Energy tax incentives – A conservation plan for your tax bill
Abstract: Over the last few years, Congress has created a variety of tax incentives for individuals and businesses that invest in energy-efficient appliances, cars, equipment and buildings. This year’s stimulus bill — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) — expands many of these incentives and makes them even more valuable. But most of the energy tax breaks are temporary. So if you want to take advantage of them, begin planning now. This article explores tax breaks for individuals and businesses, including those related to home improvement and alternative energy. A sidebar warns that not every investment you make in energy-saving products and materials will necessarily qualify for a tax break.