Substantial federal and state tax credits are available for the rehabilitation of qualifying buildings in Mississippi. Some projects are eligible for both state and federal tax credits, and the combined credits can reduce the cost of those projects substantially.
There are three primary tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic Mississippi buildings, two federal and one state. The federal tax credits apply only to structures used for business purposes. The state tax credit is available to both business and residential properties.
The federal government offers a 20% credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures used for income-producing purposes and a 10% credit for the rehabilitation of non-historic buildings constructed before 1936 and used for income-producing purposes other than residential rental.
The State of Mississippi offers a 25% credit for the rehabilitation of historic structures used for residential or business purposes. Properties qualifying for the 20% federal preservation tax credit automatically qualify for the state tax credit.