I can’t believe I have not posted about the Louisiana Residential Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit process on my blog! Wow. Ok, so here goes. This is information on the Residential Historic Rehabilitation Residential Tax Credit program for the State of Louisiana (and more specifically, Alexandria, LA). I have included links to the boundaries of the local historic districts in Alexandria, the PowerPoint presentation explaining the program; and a really unfortunate and corny video I did for speech class a couple years back. The poor video had to have certain pieces in order for me to get the grade. I had to have an audience, I had to start out with a song, so forgive the unnecessary elements of the video and fast forward to :25 so you can concentrate on the presentation portion. If you have any questions, you can contact me, or the State office. The wonderful people who administer the Historic Rehabilitation program for the State of Louisiana are always on hand to answer questions, are patient and I truly enjoyed working with them. So, if you have any questions, you can also contact them.
KEEP IN MIND: This process is for the RESIDENTIAL program only. I do have knowledge of how the commercial credits are supposed to work. That is a different process and a different percentage. I have not had personal experience with that process and decline to comment on how it works. I have had personal experience with the residential program and can vouch that it worked/will work, exactly how it is outlined.
Without further ado:
Powerpoint Presentation :Louisiana State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program
Louisiana State Office PDF Flyer: LA Tax Incentive breakdown pdf
Alexandria, Louisiana, Local Historic and Cultural Districts
For National Register districts or individual listings click here to search: National Register of Historic Places
Here is the official link to the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development Division of Historic Preservation where you start the process. All of the applications and information is listed on this page.
In depth answers regarding the Louisiana State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program.
And last but not least, my very unfortunate video. If you would like to bypass the most annoying part, fast forward to :25. If you want to follow along with what I am presenting, you will need to have the Powerpoint open or printed out and have either read or have handy the above PDF. I saved it for last, because if you have read the information above, it really is not necessary. However, if you are visual and like to have the information presented to you, here you go: Youtube Video, explanation of program
If you live in Louisiana, but you do not live in a locally designated historic area, or a National Register historic district, or a building or home that is in a National Register historic district, but you feel your home is historic. What you would need to do in order to be eligible for the program is create a local historic district through your municipality. It can either be designated as such by your City Council, your Police Jury, or whatever municipal authority your home is under. I have never done this and do not know what is required. You do have to present the information to the municipality and then either you or them, or maybe a cooperative group, drafts the necessary paperwork for it to be adopted and made an ordinance and then filed with the assessor’s office and the State of Louisiana. If anyone has ever done this before, feel free to leave a comment. Another thing you could do is ascertain whether or not your house would be eligible for listing on the National Register. If it is, you can take the necessary steps to try to have it listed. Please visit the National Register site (link posted above) for more information on that process.