For those of you who are on the fence about installing new windows or haven’t gotten around to it yet, now is the time to act! There is still an energy tax credit available if you install the windows by Dec. 31, 2013.
The tax credit had previously expired at the end of 2011 but was reinstated when Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 as a partial resolution to the fiscal cliff.
The federal residential energy efficiency tax credit, known as the 25C tax credit, provides a tax credit of 10 percent, up to $200 on windows.
- Products must be ENERGY STAR qualified.
- You don’t need to replace all the windows in your home to qualify.
- You don’t need to be installing replacement windows to qualify—installing new windows in a home addition, for example, also qualifies.
- The tax credit does not include installation costs.
The credit will be applied directly to the balance due to the IRS on the homeowner’s tax return or increase their refund (it is a tax credit, not a deduction). Also remember that this tax credit is an extension of the 2011 tax credit and that previous federal tax credits are a lifetime maximum credit. This means that a homeowner who has already used up the $200 or $500 credit from the 2006/2007 and 2011 tax credit or the $1,500 tax credit from 2009/2010 is no longer eligible for this tax credit.
If you have had ENERGY STAR qualified windows (new or replacement) installed in 2012 or will have them installed by the end of December 2013, you are eligible for this tax credit!
ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows from Shanco
Shanco offers windows that qualify for the tax credit, so if you live in Maryland, DC, or Northern Virginia, we can help! We offer ENERGY STAR qualified windows from manufacturers like Sunrise, Simonton, and Andersen.
And better yet, we are offering a window replacement special this month for Sunrise windows!
Now is the time to replace your windows or install new ones. To learn more about the 2012-2013 tax credit and how you can save, visit www.irs.gov, and contact Shanco to discuss window installation for your home.