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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Legislation that would extend and expand the North Carolina historic tax credit (HTC) passed the state House of Representatives and now is in the Senate. H.B. 399 would extend the sunset date from Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2032, although it would apply to expenses incurred after Jan. 1, 2024.

Friday, May 31, 2019

The California state Senate this week unanimously passed legislation to create a state historic tax credit (HTC). S.B. 451 would create a state HTC from 2021 through 2025 worth 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenses (QRE), with a 5 percent bonus for properties that meet certain criteria, including low-income housing.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The North Carolina Senate this week passed legislation that includes a provision to extend the sunset date for the state historic tax credit (HTC) to 2024. S.B. 622 would extend the sunset date for several provisions, including the state HTC, from Jan. 1, 2020, until Jan. 1, 2024. The Senate’s appropriations bill now must be reconciled with the House’s bill before being sent to Gov. Roy Cooper. Both bills include the HTC sunset extension.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Legislation in South Carolina went into effect this week to amend the state historic tax credit definition of rehabilitation expenses for textile mills. S. 440 defines “rehabilitation expenses” to include expenditures that include demolition, environmental remediation and site improvements at textile mill sites, but exclude the cost of acquiring the site or the cost of personal property on the site.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Darin LaHood, R-Ill., Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa., introduced the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (HTC-GO) Friday to bring more value to historic tax credit (HTC) transactions and to encourage redevelopment of smaller, income-producing properties. H.R.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Legislation in Georgia to allow taxpayers to take the state historic tax credit up to two years after placing a certified historic structure or home into service will be effective June 1. H. 224 was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp in early May. The state HTC was previously taken in the year in which the certified rehabilitation was completed. The state HTC is scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2024.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Legislation to create a Hawaii state historic tax credit (HTC) passed both houses of the Legislature and is on the desk of Gov. David Ige. S.B. 1394 would create a credit worth 30 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenses. The credit would have an annual $1 million statewide cap and would begin July 1 and end Dec. 31, 2024. Ige has 45 days to sign or veto the bill. If he does neither, it becomes law.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Legislation in Nevada to create a state historic tax credit has been sent to the House Ways and Means Committee. A.B. 178 would create a transferable 20 percent state HTC for qualified rehabilitation expenses of at least $20,000 on historic buildings. The credit would jump to 25 percent for properties in certain state or federal rehabilitation programs and 30 percent for affordable housing.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Legislation was introduced this week in Pennsylvania to raise the annual cap for the state historic tax credit from $3 million to $30 million and extend the sunset date by more than a decade, from 2020 to 2031. S.B. 541 would also increase the project cap from $500,000 to $2.5 million and create a 5 percent bonus for workforce housing properties.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Maryland legislation that establishes the Opportunity Zone (OZ) Enhancement program and extends the state historic tax credit (HTC) program through 2024 has been sent to Gov. Larry Hogan for his signature. S.B. 581 would make qualifying businesses in OZs eligible for six state tax credit incentives.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The National Park Service will accept comments through the end of April on a proposed rule published in the National Register to revise regulations concerning the listing of properties on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Treasury Department’s second-quarter update to the 2018-2019 Priority Guidance Plan includes plans to provide guidance for the low-income housing tax credit average-income test, the use of historic tax credit for disaster relief, regulations to clarify certain rules for the new markets tax credit and guidance on private-activity bonds for affordable housing.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Missouri Department of Economic Development issued emergency rules concerning the state historic tax credit, effective March 30 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Legislation in Connecticut that would allow easier redevelopment of historic buildings–including those in opportunity zones (OZs)–has been narrowed. H.B. 6552 would give qualifying towns authority to determine what is historic and how to protect historic buildings.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Legislation introduced in the Louisiana Legislature would extend the sunset date for the state historic tax credit (HTC) to Jan. 1, 2026. H.B. 83 would apply to the credit, which is for 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenses and has a current expiration date of Jan. 1, 2022.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

A bipartisan group of 34 state representatives introduced legislation in the North Carolina House of Representatives to extend and expand the state historic tax credit (HTC). H.B. 399 would extend the HTC sunset date from Jan. 1, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2030, and would increase the maximum amount of qualified rehabilitation expenses eligible for the 15 percent and 10 percent state HTC.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Legislation in the Maryland state Senate to provide a 5 percent bonus for state historic tax credit (HTC) properties in opportunity zones (OZs) advanced from the Budget and Taxation Committee. S.B. 656 is a companion bill to legislation introduced in the House of Representatives. The legislation would expand projects eligible for the 5 percent increase to include OZs.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation will hold its quarterly business meeting April 4 at 8:30 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The agenda includes the transition to a full-time ACHP chair and issues concerning Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Meetings are open to the public.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Maryland Department of Planning and Development adopted changes to regulations for the state historic tax credit, conforming the regulations to H.B. 1454, passed in 2018. The legislation authorized an additional 5 percent credit on top of the existing 20 percent credit for HTC developments that result in a property that receives an allocation of federal low-income housing tax credits.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Legislation introduced in the Vermont Legislature would make investments made in opportunity zones eligible to apply annually for the state Downtown and Village Center Tax Credit, which is twice as often as other projects are allowed to apply. H 442 would expand eligibility under the program only for OZ investments.