Federal Tax Credit
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a federal incentive program in the United States that encourages the adoption of solar energy systems. It provides a tax credit to individuals and businesses that invest in qualifying solar projects. Here are some key points about the ITC for solar:
1. Eligibility and Coverage: The ITC is available to both residential and commercial solar energy system owners. To qualify, the solar system must be installed on a property owned by the taxpayer and meet certain technical requirements, such as using solar panels certified by the appropriate authorities.
2. Tax Credit Percentage: As of 2023, the ITC offers a tax credit equal to 30% of the eligible costs of installing a solar energy system. This means that if the total cost of the solar installation is $30,000, the taxpayer can possibly claim a tax credit of $9,000 (30% of $30,000).
3. Step Down Schedule: In August 2022, Congress passed an extension of the ITC, raising it to 30% for the installation of which was between 2022-2032. There is no maximum amount that can be claimed.
These rates are set to change at set times: It will decrease to 26% for systems installed in 2033 and to 22% for systems installed in 2034.
The tax credit expires starting in 2035 unless Congress renews it.
4. Carryover and Expiration: The ITC allows taxpayers to carry over any unused tax credit to future years if the credit exceeds their tax liability for the current year. This carryover provision helps taxpayers maximize the benefits of the ITC.
Not all homeowners will be able to claim ITC, and we at Family Solar Company never want to lead our clients into false hope. Please consult with a tax professional or accountant to fully understand the eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and any specific regulations related to claiming the ITC. They can provide personalized advice and guidance based on your individual circumstances.
We also encourage you to review documentation at the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, here.