Restoration Tax Abatement Program
What Properties Qualify:
The tax abatement program is available for buildings individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places or buildings that are considered historic components of Register districts. It is also available for existing buildings in downtown or economic development districts. It should be noted that, unlike the federal historic preservation tax credit program, the state tax abatement program can be used both for commercial structures and owner-occupied private homes. Improvement projects proposed for historic buildings (i.e., listed individually on the National Register or historic components of Register districts) must be approved by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation.
Unlike the federal tax credit program, the State Restoration Tax Abatement Program does not generally have a financial threshold requirement for commercial structures. That is, for most projects, there is no set minimum amount of money an owner must spend in order to qualify. In most cases any project, however small, would be acceptable. The only exception to this is that, on owner-occupied dwellings, projects must be valued at least 25% of the assessed valuation of the building. In this case, the assessed valuation is generally figured at 10% of the appraised market value.
Another important feature of the state tax abatement program is that, in most cases, the financial benefit applies to additions to a building as well as to work on the building itself, thus increasing the tax savings. An owner's tax abatement is established by a contract through the Louisiana Department of Economic Development with the Board of Commerce and Industry.