On January 2nd, 2013 The H.R. 8 (American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012), Section 401 was signed Extending the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit through December 31, 2013 and using the 2012 Residential Energy Credits Form 5695 containing the reinstatement of homeowner tax credits for windows, doors, and skylights.
How to Qualify for the Energy-Efficiency Tax Credit
- Purchase and install qualifying ENERGY STAR qualified doors and windows beginning January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. Tax credit is for cost of doors or windows only - it does not include installation costs. Tax credit is for taxpayer’s principal residence only.
- This act enables homeowners to receive a tax credit for 10% of the window costs or a maximum amount of $200 for qualifying windows and 10% of the door cost or a maximum amount of $500 for qualifying doors (cannot exceed $500 total tax credit).
- The homeowner may be required to have a Manufacturer’s Certification Statement to qualify for the tax credit. This is a signed statement from ProVia certifying that the door or window listed qualifies for the 2013 tax credit.
If the homeowner has taken a tax credit of $500 or more for any ENERGY STAR® qualified product (such as HVAC, insulation, roofing, etc.) in the 2006 through 2011 tax years, they are not eligible for this tax credit for 2012 or 2013.
The taxpayer should keep a copy of the certification statement and purchase receipts for their records, but does not have to submit a copy with their tax return.