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Home and Vehicle Tax Credits

tax credits for homeowners and commuters expired at the end of 2011 have reinstated until December 31, If you made energy efficiency to your home or purchased an electric vehicle in 2013, you may those credits on your tax return, using the criteria

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Please We at the Alliance to Save Energy are on energy efficiency, not taxes, and we do not tax advice; you may want to consult a tax

A Brief History of Tax Credits

page provides details on federal income tax credits for who purchase plug-in hybrids and vehicles and who make certain energy efficiency upgrades to homes. The American Tax Payer Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) extends vehicle, and appliance efficiency tax which expired in 2011, December 31, 2013.

Consumers who energy-efficient products in their or drive plug-in hybrids or vehicles enjoy multiple At home, these benefits lower home energy increased indoor comfort, and air pollution. On the road, consumers use less gasoline and dramatically the amount of air pollution from vehicles.

In addition to helping savvy lower their energy at home and on the road, the energy-efficient eligible for the new federal tax credits lower the amount of federal taxes that these must pay.

A brief of the home improvement, ‘non-business property,’ tax credit:

The tax credits first enacted in the Energy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-58), on Aug. 8, 2005

The home credit was available for 2006 and but expired for 2008.

It was renewed for and other credits were in the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of part of the Emergency Economic Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-343), on Oct. 3, 2008.

Many modifications and extensions were in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of (P.L. 111-5), signed on 17, 2009; these changes for the remainder of 2009 and for 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance and Job Creation Act of 2010 (P.L. extended the credits through but largely returned them to the as it existed in 2006 and 2007.

key tax incentives for energy efficiency that expired at the end of 2011 extended through December 31, through the reinstatement of the American Relief Act of 2012 .

Home Efficiency Tax Credits

The reinstatement of the Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012 section 25C of the tax code, which nonbusiness energy property tax and extends these credits December 31, 2013. Changes to this section apply to placed in service after Previously, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 section 25C by one year through

It also largely returned the of the provision as it existed prior to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with some tighter for improvements to qualify.

Between 2011 and 2013, are differing credit values for types of energy efficiency Some of the technical criteria for are also changed.

Who gets it? who install specific energy-efficient improvements in their primary which they own.

energy-efficient home improvements are The overall $500 cap can be reached in ways with the purchase and of energy-efficient products that certain efficiency criteria:

windows . Includes skylights and windows.

Insulation, exterior or roofs . Includes seals to air infiltration, such as caulk, stripping and foam sealants, as as storm doors.

Central air heat pumps, furnaces, hot boilers, water heaters, main air circulating fans, or stoves . A separate credit for geothermal heat pump

In addition, to be eligible for the federal tax

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Windows, doors, insulation and must be expected to last at five years (a two-year is sufficient to demonstrate this).

can certify (in packaging or on the company’s which of their products for the tax credit. Retailers, contractors and should be able to help you what levels of insulation and other products qualify.


All the must be installed in or on the taxpayer’s residence in the United States. and co-op improvements are apportioned to the proportionally.

How much is the credit? The tax amount is now 10 percent of the cost of envelope improvements, excluding costs and limited to $200 for and specific dollar limits for and cooling equipment. There is a cap on the amount of $500 for fiscal 2006 through 2013 if you have ever claimed credit in the past, it counts the $500 limit (but not affect the $1500 limit for 2009 and 2010).

So, for example, if you claimed $300 in you can only claim $200 in if you claimed $800 in 2009, you claim any more credit.

is it available? The home improvements tax applies for improvements placed in from Jan. 1, 2011, Dec. 31, 2013.

The IRS defines in service as when the products or are ready and available for use – this essentially always refer to the not the purchase.

What do I need to do to get the tax You will need to file IRS 5695 with your In addition, you will need to at least receipts proving you purchased the improvements and a copy of the certification.

Accountants and tax advisors also be able to provide guidance.

Credit values and for property placed in service 2011 and 2013:

The total credit cannot $500, must be installed on a principal residence in the United and be reasonably expected to last at five years.

The $500 applies to cumulative claims for credit dating back to

For advanced air circulating fans, water heaters, heat air conditioners, and biomass stoves, the values listed are technically 100 of costs, including labor, up to value, but in practice any of these can be expected to earn this value.

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