Federal Tax Credit on Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Extended Through 2013

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Atlanta area homeowners may be able to claim up to $500 in tax credits on their 2012 and 2013 returns for qualifying energy-efficient home improvements. The tax credit was retroactively renewed as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and is effective for purchases made between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013. Examples of qualifying items include energy-efficient water heaters, furnaces, central air-conditioners, building insulation, windows and roofs. Use IRS Form 5695 to calculate the amount of tax credits you can claim. Atlanta's Attention to Detail Home Remodeling made mention of the tax credit in its most recent e-newsletter, noting that homeowners can use a free app from Energy Grid IQ that will connect you with more tax incentives and rebates in your area. Homeowners also can get more information on state and local tax credits on energy efficient home improvements from the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency. Get more Atlanta area home improvement news.

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