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State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit

Downtown Council Grove


  • The Kansas State Tax Credit is equal to 25 percent of qualifying expenses incurred during a qualified project on a qualified building.
  • Certified 501(c)(3) organizations that own and rehabilitate their qualified building receive credits equal to 30 percent of their qualifying expenses.
  • Buildings must be qualified historic structures. Qualified buildings are those that have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Register of Historic Kansas Places, or have been deemed contributors to a National or State Register Historic District. Projects that qualify and are approved by the National Park Service for the 20 percent Federal Tax Credit will also qualify for the Kansas State Tax Credit.
  • Building may be either income-producing or non income-producing. Private residences do qualify for the State Tax Credit.
  • Proposed work must follow a qualified rehabilitation plan. Qualified projects are those that have been reviewed and approved by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) through the application process.
  • Applications must be approved by the SHPO before work begins.
  • Project expenses must exceed $5,000. You may combine smaller projects in order to exceed the minimum requirement. See examples of qualifying and non-qualifying expenditures.
  • All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation This will be determined by the SHPO staff during the application process.
  • State Tax Credits may be carried forward for 10 years if you are unable to use all of your credits in one year.
  • State Tax Credits may also be transferable to other taxpayers. Please contact the SHPO for more information

Application Process

Contact the SHPO to verify that your project will qualify for this program. Please save application forms to your computer before filling them out.

Part 1Qualified Historic Structure Certification (Please save the application form to your computer before filling it out.) - This one-page form is required if your building is located in a National Register or State Register Historic District. The form will be reviewed to verify that your building is a contributor to the character of the historic district. Please be sure to provide good photographs of the front elevation of your property. 

Part 2Qualified Rehabilitation Certification (Please save the application form to your computer before filling it out.) - This form is required for all applicants to certify that the proposed project will meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. The applicant should outline the building's existing condition and all proposed work on this form. Descriptions of work should include all work items, not just those listed as qualifying costs. Photographs showing all areas of proposed changes are required to accompany this form. If you are proposing major changes or you are using an architect, additional materials, such as drawings, may be required. The SHPO staff will review the application and materials to certify that all proposed work meets the Standards. The SHPO will advise applicants and provide technical assistance when needed. Work may begin on the proposed project only after this application has been approved by the SHPO.

Once you have an open project on file with the SHPO, any changes to the proposed scope of work must be submitted for approval to the tax review staff via an amendment form before those changes are implemented.

  • Application Processing Fee—An application-processing fee is required for the SHPO to review state tax credit applications. Fees are based on the estimated dollar amount of qualified rehabilitation expenditures. Please submit the appropriate fee as noted below with your Part 2 application or as requested by SHPO staff.  Fees may be paid via the online store; scroll to the bottom of the store's webpage and click "Tax Credits".

Qualified Expenditures     Fee

$5,000 - $25,000              $200

$25,001 - $50,000            $350

$50,001 - $100,000          $500

$100,001 - $500,000        $900

$500,001 - $1,000,000     $1,500

over $1,000,000                $2,000

Part 3Rehabilitation Completion Certification (Please save the application form to your computer before filling it out.) - This form must be submitted when all work has been completed. Photographs of the finished work must accompany the submission. Upon review and approval by the SHPO, applicants will receive a certificate verifying that they may claim 25 percent of their qualified expenses as credit toward their Kansas state income, privilege, or premiums taxes. Qualified expenses are generally those associated with the physical structure of the building, but other soft costs can be applied as well.

Claiming the Kansas State Tax Credit

McPherson Opera HouseWhen the rehabilitation work is complete applicants must submit Part 3 of the application along with Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) Schedules I and II. Contact the SHPO or click the following links for instructions and a checklist to help you complete the Schedules.

The SHPO will review and certify the completed work. The KDOR will review and certify the project expenses. See examples of qualifying and non-qualifying costs. A certificate will be issued to the applicant once both agencies complete their reviews. Applicants may claim the State Tax Credit on Department of Revenue Form K-35. Please consult your financial advisor for more information or ask the SHPO staff for a contact at the KDOR. Contact the SHPO if you need further instructions and information.

If the amount of the tax credit exceeds the property owner's tax liability for the year in which the property is placed in service, the excess amount may be carried forward for up to 10 years or the excess may be transferred to another taxpayer. 

For non-profit organizations, local governments, and other property owners that do not have a Kansas state income tax liability, these credits may be transferred or sold to other taxpayers. The Guidebook for Transferring Kansas State Rehabilitation Tax Credits is helpful guide to the process.  Please utilize the Transfer Notification Forms to formalize transfers and ensure that tax credits will be available in the buyer's name.

Please contact the SHPO for more information or application forms at 785-272-8681, ext. 240 or kshs.shpo@ks.gov.

Economic Impact Study

In 2010, the Kansas Preservation Alliance (KPA) contracted with the Center for Urban Policy and Research at Rutgers University to produce an economic impact study of the Kansas State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program.  The study was partially funded by a Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant from the Kansas Historical Society. Linked below are the full, 40-page report and a smaller executive summary of the study's findings.