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Owners of historic income-producing real property, owner occupied homes, and barns may qualify for an income tax credit for rehabilitating the property.


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Federal Investment Tax Credit Program for Income Producing Properties

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. For more information, please contact our office or go to our Territorial Map section to find information for the Investment Tax Credit Program representative for your county.

Important Changes to the NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit for Commercial Properties

Governor Cuomo signed rehabilitation tax credit changes into law on March 28, 2013 that extend the program until December 31, 2019. 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 changes in the law include updating the eligible census tracts using the most recent data available.

New York State Tax Credit Program for Income Producing Properties

This tax credit must be used with the Federal Investment Tax Credit Program for Income Producing Properties. Owners of income producing properties that have been approved to receive the 20% federal rehabilitation tax credit automatically qualify for the additional state tax credit if the property is located in an eligible census tract and the Part 2 and Part 3 state fees have been paid. Owners can receive an additional 20% of the qualified rehabilitation expenditures up to $5,000,000 *. In order to qualify, the placed-in-service date must be after January 1, 2010. There is no application form. 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 will issue a certification allowing owners to take the state credit.

The following fee schedule applies for property owners seeking state commercial rehabilitation tax credits;

Commercial projects utilizing the federal historic preservation investment tax credit and the New York State commercial historic preservation tax credit will submit the following initial processing fee:

Estimated Rehabilitation:Fee
under $100,000$50.00
Over $100,00010% of estimated final fee
 (from Final Fee Schedule)

*The initial fee will be submitted along with the Part II application.
Checks must be made out to: NYSOPRHP and have the address of the property and "commercial tax credit" in the memo section. If the owner knows the assigned project number, that should be in the memo section as well.

Final Fee Schedule

Important: Owners should subtract the Part 2 fee from the final fee. For example, $450 would be submitted along with Part 3 for a project that had $20,000 of rehabilitation expenses. Rehabilitation expenses do not include the cost of landscaping or an addition.

Rehabilitation expenses of:Fee
Under $20,000$100.00
$20,000 - $99,999$500.00
$100,000 - $499,999$1,000.00
$500,000 - $999,999$1,500.00
$1,000,000 – $2,499,000$2,500.00
$2,500,000 - $4,999,999$3,000.00
$5,000,000 - $9,999,999$4,000.00
$10,000,000 and over$5,000.00

*Certification letters for the NYS Commercial Credit will be issued after receipt of the National Park Service Part 3 application and the applicant has submitted the balance of the NYS Processing fee.
Checks must be made out to: NYSOPRHP and have "commercial credit" in the memo. If the owner knows the assigned project number, that should be in the memo section as well.

New York State Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Rehabilitation work on historic residential structures may qualify for a tax incentive. The credit will cover 20% of qualified rehabilitation costs of structures, up to a credit value of $50,000.00. Houses must be an owner-occupied residential structure and be individually listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places, or a contributing building in a historic district that is listed in the state or National Register of Historic Places. In addition, the house needs to be located in an eligible census tract. At least $5,000.00 must be expended on qualifying work and at least 5% of the total project must be spent on the exterior of the building. All work must be approved by OPRHP prior to start of construction. A Part 2 and Part 3 fee applies for processing applications for the state tax credits. See the application, below, for the fee schedule.

For more information on the NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs, including whether or not your property qualifies for either of the NYS programs, contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at 518-237-8643, and ask for the state tax credit staff member.

New York State Historic Barns Tax Credit

The Farmers Protection and Farm Preservation Act of 1996 was designed in part to preserve the historic barns that dot New York's landscape. In order to qualify for an income tax credit equal to 25% of the cost of rehabilitating a historic barn, the following rules apply: it must be a barn; it must have been built or placed in agricultural service before 1936 or be listed in the State/National Registers of Historic Places; it must be "substantially rehabilitated"; the rehabilitation cannot materially alter the historic appearance of the barn; and only costs incurred after January 1, 2003 are eligible.

For the definition of "substantially rehabilitated", see Question 7 on form IT-212-ATT I (second link below).