Sign-on Letter in Support of the Federal Historic Tax Credit

01/19/2017
By Preservation Maryland

Communities across Maryland benefit from the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit – and it is now seriously threatened by comprehensive tax reform. We need your help.

The Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit has supported nearly 500 redevelopment projects in Maryland that has resulted in the creation of 25,000 jobs and generated over $370 million in local, state, and federal taxes. Weakening or eliminating the credit could endanger the economic feasibility of nearly all historic rehabilitation projects in Maryland and beyond.

TAKE ACTION NOW

As fellow Marylanders concerned about the negative impact of the loss of the federal Historic Tax Credit, we need you to ask your elected officials to sign on to our letter of support for the Federal Rehab Tax Credit. Here’s how to do it:

STEP ONE:
IDENTIFY YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS

Identify your local, county, state, and federal elected officials using the links below:

Use Maryland’s Board of Elections website to look up what district you are in, fill in your address here then click “My Voting Districts” below your voter information.

To look up your municipality’s officials, use the Maryland Towns & Cities website.

Nine of Maryland’s counties have County Executives in addition to County Commissioners or Council people. You can look them up on the Maryland County Executives page.

Each county does it a little differently, use these links to help you identify members of your County councils and commissions:

STEP TWO:
REQUEST THEIR SUPPORT

Copy and paste our sample email requesting their sign-on support of the historic tax credit:

Dear [ENTER ELECTED OFFICIAL’S NAME],

As a constituent, I am writing today to ask you to join Preservation Maryland in requesting that the United States Congress vote to protect the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit from elimination from the tax code.

Current efforts aimed at comprehensive federal tax reform could potentially eliminate this important program, which is responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of critical building rehabilitation projects all across Maryland.

Preservation Maryland, the statewide non-profit preservation organization, has put together a letter of support for the program which outlines the very important reasons that this program matters to all of Maryland.

I am asking you to add your name to that letter by signing-on with your support and letting Preservation Maryland know.

To sign-on to the letter, which will be sent to the Congress and distributed to the media, please fill out the attached form and return it to Preservation Maryland by email to ecowan@presmd.org or faxed to 410-539-2182.

Sincerely,

[ENTER YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS]

READ THE SIGN ON LETTER & PLEDGE FORM

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Thank you for your advocacy! If you have any question, as a citizen advocate or elected official, please feel free to contact Preservation Maryland’s Director of Engagement, Elly Cowan at ecowan@presmd.org or 410-685-2886, x303.

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