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IRS Says 30/30 Requirements For Replacement Window Tax Credit To Be Effective June 2

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a “Safe Harbor” provision to ease some of the confusion about the new energy tax credit for replacement windows, doors, and skylights. Under the provision, previous energy-efficiency standards were retroactively put in place for a limited time, helping out homeowners who may not have known about the new standards.

The energy tax credit, passed as part of the Stimulus package in February, raised the maximum claim to $1,500, but also raised the energy standards. The new “30/30” standards require all windows and doors to have a U-Value and SHGC of .30 or less.

This new standard exceeds current Energy Star ratings, which was the standard in 2007, and means that many Energy Star windows would not qualify. The IRS and other government agencies were also slow to update their information about the tax credit. Many homeowners bought windows they thought qualified, only to find out they weren’t going to get the credit.

The IRS’ Safe Harbor provision reinstates the old standards to qualify for the tax credit from Jan 1 to June 1 of 2009. If you purchased and installed any window or door that is Energy Star certified or has a Manufacturer’s Certificate validating it’s rating, you qualify for the full tax credit. That’s 30% of the cost of the product, up to $1,500.

This is great news for all those who thought they were going to get the credit, but found out their windows didn’t qualify. The new 30/30 standards will be enforced on June 2, 2009.

Do you think the IRS is doing the right thing? Let me know your thoughts.

Gerry Rogers About Gerry Rogers

Gerry Rogers is the President of Mr. Rogers Windows


  1. Lupe Seykoski says:

    Agree. If the IRS has placed a tax lien on you, it will seriously affect your credit standing and will either render sale of property difficult or impossible. Removing a tax lien should be a huge priority for you, as you’re no doubt well aware.

  2. Dave Walters says:

    Wow I didn’t realize the tax implications of upgrading your windows. Thx for the info.

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  4. Everyone thinks because it’s Anderson windows, it’s the best energy efficient window. Wrong! Look into all the facts, the glass, the material being used. Vinyl windows with LowE will only get you this number.

  5. This is very good news…but troubling at the same time. We just put in 11 Andersen 400 windows and turns out that they will only qualify under the 2007 standards, thankfully we put them in on time. We thought these were the best windows out there without spending a mint on each one. If these windows dont qualify under the new standards what ones do??? Is Andersen doing something about the efficiency of the 400 window?

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