Geothermal USA specialists provide:
Install and Service Geothermal
Full System Designs
HVAC Duct Work
The combined years of experience and dedication ensure you the very best in service. Fully insured Geothermal USA can guarantee you will be happy that you made the decision in changing over your heating and cooling system to Geothermal.
Geothermal USA is one of the few companies on the east coast that can fully service all of the customers needs starting from initial design to final installation of the geothermal system.
The Energy Credit
In October 2008, geothermal heat pumps were added to section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code. This created a 30% tax credit for costs associated with qualified geothermal equipment “placed in service” through the end of 2016. Property is usually considered to be placed in service when installation is complete and equipment is ready for use. However, if the system is part of the construction or renovation of a house, it’s considered placed in service when the taxpayer takes residence in the house.
• 30% of total system cost
• No limit to credit amount for 2009 and beyond
• Can be used to offset AMT tax
• Can be used in more than one year
• Can be combined with solar and wind tax credits
• Can be combined with energy efficiency upgrade credits
Geothermal equipment that uses the stored solar energy from the ground for heating and cooling, and that meets Energy Star requirements at the time of installation is eligible for the tax credit. Covered expenditures include labor for onsite preparation, assembly, or original system installation and for piping or wiring to connect a system to the home. The structure must be located in the United States and used as a residence by the taxpayer, although primary residency isn’t required. In fact, if geothermal is installed in more than one home, there’s no limitation on the number of times the credit can be claimed.
The credit can’t be claimed for spending on equipment used solely for hot tub or pool conditioning, nor on previously used equipment.
If a structure serves as both a residence and place of business, spending may need to be allocated between residential and business use. If residential spending is at least 80%, then all spending qualifies for the residential credit. For commercial spending, there’s a 10% tax credit available, and 5-year MACRS accelerated depreciation.
How to claim the Credit
Use IRS Form 5695 (2008) to claim the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit for 2008. Form 5695 for 2009 has not been published yet. For systems completed in 2008, the maximum tax credit is capped at $2,000.
For property placed in service after the start 2009, there’s no limit on the credit amount. The tax credit can be used to offset both regular income taxes and alternative minimum taxes (AMT). If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward into future years. Spending on geothermal heat pump property adds to your home’s cost basis, but also must be reduced by the amount of the tax credit received.
The information contained here is for general information only. This guide is not an authority that can be cited in response to an enforcement action or in litigation.
For more information go to Energy Star.
Non-Business Energy Property Credit
The Non-Business Energy Property Credit is a 30% tax credit (up to $1,500) for spending on qualified energy efficiency improvements made to an existing home between 2009 and 2010. This credit is for improvements on insulation, windows, doors, and solar reflective roofing materials and can be claimed in addition to the Energy Efficiency credit for geothermal property. The improvements must be for a dwelling in the United States that’s owned by the taxpayer and used as the principal residence. IRS Form 5695 (2009) is used to claim the credit. Form 5695 for 2009 has not been published yet.
New Energy Efficient Home Credit
Section 45L of the Internal Revenue Code provides building contractors a $2,000 tax credit for the construction or substantial renovation of a new home that achieves a 50% heating and cooling energy cost saving relative to a comparable dwelling that meets the minimum requirements of 2004IECC energy code. The home must be sold prior to the end of 2009 for the builder to receive the credit. The energy consumption reduction must be verified by an independent accredited certifier, such as a RESNET home energy rater. IRS Form 8908 is used to claim the credit. IRS Notice2008-35 provides detailed guidance.