Statutorily Mandated Designation of Difficult Development Areas and Qualified Census Tracts for 2010, 51304-51316 [E9-23967]

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Pending Authorization. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended. Dated: September 28, 2009. Bessy Kong, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Programs, and Legislative Initiatives. [FR Doc. E9–23969 Filed 10–5–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Notice of Availability: Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Family Unification Program (FUP) AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. Notice. SUMMARY: HUD announces the availability on its Web site of the applicant information, deadline information, and other requirements for the Family Unification Program (FUP) NOFA for FY2009. Approximately $14.6 million is made available through this NOFA, through the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111– 8, approved March 11, 2009). 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Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access these numbers via TTY by calling the Federal Information Relay Service at 1–800–877–8339. Dated: September 23, 2009. Sandra B. Henriquez, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. [FR Doc. E9–23970 Filed 10–5–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 220001 [Docket No. FR–5349–N–01] [Docket No. FR–5342–N–01] ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Statutorily Mandated Designation of Difficult Development Areas and Qualified Census Tracts for 2010 AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, HUD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This document designates ‘‘Difficult Development Areas’’ (DDAs) and ‘‘Qualified Census Tracts’’ (QCTs) for purposes of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) (26 U.S.C. 42). The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes new DDA designations annually and is making new designation of QCTs at this time on the basis of revised metropolitan statistical area (MSA) definitions published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In accordance with the Gulf Opportunity Zone (GO Zone) Act of 2005, the authorization for GO Zone DDAs expires on December 31, 2010 and consequently, this will be the last designation of GO Zone DDAs. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on how areas are designated and on geographic definitions, contact Michael K. Hollar, Senior Economist, Economic Development and Public Finance Division, Office of Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 8234, Washington, DC 20410–6000; telephone number (202) 402–5878, or send an email to Michael.K.Hollar@hud.gov. For specific legal questions pertaining to Section 42, contact Branch 5, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, Passthroughs and Special Industries, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224; telephone number (202) 622– 3040, fax number (202) 622–4753. For questions about the ‘‘HUB Zones’’ program, contact Mariana Pardo, Assistant Administrator for Procurement Policy, Office of Government Contracting, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Suite 8800, Washington, DC 20416; telephone number (202) 205– 8885, fax number (202) 205–7167, or send an e-mail to hubzone@sba.gov. A text telephone is available for persons with hearing or speech impairments at 202–708–8339. (These are not toll-free telephone numbers.) Additional copies E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES of this notice are available through HUD User at 800–245–2691 for a small fee to cover duplication and mailing costs. Copies Available Electronically: This notice and additional information about DDAs and QCTs are available electronically on the Internet at http:// www.huduser.org/datasets/qct.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Document This notice designates DDAs for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The designations of DDAs in this notice are based on final Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Fair Market Rents (FMRs), FY2009 income limits, and 2000 Census population counts, as explained below. This notice also lists those areas treated as DDAs under the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005 (GO Zone Act) (Pub. L. 109–135; the GO Zone Act, as amended by the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007). Specifically, the GO Zone Act provides that areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the federal government under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act)’’ as a result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma: (1) Shall be treated as DDAs designated under subclause (I) of Internal Revenue Code section 42(d)(5)(C)(iii)1 (i.e., areas designated by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development as having high construction, land, and utility costs relative to area median gross income (AMGI)), and (2) shall not be taken into account for purposes of applying the limitation under subclause II of such section (i.e., the 20 percent cap on the total population of designated areas). In accordance with the Go Zone Act as amended, GO Zone DDAs expire on December 31, 2010. Thus, this will be the last DDA designation containing GO Zone DDAs. This notice also re-designates QCTs based on those newly defined MSAs published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) since 2006 that have been included in HUD’s Section 8 Income Limits though FY2009. New MSAs have been designated in Arizona and Florida, however these result only in changes to QCT designations in the new Arizona metropolitan area and the nonmetropolitan part of Arizona. The 1 Section 42(d)(5)(C)(iii) was re-designated section 42(d)(5)(B)(iii) by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 220001 designations of QCTs under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code published September 28, 2006, (71 FR 57234) for the remainder of Arizona, the remaining 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and on December 19, 2003, (68 FR 70982) for American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, remain in effect because QCTs in these areas are not affected by the updated metropolitan area definitions. 2000 Census Data from the 2000 Census on total population of metropolitan areas and nonmetropolitan areas are used in the designation of DDAs. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) first published new metropolitan area definitions incorporating 2000 Census data in OMB Bulletin No. 03–04 on June 6, 2003, and updated them periodically through OMB Bulletin No. 08–01 on November 20, 2007. The FY2009 FMRs and FY2009 income limits used to designate DDAs are based on these new metropolitan statistical area (MSA) definitions, with modifications to account for substantial differences in rental housing markets (and, in some cases, median income levels) within MSAs. The most recent update of MSA definitions published in OMB Bulletin No. 09–01 on November 20, 2008 are inconsistent with the FY2009 FMRs and FY2009 income limits and therefore are not incorporated in these DDA and QCT designations. Background The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and its Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are authorized to interpret and enforce the provisions of the Code, including the LIHTC found at Section 42 of the Code. The Secretary of HUD is required to designate DDAs and QCTs by Section 42(d)(5)(C) (re-designated section 42(d)(5)(B) by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008) of the Code. In order to assist in understanding HUD’s mandated designation of DDAs and QCTs for use in administering Section 42, a summary of the section is provided. The following summary does not purport to bind Treasury or the IRS in any way, nor does it purport to bind HUD, since HUD has authority to interpret or administer the Code only in instances where it receives explicit statutory delegation. Summary of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit The LIHTC is a tax incentive intended to increase the availability of lowincome housing. Section 42 provides an income tax credit to owners of newly PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51305 constructed or substantially rehabilitated low-income rental housing projects. The dollar amount of the LIHTC available for allocation by each state (credit ceiling) is limited by population. Each state is allowed a credit ceiling based on a statutory formula indicated at Section 42(h)(3). States may carry forward unallocated credits derived from the credit ceiling for one year; however, to the extent such unallocated credits are not used by then, the credits go into a national pool to be redistributed to states as additional credit. State and local housing agencies allocate the state’s credit ceiling among low-income housing buildings whose owners have applied for the credit. Besides Section 42 credits derived from the credit ceiling, states may also provide Section 42 credits to owners of buildings based on the percentage of certain building costs financed by taxexempt bond proceeds. Credits provided under the tax-exempt bond ‘‘volume cap’’ do not reduce the credits available from the credit ceiling. The credits allocated to a building are based on the cost of units placed in service as low-income units under particular minimum occupancy and maximum rent criteria. In general, a building must meet one of two thresholds to be eligible for the LIHTC: Either 20 percent of the units must be rent-restricted and occupied by tenants with incomes no higher than 50 percent of the Area Median Gross Income (AMGI), or 40 percent of the units must be rent-restricted and occupied by tenants with incomes no higher than 60 percent of AMGI. The term ‘‘rentrestricted’’ means that gross rent, including an allowance for tenant-paid utilities, cannot exceed 30 percent of the tenant’s imputed income limitation (i.e., 50 percent or 60 percent of AMGI). The rent and occupancy thresholds remain in effect for at least 15 years, and building owners are required to enter into agreements to maintain the lowincome character of the building for at least an additional 15 years. The LIHTC reduces income tax liability dollar-for-dollar. It is taken annually for a term of 10 years and is intended to yield a present value of either: (1) 70 percent of the ‘‘qualified basis’’ for new construction or substantial rehabilitation expenditures that are not federally subsidized (as defined in Section 42(i)(2)), or (2) 30 percent of the qualified basis for the cost of acquiring certain existing buildings or projects that are federally subsidized. The actual credit rates are adjusted monthly for projects placed in service after 1987 under procedures specified in Section 42. Individuals can use the E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 51306 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Notices credits up to a deduction equivalent of $25,000 (the actual maximum amount of credit that an individual can claim depends on the individual’s marginal tax rate). For buildings placed in service after December 31, 2007, individuals can use the credits against the alternative minimum tax. Corporations, other than S or personal service corporations, can use the credits against ordinary income tax, and, for buildings placed in service after December 31, 2007, against the alternative minimum tax. These corporations also can deduct losses from the project. The qualified basis represents the product of the building’s ‘‘applicable fraction’’ and its ‘‘eligible basis.’’ The applicable fraction is based on the number of low-income units in the building as a percentage of the total number of units, or based on the floor space of low-income units as a percentage of the total floor space of residential units in the building. The eligible basis is the adjusted basis attributable to acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction costs (depending on the type of LIHTC involved). These costs include amounts chargeable to a capital account that are incurred prior to the end of the first taxable year in which the qualified lowincome building is placed in service or, at the election of the taxpayer, the end of the succeeding taxable year. In the case of buildings located in designated DDAs or designated QCTs, eligible basis can be increased up to 130 percent from what it would otherwise be. This means that the available credits also can be increased by up to 30 percent. For example, if a 70 percent credit is available, it effectively could be increased to as much as 91 percent. Section 42 of the Code defines a DDA as any area designated by the Secretary of HUD as an area that has high construction, land, and utility costs relative to the AMGI. All designated DDAs in metropolitan areas (taken together) may not contain more than 20 percent of the aggregate population of all metropolitan areas, and all designated areas not in metropolitan areas may not contain more than 20 percent of the aggregate population of all nonmetropolitan areas. Under section 42(d)(5)(B) of the Code, a Qualified Census Tract is any census tract (or equivalent geographic area defined by the Bureau of the Census) in which at least 50 percent of households have an income less than 60 percent of the AMGI or, where the poverty rate is at least 25 percent. There is a limit on the number of Qualified Census Tracts in any metropolitan statistical area that may be designated to receive an increase VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 220001 in eligible basis: All of the designated census tracts within a given metropolitan area may not together contain more than 20 percent of the total population of the metropolitan area. For purposes of HUD designations of Qualified Census Tracts, all nonmetropolitan areas in a state are treated as if they constituted a single nonmetropolitan area. The GO Zone Act provides that areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma shall be treated as DDAs designated under subclause I of Internal Revenue Code section 42(d)(5)(C)(iii) (i.e., areas designated by the Secretary of HUD as having high construction, land, and utility costs relative to AMGI), and shall not be taken into account for purposes of applying the limitation under subclause II of such section (i.e., the 20 percent cap on the total population of designated areas). This notice lists the affected areas described in the GO Zone Act. Because the populations of DDAs designated under the GO Zone Act are not counted against the statutory 20 percent cap on the aggregate population of DDAs, the total population of designated metropolitan DDAs (regular and GO Zone) listed in this notice exceeds 20 percent of the total population of all MSAs, and the population of all nonmetropolitan DDAs listed in this notice exceeds 20 percent of the total population of nonmetropolitan counties. In accordance with the GO Zone Act as amended, the authorization for GO Zone DDAs expires on December 31, 2010 and consequently, this will be the last designation of GO Zone DDAs. Section 42(d)(5)(C)(v) as added to the Code by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and re-designated as Section 42(d)(5)(B)(v), allows states to award an increase in basis up to 30 percent to buildings located outside of federally designated DDAs and QCTs if the increase is necessary to make the building financially feasible. This state discretion applies only to buildings allocated credits under the state housing credit ceiling and is not permitted for buildings receiving credits in connection with tax-exempt bonds. Rules for such designations shall be set forth in the LIHTC-allocating agencies’ qualified allocation plans (QAPs). PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Explanation of HUD Designation Methodology A. Difficult Development Areas This notice lists all areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma as DDAs according to lists of counties and parishes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site (http:// www.fema.gov/). Affected metropolitan areas and nonmetropolitan areas are assigned the indicator ‘‘[GO Zone]’’ in the lists of DDAs. In developing the list of the remaining DDAs, HUD compared housing costs with incomes. HUD used 2000 Census population data and the MSA definitions, as published in OMB Bulletin No. 08–01 on November 20, 2007, with modifications, as described below. In keeping with past practice of basing the coming year’s DDA designations on data from the preceding year, the basis for these comparisons is the FY2009 HUD income limits for very low-income households (Very LowIncome Limits, or VLILs), which are based on 50 percent of AMGI, and final FY2009 FMRs used for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. In formulating the FY2009 FMRs and VLILs, HUD modified the current OMB definitions of MSAs to account for substantial differences in rents among areas within each new MSA that were in different FMR areas under definitions used in prior years. HUD formed these ‘‘HUD Metro FMR Areas’’ (HMFAs) in cases where one or more of the parts of newly defined MSAs that previously were in separate FMR areas had 2000 Census base 40th-percentile recentmover rents that differed, by 5 percent or more, from the same statistic calculated at the MSA level. In addition, a few HMFAs were formed on the basis of very large differences in AMGIs among the MSA parts. All HMFAs are contained entirely within MSAs. All nonmetropolitan counties are outside of MSAs and are not broken up by HUD for purposes of setting FMRs and VLILs. (Complete details on HUD’s process for determining FY2009 FMR areas and FMRs are available at http:// www.huduser.org/datasets/fmr/fmrs/ fy2009_code/index.asp?data=fmr09. Complete details on HUD’s process for determining FY2009 income limits are available at http://www.huduser.org/ datasets/il/il09/index.html.) HUD’s unit of analysis for designating metropolitan DDAs, therefore, consists of: Entire MSAs, in cases where these were not broken up into HMFAs for E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Notices purposes of computing FMRs and VLILs; and HMFAs within the MSAs that were broken up for such purposes. Hereafter in this notice, the unit of analysis for designating metropolitan DDAs will be called the HMFA, and the unit of analysis for nonmetropolitan DDAs will be the nonmetropolitan county or county equivalent area. The procedure used in making the DDA calculations follows: 1. For each HMFA and each nonmetropolitan county, a ratio was calculated. This calculation used the final FY2009 two-bedroom FMR and the FY2009 four-person VLIL. a. The numerator of the ratio was the area’s final FY2009 FMR. In general, the FMR is based on the 40th-percentile gross rent paid by recent movers to live in a two-bedroom apartment. In metropolitan areas granted a FMR based on the 50th-percentile rent for purposes of improving the administration of HUD’s HCV program (see 71 FR 5068), the 40th-percentile rent was used to ensure nationwide consistency of comparisons. b. The denominator of the ratio was the monthly LIHTC income-based rent limit, which was calculated as 1⁄12 of 30 percent of 120 percent of the area’s VLIL (where the VLIL was rounded to the nearest $50 and not allowed to exceed 80 percent of the AMGI in areas where the VLIL is adjusted upward from its 50 percent-of-AMGI base). 