Note. The nonbusiness energy property credit has been extended through 2020.
Use Form 5695 Residential Energy Credits to figure and take the residential energy efficient property credit. Also use Form 5695 to take any residential energy efficient property credit carryforward from 2017 or to carry the unused portion of the credit to 2020.
The U.S. Code and the instructions for Form 5695 do not clearly state whether home ownership is necessary for the residential energy efficient property credit. However, other IRS publications often refer to homeowners when discussing the credit.
Note. The residential energy efficient property credit is available for both existing homes and homes being constructed.
For a list of improvements that qualify for the credits, see the Energy Star Federal Income Tax Credits and Other Incentives for Energy Efficiency website.
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