Internal Revenue Bulletin: 2015-12
March 23, 2015
This notice advises State and local housing credit agencies that allocate low-income housing tax credits under § 42 of the Internal Revenue Code, and States and other issuers of tax-exempt private activity bonds under § 141, of the population figures to use in calculating: (1) the 2015 calendar year population-based component of the State housing credit ceiling (Credit Ceiling) under § 42(h)(3)(C)(ii); (2) the 2015 calendar year volume cap (Volume Cap) under § 146; and (3) the 2015 volume limit (Volume Limit) under § 142(k)(5).
Generally, § 146(j) requires determining the population figures for the population-based component of both the Credit Ceiling and the Volume Cap for any calendar year 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 the calendar year. Similarly, § 142(k)(5) bases the Volume Limit on the State population.
Sections 42(h)(3)(H) and 146(d)(2) require adjusting for inflation the population-based component of the Credit Ceiling and the Volume Cap. The adjustments for the 2015 calendar year are in Rev. Proc. 2014–61, 2014–47 I.R.B. 860. Section 3.09 of Rev. Proc. 2014–61 provides that, for calendar year 2015, the amount for calculating the Credit Ceiling under § 42(h)(3)(C)(ii) is the greater of $2.30 multiplied by the State population, or $2,680,000. Further, section 3.20 of Rev. Proc. 2014–61 provides that the amount for calculating the Volume Cap under § 146(d)(1) for calendar year 2015 is the greater of $100 multiplied by the State population, or $301,515,000.
For the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the population figures for calculating the Credit Ceiling, the Volume Cap, and the Volume Limit for the 2015 calendar year are the resident population estimates released electronically by the U.S. Census Bureau on December 23, 2014, and described in Press Release CB14–232. For American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the population figures for the 2015 calendar year are the 2014 midyear population figures in the U.S. Census Bureau’s International Data Base (IDB). The U.S. Census Bureau electronically announced an update of the IDB on December 19, 2013, in Press Release CB13–TPS.108.
For convenience, these figures are reprinted below.
|Resident Population Figures|
|District of Columbia||658,893|
|Northern Mariana Islands||51,483|
|Virgin Islands, U.S.||104,170|
The principal authors of this notice are James A. Holmes, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs and Special Industries), and Timothy L. Jones, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Financial Institutions and Products). For further information regarding this notice, please contact Mr. Holmes at (202) 317-4137 (not a toll-free number).
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