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New York State offers tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic commercial and residential properties, and historic barns.
This chart gives a brief overview of the federal and state historic preservation tax credit programs:
You can also contact the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for information.
*** Commercial Tax Credit News *** Electronic Submissions Coming! As of August 15, 2023, all applications for the commercial tax credit program must be submitted electronically, both to the State Historic Preservation Offices and to the National Park Service. New forms and instructions will be available from the National Park Service on July 10, 2023. Both the NY SHPO and the NPS will be providing further instructions and guidance on exactly how this will work during July. Read more about electronic submission on the National Park Service's website .
Owners of income-producing real properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places may be eligible for a 20% federal income tax credit for the substantial rehabilitation of historic properties. The final dollar amount is based on the cost of the rehabilitation; in effect, 20% of the rehab costs will be borne by the federal government.
The work performed (both interior and exterior) must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and be approved by the National Park Service.
Owners of income-producing properties that have been approved to receive the 20% federal rehabilitation tax credit can additionally claim a state tax credit if the property is located in a qualifying census tract.
Owners can receive an additional state credit of 20% or 30% of the qualified rehabilitation expenditure (QRE) up to $5,000,000. In order to qualify for the 20% credit, the placed-in-service date must be after January 1, 2010. For the 30% credit, the placed-in-service date must be after January 1, 2022, and the total QREs cannot exceed $2.5 million.
There is no application form for the state credit; applicants just need to comply with the agency media agreement and submit the applicable review fees (refer to Fee Schedule and Media Agreements). After Part 3 of the federal application is approved by the National Park Service, and the state fees are paid, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) will issue a certification allowing owners to claim the state credit.
New York State has extended the availability of this program until December 31, 2024.
The legislation also makes the commercial tax credit refundable for rehabilitation projects placed in service on or after 2015. Unused credits from projects placed in service before 2015 can be carried forward indefinitely. The change in the law includes updating the eligible census tracts using the most recent data available.
Buildings placed in service after January 1, 2022, and with final Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures (QREs) of no more than $2.5 million, are eligible for a 30% state tax credit.
Rehabilitation of historic residential buildings may qualify for a New York State tax incentive. The Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Credit program offers a state income tax credit equal to 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenses associated with repair, maintenance, and upgrades to historic homes. The value of the credit is applied to your NYS tax liability to reduce the amount you owe. The program covers 20% of qualified rehabilitation expenses up to a credit value of $50,000 per year. For more information please review the program's qualifications and FAQs below, or call Division staff at 518-237-8643 and request to speak to the staff member who handles your county.
|Submit your Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Credit Application Online
|You can now submit all parts of your Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Credit Application and pay the review fees online via DocuSign. We strongly recommend that you review the general Application Instructions and the below Submission Guidance before beginning any part of your application. The online application allows you to attach your supporting documentation and photos, enter payment information, and provide a secure signature. Your application will be submitted to the Division for Historic Preservation for processing and review, and you will be notified by email when is it complete.
|Submit Part 1 & 2 Application
|Submit Amendment Application
|Submit Part 3 Application
Owners of historic barns may qualify for a New York State tax incentive for qualified rehabilitation work. The Historic Barn Rehabilitation Tax Credit program offers a state income tax credit equal to 25% of the expenditures incurred to rehabilitate a historic barn. The barn must have been built prior to 1946 (National Register listing is not a requirement) and the work must be approved by the Division for Historic Preservation. There is no cap on the amount of credit that may be earned, and taxpayers can begin to claim the credit on their 2022 NYS taxes.
For more information about the qualification criteria and the application process, please review the documents below, or call 518-237-8643 and request to speak to the Division staff member who handles barn credits.