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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, or the 30" 2016 Snowstorm Jonas,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.

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Honorary Chair:     Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll --a woman who broke the glass ceiling and contributed greatly to PA politics; born in 1930, died November 12, 2008.

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Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

Frequent Questions about Tax Credits

What forms do I need for the consumer energy efficiency tax credits?

You need to fill out IRS Form 5695 PDF

See all Tax Credits FAQs

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 includes:

bulletTax Credits for Consumers
bulletHome Improvements
bulletCars
bulletSolar Energy Systems
bulletFuel Cells
bulletTax Credits for Home Builders
bulletTax Deductions for Commercial Buildings
bulletFor More Information

A tax credit can provide significant savings. It reduces the amount of income tax you have to pay. Unlike a deduction, which reduces the amount of income subject to tax, a tax credit directly reduces the tax itself. You must refer to the final Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules to determine what qualifies for the tax credit.

Please note, not all ENERGY STAR qualified homes and products qualify for a tax credit. These tax credits are available for a number of products at the highest efficiency levels, which typically cost much more than standard products. If, for whatever reason, you decide not to purchase a product covered by the tax credit, you may still consider purchasing an ENERGY STAR product. ENERGY STAR distinguishes energy efficient products which, although they may cost more to purchase than standard models, will pay you back in lower energy bills within a reasonable amount of time, without a tax credit.

Tax Credits for Consumers:

Home Improvements

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided guidance for consumers: IRS Notice 2006-26 PDF.

Tax credits are available for many types of home improvements including adding insulation, replacement windows, and certain high efficiency heating and cooling equipment. See chart. The maximum amount of homeowner credit for all improvements combined is $500 during the two year period of the tax credit. This tax credit applies to improvements made to your primary residence from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2007.

Efficient Cars

Tax credits are available to buyers of hybrid gasoline-electric, diesel, battery-electric, alternative fuel, and fuel cell vehicles. The tax credit amount is based on a formula determined by vehicle weight, technology, and fuel economy compared to base year models. These credits are available for vehicles placed in service starting January 1, 2006. For hybrid and diesel vehicles made by each manufacturer, the credit will be phased out over 15 months starting after that manufacturer has sold 60,000 eligible vehicles. For vehicles made by manufacturers that have not reached the end of the phase-out, the credits will end for vehicles placed in service after December 31, 2010. See the IRS Website for updated information .

Solar Energy Systems

Tax credits are available for qualified solar water heating and photovoltaic systems. The credits are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008. The tax credit is for 30 percent of the cost of the system, up to $2,000. This credit is not limited to the $500 home improvement cap.

Fuel Cells

There is a consumer tax credit of up to 30 percent of the cost (up to $500 per 0.5 kW of capacity maximum) for installing a “qualified” fuel cell and microturbine systems. The credits are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008. This credit is not limited to the $500 home improvement cap.

ENERGY POLICY ACT OF 2005 — SUMMARY OF TAX CREDITS FOR HOMEOWNERS

Product Category Product Type Tax Credit Specification Tax Credit Notes
Windows & Doors Exterior Windows and Skylights ENERGY STAR qualified OR meets IECC1 10 percent of cost, up to $2002 for all windows, skylights and storm windows All ENERGY STAR labeled windows and skylights qualify for tax credit.Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified windows and skylights.
bulletInstallation costs are not included.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and either the ENERGY STAR label from all your new windows OR the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
Storm Windows Meets IECC1 in combination with the exterior window over which it is installed, for the applicable climate zone 10 percent of cost, up to $2002 for all windows, skylights and storm windows Manufacturer Certification Statement3 will list classes of exterior window (single pane, clear glass, double pane, low-E coating, etc.)4 that a product may be combined with to be eligible in specific climate zones.
bulletInstallation costs are not included.
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
Exterior Doors Meets IECC1 10 percent of cost, up to $5002 ENERGY STAR doors will almost always qualify, except for certain parts of California4. Learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified doors.
bulletInstallation costs are not included.
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF
Storm Doors In combination with a wood door assigned a default U-factor by the IECC1, and does not exceed the default U-factor requirement assigned to such combination by the IECC 10 percent of cost, up to $5002 Eligibility will be confirmed by manufacturer and documented in the Manufacturer Certification Statement3
bulletInstallation costs are not included.
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
Roofing Metal Roofs ENERGY STAR qualified 10 percent of cost, up to $5002 All ENERGY STAR labeled metal roofs qualify for the tax credit.
bulletMust be expected to last 5 years OR have a 2 year warranty.
bulletInstallation costs are not included.
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
Insulation Insulation Meets 2000 IECC & Amendments 10 percent of cost, up to $5002
bulletFor insulation to qualify, its primary purpose must be to insulate. (example: vapor retarders are covered, siding does not qualify).
bulletMust be expected to last 5 years OR have a 2 year warranty
bulletInstallation costs are not included.
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
HVAC Central A/C EER >=12.5/SEER >= 15 Split Systems
EER >= 12/SEER >= 14 Package systems
$3002 For a list of qualified products, go to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency product directory , click on the Air Conditioners and in the “CEE Tier” enter “Residential Tier 2.”

