers (either for-profit or nonprofit) seek investors to help pay for the development of the housing. Intermediaries (known as syndicators) act as a bridge between investors and projects and often pool investors' money into equity funds. In exchange for providing development funds, the investors receive a stream of tax credits. Projects can qualify for two types of credits: a 9% credit, or a 4% credit.* Tax credits can be claimed by the investors for 10 years. For example, based on an investor willing to pay $.75/tax credit dollar, a project eligible for $500,000 in annual credits, would receive $3,750,000 ($500,000 in credit x 10 years x $.75) in equity.

* 4% tax credits are allocated by the MassHousing (formerly Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency) in conjunction with MassHousing's tax-exempt bond financing. The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MDFA) also allocates 4% tax credits in conjunction with tax-exempt bonds.

Who is eligible:
Both for-profit and nonprofit developers can qualify for the credit. At least 20% of the units must be reserved for persons with incomes at/or below 50% of the area median income adjusted for family size; or at least 40% of the units must be made affordable for persons with incomes at/or below 60% of the area median income adjusted for family size. In addition, the project must be retained as low-income housing for at least 30 years.

LIHTC Eligible Activities and Affordability Requirements

Tax credits can be used to support the acquisition and/or rehabilitation of existing structures for rental use, including distressed or failed properties, or the new construction of rental projects. Projects seeking tax credits must have a minimum of 8 tax credit-assisted units. The minimum term of affordability is thirty years.

All units receiving tax credit assistance must have 20% or more households earning no more than 50% of area median income or 40% or more households earning no more than 60% of the area median income. In addition, ten percent of the total units must be reserved for persons or families earning less than 30% of area median income. (Please see the additional program information below for a list of maximum rents and household incomes for your community.)

LIHTC Funding Limits
The maximum tax credit award for a new assisted living project is $500,000. The maximum for any other project is $1,000,000. However, DHCD may elect to award more than $1 million in credit (up to a maximum of $1.3 million in credit) to large scale neighborhood impact projects. Requests for allocations greater than $1 million will be considered on a case-by-base basis if the sponsor is able to demonstrate the potential impact of the project and if DHCD has sufficient credit to make a larger allocation. DHCD expects that a sponsor receiving an award greater than $1 million (up to $1.3 million) will request reduced amounts of subsidy financing from the Department. The maximum eligible basis per unit in tax credit developments is $250,000 per assisted unit for projects within the Boston metro area and $200,000 per assisted unit for projects outside the Boston metro area. DHCD will cap the allowable eligible basis in the preservation set-aside at $175,000 per assisted unit.

LIHTC Selection Criteria

  • Conformance with DHCD Funding Priorities
  • strength of overall concept
  • strength of development team
  • demonstrated need for project in the target neighborhood
  • suitable site and design
  • appropriate scope of rehabilitation or construction
  • appropriate total development cost for properties included in proposal
  • financial viability of the project
  • degree of local support, including local funding commitments
  • evidence of readiness to proceed
  • evidence of satisfactory progress on projects previously funded with DHCD resources
  • incorporation of sustainable development

LIHTC - How to Apply
DHCD makes Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding available through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), twice yearly. Applicants must complete and submit the One Stop Housing Application.

Read: Final Final 2012 Amended Qualified Allocation Plan
Complete: One Stop Application
Complete: Market Data Summary Form xls format of mdsform.xls

LIHTC Guidelines
Massachusetts State Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program Regulations
HUD's Difficult to Develop Areas
(In addition to 'HUD's Difficult to Develop Area' list, DHCD has also designated additional Difficult to Develop Areas in the QAP).
Qualified Census Tracts
Metro Area List pdf format of metrolst.pdf

LIHTC Carryover Forms
sample10percent.doc  doc format of sample10percent.doc
 Owner Certification Form doc format of ownercert.doc
 Summary of Changes Form doc format of summaryofchanges.doc
 Revised Sources & Uses Form xls format of revisedsources.xls
 Release and Indemnification Agreement pdf format of release-indemnification.pdf

LIHTC - Regulatory Related Documents
Sample Legal Opinion doc format of samp-opp.doc
 Certification of State Tax Compliance doc format of statetax.doc
 Certification of Project Subsidies doc format of subsidies.doc
 Certification of Project Placed in Service Date doc format of ser_date.doc
 Prior Recorded Lienholder Consent doc format of lien.doc
 Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Cost Certification Format doc format of costcert.doc
 Schedule of Sources and Applications of Funds pdf format of costexl.pdf
IRS Form 8609

LIHTC - Massachusetts State Tax Credit Documents
State Tax Credit Program Certification doc format of certification.doc
 Eligibility Statement doc format of eligibility.doc

For additional information please call the Low Income Housing Tax Credit staff at (617) 573-1300.