State historic tax credit programs

Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program

Program overview:

The program offers 25 percent of the total qualified rehabilitation expenditures (QREs) in the form of a dollar-for-dollar credit on Texas franchise tax or insurance premium tax. There is no required basis test, no recapture, and only a minimum expenditure of $5,000 to participate. In addition, non-profits may make use of the program unlike the federal credit. The credit mirrors the federal historic tax credit program, with a three-part application filed and approved by the SHPO: Part A certifies the building’s ability to be listed in the National or State Register of Historic Places, Part B details how the planned work meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and the Part C is the final certification after construction completion.

Program details:

The program can be combined with the federal credit or undertaken as a state only application. State-only applicants can more readily phase projects to monetize a longer-term rehabilitation sooner, although there are review fees at Parts B and C for each phase. A combined federal and state application requires National Park Service (NPS) approval for each phase in the form of a “phased advisory letter.” The credits can be carried forward for five-years.


A 2017 addition to the program allows for state institutions of higher learning to participate. Like non-profits, these entities can sell earned credits to private companies that can use them against their state franchise or insurance premium tax.

Who can use the credit?

The credit is freely transferable to any entity that pays Texas franchise tax or insurance premium tax.

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