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Window Tax Credit Confusion: Was There A Tax Credit In 2008? Can I Get Another Credit Now If I Already Got One?

A few days ago a customer called. He had replaced his windows last year, and wanted to know how he could get a tax credit. I hated to tell him, but there wasn’t a tax credit for new windows in 2008.

How the original tax credit and the new credit relate has caused a lot of confusion with homeowners—and even industry professionals. And since confusion leads to delays and frustration when homeowners are trying to make a decision on their home improvements, I decided to write this post to help answer a couple of your questions.

The original energy tax credit offered in 2006-2007 was worth 10% of the cost for replacement windows, up to $200. If you replaced both windows and doors, you could claim up to a one-time maximum credit of $500 for all products.

That tax credit expired on December 31, 2007. Although Congress and President Bush restored it for 2009, they didn’t go back and help out all the homeowners who made the smart decision to replace their windows in 2008. Bottom line: If you installed windows in 2008, you aren’t eligible for a tax credit.

Then, this February, President Obama and the new Congress passed a new energy tax credit as part of the Stimulus Plan. This credit is worth 30% of the cost of the product, up to $1,500. If you got the credit for replacement windows or doors in 2006-07, you’re still eligible for the entire $1,500.

I hope that clears up some confusion. Let me know what you think about the new energy efficiency tax credit for home improvements. Post your comment, and I’ll get back to you.

Gerry Rogers About Gerry Rogers

Gerry Rogers is the President of Mr. Rogers Windows

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