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Historic Tax Credits


photo of B&BIf you have ever done work to your historic home, you are aware that maintaining and updating it can be quite costly due to rules governing our neighborhood. It is true that living in a historic district carries with it a responsibility to preserve and in some cases, incur a great deal of expense to replace or update things in your home. However, it also carries with it many tax incentives that can put cash in your pocket as well as provide significant savings on your future property tax bills.


The State and City governments both offer incentive programs that help homeowners living in historic districts handle the expense of preservingthe historic aspect of their homes.


The State's program is a Refundable Income Tax Credit. To qualify, a homeowner must spend at least $5,000.00 over a 24-month period in order to recoup 20% of his expense in the form of a tax credit. This means that if you spend $50,000.00, you are eligible to receive a $10,000.00 Income Tax Credit. If you only owe the State $5,000.00 in tax, the State will send you a check for the remaining $5,000.00. If you owe no State tax, you will simply receive a check back for $10,000.00.


The City program is a Property Tax Abatement program whereby the homeowner must invest 25% of the full cash value of the home as assessed by the State in order to receive a 10-year credit.


These programs have rules and regulations associated with them as well as a bit of paperwork, which can be significant depending on the amount of work that has taken place or will take place on your property. Note that you can get credit on work you completed in 2002 or after.


While every person is capable of doing the paperwork necessary to qualify for these programs, the rules and parameters governing the programs can be tricky for the State's "all or none program." This means is that if you do one thing that disqualifies you from the program, all other work that may have otherwise qualified will not. Trained consultants can suggest planning and legal strategies that will help you avoid these pitfalls.


Get more information on the State historic tax credit.

Get more information on Baltimore City's historic tax credit.

Learn more about historic tax credits and find links to more resources at Baltimore Heritage's website.



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