Duane Morris Closes Historic Tax Credit Investment for Parke Bank

A Duane Morris team of lawyers including Art Momjian, Chris Winter, and Chris Bender represented South Jersey based Parke Bank in its investment in the Federal historic tax credits to be generated by the historic rehabilitation of 1831-1833 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia Pennsyvania. The property is formerly an office building being converted into residential rental apartments. The City of Philadelphia is replete with historic properties which are undergoing adaptive reuse and the Federal historic tax credit program is an important component of the capital stack to fund development costs.

CDFI Fund Opens Next Round of NMTC Allocations

Today the CDFI Fund announced the opening of the next round (2014) of New Markets Tax Credit allocations. Subject to Congressional authorization, the CDFI Fund intends to award $5 billion of New Markets Tax Credit allocation in the next round. Pursuant to the announcement today by the CDFI Fund, CDE applications must be submitted by August 22, 2014, applications for New Markets Tax Credit allocation must be submitted by October 1, 2014, and prior allocates must satisfy their required issuance of qualified equity investments by January 30, 2015.

Pennsylvania Awards First Round of State Historic Tax Credits

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded 15 projects in 10 counties in Pennsylvania the first $3,000,000 of Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credits. The projects receiving awards include buildings ranging from a church, schools, apartment complexes to a shore factory. The largest award was $369,015 and the smallest $13,895. The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit may be bifurcated from the Federal Historic Tax Credit and may be sold by an assignment of a certificate which enable developers to have separate investors for the state and the federal historic tax credits.

Pennsylvania to Award State Historic Tax Credits

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is accepting applications for the Commonwealth’s new historic preservation state tax credit. The Commonwealth will issue no more than $3,000,000 of tax credits each year with no more than $500,000 to a qualified taxpayer in any year. The state historic tax credit may not exceed 25% of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures incurred in connection with the qualified historic rehabiliation of a building. The credit may be used to offset the tax liabilty of the Commonwealth of Pennsyvlania imposed on a taxpayer including Personal Income Tax, Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock-Franchise Tax, Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax, Title Insurance CompaniesShares Tax, Insurance Premiums Tax, Gross Receipts Tax or Mutual Thrift Institution Tax. The tax credit provided may be carried over and applied to succeeding taxable years for not more than seven taxable years following the first taxable year for which the qualified taxpayer was entitled to claim the credit. A qualified taxpayer, upon application to and approval by DCED may sell or assign, in whole or in part, unused credits granted to another qualified taxpayer.

Treasury Announces NMTC Awards

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund today announced $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit awards aimed at revitalizing low-income communities and increasing economic opportunity nationwide. A total of 87 organizations across the country received tax credit allocation authority under the calendar year 2013 round of the New Markets Tax Credit Program. This round awarded today represents the last round of New Markets Tax Credit authority currently authorized by Congress.

Art Momjian to Speak on Historic Tax Credits at Duane Morris CLE Program

On Tuesday April 8, 2014 Art Momjian Chair of the Duane Morris Affordable Housing, Community Development, and Syndication Practice Group will speak at a continuing legal education program titled “The Historic Tax Credit Program: Who is a Partner after the New IRS Safe Harbor Rules and the Historic Boardwalk Hall”. The Program is scheduled for 12:30 pm EST at the Philadelphia Office of Duane Morris LLP. The program will also be video cast in most of the Duane Morris national offices. For further information and to register please contact either Art Momjian at ajmomjian@duanemorris.com or Richard Weinstein at rmweinstein@duanemorris.com.

New Markets Tax Credit Allocation Award Update from CDFI Fund

On July 29, 2013, the CDFI Fund published the Notice of Allocation Authority (“NOAA”) for the calendar years 2013 and 2014 Allocation Round of the Federal New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) Program. The NOAA announced the availability of up to $8.5 billion of NMTC allocation authority for calendar years 2013 and 2014, $3.5 billion of which was authorized by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and an additional $5 billion which was subject to Congressional authorization. The CDFI Fund has not received Congressional allocation authority for calendar year 2014. As a result, the CDFI Fund has amended the NOAA to award the authorized allocation authority for only calendar year 2013 in the amount of $3.5 billion. The CDFI Fund announced that it anticipates making awards under the calendar year 2013 round in late spring of 2014.

New York Sets Amendment to Action Plan to Distribute $2.1 Billion of Additional Sandy Federal Recovery Funds

New York’s Office Of Storm Recovery last week released plans for how to divide the second tranche of billions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sandy relief program. The almost $2.1 billion will be used for housing, community reconstruction and infrastructure improvements. All of the funds will be issued through the HUD Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) which is administering $16 billion of the total $60 billion allocated by the Federal government to fund Sandy relief efforts. The initial allotment to New York State was approximately $1.7 billion, while New York City received $1.773 billion in a separate allocation.

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Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor – Part III: Investor’s Capital Contributions

Revenue Procedure 2014-12 (the “Rev Proc”) which establishes a safe harbor for structure Federal Historic tax credit transactions provides guidance on the staging of capital contributions by the Historic Tax Credit investor. First, the Rev Proc requires that at least 20% of the tax credit investor’s aggregate capital contribution be contributed before the project is placed in service. In this vein at least 75% of the tax credit investor’s aggregate capital contribution must be fixed at the time of placement in service of the project. The effect of these two requirements of the Rev Proc is to limit the provision in the sponsor’s partnership agreement or master tenant agreement which would adjust the capital required to be contributed by the tax credit investor to 25% of the scheduled investor capital contribution of the tax credit investor. Finally the Rev Proc provides an example to illustrate that the tax credit investor’s expected fixed capital commitment may be conditioned upon the achievement of mutually agreed upon milestones (e.g., receiving National Park Service approvals, leasing the Building to tenants).

Historic Tax Credit Safe Harbor – Part II: Guarantees

Revenue Procedure 2014—12 (the “Rev Proc”) issued by the Internal Revenue Service creates a safe harbor for investors in the Federal Historic Tax Credit. Traditionally the tax credit investor has obtained a guaranty with respect to the benefit of the Federal Historic tax credit from the sponsor of the transaction. However, the Rev Proc prohibits funded guarantees and certain “impermissible guarantees. “Impermissible” guarantees are defined as guarantees: (1) to insure the Investor’s ability to claim the historic tax credit, or the repayment of any portion of the Investor’s contribution due to inability to claim historic tax credit in the event the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) Service challenges all or a portion of the transactional structure of the Partnership; (2) that the Investor will receive Partnership distributions or (3) to pay the Investor’s costs or indemnify the Investor for the Investor’s costs if the Service challenges the Investor’s claim of the historic tax credit. The Rev Proc defines permitted guarantees as guarantees: (1) for the performance of any acts necessary to claim the historic tax credit; (2) for the avoidance of any act (or omissions) that would cause the Partnership to fail to qualify for the historic tax credits or that would result in a recapture of historic tax credit; and, (3) that are not described as impermissible guarantees . The Rev Proc also provides the following as examples of unfunded guarantees permitted: completion guarantees, operating deficit guarantees, environmental indemnities, and financial covenants.