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I had a couple clients ask me if the 30% tax credit could be applied to both the window material + labor cost. I explained to them that the 30% tax credit can only be applied to the actual window cost, not the labor cost. They were telling me some contractors were charging them for just the window and free installation. To be specific...

My estimate for 10 windows-
200 for window cost
200 for labor
total = 4000.00
tax credit = 600

Other contractors for 10 windows-
400 for window cost
0 for labor
total = 4000.00
tax credit = 1200.00

what is going on here? could someone explain?
 

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What would prevent you from making more on your window and less on your labor?

Let's say company x makes a widget that cost them $1.00 and they sell it to company y for $100 and company y resells the item for $300, what is the cost of the widget? You are buying a window for let's say $200, who says how much you can sell it for?

I think the free install is a red flag down the road for an audit but I guess if those companies are making enough off of the windows they can afford to put them in for free.
 

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How are companies offering free installations without being audited?
The paperwork hasn't been turned in yet - they might do a few quick high profile ones next year as a warning / damage control when the press catches it & sit on the rest for a couple of years - I mean as soon as they can based on there backlog
 

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Hey....I dont see a problem with this. If a homeowner is willing to buy a installed window for $400 that cost me $150, sure.......I will install it for free!

Who wouldnt?

And what is illegal about this?

I mean afterall....they are paying YOU $400 for the window, right?
 

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My guess is it wont ever be a problem and IRS wont make it an issuse.
What about appliance rebates and a lot come with free delivery and installation.
No rebates involved but I have even seen one time carpet sales advertised with free installation.
Even years ago some in my area would advertise windows with free installation.
Who are you to say what the other company should charge for the window and if they want to give free labor.
Even if we dont like the idea, it can still be considered a common business practice.
 

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Wait until tax time next year....there's going to be some piiiiiiiiiiiiizzed off homeowners that took advantage of this "tax credit":whistling

but we got work from it though, so i'm "playing dumb" and just not offering anymore information that's needed to make the sale.
 

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This is why I hate government programs, even when I benefit (but haven't a whole lot). The corruption increases ten fold, and the ones who really benefit are the dishonest ones. These people have learned that they can do almost anything and the govt will never catch on. Now we got a huge new entitlement program, healthcare :rolleyes:
 

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We, as well as many guys in my area saw a big influx of replacment window calls since people THINK they're going to get a 30% tax credit. I was nieve myself the first few months until we had a very large window job i was working numbers on that was well into the $20K range just for the windows alone, these were professional folks and wanted the real life scoop on this tax credit so i told them i would investigate and get back with them. So i had my accountant check into it for the real life story. The homeowners did'nt do the job after they found out the gobberment scam aspect of it so i just play dumb and dont offer insider info unless i'm asked directly for it. Kind of shadey on my part, but at the same time i have families to feed so i'm not going to offer information voluntarily that would for sure stop all the improvements folks want to do.

As for the free installations, i see that as a loop hole the witty guys are just using/exploiting for their benefit. When the dust settles, business is business and there's a reason some honest guys are out of work/hurting because pride is getting in their way.
 

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I haven't done any window jobs since the rebate has taken effect, but I always sell windows installed, I measure up the house, talk to them about what kind of windows they want and give them one price for everything, I don't break it down by cost of windows, and then installation, it is a lump sum bid.

If I buy a window for $200 that is not the price my client gets it for, so why would I break it out?
 

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I haven't done any window jobs since the rebate has taken effect, but I always sell windows installed, I measure up the house, talk to them about what kind of windows they want and give them one price for everything, I don't break it down by cost of windows, and then installation, it is a lump sum bid.

If I buy a window for $200 that is not the price my client gets it for, so why would I break it out?
IF you ever do work for insurance/mortgauge companies you will be required to break it down-not like you will have to break it down for the government tax credit however, just a per opening price and all that's included in that per opening price.