2. The ratios of the FMR to the LIHTC income-based rent limit were arrayed in descending order, separately, for HMFAs and for nonmetropolitan counties. 3. The non-GO Zone DDAs are those HMFAs and nonmetropolitan counties not in areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma, with the highest ratios cumulative to 20 percent of the 2000 population of all HMFAs and of all nonmetropolitan counties, respectively. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES B. Qualified Census Tracts In developing this list of QCTs, HUD used 2000 Census 100-percent count data on total population, total households, and population in households; a special tabulation of household income at the tract level from the 2000 Census; the 2000 Census base AMGIs computed at the HMFA level as described above to determine tract eligibility; and the MSA definitions published in OMB Bulletin No. 08–01 on November 20, 2007, for determining how many eligible tracts can be VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 220001 designated under the statutory 20 percent population cap. HUD uses the HMFA-level AMGIs to determine QCT eligibility because the statute, specifically 26 U.S.C. 42(d)(5)(B)(iv)(II), refers to the same section of the Code that defines income for purposes of tenant eligibility and unit maximum rent, specifically 26 U.S.C. 42(g)(4). By rule, the IRS sets these income limits according to HUD’s VLILs, which in FY2006 and thereafter are established at the HMFA level. Similarly, HUD uses the entire MSA to determine how many eligible tracts can be designated under the 20 percent population cap as required by the statute (26 U.S.C. 42(d)(5)(B)(ii)(III)), which states that MSAs should be treated as singular areas. The QCTs were determined as follows: 1. To be eligible to be designated a QCT, a census tract must have 50 percent of its households with incomes below 60 percent of the AMGI or have a poverty rate of 25 percent or more. In metropolitan areas, HUD calculates 60 percent of AMGI by multiplying by a factor of 0.6 the HMFA median family income for 1999, as estimated by HUD from 2000 Census data. Outside of metropolitan areas, HUD calculates 60 percent of AMGI by multiplying by a factor of 0.6 the state-specific, nonmetropolitan balance median family income for 1999, as estimated by HUD. (For a complete listing of HMFA median family incomes for 1999, see http:// www.huduser.org/datasets/il/il09/ msacounty_medians.pdf. For a complete listing of state non-metropolitan balance median family incomes for 1999, see http://www.huduser.org/datasets/il/ il09/Medians2009.pdf.) 2. For each census tract, the percentage of households below the 60 percent income standard (income criterion) was determined by: (a) Calculating the average household size of the census tract, (b) applying the income standard after adjusting it to match the average household size, and (c) calculating the number of households with incomes below the income standard. In performing this calculation, HUD used a special tabulation of household income data from the 2000 Census that provides more detail than the data on household income distribution publicly released by the Census Bureau and used in the designation of QCTs published December 12, 2002. Therefore, even in MSAs where there was no geographic change, a different set of census tracts may be determined eligible and designated as QCTs based on these more accurate data. HUD’s special tabulations of census tract household income PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51307 distribution are available for download from http://qct.huduser.org/tables/ data_request.odb. 3. For each census tract, the poverty rate was determined by dividing the population with incomes below the poverty line by the population for whom poverty status has been determined. 4. QCTs are those census tracts in which 50 percent or more of the households meet the income criterion, or 25 percent or more of the population is in poverty, such that the population of all census tracts that satisfy either one or both of these criteria does not exceed 20 percent of the total population of the respective area. 5. In areas where more than 20 percent of the population resides in eligible census tracts, census tracts are designated as QCTs in accordance with the following procedure: a. Eligible tracts are placed in one of two groups. The first group includes tracts that satisfy both the income and poverty criteria for QCTs. The second group includes tracts that satisfy either the income criterion or the poverty criterion, but not both. b. Tracts in the first group are ranked from lowest to highest on the income criterion. Then, tracts in the first group are ranked from lowest to highest on the poverty criterion. The two ranks are averaged to yield a combined rank. The tracts are then sorted on the combined rank, with the census tract with the highest combined rank being placed at the top of the sorted list. In the event of a tie, more populous tracts are ranked above less populous ones. c. Tracts in the second group are ranked from lowest to highest on the income criterion. Then, tracts in the second group are ranked from lowest to highest on the poverty criterion. The two ranks are then averaged to yield a combined rank. The tracts are then sorted on the combined rank, with the census tract with the highest combined rank being placed at the top of the sorted list. In the event of a tie, more populous tracts are ranked above less populous ones. d. The ranked first group is stacked on top of the ranked second group to yield a single, concatenated, ranked list of eligible census tracts. e. Working down the single, concatenated, ranked list of eligible tracts, census tracts are designated until the designation of an additional tract would cause the 20 percent limit to be exceeded. If a census tract is not designated because doing so would raise the designated population percentage above 20 percent, subsequent census tracts are then considered to determine E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 51308 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Notices data justifies accepting small variances above the 20 percent limit. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES if one or more census tract(s) with smaller population(s) could be designated without exceeding the 20 percent limit. C. Application of Population Caps to DDA Determinations In identifying DDAs, HUD applied caps, or limitations, as noted above. The cumulative population of metropolitan DDAs not in areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma cannot exceed 20 percent of the cumulative population of all metropolitan areas. The cumulative population of nonmetropolitan DDAs not in areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Katrina, Rita, or Wilma cannot exceed 20 percent of the cumulative population of all nonmetropolitan areas. In applying these caps, HUD established procedures to deal with how to treat small overruns of the caps. The remainder of this section explains those procedures. In general, HUD stops selecting areas when it is impossible to choose another area without exceeding the applicable cap. The only exceptions to this policy are when the next eligible excluded area contains either a large absolute population or a large percentage of the total population, or the next excluded area’s ranking ratio, as described above, was identical (to four decimal places) to the last area selected, and its inclusion resulted in only a minor overrun of the cap. Thus, for both the designated metropolitan and nonmetropolitan DDAs, there may be minimal overruns of the cap. HUD believes the designation of additional areas in the above examples of minimal overruns is consistent with the intent of the Code. As long as the apparent excess is small due to measurement errors, some latitude is justifiable because it is impossible to determine whether the 20 percent cap has been exceeded. Despite the care and effort involved in a Decennial Census, the Census Bureau and all users of the data recognize that the population counts for a given area and for the entire country are not precise. Therefore, the extent of the measurement error is unknown. There can be errors in both the numerator and denominator of the ratio of populations used in applying a 20 percent cap. In circumstances where a strict application of a 20 percent cap results in an anomalous situation, recognition of the unavoidable imprecision in the census VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 220001 D. Exceptions to OMB Definitions of MSAs and Other Geographic Matters As stated in OMB Bulletin 08–01, defining metropolitan areas: OMB establishes and maintains the definitions of Metropolitan * * * Statistical Areas, * * * solely for statistical purposes. * * * OMB does not take into account or attempt to anticipate any non-statistical uses that may be made of the definitions[.] In cases where * * * an agency elects to use the Metropolitan * * * Area definitions in nonstatistical programs, it is the sponsoring agency’s responsibility to ensure that the definitions are appropriate for such use. An agency using the statistical definitions in a nonstatistical program may modify the definitions, but only for the purposes of that program. In such cases, any modifications should be clearly identified as deviations from the OMB statistical area definitions in order to avoid confusion with OMB’s official definitions of Metropolitan * * * Statistical Areas. Following OMB guidance, the estimation procedure for the FY2009 FMRs incorporates the current OMB definitions of metropolitan areas based on the Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) standards, as implemented with 2000 Census data, but makes adjustments to the definitions, in order to separate subparts of these areas in cases where FMRs (and in a few cases, VLILs) would otherwise change significantly if the new area definitions were used without modification. In CBSAs where sub-areas are established, it is HUD’s view that the geographic extent of the housing markets are not yet the same as the geographic extent of the CBSAs, but may approach becoming so as the social and economic integration of the CBSA component areas increases. The geographic baseline for the new estimation procedure is the CBSA Metropolitan Areas (referred to as Metropolitan Statistical Areas or MSAs) and CBSA Non-Metropolitan Counties (nonmetropolitan counties include the county components of Micropolitan CBSAs where the counties are generally assigned separate FMRs). The HUDmodified CBSA definitions allow for subarea FMRs within MSAs based on the boundaries of ‘‘Old FMR Areas’’ (OFAs) within the boundaries of new MSAs. (OFAs are the FMR areas defined for the FY2005 FMRs. Collectively, they include the June 30, 1999, OMB definitions of MSAs and Primary MSAs (old definition MSAs/PMSAs), metropolitan counties deleted from old definition MSAs/PMSAs by HUD for FMR-setting purposes, and counties and county parts outside of old definition MSAs/PMSAs referred to as non- PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 metropolitan counties.) Subareas of MSAs are assigned their own FMRs when the subarea 2000 Census Base FMR differs significantly from the MSA 2000 Census Base FMR (or, in some cases, where the 2000 Census base AMGI differs significantly from the MSA 2000 Census Base AMGI). MSA subareas, and the remaining portions of MSAs after subareas have been determined, are referred to as ‘‘HUD Metro FMR Areas (HMFAs),’’ to distinguish such areas from OMB’s official definition of MSAs. In addition, Waller County, Texas, which is part of the Houston-BaytownSugar Land, TX HMFA, is not an area ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. It is, therefore, excluded from the definition of the Houston-BaytownSugar Land, TX HMFA and is assigned the FMR and VLIL of the HoustonBaytown-Sugar Land, TX HMFA and is evaluated as if it were a separate metropolitan area for purposes of designating DDAs. The HoustonBaytown-Sugar Land, TX HMFA is assigned the indicator ‘‘(part)’’ in the list of Metropolitan DDAs. In the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), HMFAs are defined according to county subdivisions or minor civil divisions (MCDs), rather than county boundaries. However, since no part of a HMFA is outside an OMB-defined, county-based MSA, all New England nonmetropolitan counties are kept intact for purposes of designating Nonmetropolitan DDAs. For the convenience of readers of this notice, the geographical definitions of designated Metropolitan DDAs are included in the list of DDAs. The Census Bureau provides no tabulations of 2000 Census data for Broomfield County, Colorado, an area that was created from parts of four Colorado counties when the city of Broomfield became a county in November 2001. Broomfield County is made up of former parts of Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld Counties. The boundaries of Broomfield County are similar, but not identical to, the boundaries of the city of Broomfield at the time of the 2000 Census. In OMB metropolitan area definitions and, therefore, for purposes of this notice, Broomfield County is included as part of the Denver-Aurora, CO MSA. Census tracts in Broomfield County include the parts of the Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld County census tracts that E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Notices were within the boundaries of the city of Broomfield according to the 2000 Census, plus parts of three Adams County tracts (85.15, 85.16, and 85.28), and one Jefferson County tract (98.25) that were not within any municipality during the 2000 Census but which, according to Census Bureau maps, are within the boundaries of Broomfield County. Data for Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld Counties and their census tracts were adjusted to exclude the data assigned to Broomfield County and its census tracts. Future Designations DDAs are designated annually as updated income and FMR data are made public. QCTs are designated periodically as new data become available, or as metropolitan area definitions change. QCTs are being updated at this time to reflect the recent changes to 2000 Census-based metropolitan area definitions (OMB Bulletin 03–04, June 6, 2003, as updated through OMB Bulletin 08–01, November 20, 2007). jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Effective Date For DDAs designated by reason of being in areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma (the GO Zone Designation), the designation is effective: (1) For housing credit dollar amounts allocated and buildings placed in service during the period beginning on January 1, 2006, and ending on December 31, 2010; or (2) For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, for buildings placed in service during the period beginning on January 1, 2006, and ending on December 31, 2010, but only with respect to bonds issued after December 31, 2005. The 2010 lists of DDAs that are not part of the GO Zone Designation are effective: (1) For allocations of credit after December 31, 2009; or (2) For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Code, if the bonds are issued and the building is placed in service after December 31, 2009. If an area is not on a subsequent list of DDAs, the 2010 lists are effective for the area if: (1) The allocation of credit to an applicant is made no later than the end of the 365-day period after the applicant submits a complete application to the LIHTC-allocating agency, and the VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 220001 submission is made before the effective date of the subsequent lists; or (2) For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Code, if: (a) The bonds are issued or the building is placed in service no later than the end of the 365-day period after the applicant submits a complete application to the bond-issuing agency, and (b) the submission is made before the effective date of the subsequent lists, provided