Certain solar-powered improvements are eligible for a tax credit

You are allowed a credit for 30 percent of certain expenditures that increase the energy efficiency of your personal residence. Costs eligible for the credit include qualified solar electric property expenditures, qualified solar water heating property expenditures, and qualified fuel cell property expenditures. The credit is available for residential energy-efficient property placed in service in 2006, 2007, and 2008. There is no requirement that property be new to qualify.
Qualified solar water heating property expenditures are expenditures for property to heat water for use in your residence if at least half of the energy used is derived from the sun. Qualified solar electric property expenditures are expenditures for property that uses solar energy to generate electricity for use in your home. Qualified fuel cell property expenditures are expenditures for qualified fuel cell property installed on or in connection with your home. Costs for labor properly allocated to the onsite preparation, assembly, or original installation of qualifying property and for piping or wiring to interconnect such property to the dwelling unit are also considered qualifying expenditures. Expenditures for swimming pools and hot tubs do not qualify.

The maximum credit allowed for any tax year is $2,000 for any qualified solar electric property expenditures or qualified solar water heating property expenditures, and $500 for each half kilowatt of capacity of qualified fuel cell property for which qualified fuel cell property expenditures are made. If your allowable credit exceeds your tax liability, the excess can be carried over to the next year.

If your home is jointly occupied and used during the year as a residence by two or more individuals, the maximum amount of qualifying expenditures that may be taken into account by all the owners is:
  • $6,667 in the case of any qualified solar electric property expenditures;
  • $6,667 in the case of any qualified solar water heating property expenditures; and
  • $1,667 in the case of each half kilowatt of capacity of qualified fuel cell property.

Tax Tips Small Business

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    Sometimes, when the right opportunity presents itself, you may be able to pay for goods and services that you need or want by trading goods that you own, or providing a service that you can perform in return. An example of this is if you own a lawn maintenance company and receive legal services from an attorney and pay for those services by providing an agreed upon amount of mowing and maintenance services at the attorney's home or place of business.

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  • Business Mileage Rate

    Instead of deducting the actual expenses for the business use of your vehicle, opt for the standard mileage rate. In 2016, you can deduct 54 cents for each business mile you drive.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth?

    You may want to wait

    At some point, taxpayers who have a traditional IRA may wish to convert it to a Roth. Roth IRAs are more flexible in that there are no required minimum distributions when the owner reaches age 70 1/2. In addition, qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are not taxable.

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