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Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Are Back Just in Time For 2017.

Just in time for tax season 2017, Congress has given American homeowners and businesses a chance to keep a little more of their hard-earned money. Late on January 1, 2017, the “fiscal cliff showdown” ended with the House passing a bill to avert income tax increases for Americans and large cuts in spending for government programs. What many might not have noticed is that the bill, titled the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2016, includes extensions for energy efficiency tax incentives that had expired at the end of 2017.

The bill extends tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades to existing homes, including purchases made in 2016 and 2017. These residential tax credits cover up to 10% of the cost for energy-efficient replacement windows, insulation, ENERGY STAR metal roofs, siding and other products. These credits are available for products and upgrades that meet minimum efficiency levels. The credit is capped at $250 depending on the type of materials installed.