How the Solar Investment Tax Credit Works - Blue Raven Solar (2023)

The recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act introduced the Federal Solar Photovoltaic Tax Credit, also known as the Investment Tax Credit or ITCexpands in quantity and terms. This expanded tax credit offers homeowners alternatives to rising electricity costs and new ways to fight inflation.

The solar industry is growing at an average annual rate24% in the last 10 yearsand for owners who want to join the movement, thisSolar tax creditcanbecome solarmore affordable. Below, we'll break down what this solar tax credit includes, who is eligible, and how eligible homeowners can claim the tax credit.

What is the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit?

The Federal Solar Tax Credit (ITC) is a nonrefundable dollar-for-dollar reduction of a homeowner's federal income. It is provided to offset the cost of residential solar by 30%, to make it more affordable and affordable, and to encourage wider adoption of renewable energy. For example, if you owe $5,000 in federal taxes, claiming a $4,000 tax credit would reduce your federal taxes by $4,000 and you owe $1,000 in federal taxes. ITC is not a tax deduction or exemption.

It was first enacted in its current form in 2005ITKis a tax credit equal to a percentage of the eligible costs incurred to convert to solar energy. The credit can be claimed for federal income tax purposes in the year the system is installed. Since its inception, ITC.

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Here is a timeline of the ITC over the past few decades:

2005:THEEnergy Policy Law of 2015, licensed under Sections 25D and 48 of the Internal Revenue Code, created the first 30% tax credit for residential and commercial solar projects. It was due to expire in 2006.

2006:The ITC was extended for another year by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006.

2008:The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 extended the ITC for eight years and removed the previous limit of $2,000 for residential solar panels.

2016–2019:the ITC wasIn early 2016 it was extended again for another five yearswith the Consolidated Bequests Act 2016. This amendment introduced a tiered approach to the loan eventuality benefit, but in the early years the benefit remained at 30%.

2020–2021:Based on the phase-down rate introduced in the Consolidated Credit Act of 2016, the ITC was reduced to 26% in 2020 and is expected to decrease to 22% in 2021 before Congress extends the ITC to 26% for solar systems installed with the Better 2021 Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act of 2020.

2022–2032:ITC reduced to 26% till 2022President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into lawof 2022, which reduced the ITC to 30% and extended it to solar panels installed between 2022 and 2032, after which the ITC will be phased out.

2033:Owners of new residential solar systems installed in 2033 are entitled to a 26% ITC benefit.

2034:Owners of new residential solar systems installed in 2034 are entitled to a 22% ITC benefit.

2035:Unless extended by Congress, there will be no ITC benefit for residential solar systems installed after 2034.

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How much can you save with ITC?

The ITC allows you to claim 30% of the total cost of your solar system with no limit on the amount you can claim. ForAverageSystems, ITC saves approximately $7,500 - a significant reduction in total cost.

However, ITC will benefitchangesover time. Owners of solar panels installed between 2022 and 2032 are eligible for a 30% tax credit, with a 26% ITC for solar panels installed in 2033 and a 22% ITC in 2034. Unless extended by Congress, pending the 2035 ITC.

If the ITC exceeds the amount you owe in federal taxes that year, the unused portion of the ITC will not be forfeited, but carried over to subsequent tax years. For example, if your ITC was worth $7,500, but you only owed $7,000 in federal income tax, you could apply the remaining $500 of the ITC to your federal income tax the following year.

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Who qualifies for Solar ITC?

Any taxpayer who purchases a solar installation for their primary or secondary residence is eligible for the state solar investment tax credit (the ITC is also available for commercial real estate). However, it is important to note that you must own the solar system to use the ITC. Those who lease their solar array or have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) are not eligible to claim ITC.

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AdditionallyQualificationsto contain:

  • Its solar system was installed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2034.
  • The system is located in the United States at your primary or secondary residence.
  • You own the system by purchasing it with cash or financing options.
  • Your system is new or first-time (credit only applies to "initial installation" of solar system).

What costs are included in the solar tax credit?

The ITC applies to various costs associated with installing solar systems, from the units themselves to labor costs for assembly and installation.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and panels
  • System equipment such as mounting, cabling and disk drives
  • Installation
  • Approval and Inspection
  • interconnection
  • energy storage (egbatteries)
  • tax on eligible expenses

Batteries can beclaimsfor a tax credit, even if they are purchased or installed a year or more after the solar system is installed.

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How do other incentives affect the solar tax credit?

In addition to the solar tax credit, many federal states offer solar incentives. A couplecommon motivesThese include tax credits, subsidized loans, rebates and renewable energy certificates. However, solar incentives vary by state. Here's a look at a few in particular.

State tax credits

Most state tax credits work the same way as the federal ITC—a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the taxes you might owe. Eligibility and benefit amounts vary significantly by state and generally do not affect your state's solar incentives.

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government discounts

There are many states and utilities that offer limited-time rebates for installing a solar system. These programs typically offer a down payment of 10% to 20% of the cost of installing a new PV system. However, these rebates often have a deadline, so it's important to do your research and submit your paperwork before the state program ends.

Renewable solar energy certificates

In some states, the amount of energy your solar system produces can be converted into a renewable energy certificate (SREC), which can be offered to regulators and environmentally conscious organizations to fulfill their commitment to clean energy and environmental protection . Generally, for every 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity your solar panel produces, you receive one SREC. The monetary value of SRECs changes over time and depends on supply and demand and whether there is a market for SRECs in your area.

browseDatabase of government support for renewable energy and efficiencyto learn more about solar incentives that may be available in your state. I am goingHERE for more information on solar products, technologies and installation.

How do I apply for a solar investment tax credit?

Your ITC claim is submitted by completingIRS-Form 5695along with your federal tax return. As with most tax returns, you should consult a tax professional for help with filing the ITC.

You can find step-by-step instructions to claim 30% in federal income tax:

  1. File IRS Form 5695.
  2. Calculate the credit in Part I of the form.
  3. Enter the result on your 1040.

Remember that even if your ITC exceeds the taxable amount, the unused portion of the ITC will be carried over from one year to the next.

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Additional FAQs about ITC

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Deciding to go solar requires weighing a variety of variables, and you may have additional questions about how the ITC applies to your situation.

Here are some more answers to frequently asked questions. If you have more questions,to arriveto our team of solar energy experts.

Is there a dollar or lifetime cap on the federal tax credit?

No. The tax credit is not limited to dollars or lifetime. Once a new solar system is installed, the tax credit provides a 30% credit on the total cost of installation in a given year.

Do I get a refund if the tax credit exceeds my tax liability?

ITC is a non-refundable tax credit. This means that you will not be refunded the amount of the tax credit if it exceeds your tax liability. If you overpaid your taxes during the year (which often happens when employers deduct taxes from your pay), you may be able to get a refund. However, this refund is still limited by your total tax liability.

If the balance exceeds your liability in the year you claim it, you can carry forward the balance to subsequent years.

Is the solar tax credit one time?

Yes, ITC is currently a single credit. You can only claim credit once.

How Blue Raven Solar can help

With ITC, homeowners can save 30% on the cost of their solar installation. This includes installation costs, solar systems and materials, batteries, applicable sales tax and other things. And with the recent expansion of ITC, homeowners can enjoy this money-saving measure for years to come.

At Blue Raven Solar, we offer a superior customer experience and a hassle-free start-to-finish solar installation process, allowing you to lower your energy costs and invest in renewable energy. Find out more about how much you can saveRequest a free quote today.

Blue Raven Solar, LLC and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide tax, legal or accounting advice and should not be relied upon. Consult a tax and legal expert for more information.

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