Question

I have a question about claiming energy efficiency tax credit. Can I claim a home renovation tax credit for renovations I made to my manufactured home?

Answer

You may qualify for two home renovation tax credits for energy-saving improvements to your home:

  • Nonbusiness energy property credit
  • Residential energy-efficient property credit

Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit

This credit is for making qualifying improvements to your main home. To be eligible to claim this home renovation tax credit, the improvements must increase the home’s heating and cooling efficiency. To claim this credit, the improved home must be your main home at the time of installation.

  • Your main home is the home where you live most of the time; temporary absences due to illness, education, business, military service, or vacation do not affect your main home. Your home may be a house, houseboat, mobile home, cooperative apartment, condominium, and a manufactured home that conforms to Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.Improvements and property costs that qualify for the nonbusiness energy efficiency tax credit include:
    • Insulation material or systems
    • Exterior windows, skylights, or doors
    • Storm windows and storm doors installed over certain types of windows and doors
    • Metal roofs
    • Certain asphalt roofs
    • Electric heat pumps
    • Electric heat pump water heaters
    • Natural gas, propane, or oil water heaters
    • Central air conditioners
    • Natural gas, propane, or oil water boilers
    • Natural gas, propane, or oil furnaces
    • Advanced main air-circulating fan used in a natural gas, propane, or oil furnace
    • Biomass fuel stoves

    Residential Energy-Efficient Property Credit

    This is a nonrefundable credit for certain energy-efficient property installed in a dwelling unit. For 2009-2016, you can claim the credit for qualified:

    • Solar electric property
    • Solar water-heating property
    • Fuel cell property
    • Small wind-energy property
    • Geothermal heat-pump property

    To qualify, you:

    • Must install all qualifying property in your main or second home. This is true except for qualified fuel-cell property, which you must install in your main home only.
    • Can’t rent the property

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