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$300 Federal Tax Credit for Air Conditioners

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Is Your Air Conditioner Eligible for a $300 Federal Tax Credit?

UPDATED JANUARY 2021: The Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credits have been extended from 12/31/2017 through 12/31/2021. This means that the tax credit covers purchases of qualifying new HVAC equipment made before December 31, 2021. Plus, good news – it also retroactively applies to purchases of air conditioners and heat pumps made in 2018 and 2019. Please consult with your tax professional for details on how to apply for the credit. The IRS typically limits amendments to three years.

What is the Tax Credit?

Tax Credit: $300 (Maximum of $500 for all energy efficiency improvements claimed under this credit)
Purchase by: December 31, 2021
Claim by: April 15, 2022
Details: Equipment must be installed in an existing home & your principal residence. New construction and rentals do not apply.

What are the Requirements?

We recommend consulting a tax professional to ensure that you meet all of the requirements necessary to receive the tax credit. Additionally, to verify equipment eligibility, ask your HVAC contractor to provide the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the air conditioning system you purchased or plan to purchase.

Here are some of the efficiency requirements for air conditioners and heat pumps:

Air Conditioners

In order to receive a tax credit of $300, the air conditioning system must meet the following criteria:

Split Systems:
SEER >= 16
EER >= 13

Packaged Systems:
SEER >= 14
EER >= 12

Heat Pumps

Certain heat pumps also qualify for a tax credit of $300. They must meet the following criteria:

Split Systems:
HSPF >= 8.5
EER >= 12.5
SEER >= 15

Packaged Systems:
HSPF >= 8
EER >= 12
SEER >= 14

What’s the Catch?

The federal tax credit only applies to existing homes, not new construction. The home must also be your primary residence – no secondary residences or rentals. You can only claim up to a total maximum credit of $500 for all of the years (2005-2021) combined. If you’ve already claimed $500 from the Nonbusiness Energy Property Tax Credit since 2005, you won’t be eligible to claim any more credits.

How Do I Apply?

File IRS Form 5695 with your tax return. If you haven’t filed your 2020 taxes yet, you can download the 2020 form here. The credit amounts you may receive are subject to IRS regulations, so we recommend consulting a tax professional for advice on tax preparation.

Do Any Other Appliances Qualify for a Tax Credit?

Even if you don’t plan on upgrading your heating & cooling system, you might intend to purchase another qualifying household appliance like a Hybrid Electric Water Heater. Check the entire list of qualifying appliances.

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