HOA is asking owners to either vote for or against this IRS 70-604. I looked it up and it basically states that voting for this allows the election under Revenue Ruling 70-604 to “roll over” any excess “member income” (as defined by the IRS) from the current tax year to the next tax year. This is an important tax planning tool for the Association that requires approval by the membership in order to avoid possible dispute with the IRS in the event of a tax audit.
How does rolling the profits to next year benefit the home owners if they are not refunding it back to the home owners? It only benefits the association right?
We do not give legal advice in this form. You may which to consult with the tax attorney that represents the HOA, or with your own tax attorney for that matter so that you can make an informed decision.
Our HOA is currently making this election (which apparently has to be done each year). I’ve read that there’s no downside risk whether you vote to have the excess membership applied to next years assessment or to have the funds refunded.
But the real problem or concern should be what happens to the HOA’s reserves and its ability to make improvements and repairs to property that doesn’t need annual repairs but on a longer term basis, i.e. pool repairs, fences, painting, if they either refund the excess membership income or apply the excess to next years assessments. That may reduce the reserves for future repairs. I’m not familiar with all the HOA requirements and how they accounted for the assets in the beginning. Also, your HOA can file Form 1120H rather than the 1120, but haven’t determined the difference yet, still researching.
There is the 3rd option to pay the tax and keep the funds in the HOA.