With Tax Credits

Federal and state tax credit programs offer a terrific incentive to taxpayers who rehabilitate historic buildings for their own homes or for income-producing properties.

Income tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic structures are important tools for historic preservation and economic development in North Carolina.

A federal income tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures first appeared in 1976 and today consists of a 20% credit for the qualifying rehabilitation of income-producing historic properties.

Since 1998 North Carolina has provided a 20% credit for those taxpayers who receive the federal credit, providing investors with a combined 40% credit against eligible project costs.

In addition, the state provides a 30% credit for the rehabilitation of nonincome-producing historic properties, including private residences.

New State Mill Rehabilitation Tax Credits provide even greater credit amounts for qualifying former industrial sites.

Since 1976, over 2,000 completed “certified rehabilitation” projects have been reviewed by the N.C. State Historic Preservation Office, representing over one billion dollars of investment in historic properties. The spinoff from all this activity includes job creation, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, improved community appearance, and greater community pride. Historic preservation is smart growth, and smart investment.

For More Information…

Click here for a pdf of Preservation NC’s Special Issue of our magazine, which shows the impact of the tax credits.

Click here for a DRAFT version of the Analysis of the Historic and Mills Tax Credit Program, completed by the NCSHPO and Labor Economic Analysis Division

Information and applications are available from the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, an agency of the State of North Carolina.

For copies of tax credit applications and instructions, contact either Tim Simmons ( tim.simmons@ncdcr.gov ), 919-807-6585, or David Christenbury ( david.christenbury@ncdcr.gov ), 919-807-6574, and provide your name, address, and name and location of your project.