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IRS Tax Credits, Residential Energy Credits

Update Jan. 15, 2010: Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, available on-line.

IR-2009-98, Oct. 29, 2009

WASHINGTON � People can now weatherize their homes and be rewarded for their efforts. According to the Internal Revenue Service, homeowners making energy-saving improvements this fall can cut their winter heating bills and lower their 2009 tax bill as well.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act), enacted earlier this year, expanded two home energy tax credits: the nonbusiness energy property credit and the residential energy efficient property credit.

Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit

This credit equals 30 percent of what a homeowner spends on eligible energy-saving improvements, up to a maximum tax credit of $1,500 for the combined 2009 and 2010 tax years. The cost of certain high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters and stoves that burn biomass all qualify, along with labor costs for installing these items. In addition, the cost of energy-efficient windows and skylights, energy-efficient doors, qualifying insulation and certain roofs also qualify for the credit, though the cost of installing these items does not count.

By spending as little as $5,000 before the end of the year on eligible energy-saving improvements, a homeowner can save as much as $1,500 on his or her 2009 federal income tax return. Due to limits based on tax liability, other credits claimed by a particular taxpayer and other factors, actual tax savings will vary. These tax savings are on top of any energy savings that may result.

Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit

Homeowners going green should also check out a second tax credit designed to spur investment in alternative energy equipment. The residential energy efficient property credit, equals 30 percent of what a homeowner spends on qualifying property such as solar electric systems, solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines, and fuel cell property. Generally, labor costs are included when calculating this credit.  Also, no cap exists on the amount of credit available except in the case of fuel cell property.

Not all energy-efficient improvements qualify for these tax credits. For that reason, homeowners should check the manufacturer�s tax credit certification statement before purchasing or installing any of these improvements. The certification statement can usually be found on the manufacturer�s website or with the product packaging. Normally, a homeowner can rely on this certification.  The IRS cautions that the manufacturer�s certification is different from the Department of Energy�s Energy Star label, and not all Energy Star labeled products qualify for the tax credits.

Eligible homeowners can claim both of these credits when they file their 2009 federal income tax return. Because these are credits, not deductions, they increase a taxpayer�s refund or reduce the tax he or she owes. An eligible taxpayer can claim these credits, regardless of whether he or she itemizes deductions on Schedule A. Use Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits, to figure and claim these credits. 

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26 oct 10 @ 8:00 pm

Old Man Winter is fast approaching!

Most of us here in New England don�t really look forward to the winter months; I understand the winter sports enthusiasts, the skiers, snowboarders, or snowshoer�s. Sure the winter months bring us the holiday season, the beauty of the first snowfall, the opportunity for relaxing in front of the fireplace, and of course the Super Bowl (Go Pats!) but for a lot of us it is month after month where we just wait for spring!

So with winter fast approaching, we at Robert Kierce Roofing felt that it was an appropriate time to cover some details about winterizing your home.  The winter weather can take quite a toll on our homes, and the old adage still applies; one ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

         Check ceiling and interior walls for signs of leaks (stains). If you find any, take the time to seal all roof leaks or give Bob at Robert Kierce Roofing a call.  For once the roof is covered in snow, it is nearly impossible to locate the source of leaks.

         Once the leaves fall, check and clear all gutters, downspouts and scuppers of any leaves or debris, and make sure that all drains are working properly.  The weight of the water in an improperly functioning gutter system can loosen the attachment of the guttering from the structure.  It is important that drainage water moves freely through the gutters and drains away from the house.  This is an important step in the prevention of Ice Dams.

         Check the weather-stripping on your doors and windows, including those in the basement or attic, as they may deteriorate over time due to the elements.

         Inspect your storm windows; check all the glass storm windows for cracks and other damage.  If most of your home�s windows are old and drafty, it may smart to invest the cash to replace them.  If you cannot afford to redo all the windows, start with those located in the most frequently used room or all on one floor.  There are often rebate programs or assistance for replacing windows and making your home more energy efficient.  Also, there are IRS energy-efficient tax credits you can qualify for if you install new energy efficient windows.  There are many manufacturers that offer energy efficient windows that qualify for the IRS tax credit.  

And remember Robert Kierce Roofing is your partner in helping you decide how to maximize your home�s value through tastefully selecting and professionally installing various roofing, gutter, replacement window as well as exterior and interior painting options.

 Call Bob today at 508-698-3806 today to discuss your needs. You can also find us on the web at  We are a family-owned company with 18 years of experience in helping homeowners like you protect and improve your most valuable asset, your home.  We are licensed and insured and accredited with the Better Business Bureau.

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26 oct 10 @ 7:28 pm

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Robert Kierce Roofing
Serving the Community since 1988
~ Foxboro ~ Walpole ~ Medfield ~ Dover ~ Wellesley ~ Newton ~ Needham ~ Norwood ~ Dedham ~ West Roxbury ~ Sharon ~ Canton ~ Easton ~ West Bridgewater ~ Milton ~ Mansfield ~ Plainville ~ Norton ~ Wrentham ~ Millis ~ Norfolk ~ North Attleboro