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How does the solar panel tax credit work

Did you know that if you just installed solar panels on your house or business, you may be eligible for a solar tax credit? The federal solar tax credit is a federal incentive program designed to encourage Americans to install and use solar energy to power their houses.

The Federal Investment Tax Credit also referred to as the Solar Tax Credit is a federal tax credit that allows you to deduct up to 26% of the cost of a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The tax credit is intended to encourage more people to install solar, promote investment in the solar industry, and increase the pace of solar investment and innovation.

What is the federal tax credit for solar energy?

Solar panel installation entitles you to a federal tax credit. This implies you’ll receive a tax credit for your income taxes, thus lowering your tax liability.

Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC): In 2006, the federal government created the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Since then, the solar business in the United States has increased by more than 10,000 percent, with an average annual growth rate of 50% during the last decade. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have been created and billions of dollars have been invested in the US economy by the industry.

You can claim the ITC for the tax year in which your solar panels were installed as long as the system generates electricity for a residence in the United States. The ITC will provide a 26 percent tax credit for systems installed between 2020 and 2022, and a 22 percent tax credit for systems installed in 2023, beginning in 2021. Therefore, while selecting whether or not to install solar panels, factor in a 22 to 26% reduction.

How many times may the solar tax credit be claimed?

You can claim the solar tax credit for your solar energy installation just once. If you have any residual unused portion of your tax credit that you are unable to claim in a single tax year, you may be allowed to carry it over for up to five years.

Is it possible to get the solar tax credit if your solar panel installation is leased?

If you lease your solar panels, you are not eligible for the Solar Investment Tax Credit directly, but the leasing firm may utilize the tax credit to help reduce your monthly payments.

Numerous solar businesses provide leasing alternatives in which they pay for installation and equipment costs and then charge you a monthly fee to utilize the solar panels. The solar company works as a third party and retains ownership of the panels throughout the lease term, while the homeowner benefits from lower monthly energy bills. Because the solar company owns the panels, they often qualify for the solar tax credit, while the homeowner does not. Solar leasing firms may use the value of those tax credits to reduce the monthly cost they charge homes, but it is unlikely that those savings will be passed on directly to homeowners, as the solar company will want to retain some of the value.

Final Words

The Solar Investment Tax Credit was established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Congress has extended the credit multiple times, but there are currently no signs that it will be extended again. Starting in 2024, there will be no federal incentive to go solar, so you’ll be paying more out of pocket for your solar savings.

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