YOUR ACTION NEEDED!
Help advocate for the improvement of the federal historic tax credit for smaller projects!
Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) just introduced the Senate version of the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (HTC-GO, S. 2615
Similar to the House version (H.R 2825
) of the HTC-GO Act, the Senate legislation would bring more value to Historic Tax Credit projects, improve access to the credit, and encourage investment in smaller rehabilitation projects. The HTC Growth and Opportunity Act would increase the credit from 20% to 30% for rehabilitation projects under $2.5 million. This would make the credit more appealing for investment and improve access for smaller projects.
Additionally, the bill would eliminate the tax credit basis adjustment requirement, which would increase the value of the credit. This change would bring the HTC more in line with the other tax credit programs and help restore some of the value lost by changes made during tax reform.
The HTC-GO Act was referred to the Finance Committee in the Senate. There could be opportunities for provisions from the bill to be included as part of a year-end funding deal, but we need your help. It is critical that we demonstrate strong/bipartisan support for the HTC-GO. Take Action
Urge Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) and Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) to cosponsor the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (S. 2615) today!
If you have a personal contact in your Senator's Washington D.C or District office, contact that person directly. Ask them to cosponsor the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act, S. 2615, introduced by Senators Cassidy, Cardin, Collins and Cantwell. Or you can call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator's DC office. It's not too late to reach the House too for additional co-sponsors.
The House version of the bill is awaiting action in the House Ways and Means Committee and is up to 50 cosponsors. Pennsylvania co-sponsors include Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA-16), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-1), Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15), and Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11). If your Representative is not on this list, please urge them to co-sponsor.
Urge your Representative to cosponsor the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (H.R 2825) today! If you have a personal contact in your member’s Washington D.C. or District office, contact that person directly. Ask them to cosponsor the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act introduced by Representatives Blumenauer and LaHood in the House.
Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit Reauthorized in 2019-2020 Budget!
Good news on the state historic tax credit. As part of the budget package, the program was reauthorized one year ahead of its original sunset date. The program will now extend until 2031.
The new language incorporates several significant improvements over the current program including:
- An increase in the annual allocation from $3 million to $5 million. (The per project cap remains at $500,000)
- A 5% bump-up to 30% for Workforce Housing
- Clarification on the timing of the application process and the awarding of credits
- Clarification that the credit will not be subject to the provision in the federal program that the credit must be taken over 5 years.
- Improved language and flexibility on the transfer of credits.
- The requirement to collect data on completed projects that will assist in demonstrating the economic value of the credits.
- Program extended to 2031.
While the small increase from $3 million to $5 million annually was much less than we had hoped, the improvements to the language and program have gotten us over some big hurdles. New guidelines will be developed by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the State Historic Preservation Office to incorporate the changes.
We thank you for everything you have done to help move this program forward. It is clear that your emails, phone calls, and visits did make a difference. Leadership allowed this language to be inserted into a budget bill and that is due in part to you letting your legislators know this this program is important.
We are declaring this a victory! Getting the program reauthorized a year ahead of schedule and making significant improvements to it is no small fete. Let’s celebrate!
Our work is not done however. In the fall, we will begin work to increase the annual allocation in the next budget cycle. Our tools and people are in place and YOU are part of that team.
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Preservation Pennsylvania's Economic Study on the Impact and Potential of the Pennsylvania State Historic Tax Credit
Call to Action
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.
>>Now is the time to reach out to your Senators and Representatives and let them know how important a re-authorized and expanded PA Historic Preservation Tax Credit is to your work. (Click here to find your Harrisburg representatives
>>Share stories of your projects and let them know the economic return of these projects more than returns the credits allocated to the projects. Share the Economic Study
or the Executive Summary
If your work involves the Historic Preservation Tax Credit
, now is the time to reach out to the Leadership of the both the Senate and the House with letters of support for the reauthorization and expansion of the PA HPTC (SB 541 and HB 1173). Please share stories of your projects and the importance of a strong state tax credit. If you can meet in person either in Harrisburg or in-district anytime over the next few weeks, you can download and print or share via email the Economic Study
or the Executive Summary.
Link to House Leadership
Reach out to your Senators and Representatives with your own place-making historic preservation tax credit stories, or use aspects of the new study that resonate with you. For example:
- The HPTC pays for itself. As noted in Preservation Pennsylvania’s study “The PA-HPTC program has awarded $15.0 million in credits, which has supported projects with a total projected value of more than $700 million.”
- The HPTC works in small towns as well as it works in big metropolitan centers. Old buildings that help define local character are transformed into thriving community places -- while creating jobs and local investment.
- The HPTC creates jobs and generates positive investment. As noted in Preservation Pennsylvania’s study “A $1,000,000 investment in a historic rehabilitation project generates 6.4 direct jobs and 5.6 indirect/induced jobs in Pennsylvania.” The study also found “If the cap on the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit were increased to $50 million per year, it is anticipated an additional 2,800 jobs and $160 million in labor income would be generated.
- 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.
June 3, 2019 SB 541 received second consideration in the Senate and was referred to the Appropriations Committee.
May 15, 2019
Preservation Pennsylvania released “The Missing Key, A Study of the Impact and Potential
of the PA HPTC” at a press conference with Senator Argall and Representative Freeman. Click for full study
or Executive Summary.
May 8, 2019, the Senate Finance Committee voted SB 541 out of committee and it is now in the Senate for first consideration. Reach out to your Senators and tell them how important the re-authorization and expansion of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit is to your work.
Need to check who your representatives in Harrisburg are? Click here
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.
The following individuals and organizations recognize the value of a
robust state historic preservation tax credit and support efforts to
expand and reauthorize this valuable tool for preservation and economic
revitalization. If you'd like to sign your name as part of our Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Tax Credit Coalition
, click here
Suzanna Barucco, Principal, sbk + partners, LLC, historic preservation consulting
Hogestown Heritage Committee
MM Partners, llc real estate development
Bobbie Jean Owens
Pennsylvania Downtown Center
Sandy Rosenberg, Post Commercial Real Estate
A. Roy Smith
Paul Steinke, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelplhia
Jeremy Young, Community & Economic Development Manager
Learn more about the State Historic Preservation Tax Credit with the resources listed below.
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.
WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING
Check back for updates!
|JUNE 3 2019
||SB 541 received second consideration by the Senate and was referred to the Appropriations Committee. HB 1173 is in the House Finance Committee.
|MAY 15 2019
||Preservation Pennsylvania released “The Missing Key, A Study of the Impact and Potential of the PA HPTC” at a press conference with Senator Argall and Representative Freeman. Click for full study or Executive Summary.
|APR 9 2019
||Senator David Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) and Senator Judith Schwank (D-Berks) introduced legislation for the re-authorization and expansion of the PA HPTC (SB 541) in the Senate. Representative Robert Freeman (D-Northampton) and Representative R. Lee James (R-Butler/Venago) introduced a companion bill (HB 1173) in the House.
|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
|JAN 11 2019
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.
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.
||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, Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, at Senator Argall's April workshop on the state historic preservation tax credit.