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Residential Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

NOTE: Due to a limited annual allocation, and increased use of the program in recent years, as of 2023 we are certifying credits for future state fiscal years. Applicants should be aware that they will not be able to claim the credit in the same year that work is completed.
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Madison Historic District, Jefferson County

An adjusted gross income tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of a historic residential property. A taxpayer qualifies for the credit if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The historic property is located in Indiana, is at least 50 years old, and is owned by the taxpayer.
  2. The historic property is individually listed in the Indiana Register of Historic Sites and Structures or is a contributing resource within a listed district.
  3. The proposed preservation or rehabilitation work complies with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.
  4. The work is completed in not more than two years, or five years if the initial application indicates that the work is planned for completion in phases.
  5. The historic property is principally used and occupied by the taxpayer as the taxpayer’s primary residence.

The qualified rehabilitation expenditures (QREs) must exceed $10,000. The tax credit is equal to 20 percent of the QREs that the taxpayer makes for the rehabilitation of the historic property. The following costs do not count as QREs:

  • Acquiring a property or an interest in a property;
  • Paying taxes due on a property;
  • Enlarging an existing structure;
  • Paying realtor’s fees associated with a structure or property;
  • Paying paving and landscaping costs;
  • Paying sale and marketing costs.

Application Process

Residential Historic Rehabilitation Credit Application – Please make sure to read through the entire form and instructions prior to completing an application. Additional pages can be used as needed to explain the scope of work, but a summary of the proposed work must be included in Box 4 of the form.

In addition to the completed form, applications must include current, color photographs of all areas where work is proposed along with at least one photograph of the home showing the view from the street. All photographs must be placed into a single PDF or Word document and clearly labeled for electronic submission.

If any changes are proposed to the floor plan or exterior features (such as the locations of windows and doors), then drawings must be provided showing the existing and proposed configurations. These do not have to be professional architectural drawings but must provide an accurate depiction of the intended appearance at the completion of work.

For questions regarding the tax credit program or to submit an application, please contact DHPAtaxcredits@dnr.IN.gov. Applications will be reviewed within 30 days from the date they are received. Any questions, requests for additional information, and approvals will be sent to the e-mail listed on the form.

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