that both the issuance of the bonds and the placement in service of the building occur after the application is submitted. An application is deemed to be submitted on the date it is filed if the application is determined to be complete by the credit-allocating or bond-issuing agency. A ‘‘complete application’’ means that no more than de minimis clarification of the application is required for the agency to make a decision about the allocation of tax credits or issuance of bonds requested in the application. In the case of a ‘‘multiphase project,’’ the DDA or QCT status of the site of the project that applies for all phases of the project is that which applied when the project received its first allocation of LIHTC. For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Code, the DDA or QCT status of the site of the project that applies for all phases of the project is that which applied when the first of the following occurred: (a) The building(s) in the first phase were placed in service or (b) the bonds were issued. For purposes of this notice, a ‘‘multiphase project’’ is defined as a set of buildings to be constructed or rehabilitated under the rules of the LIHTC and meeting the following criteria: (1) The multiphase composition of the project (i.e., total number of buildings and phases in project, with a description of how many buildings are to be built in each phase and when each phase is to be completed, and any other information required by the agency) is made known by the applicant in the first application of credit for any building in the project, and that applicant identifies the buildings in the project for which credit is (or will be) sought; (2) The aggregate amount of LIHTC applied for on behalf of, or that would eventually be allocated to, the buildings on the site exceeds the one-year limitation on credits per applicant, as defined in the QAP of the LIHTCallocating agency, or the annual per capita credit authority of the LIHTC allocating agency, and is the reason the PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51309 applicant must request multiple allocations over 2 or more years; and (3) All applications for LIHTC for buildings on the site are made in immediately consecutive years. Members of the public are hereby reminded that the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, or the Secretary’s designee, has sole legal authority to designate DDAs and QCTs by publishing lists of geographic entities as defined by, in the case of DDAs, the several states and the governments of the insular areas of the United States and, in the case of QCTs, by the Census Bureau; and to establish the effective dates of such lists. The Secretary of the Treasury, through the IRS thereof, has sole legal authority to interpret, and to determine and enforce compliance with the Code and associated regulations, including Federal Register notices published by HUD for purposes of designating DDAs and QCTs. Representations made by any other entity as to the content of HUD notices designating DDAs and QCTs that do not precisely match the language published by HUD should not be relied upon by taxpayers in determining what actions are necessary to comply with HUD notices. Interpretive Examples of Effective Date For the convenience of readers of this notice, interpretive examples are provided below to illustrate the consequences of the effective date in areas that gain or lose DDA status. The term ‘‘regular DDA,’’ as used below, refers to DDAs that are designated by the Secretary of HUD as having high construction, land, and utility costs relative to AMGI. The term ‘‘GO Zone DDA’’ refers to areas ‘‘determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal Government’’ under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. The examples covering regular DDAs are equally applicable to QCT designations. (Case A) Project A is located in a 2010 regular DDA that is not a designated regular DDA in 2011. A complete application for tax credits for Project A is filed with the allocating agency on November 15, 2010. Credits are allocated to Project A on October 30, 2011. Project A is eligible for the increase in basis accorded a project in a 2010 regular DDA because the application was filed before January 1, 2011 (the assumed effective date for the 2011 regular DDA lists), and because tax credits were allocated no later than the end of the 365-day period after the filing of the complete application for an allocation of tax credits. E:\FR\FM\06OCN1.SGM 06OCN1 51310 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES (Case B) Project B is located in a 2010 regular DDA that is NOT a designated regular DDA in 2011 or 2012. A complete application for tax credits for Project B is filed with the allocating agency on December 1, 2010. Credits are allocated to Project B on March 30, 2012. Project B is not eligible for the increase in basis accorded a project in a 2010 regular DDA because, although the application for an allocation of tax credits was filed before January 1, 2011 (the assumed effective date of the 2011 regular DDA lists), the tax credits were allocated later than the end of the 365day period after the filing of the complete application. (Case C) Project C is located in a 2010 regular DDA that was not a DDA in 2009. Project C was placed in service on November 15, 2009. A complete application for tax-exempt bond financing for Project C is filed with the bond-issuing agency on January 15, 2010. The bonds that will support the permanent financing of Project C are issued on September 30, 2010. Project C is NOT eligible for the increase in basis otherwise accorded a project in a 2010 DDA because the project was placed in service before January 1, 2010. (Case D) Project D is located in an area that is a regular DDA in 2010, but is NOT a regular DDA in 2011. A complete application for tax-exempt bond financing for Project D is filed with the bond-issuing agency on October 30, 2010. Bonds are issued for Project D on April 30, 2011, but Project D is not placed in service until January 30, 2012. Project D is eligible for the increase in basis available to projects located in 2010 regular DDAs because: (1) one of the two events necessary for triggering the effective date for buildings described in Section 42(h)(4)(B) of the Code (the two events being bonds issued and buildings placed in service) took place on April 30, 2011, within the 365day period after a complete application for tax-exempt bond financing was filed, (2) the application was filed during a time when the location of Project D was in a regular DDA, and (3) both the issuance of the bonds and placement in service of project D occurred after the application was submitted. (Case E) Project E is located in a GO Zone DDA. The bonds used to finance Project E are issued on July 1, 2010, and Project E is placed in service July 1, VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:15 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 220001 2012. Project E is not eligible for the increase in basis available to projects in GO Zone DDAs because it was not placed in service during the period that began on January 1, 2006, and ends on December 31, 2010. (Case F) Project F is located in a GO Zone DDA. The bonds used to finance Project F were issued July 1, 2005, and Project F is placed in service on July 1, 2010. Project F is not eligible for the increase in basis available to projects in GO Zone DDAs because the bonds used to finance project F were issued before January 1, 2006. (Case G) Project G is a multiphase project located in a 2010 regular DDA that is NOT a designated regular DDA in 2011. The first phase of Project G received an allocation of credits in 2010, pursuant to an application filed March 15, 2010, which describes the multiphase composition of the project. An application for tax credits for the second phase Project G is filed with the allocating agency by the same entity on March 15, 2011. The second phase of Project G is located on a contiguous site. Credits are allocated to the second phase of Project G on October 30, 2011. The aggregate amount of credits allocated to the two phases of Project G exceeds the amount of credits that may be allocated to an applicant in one year under the allocating agency’s QAP and is the reason that applications were made in multiple phases. The second phase of Project G is, therefore, eligible for the increase in basis accorded a project in a 2010 regular DDA, because it meets all of the conditions to be a part of a multiphase project. (Case H) Project H is a multiphase project located in a 2010 regular DDA that is NOT a designated regular DDA in 2011. The first phase of Project H received an allocation of credits in 2010, pursuant to an application filed March 15, 2010, which does not describe the multiphase composition of the project. An application for tax credits for the second phase of Project H is filed with the allocating agency by the same entity on March 15, 2012. Credits are allocated to the second phase of Project H on October 30, 2012. The aggregate amount of credits allocated to the two phases of Project H exceeds the amount of credits that may be allocated to an applicant in one year under the allocating agency’s QAP. The second phase of Project H is, PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 therefore, not eligible for the increase in basis accorded a project in a 2010 regular DDA, since it does not meet all of the conditions for a multiphase project, as defined in this notice. The original application for credits for the first phase did not describe the multiphase composition of the project. Also, the application for credits for the second phase of Project H was not made in the year immediately following the first phase application year. Findings and Certifications Environmental Impact In accordance with 40 CFR 1508.4 of the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality and 24 CFR 50.19(c)(6) of HUD’s regulations, the policies and procedures contained in this notice provide for the establishment of fiscal requirements or procedures that do not constitute a development decision affecting the physical condition of specific project areas or building sites and, therefore, are categorically excluded from the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, except for extraordinary circumstances, and no Finding of No Significant Impact is required. Federalism Impact Executive Order 13132 (entitled ‘‘Federalism’’) prohibits an agency from publishing any policy document that has federalism implications if the document either imposes substantial direct compliance costs on state and local governments and is not required by statute, or the document preempts state law, unless the agency meets the consultation and funding requirements of section 6 of the executive order. This notice merely designates DDAs as required under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, for the use by political subdivisions of the states in allocating the LIHTC. This notice also details the technical methodology used in making such designations. As a result, this notice is not subject to review under the order. Dated: September 25, 2009. Raphael W. Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. 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E9–23967 Filed 10–5–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Minerals Management Service [Docket No. MMS–2009–OMM–0013] MMS Information Collection Activity: 1010–0006, Leasing of Sulphur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf and Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing, Extension of a Collection; Comment Request AGENCY: Minerals Management Service (MMS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of extension of an information collection (1010–0006). jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), MMS is inviting comments on a collection of information that we will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The information collection request (ICR) concerns the paperwork requirements in the regulations under 30 CFR 256, ‘‘Leasing of Sulphur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf,’’ and 30 CFR 260, ‘‘Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing.’’ DATES: Submit written comments by December 7, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch at (703) 787–1607. You may also contact Cheryl Blundon to obtain a copy, at no cost, of the regulations and the forms that require the subject collection of information. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods listed below. • Electronically: go to http:// www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID,’’ enter docket ID MMS–2009–OMM–0013 then click search. Under the tab ‘‘View by Docket Folder’’ you can submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this collection of information. The MMS will post all comments. • Mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Minerals Management Service; Attention: Cheryl Blundon; 381 Elden Street, MS–4024; Herndon, Virginia 20170–4817. Please reference Information Collection 1010– 0006 in your subject line and include your name and return address. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: 30 CFR Part 256, ‘‘Leasing of Sulphur or Oil and Gas in the Outer Continental Shelf,’’ and 30 CFR Part 260, ‘‘Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing.’’ Form(s): MMS–150, MMS–151, MMS–152, MMS–2028, and MMS– 2028A. OMB Control Number: 1010–0006. Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act, as amended (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq., and 43 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to prescribe rules and regulations to administer leasing of the OCS. Such rules and regulations will apply to all operations conducted under a lease. Operations on the OCS must preserve, protect, and develop oil and natural gas resources in a manner that is consistent with the need to make such resources available to meet the Nation’s energy needs as rapidly as possible; to balance orderly energy resource development with protection of human, marine, and coastal environments; to ensure the public a fair and equitable return on the resources of the OCS; and to preserve and maintain free enterprise competition. Also, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) prohibits certain lease bidding arrangements (42 U.S.C. 6213(c)). The Independent Offices Appropriations Act of 1952 (IOAA), 31 U.S.C. 9701, authorizes Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that provide special benefits. Under the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) policy implementing the IOAA, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) is required to charge the full cost for services that provide special benefits or privileges to an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond those that accrue to the public at large. Instruments of transfer of a lease or interest are subject to cost recovery, and MMS regulations specify the filing fee for these transfer applications. These authorities and responsibilities are among those delegated to the MMS under which we issue regulations governing oil and gas and sulphur operations in the OCS. This ICR addresses the regulations at 30 CFR Part 256, ‘‘Leasing of Sulphur or Oil and Gas in the OCS,’’ 30 CFR Part 260, ‘‘OCS Oil and Gas Leasing,’’ and the associated supplementary Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) intended to provide clarification, description, or explanation of these regulations. This ICR also concerns the use of forms to process bonds per subpart I, Bonding, the transfer of interest in leases per subpart J, Assignments, Transfers and Extensions, and the filing of relinquishments per subpart K, Termination of Leases. The forms are: • MMS–2028, OCS Mineral Lessee’s and Operator’s Bond, • MMS–2028A, OCS Mineral Lessee’s and Operator’s Supplemental Plugging and Abandonment Bond, • MMS–150, Assignment of Record Title Interest in Federal OCS Oil and Gas Lease, • MMS–151, Assignment of Operating Rights Interest in Federal OCS Oil and Gas Lease, • MMS–152, Relinquishment of Federal OCS Oil and Gas Lease. We will protect specific individual replies from disclosure as proprietary information according to section 26 of the OCS Lands Act, the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and its implementing regulations (43 CFR part 2), and 30 CFR 256.10(d). No items of a sensitive nature are collected. Responses are mandatory or are required to obtain or retain a benefit. Frequency: The frequency of response is mostly on occasion, annual. Description of Respondents: Respondents comprise Federal oil and gas or sulphur lessees and/or operators. Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The currently approved annual reporting burden for this collection is 17,103 hours. The following chart details the individual components and respective hour burden estimates of this ICR. In calculating the burdens, we assumed that respondents perform certain requirements in the normal course of their activities. We consider these to be usual and customary and took that into account in estimating the burden. Hour burden Citation 30 CFR part 256 and NTLs Reporting and/or recordkeeping requirement Subparts A, C, E, H, L, M ............... None .................................................................................................................................... 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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 192 (Tuesday, October 6, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51304-51316]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-23967]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5349-N-01]


