Pennsylvania Passes State Historic Tax Credit

On June 30, Pennsylvania became the 30th state in the Country to have a state historic tax credit with the passage of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Incentive Act. The Act will provide a 25% state tax credit for the rehabilitation of qualified income-producing buildings that also use the federal historic tax credit. The State tax credit will be equal to 25% of the “qualified expenditures” (as defined under Section 47(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code) incurred by the taxpayer. In order to qualify projects must be commercial in nature. To qualify as a historic structure, the building must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or be part of a historic district listed in the National Register. The “qualified rehabilitation plan” itself must also be approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, as reviewed against the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines of Rehabilitation. The Pennsylvania historic tax credit program is limited to $3,000,000 annually with an individual project cap of $500,000. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Department of Economic Development will develop the program guidelines. The credit goes into effect July 1, 2012 but the first tax credits will not be issued until after July 1, 2013.

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