Competitive Commercial Tax Credit
Federal Tax Credits
The National Park Service has informed MHT that its Technical Preservation Services (TPS) staff, who review federal rehabilitation tax credit applications, have been placed on telework. MHT has been advised to hold all federal tax credit applications in our office and not forward them to NPS until further notice.
State Tax Credits
MHT staff continue to review all submissions for the Maryland Historic Revitalization Tax Credit Program as they are received. Program staff are currently on telework and are best reached by e-mail at the address noted at the bottom of this page.
Please note that due to ongoing staff vacancies and the challenges of remote working requirements, Tax Credit review periods for amendments, Part 3 certifications or preliminary review of new projects for the FY2021 funding round are currently running between 60 and 85 days and are likely to increase.
Owners of income-producing properties have the opportunity to earn a state income tax credit (capped at $3 million) that is equal to 20 percent of eligible rehabilitation expenses for substantial rehabilitation projects. Substantial rehabilitation projects are defined as projects with eligible expenses that exceed the greater of the adjusted basis value of the structure or $25,000.
Please read the Competitive Commercial Tax Credit Application Instructions and all supporting materials prior to filling out the application. To download and fill out the actual forms, please read the instructions below.
Downloading fillable PDF application forms
These forms work best with Acrobat Reader 10 and above.
- Part 1 certifies that a building is a certified historic structure
- Part 2 certifies that the proposed project meets the requirements of the program
- Part 3 certifies that the completed project meets the requirements of the program
To be eligible for the tax credit, a building must:
- Be a certified historic structure, defined as having at least one of the following designations:
- Individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places
- A contributing resource within a National Register Historic District
- A locally designated structure or contributing resource within a local historic district that MHT determines to be eligible for the National Register
- Located within and certified as contributing to the significance of the Certified Heritage Area
All aspects of the project and application must:
- Be reviewed and approved by MHT prior to commencing work*
- Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
*This requirement is waived if a Federal Part 2 was approved by the National Park Service for the scope of work prior to the state application deadline. However, any work started prior to the State Part 2 approval will not be eligible for the tax credit.
Eligible expenses are chargeable to a capital account and incurred to rehabilitate the structure after the application fee is paid and the Part 2 Application is approved.
Rehabilitation is defined as work that will return a structure to a state of utility through repair or alteration, making possible an efficient use while preserving portions and features of the structure, site and environment that are historically, architecturally or culturally significant.
If you have questions, please contact tax credit staff.