IF you have customers wanting windows to participate in this rebate, you will be required to break it down because they are NOT crediting permits/lumber/materials/labors/landfill fees to get the window installed..they are ONLY crediting the actual windows themselves, and there will be specific lines when filing taxes to enter in this information for window cost only.
 

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IF you ever do work for insurance/mortgauge companies you will be required to break it down-not like you will have to break it down for the government tax credit however, just a per opening price and all that's included in that per opening price.

IF you have customers wanting windows to participate in this rebate, you will be required to break it down because they are NOT crediting permits/lumber/materials/labors/landfill fees to get the window installed..they are ONLY crediting the actual windows themselves.
I don't work for insurance companies because of the way they want things broken down.

If I sell a window job and the client wants a break down that is fine, I will not be selling the windows at my cost though, it is none of their business or the governments business how much I pay for windows.

The government or the client can not buy the windows from my supplier, unless they have a contractors license.

I sold a couple of A/C systems that qualified for the energy tax credit, and the units were not broken down, they were given an installed price, how is that any different than the window jobs?
 

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The IRS will eventually catch up with those boosting the price of materials and offering free installs. Typically, the IRS will look at what the market-rate is for a product. So when the market rate for a window is $200 and someone is selling it for $400 they will get wise to that problem and will likely go after the homeowner and the contractor. When in doubt check with your CPA.
 

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The IRS will eventually catch up with those boosting the price of materials and offering free installs. Typically, the IRS will look at what the market-rate is for a product. So when the market rate for a window is $200 and someone is selling it for $400 they will get wise to that problem and will likely go after the homeowner and the contractor. When in doubt check with your CPA.
I always mark up windows or any other product I sell and I never broke out installation before, if the IRS needs a break down, I will list it at $45 per opening, since a helper and I can do 2-3 openings and hour, that will look like a reasonable number, but there will still be mark up in the windows.

Do the rules say there can be no mark up on the windows?

Since this is the same energy tax credit that is being used to get a 30% rebate on A/C systems, am I expected to give an equipment price and an installation price?
 

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I always mark up windows or any other product I sell and I never broke out installation before, if the IRS needs a break down, I will list it at $45 per opening, since a helper and I can do 2-3 openings and hour, that will look like a reasonable number, but there will still be mark up in the windows.

Do the rules say there can be no mark up on the windows?

Since this is the same energy tax credit that is being used to get a 30% rebate on A/C systems, am I expected to give an equipment price and an installation price?
No - HVAC includes labor
I posted this before but here is a quick overview and links to most FAQ's
http://blog.sls-construction.com/?p=323
 

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There is no "penalty" saying you cannot mark up and resell the windows...that is standard business. The IRS does'nt care how badly you rake somebody over the coals with per window either...since the HO's were the ones smart/dumb enough to fall for the price. That'd be no different than thinking they'd crack down on the car dealers during the cash for clunkers rush...do you think stealerships sold cars at cost? heck no....and neither will we, the customer jsut gets a credit that 90% will never be able to use on what the product itself cost them.
 

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There is no "penalty" saying you cannot mark up and resell the windows...that is standard business. The IRS does'nt care how badly you rake somebody over the coals with per window either...since the HO's were the ones smart/dumb enough to fall for the price. That'd be no different than thinking they'd crack down on the car dealers during the cash for clunkers rush...do you think stealerships sold cars at cost? heck no....and neither will we, the customer jsut gets a credit that 90% will never be able to use on what the product itself cost them.
The cash for clunkers deal was big scam, the people who traded in their cars and got $4500 are going to get a 1099 for the $4500, not sure how that is legal since they traded in a vehicle.

The dealerships jacked up the price of the new cars, so these people traded in a vehicle and didn't get any real value out of it, now they have a 1099 coming and will have to pay taxes on it as income.

the cash for clunkers is costing the government about $24,000 per vehicle sold.

this is the same government that wants to run healthcare.

BTW all constrcution companies that employ 5 people or more will have to provide and pay for healthcare insurance for all of their employees.

That means a lot of people will end up losing their jobs.
 
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