Late last month, Republican lawmakers in the House laid out a blueprint for tax reform that failed to acknowledge the valuable contribution the HTC provides our older and historic communities. With its suggestion that most credit programs are unfair to the majority of taxpayers and should be eliminated from the tax code, this policy development presents a significant challenge for the HTC, a proven preservation and revitalization tool that has shown tremendous value in redeveloping historic communities across the country.
Join us in advocating for the HTC’s place in a revised tax code by urging your members of Congress to co-sponsor bipartisan legislation that would enhance the federal historic tax credit.
Your lawmakers’ support of the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (H.R.3846/S.2655) will send a strong message to the House and Senate tax writing committees that the historic tax credit needs to remain in a reformed tax code where it will continue to revitalize our communities, support job creation, and preserve our unique heritage.
We’ve prepared a sample message below for your convenience. Please consider customizing the letter to reflect why this credit matters to you.
Show your support for economic development along our Main Streets by co-sponsoring the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act!
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to urge your co-sponsorship of the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (HTCIA), H.R. 3846/S. 2655. Now that a policy task force of House Republicans has produced a blueprint for tax reform that recommends eliminating most credit programs and is silent about the future of the historic tax credit, your support is more critical than ever. The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act will enhance the use and impact of the federal historic tax credit by encouraging the reuse and redevelopment of historic properties in small, midsize, and rural communities. This bipartisan legislation will serve to create program efficiencies and simplify the application process for owners of smaller, historic properties on Main Street, expanding the use and accessibility of the program. Additionally, it will increase the credit from 20 to 30 percent for projects with rehabilitation expenses of less than $2.5 million, which will help inject new private investment into smaller and more rural communities.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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