In reading the article Seven Facts About the Non-Business Energy Property Credit I was reminded of a potential credit for home owners.
There is a 30% tax credit available for all qualifying home improvements which are “energy efficient”. The credit is limited to a maximum of $1,500. This is a CREDIT instead of a deduction, which means it saves you up to $1,500 in taxes instead of deducting up to $1,500 off of your taxable income.
The credit applies to window replacement, insulation, etc., as long as the manufacturer meets government standards and provides a written statement to the homeowner certifying that the standards are being met.
This credit is only on improvements which go into service before January 1, 2011, therefore; time is of the essence. If a homeowner is planning to make any upgrades in the near future to their principal residence, it would benefit you to complete the improvements before December 31, 2010.
I personally used this tax credit in 2009 for an elderly client. She was able to receive the entire maximum $1,500 credit which effectively paid for 1/3 of the cost to replace windows which were in definite need of replacement.
The IRS does require that a form be filled out and sent in with your tax return for the year to apply for the credit.
NewStart Bookkeeping & Payroll can help you with any questions you may have about this tax credit and provide you with all your accounting needs.
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