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By Salma Dhanji (954.816.0232) | Agent in Parkland, FL

Don’t Forget to Claim Your Energy Tax Credits

Energy Efficient Tax Credit 2013

Don’t forget to claim your Energy Tax Credits on any energy-efficient home improvements you did in 2013. If you upgraded one or more of your appliances, windows, doors, roofs, HVAC, etc. you could be eligible for a tax credit on your 2013 tax return.

While the energy tax credits may be small, they are much better than a tax deduction, which only reduce your taxable income.  You can get a dollar for dollar reduction. So, if you get $400 in tax credit, you will pay $400 less in taxes. Just keep-in-mind, the credit only covers 10% of the cost, so you have to spend $4,000 to get $400. And, there is a $500 lifetime cap. If you have already received a $500 tax credit, you are no longer eligible for more energy tax credits.

Another thing to look for is the energy-efficient improvements that meet IRS energy-efficiency standards.  In some cases they will approve installation labor costs.

Items covered for installation include:

HVAC Systems

Biomass Stoves

Non-Solar Water Heaters

Items not covered for installation include:

Roofs

Windows

Doors

Insulation

Skylights

Here’s a list of real estate tax deductions you may also want to take a look at:

Casualty, Disaster and Theft Losses

State Sales Tax Deductions

Refinancing Points


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Originally posted at: http://www.parklandflhomesblog.com/tips-and-advice/dont-forget-to-claim-your-energy-tax-credits-286/

 
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