You’ve been hearing about it everywhere. The federal government is offering tax credits to homeowners who replace their old windows. But do your homework – not every window qualifies.
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” allows you to claim up to $1,500 on your tax return for replacing your windows with energy-efficient windows – those that achieve ENERGY STAR certification and meet minimum efficiency requirements. The replacement windows must have a U-factor of 0.30 or less. U-factor measures how well a window prevents heat from escaping from your home. To qualify for the tax credit, the window must also have a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 or lower. The lower a window's SHGC, the less solar heat it transmits. All of Thompson Creek’s replacement windows exceed these minimum requirements, and are manufactured, installed and serviced locally from our factory in Landover, Maryland.
The tax credit is 30% of the amount paid, up to $1,500. The tax credit is for the cost of the windows only and does not include installation costs.
To claim your full credit, you must purchase and install your replacement windows by December 31, 2010. You have to include your receipt and the window performance certification with your 2010 tax return documents.