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Missouri Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Outlook – 2019 Legislative Update

The Missouri Housing Development Commission Board (“MHDC Board”) failed to authorize state low-income housing tax credits (“MO LIHTC”) in 2018 due in large part to the political position and maneuverings of former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.  The MHDC Board is composed of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Attorney General, and six commissioners appointed by the Governor.  For much of 2018 the MHDC Board lacked a quorum which led to the delay in issuing a Qualified Allocation Plan (“QAP”).  While current Missouri Governor Mike Parsons voted against not allocating MO LIHTC in 2018 he also acknowledged a position supporting reforms and has been consistent on that message though specifics have not been publicly provided.

City of Springfield Receives Approval to Designate 3 Areas as “Qualified Opportunity Zones”

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) recently announced the selection of 161 census tracts receiving designation as “qualified opportunity zones,” including ten census tracts located in the City of Springfield[1]. The ten census tracts receiving designation in Springfield are concentrated in three distinct areas of the city: center city, north Springfield, and a portion of central Springfield.  The qualified opportunity zones program was adopted as part of the recent tax reform legislation and is designed to spur economic and infrastructure growth in areas with high poverty and low job growth.

New 50(d) guidance

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently issued temporary regulations with respect to income inclusion rules under Section 50(d) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Guidance on Section 50(d) has been anticipated primarily in the historic tax credit (HTC) arena, due to its implications for the pass-through of tax credits under a master tenant structure.

Proposed Extension of New Markets Tax Credit

Despite increased optimism in Congress’s ability to pass this year an extenders bill which would make certain temporary tax provisions permanent, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, has prepared a two-year “fallback” bill. The proposed bill contains provisions pertaining to both the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) and new markets tax credit (NMTC).

How to Remove a General Partner from a Real Estate Partnership

Default is an unfortunate reality in any partnership.  Though no one enters a partnership expecting the other party to default on its obligations, it poses a risk that must be properly addressed to mitigate the limited partner’s risk before the partnership is ever established.  This article will address the rights and remedies available to the limited partner when the general partner has failed to live up to its commitments, and the procedures that should be followed in obtaining relief.

Kansas City Passes Ordinance Requiring Building Owners to Disclose Energy and Water Usage

On June 4, 2015, by a 12-1 vote, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, passed the Energy Empowerment Ordinance (No. 150299) that will require building owners to disclose energy and water usage.

Missouri LIHTC Update: MHDC Weighs Domestic Violence and LIHTC Concentration Proposals

Recently, Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel urged the MHDC to use its LIHTC allocation to help combat affordable housing issues that are exacerbated among victims of domestic violence.

Missouri is Utilizing Historic Tax Credits to Revitalize Downtown Kansas City

Over the last fifteen years, you may have observed significant construction and rehabilitation of commercial and residential real estate in downtown Kansas City. To finance many of these projects, developers utilize both Federal and Missouri Historic Tax Credits (HTCs).