State tax incentives are available for owners of a historic property who carry out a substantial rehabilitation. All properties must be listed in, or eligible for, the National/Georgia Register of Historic Places, either individually or as part of a National/Georgia Register Historic District. Project work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Standards for Rehabilitation.
State Preferential Property Tax Assessment for Rehabilitated Historic Property – Freezes the county property tax assessment for more than 8 years. Available for personal residences as well as income-producing properties. Owner must increase the fair market value of the building by 50 – 100%, depending on its new use.
- State Income Tax Credit for Rehabilitated Historic Property – The Georgia State Income Tax Credit Program for Rehabilitated Historic Property allows eligible participants to apply for a state income tax credit equaling 25 percent of qualifying rehabilitation expenses capped at $100,000 for a personal residence, and $300,000, $5 million or $10 million for all other properties.
Note: Historic residential and commercial properties are eligible to participate in both programs. A property must be a "certified structure," which means it must be listed in the National/Georgia Register(s) of Historic Places. The Historic Preservation Division must certify the rehabilitation.
- The National Trust Community Investment Corporation – Provides information on various project financing options. There are also many for-profit limited liability companies (LLCs) that provide consulting services for developers, allowing them to monetize federal and state tax credits, thus creating project equity.
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Who to contact:
Rachel Rice, Tax Incentives Program Coordinator