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Arts district tax benefits available

June 20, 2005

Artists who are residents of Washington County, as well as those who own property in Hagerstown's arts and entertainment district, can take advantage of special Maryland State tax benefits. Among those benefits are:

- A property tax credit on arts-related renovations or new construction for the arts upon demolition of a defunct commercial building.

- An income tax credit for qualifying residing artists on income derived from the Arts and Entertainment district.

During the 2005 legislative session, the General Assembly of Maryland enacted several changes to the statutes pertaining to Arts and Entertainment districts in Maryland. Gov. Robert Ehrlich signed them into law. The changes tend to broaden the availability of the incentives in the districts.

For more information, call Kathleen Maher, City of Hagerstown, 301-739-8577, ext. 138; send e-mail to kam01@hagerstown.org; call Kevin Moriarty, Washington County Arts Council, 301-791-3132; or send e-mail to kevinm@washingtoncountyarts.com.

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