State agencies may require the use of standardized forms or submission of additional documentation to ensure compliance with the certification requirements. The state agencies may establish administrative policies and procedures such as requiring the original signature of the managing general partner or allowing facsimiles, the manner in which certifications are perfected if errors are identified, submission of additional information to clarify issues, etc.
Example 1: Change in Eligible Basis
To help evaluate the owner’s compliance with the eligible basis certification, the state agency requires owners to provide information on any modification to the building that may result in changes to eligible basis. The owner failed to provide the information.
The state agency should report the owner’s failure to provide a complete annual certification. The owner has not certified to the state agency’s satisfaction that there has been non change in the eligible basis under IRC §42(d) of any building in the project as required under Treas. Reg. 1.42-5(c)(1)(vii).
Out of Compliance
If the owner fails to certify as required under Treas. Reg. §1.42-5(c)(1), submits inaccurate or incomplete certifications, or the certifications and documentation discloses noncompliance with the requirements under IRC §42, the state agency must report the owner using Form 8823. Similarly, an owner must be reported if the state agency does not receive or is not permitted to inspect the tenant income certifications, supporting documentation, and rent records described in Treas. Reg. §1.42-5(c)(2)(ii), or if the state agency learns that the project is not in compliance with the provisions of IRC §42.
To the extent that inadequate documentation from the owner prevents a state agency from determining whether a project is in compliance with IRC §42, the state agency can treat the project as out of compliance.
Out of Compliance Date
If an owner fails to complete or submit any of the certification items listed above, the date each building ceased to comply would be the first day of the reporting year for which such information was due. For example, if an owner does not submit the annual certification package for the 2006 calendar year, the first day of the reporting year date of noncompliance is January 1, 2006.
Back In Compliance
The owner is considered back in compliance when a perfected annual certification (and any other required documentation) is received by the state agency. Corrections may include submission of the required documentation or answering all the questions.
Revised October 2009