Taking advantage of tax breaks is a great way to pay less to
Uncle Sam. But sometimes, tax laws change, and tax breaks that
used to exist go away. Using those breaks while they're still
available is always a smart move, but in one particular case,
it's almost a no-brainer.
In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's
director of investment planning, runs through the details on the
residential energy property credit. Dan discusses how the break
offers a tax credit of up to $500 for a variety of home
improvements targeting energy efficiency. Although Dan notes that
the credit used to be higher, taxpayers can still claim it if
they haven't used it in previous years for anything from
insulation to new windows and other improvements.
Dan observes that as helpful as the credit is, these
improvements often pay for themselves even without the credit,
making the tax break just extra incentive. However, with the
credit slated to expire at the end of 2013, it's best to go ahead
and use it while it's available. Dan concludes with the investing
angle for the credit, noting the impact the credit has had on
companies like insulation maker
and home-improvement retailers
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