Federal tax credits for energy efficient windows and exterior doors have been extended through 2013. If you purchased and installed qualified new doors or windows in 2012 or plan to in 2013, you may be able to take advantage of these tax credits.
For windows and doors placed into service between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013, you may be eligible to receive tax credits as follows:
- For windows, get 10% back -- up to $200
- For exterior doors, get 10% back -- up to $500
- Note that the tax credit only applies to the cost of the window, not installation costs
Products That Qualify
To qualify for the tax credit, windows and exterior doors must be:
- ENERGY STAR qualified in the region where they will be installed. Click to see ENERGY STAR zones and requirements.
- Used to improve an existing home. This tax credit does not apply to new homes.
- Placed in service between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013. "Placed in service" is defined as when the property is ready and available for use.
- Installed in the taxpayer's primary residence.
How to Receive Your Tax Credit
Step 1: Consult your tax advisor. The tax credit is subject to a "Lifetime Limitation" of $500 ($200 for windows/skylights) in aggregate credits that a homeowner can claim from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2013. So if you have already claimed more than $200 in window tax credits since 2006, you should not apply for the credit under this extension.
Step 2: Purchase qualifying windows and/or exterior doors. Look for the NFRC label on your product and make sure the U-Factor and SHGC ratings comply with the ENERGY STAR requirements for your region.
Step 3: Keep the receipts showing the purchase price of the qualifying products – excluding installation charges – and save the NFRC label from each window or door. Keep these with your tax materials in case of an audit.
Step 4: Download your Manufacturer's Certificate Statement and keep it with your tax records.
Step 5: Submit the credit with your taxes for the year the windows and/or doors were installed.