Friday, September 27, 2013

The 30% Solar Tax Credit

You replaced your old skylight with a VELUX Solar Skylight and VELUX Solar Blind and you love them.

Now you wonder, "How do I get that 30% tax credit?"

Wonder no more! Here is all the information that you need to claim the 30% tax credit on your VELUX Solar Skylight and/or VELUX Solar Blinds:

Here's what you do:

When the product is installed:

Keep your receipts for total price paid (Product and installation) for one of the qualifying VELUX products and attach them to a completed 30% Federal Tax Credit - Manufacturers Certification and keep for your records.

When it is Tax Time:

Fill out IRS Tax form 5695 and submit it with your taxes. Enter this tax credit off of form 5695 on your 1040 form.

Tax credit PDF

Residential Energy Credits Form

*IRS Notice 2009-41 suggests the taxpayer is not required to attach this certification statement to their tax return. However, the taxpayer should retain this certification statement as part of their tax records.

*As in all tax matters, the taxpayer is advised to consult their tax professional. VELUX America, Inc. assumes no liability regarding the homeowner’s ability to obtain tax credits.


On October 3rd, 2008, President George W. Bush signed, into law, the Emergency Stabilization Act followed by President Barack Obama signing, into law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) on February 17th, 2009.

The combined effect of these two laws provides a 30% Tax Credit on both the purchase and installation of qualifying products in renewable technologies such as; Solar Electric Property, Residential Solar Water Heating, Qualified small wind energy and qualified Geothermal Heat pump energy as well as others.

Under these laws VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylights as well as VELUX Solar Powered Blinds qualify under "Solar Electric Property" expenditures when purchased and installed from January 1, 2009 through December 31st, 2016. This tax credit is a direct debit of the taxpayers total tax liability.