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Tax Credit Application

Completing and Submitting Your Federal Tax Credit Application

The Federal Tax Credit application is available for download from the NPS's website. All applications must use the current forms dated 2019 in their upper-left corners. The application components may be submitted separately.

We have prepared sample Parts 1 and 2 of the Tax Credit application that describes a typical Main Street-type building found in many of Illinois' historic downtowns. If you need additional assistance with your application, contact our office.

Filling out your application

If the applicant is not the fee-simple owner of the building when that portion of the application is submitted, the applicant must check the appropriate box in Section 4 of the form and attach a statement from the fee-simple owner stating that he or she is aware of the application and has no objection.

If you are providing a social security number in Section 4 of the application forms, please omit it from your electronic submissions and SHPO hardcopies, but include it on the hardcopies you mail to the NPS.

Part 1 confirms your building is historic.

Part 2 approves your proposed work as meeting the Standards.

Amendments describe changes to a project after Part 1, 2 or 3 approval.

Part 3 certifies your finished work as having met the Standards.


Electronically submitting your application

  • The IL SHPO digitally reviews applications for the federal 20% tax credit in advance of receiving final hardcopy versions.
  • Once your SHPO reviewer approves the application component, we send you an email authorizing you to mail hardcopies of the approved submission to the NPS in Washington, DC, and a duplicate file copy to the SHPO in Springfield, IL.
  • If you are providing a social security number in Section 4 of the application forms, please omit it from your electronic submissions and SHPO hardcopies, but include it on the hardcopies you mail to the NPS.
  • Each electronic component of your application (i.e., signed Part 1, 2, 3, or Amendment forms; continuation pages, photo key; architectural plans; and any other supporting documentation) should be a separate ".pdf" document.
  • Photographs must be high-resolution, color images submitted as either:
    • Individual ".jpg" files placed into their own appropriately named folder. Image files with the ".heic" extension will not be accepted. Each image should be numbered and named [Project] and [Room] or [Feature] (for example, "Photo 3, 208 W Adams, north elevation.jpg" or "Image 24, Jeweler's Building, main lobby looking SW.jpg").
    • A single ".pdf." file named [Project] and [Application component] (for example "Jewelers Building, Part 2 images.pdf") and comprised of appropriately labeled images.
  • Place the application documents and folders into one folder, omit any commas in the folder name, and compress or "zip" the folder.
  • Upload the zipped folder to the State of Illinois' file-transfer site: https://filet.illinois.gov/filet/PIMupload.asp
  • Click on "Advanced Options" and select "15 days" as the length of time your documents will remain on the State file-transfer site.
  • Designate the recipient as either SHPO.federalcredit@illinois.gov or the email address of the SHPO architectural reviewer you have been working with on the project.