Statutorily Mandated Designation of Difficult Development Areas 
and Qualified Census Tracts for 2010

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and 
Research, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This document designates ``Difficult Development Areas'' 
(DDAs) and ``Qualified Census Tracts'' (QCTs) for purposes of the Low-
Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) under Section 42 of the Internal 
Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) (26 U.S.C. 42). The United States 
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes new DDA 
designations annually and is making new designation of QCTs at this 
time on the basis of revised metropolitan statistical area (MSA) 
definitions published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In 
accordance with the Gulf Opportunity Zone (GO Zone) Act of 2005, the 
authorization for GO Zone DDAs expires on December 31, 2010 and 
consequently, this will be the last designation of GO Zone DDAs.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions on how areas are 
designated and on geographic definitions, contact Michael K. Hollar, 
Senior Economist, Economic Development and Public Finance Division, 
Office of Policy Development and Research, Department of Housing and 
Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Room 8234, Washington, DC 
20410-6000; telephone number (202) 402-5878, or send an e-mail to 
Michael.K.Hollar@hud.gov. For specific legal questions pertaining to 
Section 42, contact Branch 5, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel, 
Passthroughs and Special Industries, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20224; telephone number (202) 
622-3040, fax number (202) 622-4753. For questions about the ``HUB 
Zones'' program, contact Mariana Pardo, Assistant Administrator for 
Procurement Policy, Office of Government Contracting, Small Business 
Administration, 409 Third Street, SW., Suite 8800, Washington, DC 
20416; telephone number (202) 205-8885, fax number (202) 205-7167, or 
send an e-mail to hubzone@sba.gov. A text telephone is available for 
persons with hearing or speech impairments at 202-708-8339. (These are 
not toll-free telephone numbers.) Additional copies

