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Preservation Pennsylvania needs your support as we work to preserve and expand the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit. This important preservation tool will sunset in June 2020 unless it is reauthorized.


  • Annual Allocation of $30 million
  • Increased per project cap to $2.5 million
  • Additional 5% credit for workforce housing
  • Clarification that the credit can be used in one year (compared to 5 years for federal)
  • Standardization of timing for application, review and allocation
Since the tax credit was established in 2012, it has facilitated the rehabilitation and reuse of properties all across the state, creating jobs and revitalizing communities.


Learn more about the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit with the resources listed below.
This post from the PA State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers an overview of what the tax credit does, how it works, and how it benefits communities.
NTHP HTC Policy ReportThe National Trust for Historic Preservation offers this policy review of State Historic Preservation Tax Credits (2016)
*  The National Trust for Historic Preservation also studied the return on investment (ROI) for the state historic preservation tax credit in this policy study (2015) indicating a positive return on their investment in the post-construction phase.
*  The state's Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) provides revenue projections for use in the state budget process along with impartial and timely analysis of fiscal, economic and budgetary issues to assist Commonwealth residents and the General Assembly in their evaluation of policy decisions. Read its performance-based budget and efficiency review of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Tax Credit.
The Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit is good for Pennsylvania, good for its valuable historic resources, and good for the economy, generating jobs, new housing, and tax revenue.


Please contact your State House or Senate members immediately and ask them to become a co-sponsor of these bills (House, Senate). Your support is essential in this effort. Showing broad support will smooth the way toward passage.

You can email them and follow up with a phone call if you have a personal relationship. Please feel free to craft your own emails or use our sample as a starting point. It is most important for Representatives and Senators to hear from their own constituents.
Your support is needed to help fund completion of the PA State Tax Credit Economic Study. Help us match a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant from the PA SHPO. Your financial support is needed to help move this effort forward and ensure that Pennsylvania’s historic tax credit not only stays in place but is even stronger.
Successful passage of this legislation will require a sustained advocacy and outreach effort. As the statewide voice for historic preservation, Preservation Pennsylvania will devote significant staff time to building a coalition, preparing educational materials, making presentations, speaking to legislators and groups across the state and ensuring that this important program is retained and expanded.


Check back for updates!
FEB 8 2019
 Representative R. Lee James, Representative Jared G. Solomon, Representative Aaron Bernstine, Representative Stephen Barrar, Representative Michael H. Schlossberg, Representative Stephen Kinsey, Representative Steve Samuelson, Representative David R. Millard, Representative Chris Sainato, Representative Thomas P. Murt, Representative Carol Hill-Evans, Representative Greg Vitali, and Representative Patrick J. Harkins have all signed on as co-sponsors in support of the house HPTC.
JAN 30 2019
Representative Freeman and Representative James have circulated a co-sponsorship memo for the PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit in the house. You can find it here:
JAN 11 2019
Senator David Argall is circulating his co-sponsorship memo for the re-introduction of the bill in the new session in the Senate. Here is the link:
Thanks to those of you who have already reached out, these senators have signed on to co-sponsor: Blake, Schwank, Martin, Farnese, Kearney, Killion, Costa, Ward, and Yudichak.
OCT 2018
Working with recommendations from developers, historic preservation professionals, and other statewide nonprofits working in the field of economic development, Senator Argall’s staff drafted legislation to reauthorize, expand, and improve the credit. Senator David Argall introduced SB 1279 in October 2018.
Preservation Pennsylvania engaged Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics to undertake a study of the economic benefits of state tax credits, comparing Pennsylvania’s program to other states. Early findings show that with strong tax credit programs, states have more projects and increased investment.
APRIL 2018
 Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) hosted a workshop in April 2018 to hear from Preservation Pennsylvania, PHMC, DCED, and other state agencies on the value of the state historic preservation tax credit and ways to improve it. You can view the proceedings and review the documentation here.
 Mindy Crawford at Senator Argall's April workshop
 Mindy Crawford, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, at Senator Argall's April workshop on the state historic preservation tax credit.

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