• Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunities Act Fact Sheet

    March 23, 2023

    The Historic Tax Credit (HTC) is a proven tax incentive for revitalizing historic community assets and supporting economic development and recovery.

    On March 2, 2023, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (S. 639). Similar legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Darin LaHood (R-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL), and Mike Turner (R-OH). Both bills include provisions to permanently add value to HTC, improve access to the credit, and increase investment in smaller rehabilitation projects.

  • New State Historic Tax Credit Resource Guide and Data Center

    March 1, 2023

    With more than 70 percent of states adopting some form of historic tax credit incentive to support building reuse, the utility and success of this preservation policy are clear.

    As states look to strengthen and tailor these incentives, the National Trust is pleased to offer a Resource Guide that offers an overview of the tangible benefits of historic tax credit programs, the elements of top-performing credits, and a state-by-state comparative analysis of key features.

    Web-based Mapping Tool:

    The State Historic Tax Credit Data Center tool is intended to serve historic preservation policymakers, advocates, and practitioners alike as they determine the optimal incentive for their state.

    The tool allows them to compare up to three state programs at one time as well as a way to compare specific features of a state’s historic tax credit against all other programs.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation gratefully acknowledges the generous support of David and Julia Uihlein, who made the development of the Resource Guide and interactive mapping tool possible.

  • New Administration and Congress Bring New Opportunity for Historic Tax Credits

    January 27, 2021

    With the changes in Congress and in the White House, Historic Tax Credit (HTC) advocates are preparing to ramp up advocacy efforts upon the introduction of a new HTC bill in the 117th Congress. Advocates expect the bill to provide temporary COVID-19 relief to HTC projects distressed by the pandemic and permanent enhancements to the HTC. In 2021, there will be multiple “must-pass” legislative vehicles, along with unresolved issues related to COVID-19 relief, that may contain robust tax titles. This will provide opportunities to enact some or all the HTC enhancement provisions outlined in the new legislation. Provisions the National Trust hopes will be incorporated include a temporary increase to the HTC from 20% to 30% for COVID-19 relief and permanent enhancements to the HTC to unlock new projects that presently are not feasible, bring more value to the HTC, and contribute to the economic recovery. These provisions were included in H.R. 2, the “Moving Forward Act,” which passed the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress.

    As a result of the pandemic, HTC developers and preservationists continue to experience challenges in rehabbing historic buildings with the freezing of the financial markets, difficulties accessing capital, and banking institutions loaning less to these projects, which tend to carry more risk. In addition to increases in material costs and construction costs on-site, projects are currently facing financing gaps, and many projects are stalled or no longer feasible. Also, with COVID-19 impacting local budgets, local governments are challenged to fulfill funding and partnership agreements with developers and enter into new agreements that incentivize the revitalization of their community.

    Advocates should encourage developers who have HTC projects that have faced challenges to share these challenges with their federal legislators and ask them to cosponsor the new legislation upon introduction.

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