Federal, state, and local tax incentives exist for owners of historic properties. The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program includes a 20 percent income tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings.The new Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program offers a 25 percent tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic buildings.
Additionally, a state sales tax exemption on labor is available for work to buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places. County and local taxing authorities may grant property tax exemptions for buildings with state or local historical designations.
Our Report on Historic Preservation Tax Credits in Texas highlights the economic impact of projects certified for the Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit during fiscal years 2021 and 2022 (from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2022). These projects have not only preserved Texas’ historic buildings, but have also supported jobs and boosted our state and local economies. Showcasing many tax credit rehabilitation projects in urban and rural areas, the report features places of worship, hotels, industrial buildings, cultural nonprofits, rural downtowns, residential, and universities.
Jobs supported by certified state rehabilitation tax credit projects in Texas between 2015 and 2020