You probably know that hurricane impact windows and doors are great for protecting you from storms, but did you know that you can get money back from the government when you install them in your home? There’s a Federal Tax Credit available for hurricane impact windows, and you can take money right off your taxes after purchasing them.
Federal Tax Credit High points:
1.Gives you, the consumer, a tax credit of up to $200. It allows you take 10% of the cost of qualified replacement windows right off your taxes. If this is a new construction, however, the tax credit is not available.
2.A tax credit of up to $500 for 10% of the cost of hurricane impact doors.
3.This tax credit applies to hurricane impact windows and doors that are installed between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. The tax credit has applied during previous years, as well, so there’s no reason to believe that the tax credit won’t be available in following years.
4.The tax credit has a lifetime maximum of $500. This applies to any tax credit for energy efficient products you have taken between January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2011. If you have already met or surpassed the $500 limit, you won’t be able to claim the credit in 2011.
All you have to do to qualify for this valuable money back on your hurricane impact windows or doors is purchase them, keep the labels, and get a manufacturer’s certification statement for your records. Then when you do your taxes, just take the credit. It’s easy, fast, and saves you money.
Hurricane impact windows are a wonderful way to protect your home from both hurricanes and intruders. They are specially laminated and double paned, so they are extremely hard to break, and even when they do break, they don’t fall out of the frame and put you at risk from flying shards of glass. Even a burglar with a crowbar would have a hard time breaking these windows, and if it would happen, there still would be no entrance into the house because the glass doesn’t fall out. The lamination is the same type put on car windshields, and it is on both sides of both panes of glass – most criminals won’t bother trying to break these windows. Not only would it take too long, it is too much work.
Because of their unique properties, impact resistant windows are especially energy efficient, and the government not only recognizes this, they are giving you are a credit for being environmentally conscious. With so many benefits, the wise homeowner will install hurricane impact windows in their home today.