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

  • Do You Know How Much Your Business Is Worth?

    Tips for placing a value on your business

    There are several reasons why you should know the value of your business. if you are planning to sell your business, the general rule is that you should sell it for fair market value. In many instances the term "fair market value" is somewhat ambiguous. In the simplest sense, fair market value is what a willing buyer would pay a willing seller, with each party knowing all the pertinent facts.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • DOT Hours of Service

    Truck drivers and other employees who are subject to the Department of Transportation's "hours of service" rules are allowed to deduct 80 percent of their meals in 2016. In lieu of using actual expenses for meals and incidental expenses, you can deduct the federal rate of $63 per day.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Gambling Income and Losses

    Six Tips on Gambling Income and Losses

    Whether you roll the dice, play cards or bet on the ponies, all your winnings are taxable. The IRS offers these six tax tips for the casual gambler.

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Personal Quick Tip

  • IRA for Children

    If your child has earned income from a summer job, you may want to consider opening an IRA for him or her. There is no minimum age for contributing to an IRA. The only requirement is that the person making the contribution has earned income and has not reached age 70 1/2.