The Barn Restoration program was created in 2000 to help preserve historic barns and protect agricultural landscapes throughout New York. OPRHP has actively participated with the Department of Taxation & Finance in developing the barn preservation income tax credit program.
In order to qualify for an income tax credit equal to 25% of the cost of rehabilitating historic barns the following rules apply:
For barns built before 1936 that are not listed on the State Register of Historic Places, the owner will self-certify the work on
the tax form. For properties listed individually or as contributing components of listed districts, the owner must submit the project
to OPRHP for certification. This form will be similar to that used for the Federal Investment Tax Credit, however there will be no
processing fee and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards will not be used. Owners who choose to meet the Standards as
well may qualify for an additional income tax credit of 20% under the federal program.
In a section unrelated to the income tax credit, the law also enables local municipal governments to enact property tax abatement programs to phase in the increased assessed value of barns that are rehabilitated under this program.) The Taxation & Finance rules were released on October 27, 1997. Copies can be obtained from that agency. For additional information on the program and technical guidance on appropriate treatments for historic barns, contact this office.
In order to claim the Historic Barns Credit, Corporation taxpayers should use Schedule B-2 on Form CT-46, Claim for Investment Tax Credit; Personal Income taxpayers should use Parts I, II and III on Form IT-212-ATT, Credit for Rehabilitation of a Historic Barn and Instructions.
State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - The SHPO is part of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and
Historic Preservation. The SHPO administers a number of programs of interest or possible benefit to barn owners, including the
National Register (often a pre-requisite for financial incentive programs), the Federal Investment Tax Credit for certified
rehabilitation of historic structures, the state preservation matching grants, and the Certified Local Government program. The
Bureau also provides technical advice on repair and rehabilitation problems.
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
State Historic Preservation Office
P.O. Box 189
Waterford, NY 12188-0189
Phone (518) 237-8643. FAX (518) 233-9049
New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Taxpayer Services Division - Administers the investment tax credit under Article 9-A (business corporation franchise tax) and Article 22 (the personal income tax.) and produced "A Credit For Rehabilitation of Historic Barns" [TSB-M-97 (5)C for corporation tax; TSB-M-97(1)I for personal income tax].
NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources - The commission is a joint, bi-partisan agency in the State
Legislature. The commission publishes "Rural Futures: News of Interest about Rural NY". This newsletter includes regular updates
on new state laws affecting rural areas, news, publications, and grants.
NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources
Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
BARN AGAIN! - This program is jointly sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Successful
Farming magazine. Together they have prepared and distribute publications and instructional videos, and sponsors an annual
awards program that carries a small cash prize.
Barn Again!, National Trust for Historic Preservation
910 16th St., Suite 1100
Denver, CO 80202
Phone (303) 623-1504. FAX (303) 623-1508
Preservation League of New York State - The statewide not-for-profit membership organization devoted to the
broad range of preservation issues in New York, including legislation, funding sources and advocacy.
44 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206-3002
Phone (518) 462-5658
FAX (518) 462-5684