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What is the Solar Federal Tax Credit | New Solar Tax Credit | Premier Improvements Solar

The federal government has encouraged homeowners to go solar since 2005 through the solar investment credit (ITC), also known under the federal solar credit. This credit's rate has fluctuated over time, but homeowners can claim 30% of the total solar installation costs as deductions on their federal taxes. In 2033, the ITC will drop to 26% and 22% respectively. It will expire in 2035, unless Congress renews.

This guide will help you to apply for the federal tax credit for solar energy and how to file it.

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What is the Federal Solar Tax Credit?

You can claim the solar investment credit on your federal income taxes. The ITC is not a tax deduction. It reduces your tax liability. This credit is applicable to the cost of installing a PV system. You can claim a maximum amount from your solar project.

What is the Tax Credit?

The federal solar tax credit is available to all U.S. homeowners who own their solar panel systems. The credit can be claimed once. If your taxes are lower than the credit earned, it will roll over to the next year. The credit is not a refund, but a deduction.

If you buy a solar panel system that costs $19,000, your federal tax return will show a $5,700 decrease. The credit can be carried over to the next year, if your tax liability is less than $5,700.

How to claim the Federal Solar Tax Credit

The solar tax incentive can be claimed as part of your federal tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Upon your request, the solar provider will provide you with all necessary documentation and instructions. Here are the steps to claim credit

  1. First, download IRS Formula 5695 to be included in your tax return.

  2. Next, calculate the credit on Part 1 of your tax form. Your solar system is filed as "qualified solar electrical property costs." Next, enter the total cost of your project as described in your solar contract at line 1.

  3. Completion of the calculations at lines 6a- 6b.

  4. Line 14: Calculate any tax liability limitations by using the IRS's Residential Efficient Property Credit Limit Worksheet.

  5. Finalize the calculations at lines 15-16. Make sure you enter the exact number from line 15 of your Schedule 3 (Form 10040), line 5.

To ensure that you claim the ITC correctly, we recommend that taxpayers consult both a tax expert and their solar provider.

If you are considering going solar, it is a good idea to look into any state sales or property tax exemptions. CT has no Property Tax Increase when going Solar.

Are you eligible for the Federal Solar Tax Credit

The following criteria are used by the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy to determine whether you are eligible for the federal solar tax credit.

  • Installation date: Your solar system was installed between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 20,34.

  • Original installation This solar PV system was brand new. Credit can only be claimed for the original installation of solar equipment, and not for the reuse or repurposing of existing systems.

  • Your primary or secondary residence in the United States is where the solar system is located. If the electricity generated is not exceeded and credited to your home's electricity bill, it may be used for an on-site community project.

  • Ownership of The solar PV system is yours. If you lease or are in an agreement to buy electricity generated by the solar PV system, such as a power purchase agreement (PPA), you cannot claim credit.

What does the Federal Solar Tax Credit cover?

The federal solar tax credit, according to the EERE covers the following:

  • Panels Credit: This credit is for solar PV panels and PV solar cells.

  • Additional equipment

  • Battery: The ITC includes storage devices such as solar batteries that are charged only by your solar PV panels. It also covers storage devices that are activated during a subsequent tax year after the installation of the solar energy system. Stand-alone energy storage, which doesn't charge solar panel exclusively, will be eligible for the ITC credit starting January 1, 2023.

  • Labor: The labor costs associated with on-site preparation, assembly, or the original solar installation are covered. This includes inspection fees, permit fees and developer fees.

  • Sales Tax: Credit also covers sales taxes that are applied to eligible expenses.

The Bottom Line

Switching to solar is easier and more cost-effective with the federal solar tax credit. For the Solar ITC, we recommend that you consult a tax professional as well as your solar provider and the IRS.

At Premier Improvements Solar, We can handle all of your needs from the Design, Permitting, Installation & Inspection of both Residential and Commercial properties. With Solar Tax Credits still available it's a perfect time to start moving forward to your financial freedom from the Utilities. Servicing All the Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as Rhode Island we are always here to help you and answer any Questions you may have. Give us a Call @ (860)901-7619 or visit our website @ for additional info.

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