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Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit (Historic Tax Credit)

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The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit, otherwise known as the Historic Tax Credit, is one of the most powerful historic preservation tools we have. Recognizing the cost associated with rehabilitating historic buildings, the Historic Tax Credit provides a 20% income tax credit to developers of income producing properties such as office buildings, retail establishments, rental apartments, and others.

Established first in 1976, since its inception, the tax credit has resulted in the preservation of more than 42,000 buildings and generated over $84 billion in economic development. In 2016 alone, 1,299 completed projects generated $7.16 billion in rehabilitation work and created 108,528 jobs. Recent studies have shown that far from being a subsidy, the historic tax credit actually stimulates more revenue than it costs – meaning it is a win-win for the American people.

SHPOs review Historic Tax Credit projects to assure their consistency with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and the National Park Service provides the final “certification” necessary for each project. To learn more about the Historic Tax Credit, visit the National Park Service website (http://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives.htm), and the website of your SHPO.

Reports about the Federal Historic Tax Credit

National Park Service: Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings – Annual Report for FY 2016 (pdf / 731KB)

National Park Service: Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings – Statistical Report for FY 2016 (pdf / 519KB)

National Park Service & Rutgers University: Economic Impact of the Historic Tax Credit Annual Report – 2015 (pdf / 5,511KB)