Is the solar we put on our house this year tax deductible?

November 26, 2014 by Dave Du Val, EA
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Hey Dave,

We had solar put on our house this year.  Is it tax deductible?

Lee

 

Lee,

A tax credit is available for qualified solar electric property costs and qualified solar water heating property costs. The Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit gives back up to 30% of your costs. It is a non-refundable credit, meaning that it cannot exceed your tax liability, but any unused credit generally carries forward. The credit is claimed on Form 5695 Residential Energy Credits, and more information on the credit can be found here.

Properly answering the questions in TurboTax will complete this form for you and enable you to claim the credit.

We hope the energy improvements work out for you.

Deductibly Yours,

Dave

 

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David E. Du Val, EA
Chief Compliance Officer for TRI Holdco

 

Dave Du Val, EA, is Chief Compliance Officer for TRI Holdco. Inc., the parent company of TaxAudit, and Centenal Tax Group. A nationally recognized speaker and educator, Dave is well known for his high energy and dynamic presentation style. He is a frequent and popular guest speaker for the California Society of Tax Consultants, the California Society of Enrolled Agents and the National Association of Tax Professionals. Dave frequently contributes tax tips and information to news publications, including US News and World Report, USA Today, and CPA Practice Advisor. Dave is an Enrolled Agent who has prepared thousands of returns during his career and has trained and mentored hundreds of tax professionals. He is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the California Society of Enrolled Agents. Dave also holds a Master of Arts in Education and has been educating people since 1972. 


 

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