February 10, 2014
Utility allowance changes in MA
With the exception of heat, DHCD has stopped calculating utility allowances for local PHAs in Massachusetts. You are likely to find you will no longer be able to obtain allowances from your Public Housing Authority for electricity, water, cooking etc.
As a result, you will need to avail yourself of one or more of the allowable methods for calculating allowances that are offered under revised section 42-10 of the IRC.
A link to this revised utility allowance procedure can be found here.
December 19, 2013
The new 2014 income limits have been released. Please see this blog post written by Erik Whitton for more information and links.
October 30, 2013
The Social Security Administration has just released the new 2014 COLA adjustments. It has been adjusted to 1.5%. Please see this link for details.
October 21, 2013
**NOTICE REGARDING RETIREMENT and INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS**
There has been confusion regarding how to document income and assets involving retirement accounts (IRAs/401ks/etc.) and other investment accounts (Investments without any sort of tax deferment or age restrictions).
Official Spectrum Policy is RMDS (Required Minimum DIstributions) do not trigger conversion of a retirement account to a non-asset. The RMD distribution is considered a lump sum asset and the balance in the account continues to be considered and asset.
Spectrum's position regarding Investments and retirement accounts is that there is no distinction. A withdrawal from any investment account just once a year is considered an asset (lump Sum) and the remaining balance is considered an asset.
Withdrawals twice a year are considered sporadic and therefore an asset. Withdrawals of three times a year or more of more are considered INCOME and the balance is no longer considered an asset.
Should this change we will post again.
June 3, 2013
Do you need LIHTC training? Spectrum Seminars will be in Boston in 2013. Click here for dates and registration information.
February 11, 2013
Massachusetts officials said Thursday that $67 million in state and federal funding and tax credits has been designated to build and preserve 23 affordable-housing developments in 21 communities... Continue reading article in the Boston Globe.
February 4, 2013
There is a new consent form to go along with the new TIC form. It can be downloaded from this page under the forms drop down menu at the left. It authorizes management to collect demographic data.
January 3, 2013
The letter to the owner PDF is now available under the EOY tab on the left panel. If you have questions please contact our office.
December 12, 2012
2013 LIHTC Income Limits have been revised. Follow this link for more information and clarification.
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