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Earning big tax credits for homeowners historic preservations

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Published: Oct. 19, 2016 at 8:27 PM CDT
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A historic preservation tax credit workshop is scheduled for Thursday night, after the city's Landmarks Commission saw state reports showing hardly anyone who may qualify, is taking advantage of substantial tax credits for preservation work.

The Landmarks Commission's workshop has a special focus on helping homeowners within Topeka’s neighborhood historic districts.

The free workshop will begin at 7:00 Thursday night, October 20th, inside Westminster Presbyterian Church, at 1275 Boswell Ave. The workshop is an opportunity for historic property owners to learn about the 25% Kansas State Historic Preservation Income Tax Credit that can be used to improve their homes.

Hands-on training will be provided from other historic property owners who have used the tax credits in the past.

“Topeka has seen an increase in larger developments take advantage of historic tax credit applications,” said Planning Director Bill Fiander. “It’s also vital to help homeowners and landlords understand how these tax credits can help with their renovation needs.”

Property owners from the Potwin, College Hill and Holliday Park historic districts, as well as property owners from other neighborhoods interested in historic district recognition, have been invited to learn about the economic benefits of historic preservation. All Topeka residents are invited to attend.

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