Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2006-11
March 13, 2006
This notice informs (1) state and local housing credit agencies that allocate low-income housing tax credits under § 42 of the Internal Revenue Code and (2) states and other issuers of tax-exempt private activity bonds under § 141, of the proper population figures to be used for calculating the 2006 calendar year population-based component of the state housing credit ceiling (Credit Ceiling) under § 42(h)(3)(C)(ii), the 2006 calendar year volume cap (Volume Cap) under § 146, and the 2006 volume limit (Volume Limit) under § 142(k)(5).
The population figures both for the population-based component of the Credit Ceiling and for the Volume Cap are determined by reference to § 146(j). That section provides generally that determinations of population for any calendar year are made on the basis of the most recent census estimate of the resident population of a state (or issuing authority) released by the U.S. Census Bureau before the beginning of such calendar year. Section 142(k)(5) provides that the Volume Limit is based on the State population.
The population-based component of the Credit Ceiling and the Volume Cap are adjusted for inflation pursuant to §§ 42(h)(3)(H) and 146(d)(2), respectively. The adjustments for the 2006 calendar year were published in Rev. Proc. 2005-70, 2005-47 I.R.B. 979. Section 3.07 of Rev. Proc. 2005-70 provides that, for calendar year 2006, the amounts used under § 42(h)(3)(C)(ii) to calculate the Credit Ceiling is the greater of $1.90 multiplied by the State population (see the resident population figures provided below) or $2,190,000. Further, section 3.15 of Rev. Proc. 2005-70 provides that the amounts used under § 146(d)(1) to calculate the Volume Cap for calendar year 2006 is the greater of $80 multiplied by the State population (see the resident population figures provided below) or $246,610,000.
The proper population figures for calculating the Credit Ceiling, the Volume Cap, and the Volume Limit for the 2006 calendar year are the estimates of the resident population of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico released by the U.S. Census Bureau on December 22, 2005, in Press Release CB05-187. The proper population figures for calculating the Credit Ceiling, the Volume Cap, and the Volume Limit for the 2006 calendar year for the insular areas (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands) are the figures released electronically by the U.S. Census Bureau on July 17, 2003, and referenced in Census Bureau Tip Sheet TP03-16, dated August 8, 2003. For convenience, these estimates are reprinted below.
|Resident Population Figures|
|Northern Mariana Islands||80,362|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||108,708|
The principal authors of this notice are Christopher J. Wilson, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries) and Timothy L. Jones, Office of the Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax-Exempt and Government Entities). For further information regarding this notice, contact Mr. Wilson at (202) 622-3040 (not a toll-free call).
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