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This page provides details on valuable federal income tax credits for consumers who purchase fuel-efficient hybrid, electric or diesel vehicles and who make certain specified energy efficiency upgrades to their homes. The recently enacted American Tax Payer Relief Act (H.R. 8) extends home, vehicle, and appliance efficiency tax credits, which expired in 2011, until the end of 2013.
Consumers who employ energy-efficient products in their homes or drive fuel-efficient vehicles enjoy multiple benefits. At home, these benefits include lower home energy bills, increased indoor comfort, and reduced air pollution. On the road, consumers will increase their gas mileage so they lower their gasoline costs, and they will dramatically reduce the amount of air pollution from their vehicles.
In addition to helping savvy consumers lower their energy bills at home and on the road, the energy-efficient products eligible for the new federal tax credits actually lower the amount of federal income taxes that these taxpayers must pay Uncle Sam.
U.S. Department of Energy- Consumer Tax Incentives
About Tax Credits
A tax credit is generally more valuable than an equivalent tax deduction because a tax credit reduces tax dollar-for-dollar, while a deduction only removes a percentage of the tax that is owed. Consumers can itemize purchases on their federal income tax form, which will lower the total amount of tax they owe the government.
Update May 31, 2013 — This page has been updated to reflect the fact that the Residential Energy Property Credit (Section 1121), which was to expire at the end of 2011, was extended for two years through December 2013 by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. For more information about the 2012 - 2013 rules, see IRS Tax Tip 2013-48, "Get Credit for Making Your Home Energy-Efficient.
US Business Energy Tax Credit The federal business energy tax credits available under 26 USC 48 were expanded significantly by the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424), enacted in October 2008. The new law extended the duration -- by eight years -- of the existing credits for solar energy, fuel cells and microturbines; increased the credit amount for fuel cells; established new credits for small wind-energy systems, geothermal heat pumps, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems; extended eligibility for the credits to utilities; and allowed taxpayers to take the credit against the alternative minimum tax (AMT), subject to certain limitations.
Credits are available for eligible systems placed into service on or before December 31, 2016:*
US Residental Solar & Fuel Cell Tax Credit Established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the federal tax credit for residential energy property initially applied to solar electric systems, solar water heating systems and fuel cells. The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424, Division B) extended the tax credit to small wind energy systems and geothermal heat pumps, effective January 1, 2008. Other key revisions included an eight-year extension of the credit to December 31, 2016, the ability to take the credit against the alternative minimum tax, and the removal of the $2,000 credit limit for solar electric systems beginning in 2009.