Advocacy Update

Federal Advocacy

Preserve Arkansas weighs in on national preservation issues that affect Arkansans. The most recent issues are discussed below.

New HTC Bill Introduced

On May 17, 2019, legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would make important changes to the Historic Tax Credit. The bipartisan Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act (HTC-GO) closely resembles a combination of the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act and the Historic Tax Credit Enhancement Act of the 115th Congress. The legislation would bring more value to historic tax credits and improve access to the credit and investment for smaller rehabilitation projects.

The legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Darin LaHood (R-IL), Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Mike Kelly (R-PA). Senate introduction of similar legislation is expected soon.

HTC-GO brings more value to HTC transactions and encourages redevelopment of smaller, income-producing properties by:

  • Eliminating the HTC Basis Adjustment requirement. Presently, the tax code requires that building owners subtract the amount of HTCs from a building’s basis (the amount a property is worth for tax purposes). In short, the federal government is giving an incentive and then taxing that incentive. Eliminating this requirement will bring more value to all HTC projects by increasing the basis of rehabilitated historic buildings for building owners, provide additional depreciation and other tax benefits, and attract more capital from tax credit investors.
  • Increasing the credit from 20 to 30 percent for projects with rehabilitation expenses of less than $2.5 million;
  • Encouraging more outside investment for smaller projects (under $2.5 million) by allowing the transfer of the credits as a tax certificate;
  • Making it easier to meet the substantial rehabilitation test; and
  • Creating greater flexibility for nonprofit organizations to partner with developers in redevelopment projects.

    Please contact your Representative and encourage them to co-sponsor the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity Act.