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of this notice are available through HUD User at 800-245-2691 for a 
small fee to cover duplication and mailing costs.
    Copies Available Electronically: This notice and additional 
information about DDAs and QCTs are available electronically on the 
Internet at http://www.huduser.org/datasets/qct.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This Document

    This notice designates DDAs for each of the 50 states, the District 
of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana 
Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The designations of DDAs in this 
notice are based on final Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Fair Market Rents 
(FMRs), FY2009 income limits, and 2000 Census population counts, as 
explained below. This notice also lists those areas treated as DDAs 
under the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005 (GO Zone Act) (Pub. L. 109-
135; the GO Zone Act, as amended by the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' 
Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 
2007). Specifically, the GO Zone Act provides that areas ``determined 
by the President to warrant individual or individual and public 
assistance from the federal government under the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act)'' as a 
result of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma: (1) Shall be treated as 
DDAs designated under subclause (I) of Internal Revenue Code section 
42(d)(5)(C)(iii)\1\ (i.e., areas designated by the Secretary of Housing 
and Urban Development as having high construction, land, and utility 
costs relative to area median gross income (AMGI)), and (2) shall not 
be taken into account for purposes of applying the limitation under 
subclause II of such section (i.e., the 20 percent cap on the total 
population of designated areas). In accordance with the Go Zone Act as 
amended, GO Zone DDAs expire on December 31, 2010. Thus, this will be 
the last DDA designation containing GO Zone DDAs.
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    This notice also re-designates QCTs based on those newly defined 
MSAs published by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) since 2006 
that have been included in HUD's Section 8 Income Limits though FY2009. 
New MSAs have been designated in Arizona and Florida, however these 
result only in changes to QCT designations in the new Arizona 
metropolitan area and the nonmetropolitan part of Arizona. The 
designations of QCTs under Section 42 of the Internal Revenue Code 
published September 28, 2006, (71 FR 57234) for the remainder of 
Arizona, the remaining 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto 
Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and on December 19, 2003, (68 FR 70982) for 
American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, remain in 
effect because QCTs in these areas are not affected by the updated 
metropolitan area definitions.

2000 Census

    Data from the 2000 Census on total population of metropolitan areas 
and nonmetropolitan areas are used in the designation of DDAs. The 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) first published new metropolitan 
area definitions incorporating 2000 Census data in OMB Bulletin No. 03-
04 on June 6, 2003, and updated them periodically through OMB Bulletin 
No. 08-01 on November 20, 2007. The FY2009 FMRs and FY2009 income 
limits used to designate DDAs are based on these new metropolitan 
statistical area (MSA) definitions, with modifications to account for 
substantial differences in rental housing markets (and, in some cases, 
median income levels) within MSAs. The most recent update of MSA 
definitions published in OMB Bulletin No. 09-01 on November 20, 2008 
are inconsistent with the FY2009 FMRs and FY2009 income limits and 
therefore are not incorporated in these DDA and QCT designations.

Background

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and its Internal 
Revenue Service (IRS) are authorized to interpret and enforce the 
provisions of the Code, including the LIHTC found at Section 42 of the 
Code. The Secretary of HUD is required to designate DDAs and QCTs by 
Section 42(d)(5)(C) (re-designated section 42(d)(5)(B) by the Housing 
and Economic Recovery Act of 2008) of the Code. In order to assist in 
understanding HUD's mandated designation of DDAs and QCTs for use in 
administering Section 42, a summary of the section is provided. The 
following summary does not purport to bind Treasury or the IRS in any 
way, nor does it purport to bind HUD, since HUD has authority to 
interpret or administer the Code only in instances where it receives 
explicit statutory delegation.

Summary of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit

    The LIHTC is a tax incentive intended to increase the availability 
of low-income housing. Section 42 provides an income tax credit to 
owners of newly constructed or substantially rehabilitated low-income 
rental housing projects. The dollar amount of the LIHTC available for 
allocation by each state (credit ceiling) is limited by population. 
Each state is allowed a credit ceiling based on a statutory formula 
indicated at Section 42(h)(3). States may carry forward unallocated 
credits derived from the credit ceiling for one year; however, to the 
extent such unallocated credits are not used by then, the credits go 
into a national pool to be redistributed to states as additional 
credit. State and local housing agencies allocate the state's credit 
ceiling among low-income housing buildings whose owners have applied 
for the credit. Besides Section 42 credits derived from the credit 
ceiling, states may also provide Section 42 credits to owners of 
buildings based on the percentage of certain building costs financed by 
tax-exempt bond proceeds. Credits provided under the tax-exempt bond 
``volume cap'' do not reduce the credits available from the credit 
ceiling.
    The credits allocated to a building are based on the cost of units 
placed in service as low-income units under particular minimum 
occupancy and maximum rent criteria. In general, a building must meet 
one of two thresholds to be eligible for the LIHTC: Either 20 percent 
of the units must be rent-restricted and occupied by tenants with 
incomes no higher than 50 percent of the Area Median Gross Income 
(AMGI), or 40 percent of the units must be rent-restricted and occupied 
by tenants with incomes no higher than 60 percent of AMGI. The term 
``rent-restricted'' means that gross rent, including an allowance for 
tenant-paid utilities, cannot exceed 30 percent of the tenant's imputed 
income limitation (i.e., 50 percent or 60 percent of AMGI). The rent 
and occupancy thresholds remain in effect for at least 15 years, and 
building owners are required to enter into agreements to maintain the 
low-income character of the building for at least an additional 15 
years.
    The LIHTC reduces income tax liability dollar-for-dollar. It is 
taken annually for a term of 10 years and is intended to yield a 
present value of either: (1) 70 percent of the ``qualified basis'' for 
new construction or substantial rehabilitation expenditures that are 
not federally subsidized (as defined in Section 42(i)(2)), or (2) 30 
percent of the qualified basis for the cost of acquiring certain 
existing buildings or projects that are federally subsidized. The 
actual credit rates are adjusted monthly for projects placed in service 
after 1987 under procedures specified in Section 42. Individuals can 
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credits up to a deduction equivalent of $25,000 (the actual maximum 
amount of credit that an individual can claim depends on the 
individual's marginal tax rate). For buildings placed in service after 
December 31, 2007, individuals can use the credits against the 
alternative minimum tax. Corporations, other than S or personal service 
corporations, can use the credits against ordinary income tax, and, for 
buildings placed in service after December 31, 2007, against the 
alternative minimum tax. These corporations also can deduct losses from 
the project.
    The qualified basis represents the product of the building's 
``applicable fraction'' and its ``eligible basis.'' The applicable 
fraction is based on the number of low-income units in the building as 
a percentage of the total number of units, or based on the floor space 
of low-income units as a percentage of the total floor space of 
residential units in the building. The eligible basis is the adjusted 
basis attributable to acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction 
costs (depending on the type of LIHTC involved). These costs include 
amounts chargeable to a capital account that are incurred prior to the 
end of the first taxable year in which the qualified low-income 
building is placed in service or, at the election of the taxpayer, the 
end of the succeeding taxable year. In the case of buildings located in 
designated DDAs or designated QCTs, eligible basis can be increased up 
to 130 percent from what it would otherwise be. This means that the 
available credits also can be increased by up to 30 percent. For 
example, if a 70 percent credit is available, it effectively could be 
increased to as much as 91 percent.
    Section 42 of the Code defines a DDA as any area designated by the 
Secretary of HUD as an area that has high construction, land, and 
utility costs relative to the AMGI. All designated DDAs in metropolitan 
areas (taken together) may not contain more than 20 percent of the 
aggregate population of all metropolitan areas, and all designated 
areas not in metropolitan areas may not contain more than 20 percent of 
the aggregate population of all nonmetropolitan areas.
    Under section 42(d)(5)(B) of the Code, a Qualified Census Tract is 
any census tract (or equivalent geographic area defined by the Bureau 
of the Census) in which at least 50 percent of households have an 
income less than 60 percent of the AMGI or, where the poverty rate is 
at least 25 percent. There is a limit on the number of Qualified Census 
Tracts in any metropolitan statistical area that may be designated to 
receive an increase in eligible basis: All of the designated census 
tracts within a given metropolitan area may not together contain more 
than 20 percent of the total population of the metropolitan area. For 
purposes of HUD designations of Qualified Census Tracts, all 
nonmetropolitan areas in a state are treated as if they constituted a 
single nonmetropolitan area.
    The GO Zone Act provides that areas ``determined by the President 
to warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the 
Federal Government'' under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes 
Katrina, Rita, or Wilma shall be treated as DDAs designated under 
subclause I of Internal Revenue Code section 42(d)(5)(C)(iii) (i.e., 
areas designated by the Secretary of HUD as having high construction, 
land, and utility costs relative to AMGI), and shall not be taken into 
account for purposes of applying the limitation under subclause II of 
such section (i.e., the 20 percent cap on the total population of 
designated areas). This notice lists the affected areas described in 
the GO Zone Act. Because the populations of DDAs designated under the 
GO Zone Act are not counted against the statutory 20 percent cap on the 
aggregate population of DDAs, the total population of designated 
metropolitan DDAs (regular and GO Zone) listed in this notice exceeds 
20 percent of the total population of all MSAs, and the population of 
all nonmetropolitan DDAs listed in this notice exceeds 20 percent of 
the total population of nonmetropolitan counties. In accordance with 
the GO Zone Act as amended, the authorization for GO Zone DDAs expires 
on December 31, 2010 and consequently, this will be the last 
designation of GO Zone DDAs.
    Section 42(d)(5)(C)(v) as added to the Code by the Housing and 
Economic Recovery Act of 2008, and re-designated as Section 
42(d)(5)(B)(v), allows states to award an increase in basis up to 30 
percent to buildings located outside of federally designated DDAs and 
QCTs if the increase is necessary to make the building financially 
feasible. This state discretion applies only to buildings allocated 
credits under the state housing credit ceiling and is not permitted for 
buildings receiving credits in connection with tax-exempt bonds. Rules 
for such designations shall be set forth in the LIHTC-allocating 
agencies' qualified allocation plans (QAPs).

