2011 Tax Credit for Installing Energy Efficient Replacement Windows & Doors

May 04, 2011
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The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of  2010, signed into law on December 17, 2010, extends certain tax credits for qualifying energy efficient doors and windows in Cincinnati. 


What windows and doors are eligible for the credit?
Windows and exterior doors that meet the ENERGY STAR rating.

How much is the tax credit?
The tax credit is $200 for windows and $500 for exterior doors.  The maximum credit for all taxable years for qualifying products is $500.

What percentage of the product(s) purchase price is eligible?
Ten percent of the purchase price (not including labor or materials for
installation), up to the cap listed above.

When does the tax credit take effect and how long does it last?
The tax credit begins January 1, 2011 and expires December 31, 2011.  Purchasers of qualifying windows and exterior doors must have them installed in their principal residence by December 31, 2011.

How does the tax credit compare to the previous credits? Are consumers who took advantage of those credits eligible for the new tax credit?
The 2011 tax incentives revert to the 2005-2008 levels: 10% of the cost of installing energy efficient windows.  Anyone who has taken advantage of the 2006-2010 programs can not apply for incentives that exceed the cap.  For example: If a consumer claimed $500 in 2006 for a qualifying exterior door, the tax credit is exhausted; if only $300 were claimed in 2009, $200 can still be claimed, for a total of $500.

Where can I get more information on the tax credits?
Visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home.index. The IRS will issue additional specific guidance soon. Check http://www.irs.gov for updated information.

This information represents the best information available as of December 20, 2010.  It summarizes the changes to the IRS Federal Tax Code (US Code Title 26, Section 25C) amended by the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Contact an accountant or other tax professional for advice related to the specific tax credits.

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