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Window Treatment Tax Credit

Author: Better Business Bureau
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Window Treatment Tax Credit

The BBB informs consumers who purchase window treatments about the qualifications for the $1500 tax credit.  According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Internal Revenue Service has not issued a definitive statement regarding tax credits for window treatments. Currently, window treatments do not appear to meet the requirements of the law and have not been deemed eligible for the tax credit. The law states “any insulation materials or system which is specifically and primarily designed to reduce the heat loss or gain of a dwelling unit when installed in or on such dwelling unit, and meets the prescriptive criteria for such material or system established by the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, as such Code (including supplements) is in effect on the date of the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009.” However, the EPA has noted that manufacturers are creating “manufacturer certification statements.” These statements will be honored by the IRS, even if they are later deemed fraudulent.

The EPA is warning manufacturers that production of fraudulent certification statements will result in substantial penalties. The BBB encourages consumers who have received an erroneous “manufacturer certification statement” to contact our organization and the appropriate government agencies.

For further information regarding the tax credit for window treatments, you may wish to visit the following websites:

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_faq

http://www.irs.gov/irb/2009-25_IRB/ar10.html