Explanation of HUD Designation Methodology

A. Difficult Development Areas

    This notice lists all areas ``determined by the President to 
warrant individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal 
Government'' under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, 
Rita, or Wilma as DDAs according to lists of counties and parishes from 
the Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site (http://www.fema.gov/
). Affected metropolitan areas and nonmetropolitan areas are assigned 
the indicator ``[GO Zone]'' in the lists of DDAs.
    In developing the list of the remaining DDAs, HUD compared housing 
costs with incomes. HUD used 2000 Census population data and the MSA 
definitions, as published in OMB Bulletin No. 08-01 on November 20, 
2007, with modifications, as described below. In keeping with past 
practice of basing the coming year's DDA designations on data from the 
preceding year, the basis for these comparisons is the FY2009 HUD 
income limits for very low-income households (Very Low-Income Limits, 
or VLILs), which are based on 50 percent of AMGI, and final FY2009 FMRs 
used for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. In formulating the 
FY2009 FMRs and VLILs, HUD modified the current OMB definitions of MSAs 
to account for substantial differences in rents among areas within each 
new MSA that were in different FMR areas under definitions used in 
prior years. HUD formed these ``HUD Metro FMR Areas'' (HMFAs) in cases 
where one or more of the parts of newly defined MSAs that previously 
were in separate FMR areas had 2000 Census base 40th-percentile recent-
mover rents that differed, by 5 percent or more, from the same 
statistic calculated at the MSA level. In addition, a few HMFAs were 
formed on the basis of very large differences in AMGIs among the MSA 
parts. All HMFAs are contained entirely within MSAs. All 
nonmetropolitan counties are outside of MSAs and are not broken up by 
HUD for purposes of setting FMRs and VLILs. (Complete details on HUD's 
process for determining FY2009 FMR areas and FMRs are available at 
http://www.huduser.org/datasets/fmr/fmrs/fy2009_code/index.asp?data=fmr09. Complete details on HUD's process for determining 
FY2009 income limits are available at http://www.huduser.org/datasets/il/il09/index.html.)
    HUD's unit of analysis for designating metropolitan DDAs, 
therefore, consists of: Entire MSAs, in cases where these were not 
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purposes of computing FMRs and VLILs; and HMFAs within the MSAs that 
were broken up for such purposes. Hereafter in this notice, the unit of 
analysis for designating metropolitan DDAs will be called the HMFA, and 
the unit of analysis for nonmetropolitan DDAs will be the 
nonmetropolitan county or county equivalent area. The procedure used in 
making the DDA calculations follows:
    1. For each HMFA and each nonmetropolitan county, a ratio was 
calculated. This calculation used the final FY2009 two-bedroom FMR and 
the FY2009 four-person VLIL.
    a. The numerator of the ratio was the area's final FY2009 FMR. In 
general, the FMR is based on the 40th-percentile gross rent paid by 
recent movers to live in a two-bedroom apartment. In metropolitan areas 
granted a FMR based on the 50th-percentile rent for purposes of 
improving the administration of HUD's HCV program (see 71 FR 5068), the 
40th-percentile rent was used to ensure nationwide consistency of 
comparisons.
    b. The denominator of the ratio was the monthly LIHTC income-based 
rent limit, which was calculated as \1/12\ of 30 percent of 120 percent 
of the area's VLIL (where the VLIL was rounded to the nearest $50 and 
not allowed to exceed 80 percent of the AMGI in areas where the VLIL is 
adjusted upward from its 50 percent-of-AMGI base).
    2. The ratios of the FMR to the LIHTC income-based rent limit were 
arrayed in descending order, separately, for HMFAs and for 
nonmetropolitan counties.
    3. The non-GO Zone DDAs are those HMFAs and nonmetropolitan 
counties not in areas ``determined by the President to warrant 
individual or individual and public assistance from the Federal 
Government'' under the Stafford Act by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, 
Rita, or Wilma, with the highest ratios cumulative to 20 percent of the 
2000 population of all HMFAs and of all nonmetropolitan counties, 
respectively.

B. Qualified Census Tracts

    In developing this list of QCTs, HUD used 2000 Census 100-percent 
count data on total population, total households, and population in 
households; a special tabulation of household income at the tract level 
from the 2000 Census; the 2000 Census base AMGIs computed at the HMFA 
level as described above to determine tract eligibility; and the MSA 
definitions published in OMB Bulletin No. 08-01 on November 20, 2007, 
for determining how many eligible tracts can be designated under the 
statutory 20 percent population cap.
    HUD uses the HMFA-level AMGIs to determine QCT eligibility because 
the statute, specifically 26 U.S.C. 42(d)(5)(B)(iv)(II), refers to the 
same section of the Code that defines income for purposes of tenant 
eligibility and unit maximum rent, specifically 26 U.S.C. 42(g)(4). By 
rule, the IRS sets these income limits according to HUD's VLILs, which 
in FY2006 and thereafter are established at the HMFA level. Similarly, 
HUD uses the entire MSA to determine how many eligible tracts can be 
designated under the 20 percent population cap as required by the 
statute (26 U.S.C. 42(d)(5)(B)(ii)(III)), which states that MSAs should 
be treated as singular areas. The QCTs were determined as follows:
    1. To be eligible to be designated a QCT, a census tract must have 
50 percent of its households with incomes below 60 percent of the AMGI 
or have a poverty rate of 25 percent or more. In metropolitan areas, 
HUD calculates 60 percent of AMGI by multiplying by a factor of 0.6 the 
HMFA median family income for 1999, as estimated by HUD from 2000 
Census data. Outside of metropolitan areas, HUD calculates 60 percent 
of AMGI by multiplying by a factor of 0.6 the state-specific, non-
metropolitan balance median family income for 1999, as estimated by 
HUD. (For a complete listing of HMFA median family incomes for 1999, 
see http://www.huduser.org/datasets/il/il09/msacounty_medians.pdf. For 
a complete listing of state non-metropolitan balance median family 
incomes for 1999, see http://www.huduser.org/datasets/il/il09/Medians2009.pdf.)
    2. For each census tract, the percentage of households below the 60 
percent income standard (income criterion) was determined by: (a) 
Calculating the average household size of the census tract, (b) 
applying the income standard after adjusting it to match the average 
household size, and (c) calculating the number of households with 
incomes below the income standard. In performing this calculation, HUD 
used a special tabulation of household income data from the 2000 Census 
that provides more detail than the data on household income 
distribution publicly released by the Census Bureau and used in the 
designation of QCTs published December 12, 2002. Therefore, even in 
MSAs where there was no geographic change, a different set of census 
tracts may be determined eligible and designated as QCTs based on these 
more accurate data. HUD's special tabulations of census tract household 
income distribution are available for download from http://qct.huduser.org/tables/data_request.odb.
    3. For each census tract, the poverty rate was determined by 
dividing the population with incomes below the poverty line by the 
population for whom poverty status has been determined.
    4. QCTs are those census tracts in which 50 percent or more of the 
households meet the income criterion, or 25 percent or more of the 
population is in poverty, such that the population of all census tracts 
that satisfy either one or both of these criteria does not exceed 20 
percent of the total population of the respective area.
    5. In areas where more than 20 percent of the population resides in 
eligible census tracts, census tracts are designated as QCTs in 
accordance with the following procedure:
    a. Eligible tracts are placed in one of two groups. The first group 
includes tracts that satisfy both the income and poverty criteria for 
QCTs. The second group includes tracts that satisfy either the income 
criterion or the poverty criterion, but not both.
    b. Tracts in the first group are ranked from lowest to highest on 
the income criterion. Then, tracts in the first group are ranked from 
lowest to highest on the poverty criterion. The two ranks are averaged 
to yield a combined rank. The tracts are then sorted on the combined 
rank, with the census tract with the highest combined rank being placed 
at the top of the sorted list. In the event of a tie, more populous 
tracts are ranked above less populous ones.
    c. Tracts in the second group are ranked from lowest to highest on 
the income criterion. Then, tracts in the second group are ranked from 
lowest to highest on the poverty criterion. The two ranks are then 
averaged to yield a combined rank. The tracts are then sorted on the 
combined rank, with the census tract with the highest combined rank 
being placed at the top of the sorted list. In the event of a tie, more 
populous tracts are ranked above less populous ones.
    d. The ranked first group is stacked on top of the ranked second 
group to yield a single, concatenated, ranked list of eligible census 
tracts.
    e. Working down the single, concatenated, ranked list of eligible 
tracts, census tracts are designated until the designation of an 
additional tract would cause the 20 percent limit to be exceeded. If a 
census tract is not designated because doing so would raise the 
designated population percentage above 20 percent, subsequent census 
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if one or more census tract(s) with smaller population(s) could be 
designated without exceeding the 20 percent limit.

