Prior to 1976, there existed no tax incentive to rehabilitate or preserve historic buildings. The Tax Reform Act of 1976 added IRC section 191 which permitted taxpayers to amortize over a 60-month period certain expenditures to rehabilitate property listed in the National Register of Historic Places or property located in Registered Historic Districts and certified as significant to the district.The 60-month amortization period was enhanced to a 10 percent rehabilitation tax credit in 1978. In 1981, Congress expanded the rehabilitation tax credit to a three-tier credit; a 25 percent credit for qhistoric rehabilitations, q a non-historic rehabilitation credit of 20 percent for buildings at least 40 years old, and a 15 percent credit for buildings at least 30 years old.The rehabilitation tax credit survived the Tax Reform Act of 1986, but imposed several constraints that made the rehabilitation tax credit less attractive to individual real estate investors. The credit was retained as a two-tier credit with a 20 percent credit available for historical buildings and a 10 percent credit for non-historic buildings which were first placed in service before 1936.The Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, jointly administered by the National Park Service and the State Historic Preservation Offices, is the nation's most effective Federal program to promote urban and rural revitalization and to encourage private investment in rehabilitating historic buildings. The tax credit applies specifically to preserving income-producing historic property and has generated billions of dollars in historic preservation activity since its inception in 1976. Its tremendous effects are evident in not only the major cities in the United States, but also in many small towns and communities throughout the country. The completed projects have brought renewed life to deteriorated business and residential districts, created new jobs and new housing units, increased local and state revenues, and helped ensure the long-term preservation of irreplaceable cultural resources.The Tax Reform Act of 1976 added IRC section 191 which permitted taxpayers to amortize over a 60-month period certain expenditures to rehabilitate property listed in the National Register of Historic Places or property located in Registered ...
|Title||:||Rehabilitation Tax Credit|
|Author||:||Internal Revenue Service|