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The Vinyl Replacement Windows Buyer's Guide

2011 Replacement Window Tax Credit

Federal Incentive Expires at End of the Year

How would you like to lower your 2011 income tax bill by up to $500 just for installing new, energy-efficient replacement windows and doors in your home? Well, you can thanks to the Energy Star tax credit offered by the U.S. federal government. You have until December 31, 2011 to take advantage of this "free money."

How Much Can You Save

So, how do you maximize your savings with the Energy Star replacement window and door tax credit program? Here’s what you need to know:

  • For replacement windows and skylights, you can get a tax credit of 10% of the cost, up to $200. To get the maximum credit, you’d need to spend at least $2000 on new windows or skylights.

  • For replacement doors, you can get a tax credit of 10% of the cost, up to $500. To get the maximum credit, you’d need to spend at least $5000 on new doors.

  • The credit is based on the price of the windows, doors or skylights, not including labor or installation.

  • The government has a lifetime cap of $500 in tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements.

Important Program Rules

To get the credit, your new replacement windows, doors or skylights must be installed between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. You have to install them at your “principal residence,” which is a home you own and live in most of the time. It can be a house, houseboat, mobile home, cooperative apartment, condominium or manufactured home.

It’s important to note that you do not need to replace all of your windows, skylights or doors to qualify. Also, the new items don’t necessarily have to be a replacement. For instance, installing a new window where there was none before qualifies too. Of course, the replacement windows, doors and skylights need to be Energy Star qualified, so look for the Energy Star label.

Tax Credit vs. Tax Deduction

Keep in mind, a tax credit like this is much more valuable than a tax deduction. Here’s an example:

  • TAX DEDUCTION: A $400 tax deduction lowers your taxable income by $400. So, if you’re in the 25% tax bracket, that deduction only saves you $100.

  • TAX CREDIT: A tax credit such as this one is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the amount of tax you owe (or increase in the refund you will receive). So a $400 tax credit saves you $400.

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Buyer's Guide Contents
Why Vinyl Windows
New Construction vs. Retrofit Windows
Getting Estimates
Vinyl Window Features
Exterior Appearance
Energy Efficiency Ratings
Building Codes, Permits and Fire Codes
Installation Process
Life with Our New Vinyl Windows
Window Rebates & Credits
2011 Federal Tax Credit
Atlanta, GA Rebate
Georgia Power Rebate
Long Beach, CA Rebate
Virginia State Rebate
Window Manufacturers
Before and After Photos
Vinyl Windows
Vinyl Patio Doors

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