C. Application of Population Caps to DDA Determinations

    In identifying DDAs, HUD applied caps, or limitations, as noted 
above. The cumulative population of metropolitan DDAs not in areas 
``determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and 
public assistance from the Federal Government'' under the Stafford Act 
by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma cannot exceed 20 
percent of the cumulative population of all metropolitan areas. The 
cumulative population of nonmetropolitan DDAs not in areas ``determined 
by the President to warrant individual or individual and public 
assistance from the Federal Government'' under the Stafford Act by 
reason of Katrina, Rita, or Wilma cannot exceed 20 percent of the 
cumulative population of all nonmetropolitan areas.
    In applying these caps, HUD established procedures to deal with how 
to treat small overruns of the caps. The remainder of this section 
explains those procedures. In general, HUD stops selecting areas when 
it is impossible to choose another area without exceeding the 
applicable cap. The only exceptions to this policy are when the next 
eligible excluded area contains either a large absolute population or a 
large percentage of the total population, or the next excluded area's 
ranking ratio, as described above, was identical (to four decimal 
places) to the last area selected, and its inclusion resulted in only a 
minor overrun of the cap. Thus, for both the designated metropolitan 
and nonmetropolitan DDAs, there may be minimal overruns of the cap. HUD 
believes the designation of additional areas in the above examples of 
minimal overruns is consistent with the intent of the Code. As long as 
the apparent excess is small due to measurement errors, some latitude 
is justifiable because it is impossible to determine whether the 20 
percent cap has been exceeded. Despite the care and effort involved in 
a Decennial Census, the Census Bureau and all users of the data 
recognize that the population counts for a given area and for the 
entire country are not precise. Therefore, the extent of the 
measurement error is unknown. There can be errors in both the numerator 
and denominator of the ratio of populations used in applying a 20 
percent cap. In circumstances where a strict application of a 20 
percent cap results in an anomalous situation, recognition of the 
unavoidable imprecision in the census data justifies accepting small 
variances above the 20 percent limit.

D. Exceptions to OMB Definitions of MSAs and Other Geographic Matters

    As stated in OMB Bulletin 08-01, defining metropolitan areas:

    OMB establishes and maintains the definitions of Metropolitan * 
* * Statistical Areas, * * * solely for statistical purposes. * * * 
OMB does not take into account or attempt to anticipate any non-
statistical uses that may be made of the definitions[.] In cases 
where * * * an agency elects to use the Metropolitan * * * Area 
definitions in nonstatistical programs, it is the sponsoring 
agency's responsibility to ensure that the definitions are 
appropriate for such use. An agency using the statistical 
definitions in a nonstatistical program may modify the definitions, 
but only for the purposes of that program. In such cases, any 
modifications should be clearly identified as deviations from the 
OMB statistical area definitions in order to avoid confusion with 
OMB's official definitions of Metropolitan * * * Statistical Areas.

    Following OMB guidance, the estimation procedure for the FY2009 
FMRs incorporates the current OMB definitions of metropolitan areas 
based on the Core-Based Statistical Area (CBSA) standards, as 
implemented with 2000 Census data, but makes adjustments to the 
definitions, in order to separate subparts of these areas in cases 
where FMRs (and in a few cases, VLILs) would otherwise change 
significantly if the new area definitions were used without 
modification. In CBSAs where sub-areas are established, it is HUD's 
view that the geographic extent of the housing markets are not yet the 
same as the geographic extent of the CBSAs, but may approach becoming 
so as the social and economic integration of the CBSA component areas 
increases.
    The geographic baseline for the new estimation procedure is the 
CBSA Metropolitan Areas (referred to as Metropolitan Statistical Areas 
or MSAs) and CBSA Non-Metropolitan Counties (nonmetropolitan counties 
include the county components of Micropolitan CBSAs where the counties 
are generally assigned separate FMRs). The HUD-modified CBSA 
definitions allow for subarea FMRs within MSAs based on the boundaries 
of ``Old FMR Areas'' (OFAs) within the boundaries of new MSAs. (OFAs 
are the FMR areas defined for the FY2005 FMRs. Collectively, they 
include the June 30, 1999, OMB definitions of MSAs and Primary MSAs 
(old definition MSAs/PMSAs), metropolitan counties deleted from old 
definition MSAs/PMSAs by HUD for FMR-setting purposes, and counties and 
county parts outside of old definition MSAs/PMSAs referred to as non-
metropolitan counties.) Subareas of MSAs are assigned their own FMRs 
when the subarea 2000 Census Base FMR differs significantly from the 
MSA 2000 Census Base FMR (or, in some cases, where the 2000 Census base 
AMGI differs significantly from the MSA 2000 Census Base AMGI). MSA 
subareas, and the remaining portions of MSAs after subareas have been 
determined, are referred to as ``HUD Metro FMR Areas (HMFAs),'' to 
distinguish such areas from OMB's official definition of MSAs.
    In addition, Waller County, Texas, which is part of the Houston-
Baytown-Sugar Land, TX HMFA, is not an area ``determined by the 
President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance 
from the Federal Government'' under the Stafford Act by reason of 
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. It is, therefore, excluded from the 
definition of the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX HMFA and is assigned 
the FMR and VLIL of the Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX HMFA and is 
evaluated as if it were a separate metropolitan area for purposes of 
designating DDAs. The Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, TX HMFA is assigned 
the indicator ``(part)'' in the list of Metropolitan DDAs.
    In the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New 
Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), HMFAs are defined according to 
county subdivisions or minor civil divisions (MCDs), rather than county 
boundaries. However, since no part of a HMFA is outside an OMB-defined, 
county-based MSA, all New England nonmetropolitan counties are kept 
intact for purposes of designating Nonmetropolitan DDAs.
    For the convenience of readers of this notice, the geographical 
definitions of designated Metropolitan DDAs are included in the list of 
DDAs.
    The Census Bureau provides no tabulations of 2000 Census data for 
Broomfield County, Colorado, an area that was created from parts of 
four Colorado counties when the city of Broomfield became a county in 
November 2001. Broomfield County is made up of former parts of Adams, 
Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld Counties. The boundaries of Broomfield 
County are similar, but not identical to, the boundaries of the city of 
Broomfield at the time of the 2000 Census. In OMB metropolitan area 
definitions and, therefore, for purposes of this notice, Broomfield 
County is included as part of the Denver-Aurora, CO MSA. Census tracts 
in Broomfield County include the parts of the Adams, Boulder, 
Jefferson, and Weld County census tracts that

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were within the boundaries of the city of Broomfield according to the 
2000 Census, plus parts of three Adams County tracts (85.15, 85.16, and 
85.28), and one Jefferson County tract (98.25) that were not within any 
municipality during the 2000 Census but which, according to Census 
Bureau maps, are within the boundaries of Broomfield County. Data for 
Adams, Boulder, Jefferson, and Weld Counties and their census tracts 
were adjusted to exclude the data assigned to Broomfield County and its 
census tracts.

Future Designations

    DDAs are designated annually as updated income and FMR data are 
made public. QCTs are designated periodically as new data become 
available, or as metropolitan area definitions change. QCTs are being 
updated at this time to reflect the recent changes to 2000 Census-based 
metropolitan area definitions (OMB Bulletin 03-04, June 6, 2003, as 
updated through OMB Bulletin 08-01, November 20, 2007).

