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Historic Tax Credits

Help protect this essential preservation tool.

  • Historic Tax Credits Work

    Historic tax credit projects increase property values, draw new businesses, attract new residents, and enlarge the tax base.

  • Saving Places

    Over the life of the program, the historic tax credit (HTC) has preserved more than 44,431 historic buildings.

  • Take Action

    Contact your members of Congress in support of strengthening the federal HTC.

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For more than three decades, the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) has successfully implemented a national policy of preserving our historic resources. It is the most significant investment the federal government makes toward the preservation of our historic buildings.

In addition to preserving historic buildings, the HTC revitalizes communities and spurs economic growth—all while returning more to the Treasury than it costs, $1.20 in tax revenue for every dollar invested. It is a critical ingredient for historic preservation building stronger communities.

The Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit for FY 2017, produced by the National Park Service and Rutgers University, demonstrates the benefits of investment in HTC-related historic rehabilitation projects are extensive, increasing payrolls and production in nearly all sectors of the nation’s economy. And, research shows that the benefits of historic rehab go far beyond one building—historic tax credit projects spur an increase in property values, draw new businesses, attract new residents, and enlarge the tax base.

Fast Facts about the Historic Tax Credit

Over the life of the program, the historic rehabilitation tax credit (HTC) has:

  • created more than 2.5 million good-paying local jobs;
  • leveraged $144.6 billion in private investment in our communities;
  • used $27.5 billion in tax credits to generate more than $32.4 billion in federal tax revenue;
  • and preserved more than 44,341 buildings that form the historic fabric of our nation.

Advocacy Tools

These resources demonstrate how the federal Historic Tax Credit is a proven job-creating, community-revitalizing investment throughout the nation. Use them to help educate your elected officials at home and in Washington. Learn more at Preservation Leadership Forum.

State Historic Tax Credits

Over more than 30 years, the National Trust has supported the enactment of over 35 state historic tax credits and continues to work with partners to increase this number. These credits attract private investment to restore historic properties, many of which would otherwise likely be demolished. And true to their legacy as “laboratories of democracy,” states are innovating with different provisions to tackle complex issues such as rural economic development and affordable housing. The National Trust has observed the renewed prosperity of countless historic communities throughout the country and in nearly every instance a common thread is the use of historic tax credits.

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Your support as a Member is critical to ensuring our success protecting America's heritage for future generations.

President Ronald Reagan’s message for the National Conference on Revitalization of America’s Towns, delivered September 14, 1984. Video courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

With the support of people like you, we’re showing that preservation and progress aren’t just compatible, but integral to building stronger communities.

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