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Historic Preservation Tax Credits

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Ohio Historic Preservation Office

  1. 1. Technical Preservation Services Department Ohio Historic Preservation Office Ohio Historical Society 1982 Velma Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43211-2497 614/298-2000
  2. 2. The 20% Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit: The Basics
  3. 3. Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit <ul><li>Federal Tax Credit for the Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>Income-Producing Use. </li></ul><ul><li>Substantial Rehabilitation. </li></ul><ul><li>Credit=20% of Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures. </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Historic Structure (Application). </li></ul><ul><li>Certified Rehabilitation (Application). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Applying for the Federal Tax Credit <ul><li>Preliminary meetings with Technical Preservation Services Department staff are encouraged. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications are submitted to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for review and recommendations. Following state review, applications are submitted with state recommendations to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. for final review and approval. The Internal Revenue Service administers the process of claiming the credit. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Federal Tax Credit Application Procedures Applications are available online but must be submitted in paper form. <ul><li>Part 1—Determines Whether the Building Is or Is Likely to Be a Certified Historic Structure (Listed on the National Register of Historic Places). </li></ul><ul><li>Part 2—Determines Whether the Proposed Rehabilitation Work Will Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. </li></ul><ul><li>Part 3—Determines Whether the Completed Project Meets the Standards for Rehabilitation. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Part 1 Submission Requirements <ul><li>Labeled current photographs (2 copies) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>photo number, building name and address </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>brief description of view being shown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>month & year photo was taken </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Photo key </li></ul><ul><li>District map </li></ul>
  7. 7. Part 1 Tips <ul><li>Carefully check the National Register status of the property. Don’t rely on assumptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Use National Register information to prepare the Part 1 narrative. </li></ul><ul><li>Each building, unless the property is a complex of functionally-related structures, requires a separate Part 1 application. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit the Part 1 application as early as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>When we receive your application (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 or Amendment) you will be sent an acknowledgement form. Make sure you receive this form and check it for accuracy. Also read the helpful notes at the bottom. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Part 2 Submission Requirements <ul><li>Narrative that clearly and completely describes current conditions and intended work (photos and drawings are subordinate to the narrative) </li></ul><ul><li>Labeled “before” photographs (2 copies) </li></ul><ul><li>Photo key </li></ul><ul><li>Drawings (2 copies, pre-rehab and after rehab) </li></ul><ul><li>Other information such as product data, window survey, sightline study, tenant guidelines </li></ul>
  9. 9. Part 2 Tips <ul><li>The Standards for Rehabilitation do not require you to take certain actions. They come into play only when you are proposing to do something physically to the building. </li></ul><ul><li>The Ohio Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service do not design projects. We may suggest solutions based on our experience, but we do so in reaction to the information we receive. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide an introductory paragraph or two to summarize the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit everything at once and in the same package, if possible. Our 30-day review period does not start until an application is complete. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete and submit the federal fee payment form with the Part 2 to expedite National Park Service review. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit an Amendment form for any changes to approved Part 2 work prior to doing the work. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Part 3 Submission Requirements <ul><li>Labeled “after” photographs of all areas shown in the Part 2 photographs (2 copies) </li></ul><ul><li>Confirmation that all Part 2 Conditions were met </li></ul>
  11. 11. Part 3 Tips <ul><li>Take the Part 3 photos from the same locations and number them the same as the Part 2 photos. That will make our review much easier. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit additional photos to show that any conditions placed on the Part 2 approval were met. </li></ul><ul><li>Submit an Amendment form with the Part 3 describing any work that will not be undertaken. </li></ul>
  12. 12. The 25% Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit (OHPTC): The Basics
  13. 13. Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit <ul><li>State Tax Credit for the Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. </li></ul><ul><li>Administered by the Ohio Department of Development, with Assistance from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office and the Ohio Department of Taxation. </li></ul><ul><li>Credit=25% of Qualified Rehabilitation Expenditures, up to $5 million. </li></ul><ul><li>Competitively Awarded Based on Potential Economic Impact and Regional Distributive Balance (Application). </li></ul><ul><li>Historic Building Requirement (Application). Preliminary certifications are not permitted, but buildings designated by Certified Local Governments qualify. </li></ul><ul><li>Approved Rehabilitation Work (Application). For combined federal/state tax credit projects, the federal Part 2 data will automatically apply to the OHPTC project, so no separate rehabilitation description is required. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Applying for OHPTC <ul><li>Preliminary meetings are encouraged. Applications are submitted within the established application periods to the Ohio Department of Development, which sends a copy to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office for determinations of historic building status and whether the rehabilitation work meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. </li></ul><ul><li>Program policies (including the scoring system) and applications for state fiscal year 2010 (at least $17.4 million in tax credits available) and 2011 (at least $24.2 million) are available online. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation <ul><li>Helpful guidance for the successful rehabilitation of historic buildings. </li></ul>10
  16. 16. Rehabilitation Returning a property to a state of utility through repair or alteration, making possible an efficient contemporary use, while preserving features significant to its history, architecture and culture.
  17. 17. Standards for Rehabilitation 11 The Standards for Rehabilitation are ten common-sense principles emphasizing the preservation of historic character, repair rather than replacement and compatibility of alterations. They apply to all types of historic buildings. They pertain to exterior and interior features and spaces.
  18. 18. Historic Character Environment Size Scale Materials Craftsmanship Details Spaces Shape Site Structure 12
  19. 19. Standard 1 - Find a compatible use. 14
  20. 20. Standard 2 - Preserve historic character. 15
  21. 21. Standard 3 - Don’t create a false sense of history. 16
  22. 22. Standard 4 - Preserve additions that have gained significance. 17
  23. 23. Standard 5 - Preserve distinctive features. 18
  24. 24. Standard 6 - Repair rather than replace. Match closely if repair is not possible. 19
  25. 25. Standard 7 - Do not cause damage to historic building materials. 20
  26. 26. Standard 8 - Protect significant archeological resources. 21
  27. 27. Standard 9 - Ensure that additions are compatible. 22
  28. 28. Standard 10 - Ensure that additions are reversible. 23
  29. 29. Making A Good Program Better/ Planning Successful Rehabilitation Projects, the two goals of which are: Making the requirements of the federal historic tax credit program clearer and Making the interpretation of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation more understandable. In addition to Preservation Briefs and the Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings, the most up-to-date information on the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit program and applying the Standards for Rehabilitation is provided by
  30. 30. Ohio Historic Preservation Office Ohio Historical Society