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Per IRS Instructions for Form 5695, on page 1:

Purpose of Form

Use Form 5695 to figure and take your residential energy credits. The residential energy credits are:

  • The residential energy efficient property credit, and
  • The nonbusiness energy property credit.

Also use Form 5695 to take any residential energy efficient property credit carryforward from 2019 or to carry the unused portion of the credit to 2021.

Who Can Take the Credits

You may be able to take the credits if you made energy saving improvements to your home located in the United States in 2020.

On page 2:

Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit (Part II)

You may be able to take a credit equal to the sum of

  1. 10% of the amount paid or incurred for qualified energy efficiency improvements installed during 2020, and
  2. Any residential energy property costs paid or incurred in 2020.

However, this credit is limited as follows.

  • A total combined credit limit of $500 for all tax years after 2005.
  • A combined credit limit of $200 for windows for all tax years after 2005.
  • A credit limit for residential energy property costs for 2020 of $50 for any advanced main air circulating fan; $150 for any qualified natural gas, propane, or oil furnace or hot water boiler; and $300 for any item of energy efficient building property.

To enter Form 5695 information in TaxAct:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Other Credits in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Residential energy credit.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.

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