Effective Date

    For DDAs designated by reason of being in areas ``determined by the 
President to warrant individual or individual and public assistance 
from the Federal Government'' under the Stafford Act by reason of 
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma (the GO Zone Designation), the 
designation is effective:
    (1) For housing credit dollar amounts allocated and buildings 
placed in service during the period beginning on January 1, 2006, and 
ending on December 31, 2010; or
    (2) For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, 
for buildings placed in service during the period beginning on January 
1, 2006, and ending on December 31, 2010, but only with respect to 
bonds issued after December 31, 2005.
    The 2010 lists of DDAs that are not part of the GO Zone Designation 
are effective:
    (1) For allocations of credit after December 31, 2009; or
    (2) For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Code, if the bonds are 
issued and the building is placed in service after December 31, 2009.
    If an area is not on a subsequent list of DDAs, the 2010 lists are 
effective for the area if:
    (1) The allocation of credit to an applicant is made no later than 
the end of the 365-day period after the applicant submits a complete 
application to the LIHTC-allocating agency, and the submission is made 
before the effective date of the subsequent lists; or
    (2) For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Code, if:
    (a) The bonds are issued or the building is placed in service no 
later than the end of the 365-day period after the applicant submits a 
complete application to the bond-issuing agency, and
    (b) the submission is made before the effective date of the 
subsequent lists, provided that both the issuance of the bonds and the 
placement in service of the building occur after the application is 
submitted.
    An application is deemed to be submitted on the date it is filed if 
the application is determined to be complete by the credit-allocating 
or bond-issuing agency. A ``complete application'' means that no more 
than de minimis clarification of the application is required for the 
agency to make a decision about the allocation of tax credits or 
issuance of bonds requested in the application.
    In the case of a ``multiphase project,'' the DDA or QCT status of 
the site of the project that applies for all phases of the project is 
that which applied when the project received its first allocation of 
LIHTC. For purposes of Section 42(h)(4) of the Code, the DDA or QCT 
status of the site of the project that applies for all phases of the 
project is that which applied when the first of the following occurred: 
(a) The building(s) in the first phase were placed in service or (b) 
the bonds were issued.
    For purposes of this notice, a ``multiphase project'' is defined as 
a set of buildings to be constructed or rehabilitated under the rules 
of the LIHTC and meeting the following criteria:
    (1) The multiphase composition of the project (i.e., total number 
of buildings and phases in project, with a description of how many 
buildings are to be built in each phase and when each phase is to be 
completed, and any other information required by the agency) is made 
known by the applicant in the first application of credit for any 
building in the project, and that applicant identifies the buildings in 
the project for which credit is (or will be) sought;
    (2) The aggregate amount of LIHTC applied for on behalf of, or that 
would eventually be allocated to, the buildings on the site exceeds the 
one-year limitation on credits per applicant, as defined in the QAP of 
the LIHTC-allocating agency, or the annual per capita credit authority 
of the LIHTC allocating agency, and is the reason the applicant must 
request multiple allocations over 2 or more years; and
    (3) All applications for LIHTC for buildings on the site are made 
in immediately consecutive years.
    Members of the public are hereby reminded that the Secretary of 
Housing and Urban Development, or the Secretary's designee, has sole 
legal authority to designate DDAs and QCTs by publishing lists of 
geographic entities as defined by, in the case of DDAs, the several 
states and the governments of the insular areas of the United States 
and, in the case of QCTs, by the Census Bureau; and to establish the 
effective dates of such lists. The Secretary of the Treasury, through 
the IRS thereof, has sole legal authority to interpret, and to 
determine and enforce compliance with the Code and associated 
regulations, including Federal Register notices published by HUD for 
purposes of designating DDAs and QCTs. Representations made by any 
other entity as to the content of HUD notices designating DDAs and QCTs 
that do not precisely match the language published by HUD should not be 
relied upon by taxpayers in determining what actions are necessary to 
comply with HUD notices.

Interpretive Examples of Effective Date

    For the convenience of readers of this notice, interpretive 
examples are provided below to illustrate the consequences of the 
effective date in areas that gain or lose DDA status. The term 
``regular DDA,'' as used below, refers to DDAs that are designated by 
the Secretary of HUD as having high construction, land, and utility 
costs relative to AMGI. The term ``GO Zone DDA'' refers to areas 
``determined by the President to warrant individual or individual and 
public assistance from the Federal Government'' under the Stafford Act 
by reason of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, or Wilma. The examples covering 
regular DDAs are equally applicable to QCT designations.
    (Case A) Project A is located in a 2010 regular DDA that is not a 
designated regular DDA in 2011. A complete application for tax credits 
for Project A is filed with the allocating agency on November 15, 2010. 
Credits are allocated to Project A on October 30, 2011. Project A is 
eligible for the increase in basis accorded a project in a 2010 regular 
DDA because the application was filed before January 1, 2011 (the 
assumed effective date for the 2011 regular DDA lists), and because tax 
credits were allocated no later than the end of the 365-day period 
after the filing of the complete application for an allocation of tax 
credits.

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    (Case B) Project B is located in a 2010 regular DDA that is NOT a 
designated regular DDA in 2011 or 2012. A complete application for tax 
credits for Project B is filed with the allocating agency on December 
1, 2010. Credits are allocated to Project B on March 30, 2012. Project 
B is not eligible for the increase in basis accorded a project in a 
2010 regular DDA because, although the application for an allocation of 
tax credits was filed before January 1, 2011 (the assumed effective 
date of the 2011 regular DDA lists), the tax credits were allocated 
later than the end of the 365-day period after the filing of the 
complete application.
    (Case C) Project C is located in a 2010 regular DDA that was not a 
DDA in 2009. Project C was placed in service on November 15, 2009. A 
complete application for tax-exempt bond financing for Project C is 
filed with the bond-issuing agency on January 15, 2010. The bonds that 
will support the permanent financing of Project C are issued on 
September 30, 2010. Project C is NOT eligible for the increase in basis 
otherwise accorded a project in a 2010 DDA because the project was 
placed in service before January 1, 2010.
    (Case D) Project D is located in an area that is a regular DDA in 
2010, but is NOT a regular DDA in 2011. A complete application for tax-
exempt bond financing for Project D is filed with the bond-issuing 
agency on October 30, 2010. Bonds are issued for Project D on April 30, 
2011, but Project D is not placed in service until January 30, 2012. 
Project D is eligible for the increase in basis available to projects 
located in 2010 regular DDAs because: (1) one of the two events 
necessary for triggering the effective date for buildings described in 
Section 42(h)(4)(B) of the Code (the two events being bonds issued and 
buildings placed in service) took place on April 30, 2011, within the 
365-day period after a complete application for tax-exempt bond 
financing was filed, (2) the application was filed during a time when 
the location of Project D was in a regular DDA, and (3) both the 
issuance of the bonds and placement in service of project D occurred 
after the application was submitted.
    (Case E) Project E is located in a GO Zone DDA. The bonds used to 
finance Project E are issued on July 1, 2010, and Project E is placed 
in service July 1, 2012. Project E is not eligible for the increase in 
basis available to projects in GO Zone DDAs because it was not placed 
in service during the period that began on January 1, 2006, and ends on 
December 31, 2010.
    (Case F) Project F is located in a GO Zone DDA. The bonds used to 
finance Project F were issued July 1, 2005, and Project F is placed in 
service on July 1, 2010. Project F is not eligible for the increase in 
basis available to projects in GO Zone DDAs because the bonds used to 
finance project F were issued before January 1, 2006.
    (Case G) Project G is a multiphase project located in a 2010 
regular DDA that is NOT a designated regular DDA in 2011. The first 
phase of Project G received an allocation of credits in 2010, pursuant 
to an application filed March 15, 2010, which describes the multiphase 
composition of the project. An application for tax credits for the 
second phase Project G is filed with the allocating agency by the same 
entity on March 15, 2011. The second phase of Project G is located on a 
contiguous site. Credits are allocated to the second phase of Project G 
on October 30, 2011. The aggregate amount of credits allocated to the 
two phases of Project G exceeds the amount of credits that may be 
allocated to an applicant in one year under the allocating agency's QAP 
and is the reason that applications were made in multiple phases. The 
second phase of Project G is, therefore, eligible for the increase in 
basis accorded a project in a 2010 regular DDA, because it meets all of 
the conditions to be a part of a multiphase project.
    (Case H) Project H is a multiphase project located in a 2010 
regular DDA that is NOT a designated regular DDA in 2011. The first 
phase of Project H received an allocation of credits in 2010, pursuant 
to an application filed March 15, 2010, which does not describe the 
multiphase composition of the project. An application for tax credits 
for the second phase of Project H is filed with the allocating agency 
by the same entity on March 15, 2012. Credits are allocated to the 
second phase of Project H on October 30, 2012. The aggregate amount of 
credits allocated to the two phases of Project H exceeds the amount of 
credits that may be allocated to an applicant in one year under the 
allocating agency's QAP. The second phase of Project H is, therefore, 
not eligible for the increase in basis accorded a project in a 2010 
regular DDA, since it does not meet all of the conditions for a 
multiphase project, as defined in this notice. The original application 
for credits for the first phase did not describe the multiphase 
composition of the project. Also, the application for credits for the 
second phase of Project H was not made in the year immediately 
following the first phase application year.

Findings and Certifications

Environmental Impact

    In accordance with 40 CFR 1508.4 of the regulations of the Council 
on Environmental Quality and 24 CFR 50.19(c)(6) of HUD's regulations, 
the policies and procedures contained in this notice provide for the 
establishment of fiscal requirements or procedures that do not 
constitute a development decision affecting the physical condition of 
specific project areas or building sites and, therefore, are 
categorically excluded from the requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act, except for extraordinary circumstances, and 
no Finding of No Significant Impact is required.

Federalism Impact

    Executive Order 13132 (entitled ``Federalism'') prohibits an agency 
from publishing any policy document that has federalism implications if 
the document either imposes substantial direct compliance costs on 
state and local governments and is not required by statute, or the 
document preempts state law, unless the agency meets the consultation 
and funding requirements of section 6 of the executive order. This 
notice merely designates DDAs as required under Section 42 of the 
Internal Revenue Code, as amended, for the use by political 
subdivisions of the states in allocating the LIHTC. This notice also 
details the technical methodology used in making such designations. As 
a result, this notice is not subject to review under the order.

    Dated: September 25, 2009.
Raphael W. Bostic,
Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research.

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