Glenn Graff


Glenn Graff

Career Overview

Current Focus:  joined Applegate & Thorne-Thomsen in 2001.  I concentrate my practice on issues related to the development of real estate with the low-income housing tax credit, the historic rehabilitation tax credit, the new markets tax credit, the tax credit for investment in alternative energy property, as well as the Illinois affordable housing tax credit.  I also have significant experience in addressing issues related to the taxation of partnerships and LLCs and the taxation of not-for-profit organizations.  I represent syndicators, developers, investors and nonprofit organizations in structuring tax-advantaged transactions.

I have represented clients in tax disputes before the IRS, the United States Tax Court and local tax authorities with an emphasis on appraisal and valuation issues. I have worked on a number of tax credit related IRS audits and regularly speak on tax issues relating to Federal low-income housing and historic credits, and the Illinois affordable housing tax credit

Litigated Matters:

  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. v. Alabama DOR, (No. S97-103)
  • Norwest Corp. v. Comm’r, 108 TC 265 (1997)
  • Nestle Holdings, Inc. v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo, 1995-441 (1995)


  • Author, “Limited Time Offer-Bonus Depreciation Yield Enhancer”, Novogradac Journal on Tax Credits (2016).
  • Author, “How to Save Your Property’s 9 Percent Rate (Even with 2014 Credits)”, Novogradac Journal on Tax Credits (2012).
  • Author, “IRS Memo States TCAP Grants are Taxable at Time of TCAP Agreement is Signed”, Journal of Tax Credits, Vol II, Issue IV (2011).
  • Contributing Author, “The Legal Guide to Affordable Housing Development”, 2nd Ed., American Bar Association (2011).
  • Contributing Author, “Explanation and Analysis, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”, Law and Analysis (2009).
  • Co-Author, “Initiatives and Tools for the Preservation of Affordable Housing in Illinois”, 18 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law 403 (2009).
  • Co-Author, “Low Income Housing Tax Credit Provisions of the Recovery Act of 2009: Tools to Close Financing Gaps in a Weak Tax Credit Equity Market”, 18 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law 463 (2009).
  • Co-Author, “Attention Developers: Beware of TCAP Tax Pitfalls and Be Aware of Credit Exchange Tax Benefits”, Journal of Tax Credit Housing, Vol II, Issue IX (2009).
  • Contributing Author, “Housing Assistance Act of 2008”, Law (2008).
  • Contributing Author, Explanation and Analysis, Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008″, Law (2008).
  • Co-Author, “Impact of Housing and Economic Recovery Tax Act of 2008 on Current and Future Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties”, 18 Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law 47 (2008).
  • Frequently quoted in Housing and Development Reporter and other tax credit publications

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Member of Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, 2016-Present
    • Chair/Co-Chair, Tax Credit and Equity Financing Committee of the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, 2006-2016
  • Moderator on several American Bar Association Teleconferences on legislation affecting low-income housing

Glenn Graff quoted in The Wall Street Journal’s article,

As States Pick ‘Opportunity Zones’ for Tax Breaks, a Debate Over Who Benefits


Our attorneys have a passion for helping our clients reclaim and re-invigorate neighborhoods and cities. We represent developers, tax credit syndicators, investors, tax-exempt community development organizations and public housing authorities. They trust us to get the job done–please come talk with us to learn why you should too.

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