Beware of Tax Credit Misinformation

Most of you have heard by now about the various tax credits under The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that a homeowner can claim for certain purchases made during tax years 2009-2010. In many cases, the credit relates to a one-time purchase made during combined tax years. But, we caution you to have enough knowledge about these credits so that companies don’t take you for a ride.

We have witnessed representatives from companies tell consumers that their products “qualify” for the tax credits. It would appear that this tactic is used just to get a sale, when in fact, consumers may not be purchasing tax-credit eligible products. The most important element to your peace of mind is to be sure you are aware of the requirements and to do this, you can just check with credits. Not all EnergyStar(tm) products qualify for the tax credit, but keep in mind that EnergyStar ™ products provide measurable efficiency results. Certain manufacturers also provide rebates and incentives with their products, so it pays to do your homework!

Also, you do not need to purchase a report to know what is available to you as a homeowner. You do not need an “energy usage report,” as some contractors might tell you, to learn about ways that you can enhance your home’s value and live in the most energy-efficient way. We recognize that many homeowners today are very savvy about energy and know how to protect energy usage at home, as it has become a way of life. We recommend that you be sure to know your contractor and who you are dealing with up front so that you can be assured of excellence in service and products and can count on reliable follow-up.

Windows Plus is here to help you with your home improvement needs. Contact Reg or Tom at 703-916-8372 and see how Windows Plus can assist you with these critical changes today. You may count on us, our 20-year history in the industry, our technical knowledge and our fair and honest services. We may just be more than what you expect.