Treasury and IRS Propose Regulations for Inflation Reduction Act’s Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program

By: Martha G. PughMary Burke Baker, and David Wang

On 1 June 2023, the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) regarding the Low-Income Communities Bonus Credit Program (Program) established under Section 48(e) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), pursuant to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA).The Program provides for increases in the amount of energy investment credits available under Code Section 48(a) (Section 48(e) Increase) to certain applicants by allocating environmental justice solar and wind capacity limitation (Capacity Limitation) to qualified facilities.

The IRS previously released Notice 2023-17, which provided initial guidance for potential applicants seeking allocations of calendar year 2023 Capacity Limitation.

This NOPR generally adopts the guidance set forth in Notice 2023-17 but, critically, changed many important aspects, imposed additional qualification requirements, and clarified previously undefined terms. This alert provides an overview of this NOPR and specifically discusses the following:

  • What solar and wind facilities qualify for the Section 48(e) Increase;
  • The four categories of qualified facilities;
  • The specific “financial benefits” (Financial Benefits) requirements for facilities otherwise eligible for a 20% Section 48(e) Increase;
  • Ineligibility of facilities placed in service prior to Capacity Limitation allocation;
  • Additional criteria that, if met, allow qualified facilities to get priority Capacity Limitation allocation; and
  • Conditions that will lead to post-Capacity Limitation allocation disqualification from, and recapture of, the Section 48(e) Increase.

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