2016 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 7 - Taxation
Article 2 - Income Tax General Provisions
Section 7-2-18.2 - Credit for preservation of cultural property; refund.

NM Stat § 7-2-18.2 (2016) What's This?

7-2-18.2. Credit for preservation of cultural property; refund.

A. Tax credits for the preservation of cultural property may be claimed as follows:

(1) to encourage the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation of cultural properties, a taxpayer who files an individual New Mexico income tax return and who is not a dependent of another individual and who is the owner of a cultural property listed on the official New Mexico register of cultural properties, with the taxpayer's consent, may claim a credit not to exceed a maximum aggregate of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in an amount equal to one-half of the cost of restoration, rehabilitation or preservation of a cultural property listed on the official New Mexico register; or

(2) if a cultural property, whose owner may otherwise claim the credit set forth in Paragraph (1) of this subsection is also located within an arts and cultural district certified by the state or a municipality pursuant to the Arts and Cultural District Act [15-5A-1 through 15-5A-7 NMSA 1978], the owner of that cultural property may claim a credit not to exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), including any credit claimed pursuant to Paragraph (1) of this subsection, in an amount equal to one-half of the cost of restoration, rehabilitation or preservation of the cultural property.

B. The taxpayer may claim the credit if:

(1) the taxpayer submitted a plan and specifications for restoration, rehabilitation or preservation to the committee and received approval from the committee for the plan and specifications prior to commencement of the restoration, rehabilitation or preservation;

(2) the taxpayer received certification from the committee after completing the restoration, rehabilitation or preservation, or committee-approved phase, that it conformed to the plan and specifications and preserved and maintained those qualities of the property that made it eligible for inclusion in the official register; and

(3) the project is completed within twenty-four months of the date the project is approved by the committee in accordance with Paragraph (1) of this subsection.

C. A taxpayer may claim the credit provided in this section for each taxable year in which restoration, rehabilitation or preservation is carried out. Except as provided in Subsection F of this section, claims for the credit provided in this section shall be limited to three consecutive years, and the maximum aggregate credit allowable shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) if governed by Paragraph (1) of Subsection A of this section, or fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) if governed by Paragraph (2) of Subsection A of this section, for any single restoration, rehabilitation or preservation project for any cultural property listed on the official New Mexico register certified by the committee.

D. A husband and wife who file separate returns for a taxable year in which they could have filed a joint return may each claim only one-half of the credit that would have been allowed on a joint return.

E. A taxpayer who otherwise qualifies and claims a credit on a restoration, rehabilitation or preservation project on property owned by a partnership of which the taxpayer is a member may claim a credit only in proportion to the taxpayer's interest in the partnership. The total credit claimed by all members of the partnership shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in the aggregate if governed by Paragraph (1) of Subsection A of this section, or fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) in the aggregate if governed by Paragraph (2) of Subsection A of this section, for any single restoration, rehabilitation or preservation project for any cultural property listed on the official New Mexico register certified by the committee.

F. The credit provided in this section may only be deducted from the taxpayer's income tax liability. Any portion of the maximum tax credit provided by this section that remains unused at the end of the taxpayer's taxable year may be carried forward for four consecutive years; provided, however, the total tax credits claimed under this section shall not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) if governed by Paragraph (1) of Subsection A of this section, or fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) if governed by Paragraph (2) of Subsection A of this section, for any single restoration, preservation or rehabilitation project for any cultural property listed on the official New Mexico register.

G. The historic preservation division shall promulgate regulations for the implementation of Subsection B of this section.

H. As used in this section:

(1) "committee" means the cultural properties review committee created in Section 18-6-4 NMSA 1978; and

(2) "historic preservation division" means the historic preservation division of the cultural affairs department created in Section 18-6-8 NMSA 1978.

History: 1978 Comp., 7-2-18.2, enacted by Laws 1984, ch. 34, 1; 2007, ch. 160, 14.

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