Note — not all ENERGY STAR products will qualify for the tax credit. The ENERGY STAR specification is:

EER >= 11.5/ SEER >= 14 Split systems
EER >= 11/SEER >= 14 Package systems

bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
Air Source Heat Pumps HSPF >= 9 EER >= 13 SEER >= 15 $300² Note — not all ENERGY STAR products will qualify for the tax credit. The ENERGY STAR specification is:

HSPF >= 8.2 EER >= 11.5 SEER >= 14 Split systems
HSPF >= 8 EER >= 11 SEER >= 14 Package systems

bullet Manufacturer’s Certification Statement³ required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF
Geo-Thermal Heat Pump Same criteria as ENERGY STAR:

EER >= 14.1 COP >= 3.3 Closed Loop
EER >= 16.2 COP >= 3.6 Open Loop
EER >= 15 COP >= 3.5 Direct Expansion

$3002 All ENERGY STAR labeled geo-thermal heat pumps qualify for the tax credit.
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
Gas, Oil, Propane Furnace or Hot Water Boiler AFUE >= 95 for both furnaces and boilers $1502 For a list of qualifying products go to the Gas Appliance Manufacturing Association

Note — not all ENERGY STAR products will qualify for the tax credit. The ENERGY STAR specification is:

AFUE >= 90 for furnaces
AFUE >= 85 for boilers

bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF
Advanced Main Air Circulating Fan No more than 2 percent of furnace total energy use $502 For a partial list of qualifying products go to the Gas Appliance Manufacturing Association
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF
Water Heaters Gas, Oil, Propane Water Heater Energy Factor >= 0.80 $3002 Only some tankless water heaters currently qualify. This is over 33 percent more efficient than the current federal standard.

For a partial list of qualifying products go to the Gas Appliance Manufacturing Association.

bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF
Electric Heat Pump Water Heater Energy Factor >= 2.0 $3002 This is more than twice as efficient as the current federal standard.
bullet Manufacturer's Certification Statement3 required.
bulletFor tax purposes, save your receipt and the Manufacturer's Certification Statement.
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF 
Cars Cars Hybrid gasoline-electric, diesel, battery-electric, alternative fuel, and fuel cell vehicles Based on a formula determined by vehicle weight, technology, and fuel economy compared to base year models Guidance for auto manufacturers is available from IRS.

There is a 60,000 vehicle limit per manufacturer before a phase-out period begins. Consumers who buy from companies that already sell large numbers of qualifying vehicles will experience a relatively short “window of opportunity” for the credits.

bulletUse IRS Form 8910 PDF  for hybrid vehicles purchased for personal use.
bulletUse IRS Form 3800 PDF  for hybrid vehicles purchased for business purposes.
Solar Energy Systems Solar Water Heating
bulletAt least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun. Homeowners may only claim spending on the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.
bulletThe credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.
bulletThe water must be used in the dwelling.
bulletThe system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).
30 percent of cost, up to $2,000
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF
Photovoltaic Systems Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence, and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement. 30 percent of cost, up to $2,000
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF
Fuel Cells Fuel Cells Efficiency of at least 30 percent and must have a capacity of at least 0.5 kW. 30 percent of the cost, up to $1000 per kW of power that can be produced
bulletUse IRS Form 5695 PDF

1Either the 2001 Supplement of the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code or the 2004 Supplement of the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code.

2Subject to a $500 maximum per homeowner for all improvements combined.

3A Manufacturer’s Certification is a signed statement from the manufacturer certifying that the product or component qualifies for the tax credit. The IRS encourages manufacturers to provide these Certifications on their website to facilitate identification of qualified products. Taxpayers must keep a copy of the certification statement for their records, but do not have to submit a copy with their tax return.

4Additional information on exterior window features may be viewed at Anatomy of an Energy Efficient Window.

Tax Credits for Home Builders:

Eligible contractors need to fill out IRS Form 8908 PDF to get the tax credit. The IRS has provided the following guidance regarding the tax credits for constructing energy efficient new homes available under the Energy Policy Act of 2005:

bulletIRS Notice 2006–27 PDF provides guidance for the credit for building energy efficient homes other than manufactured homes.
bulletIRS Notice 2006–28 PDF provides guidance for the credit for building energy efficient manufactured homes.

The tax credit information provided below is based on information contained in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The IRS guidance provides specific information that home builders and housing manufacturers can rely on to take action to claim the tax credits.

Home builders are eligible for a $2,000 tax credit for a new energy efficient home that achieves 50 percent energy savings for heating and cooling over the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and supplements. At least 1/5 of the energy savings must come from building envelope improvements. This credit also applies to contractors of manufactured homes conforming to Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.

There is also a $1,000 tax credit to the producer of a new manufactured home achieving 30 percent energy savings for heating and cooling over the 2004 IECC and supplements (at least 1/3 of the savings must come from building envelope improvements), or a manufactured home meeting the requirements established by EPA under the ENERGY STAR program.

Please note that, with the exception of the tax credit for an ENERGY STAR qualified manufactured home, these tax credits are not directly linked to ENERGY STAR. Therefore, a builder of an ENERGY STAR qualified home may be eligible for a tax credit but it is not guaranteed.

These tax credits apply to new homes located in the United States whose construction is substantially completed after August 8, 2005 and that are acquired from the eligible contractor for use as a residence from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008.

Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings:

A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50 percent of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken for measures affecting any one of three building systems: the building envelope, lighting, or heating and cooling systems. The credits are available for systems “placed in service” from January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2008.

bulletIRS Notice 2006-52 (6/2/2006)  provides guidance on deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings
bullet Qualified Software for Calculating Energy Savings
bullet ENERGY STAR Brochure for Commercial Tax Deductions PDF (114KB)
bulletCommercial Building Tax Deduction Coalition

For More Information:

bulletTax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP)
bullet Energy Bill PDF
bullet Department of Energy Web site on Tax Incentives

 

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