Geothermal Tax Credits
Governments see that there are advantages in both the environmental and fiscal impacts of geothermal. As a result, there are many incentives and rebates being offered on the purchase of a geothermal heating and cooling system.
United States Geothermal Tax Credits
In August 2022, the tax credit for geothermal heat pump installations was extended through 2034. Geothermal equipment that uses the stored solar energy from the ground for heating and cooling and that meets ENERGY STAR requirements at the time of installation is eligible for the tax credit. The credit has no limit and there's no limitation on the number of times the credit can be claimed. The 30% federal tax credit for residential ground source heat pump installations has been extended through December 31, 2032. The incentive will be lowered to 26% for systems that are installed in 2033 and 22% in 2034, so act quickly to save the most on your installation.
Check if your unit qualifies with our compliance certificate. Geothermal equipment that uses the stored solar energy from the ground for heating and cooling and that meets ENERGY STAR requirements at the time of installation is eligible for the tax credit. Covered expenditures include labor for onsite preparation, assembly, or original system installation and for piping or wiring to connect a system to the home. The structure must be located in the United States and used as a residence by the taxpayer, although primary residency isn't required. In fact, if geothermal is installed in more than one home, there's no limitation on the number of times the credit can be claimed.
What's Not Eligible
The credit can't be claimed for spending on equipment used solely for hot tub or pool conditioning, nor on previously used equipment. Rental home installations also cannot be claimed. As of November 2013, electric strip heat and ductwork distribution systems are no longer included in the tax credit calculation.
How To Claim The Credit
Use IRS Form 5695 to claim the Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, and there's no limit on the credit amount. The tax credit can be used to offset both regular income taxes and alternative minimum taxes (AMT). If the federal tax credit exceeds tax liability, the excess amount may be carried forward into future years. Spending on geothermal heat pump property adds to your home's cost basis but also must be reduced by the amount of the tax credit received.
Canadian Geothermal Tax Credits
Although most federal government incentives have ended, Canadian provinces, territories, and municipal entities are still offering incentives for installing geothermal systems.
Even without government incentives, geothermal is still the way to go. GeoStar units are great for the environment and your wallet — tax credit or not, you'll still see great savings.
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