Tax-Credit Bills on Right Track

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Tax credits for energy-efficient home construction are closer now that the Senate passed energy legislation that includes builder incentives.

September 01, 2003

 

Kent Conine, President NAHB

Kent@conine.com

 

Tax credits for energy-efficient home construction are closer now that the Senate passed energy legislation that includes builder incentives. Companion legislation passed the House in April. A committee should start hammering out differences in the bills this fall. A key NAHB-supported element in the Senate’s bill that’s not in the House’s is a tax deduction for energy-efficient multifamily housing.

 

    Senate version
  • $1,250 builder tax credit for homes built to exceed the 2000 International Energy Conservation Code by at least 30%
  • Up to $300 credit for consumers who do qualified remodeling projects that boost energy efficiency
  • $2.25 per-square-foot tax deduction for builders of multifamily housing that exceeds ASHRAE standards


    House version
  • $2,000 credit for builders of homes that meet the same energy-efficiency criteria as under the Senate bill
  • Up to $2,000 credit for consumers who undertake projects to reduce energy consumption of existing homes

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