The investment tax credit permits businesses to deduct a specified percentage of certain investment costs from their tax liability, becoming a powerful tool that subsidizes business investment, thereby promoting the market.
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These are exciting times in the tax credit world! In addition to tax cuts, the 2017 Tax Reform brought about other significant changes, including “Opportunity Zones”, which are a new concept that can potentially link tax credit projects and capital gain deferrals in a single deal.
Our ever evolving world of tax credits has recently generated some interesting press. Today’s blog post will highlight some recent tax credit news.
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During the recession, President Obama passed legislation that increased the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) on certain technologies, such as solar photovoltaic systems, from 10% to 30%. However, the eligible ITC on such technologies will revert back to 10% on of December 31, 2016. As this 2016 sunset date draws closer, the renewable energy industry is beginning to plan for the impending change. The general thinking behind this sunset date is that by 2016 the renewable energy industry will be established enough that it can continue to function without the current level of government assistance.
Have you ever thought about investing in federal tax credits but weren’t sure how it works?
The fact that you even are familiar with tax credits and know that they can be an investment opportunity puts you ahead of the curve. Perhaps the biggest barrier to entry with regards to investing in federal tax credits is lack of industry knowledge about tax credits and how strong an investment they can be.
To get started, let’s go over the tax credit basics.
A tax credit is a dollar for dollar credit against taxes owed to the federal government. As a tax credit can be used to offset (or pay) your federal taxes, as if you had written a check to the federal government, a tax credit has a value of $1.00 per tax credit.
Without Congessional action, on December 31, 2016, the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for renewable energy installations is set to revert back to 10% from its current 30% level.
The ITC has been at 30% since 2008 when recession related legislation kicked in and increased the tax credit to its current level. The 30% tax credit, together with the MACRS rules allowing depreciation of the equipment in full over a 5-year period have stimulated the industry and led to an enormous increase in the installation and generation of renewable energy.
Renewable energy as a source of energy remains a small piece of the overall supply of energy, due to the relative infancy of the industry and the production cost of renewable energy as compared to other sources of power generation.
Infrastructure and equipment costs, such as photovoltaic panels in solar arrays have come down drastically in price, which has narrowed the gap in production costs, but there is still a ways to go. The industry is not at the point yet where it can survive without subsidies, and, therefore, a 30% ITC, as well as more market certainty that the 30% ITC would be around for at least 5-8 years is necessary.
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