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President Joe Biden unveiled a $6.9 trillion fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget blueprint Thursday that includes a $28.3 billion expansion of the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), the $15.6 billion creation of a neighborhood homes tax credit (NHTC), permanency for the new markets tax credit (NMTC), $73.3 billion (a $1.1 billion increase) in proposed spending for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and $341 million for U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, an increase of $17 million or 5% from 2023.

Novogradac has resources available for private companies and nonprofits affected by Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 842, which changed lease accounting standards. The change–which took effect Jan. 1 for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2021–affects the way certain contracts are accounted for under generally accepted accounting principles, particularly entities that are lessees. Rather than disclosing operating leases in notes to financial statements, but not on balance sheets, the new guidance requires lessees to record a right-of-use asset for the leased asset and a corresponding lease liability equal to the financial obligation over the lease term, as well as new disclosure requirements.

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a $740 billion budget reconciliation bill that includes $369 billion in clean and renewable energy provisions as well as a 15% corporate minimum tax on book income. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law today. The legislation extends the renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC), and expands the 30% ITC for stand-alone energy storage and interconnection property. The House approved the bill along party lines after the Senate approved it 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris providing the tie-breaking vote.

In a party-line vote, the U.S. Senate advanced sweeping $700 billion-plus legislation Sunday that includes $369 billion in clean and renewable energy provisions, including extensions of the production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) for facilities that start construction after Jan. 1, 2022, and before Jan. 1, 2025. Under the reconciliation bill, the PTC is extended at $26 per megawatt-hour, adjusted by inflation annually, while the ITC is extended at 30% for projects that adhere to labor requirements on prevailing wages and apprenticeship programs. The legislation includes many other green energy provisions, including the expansion of the 30% ITC for stand-alone energy storage and interconnection property. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, which will take up debate Friday.

The proposed global minimum tax and its potential effect on community development tax credit equity investments is the subject of this week’s Novogradac Tax Credit Tuesday podcast episode. Michael Novogradac, CPA, and Novogradac partner Brad Elphick, CPA, discuss the proposal and potential approaches to mitigate the damage to tax credit equity investment. They also examine next steps in the proposal and for community development tax credit stakeholders. Novogradac has also published a white paper on the subject called Pillar Two and Tax Credit Equity Investments and is seeking public comment on the paper. Comments may be sent to [email protected] weekly Tax Credit Tuesday podcast offers an in-depth discussion of various tax incentive topics with expert guests.

President-elect Joe Biden today formally nominated Janet Yellen to be his Secretary of the Treasury. Yellen, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve from 2014-2018, would be the 78th Treasury Secretary and first woman to hold the position if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Treasury Secretary oversees the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which administers the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), opportunity zones (OZ) incentive, renewable energy tax credits and–in partnership with National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Offices–the historic tax credit (HTC), as well as the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, which administers the new markets tax credit (NMTC) incentive.

A Novogradac special report released today examines the implications of a Democratic sweep of the House of Representatives, Senate and White House in November’s election. “Blue Wave Effects: What a Democratic Sweep Could Mean for Affordable Housing, Community Development, Renewable Energy and Historic Preservation” describes what might be in store for general tax policy should there be a Democratic sweep, as well as current and proposed tax-incentive provisions for affordable housing and community development, budgeting and regulatory issues. The report also explores key Senate races and analyzes which Senators could be most influential in 2021, as well as what issues would be at the forefront should Joe Biden win the presidency and the Democratic Party control both the House and Senate. Michael Novogradac, CPA, the report’s lead author, wrote a blogpost that shares some insights from the report.

The U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today posted a notice seeking recommendations to be included on the 2020-2021 Priority Guidance Plan. The Priority Guidance Plan identifies guidance projects that the Treasury and the IRS intend to focus on from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

House Democrats today unveiled a $3 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, their proposal for “Phase 4” of pandemic relief legislation. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act would provide nearly $1 trillion to state and local governments to avert layoffs and $200 billion in hazard pay for essential workers.

The Internal Revenue Service issued a notice that clarifies that taxpayers are not allowed a deduction for an expense if payment of the expense results in forgiveness of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, and the income associated with the forgiveness is excluded from gross income.

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