Example 1: Newly Married Students
A recently married full-time student couple is looking for housing. The couple is income qualified, but they have not yet filed their first tax. Even if the couple does not file a joint tax return, they are still entitled to file a joint return and thus satisfy the exception under IRC §42(i)(3)(D)(ii)(II).
Example 2: Full Time Students
Two students attending college full time and working part time share a low-income housing unit with a third person who works full time and is not enrolled at the college. The students combined incomes qualify them as a household for low-income housing.
Example 3: Qualified Educational Organization
An individual is participating in an accreditation program at a research facility. There is no tuition or degree, but the individual receives a small stipend for services provided and an accreditation certificate upon completion of the program. The program is similar to a doctor’s residency. The research facility is not an educational organization and the individual would qualify for low-income housing.
Out of Compliance
A unit is out of compliance when it is occupied entirely by full-time students at qualifying educational organizations for five or more months during a calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins *and who* do not meet one of the exceptions identified in IRC §42 (i)(3)(D). The out of compliance date is the first day of the fifth month during the calendar year that the full-time student attended a qualifying educational organization.
Example 1: Continuing Student Status
An otherwise qualifying low-income individual occupies a unit in June. She attended a qualifying educational organization for two months during the calendar year prior to the date she occupied the unit. From September through December of the calendar year she again attends a qualifying educational organization.
The unit is out of compliance on November 1, the first day of the fifth month she attended a qualifying educational organization during the calendar year.
*A unit is also considered out of compliance if the owner fails to verify the household’s student status at the time of move in, or an annual student status verification was performed late and after notification of a state agency review.*
Revised October 2009