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September 2019

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Q&A: Claim 30% Tax Credit for a New Roof to Hold Solar Panels



The instructions for IRS Form 5695 (Residential Energy Credit) state:


Qualified solar electric property costs. Qualified solar electric property costs are costs for property that uses solar energy to generate electricity for use in your home located in the United States. No costs relating to a solar panel or other property installed as a roof (or portion thereof) will fail to qualify solely because the property constitutes a structural component of the structure on which it is installed. The home doesn’t have to be your main home.


If a new roof is installed so the roof can support the solar panels, are the costs included in the cost for the 30 percent federal tax credit?


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