While uncertainty regarding the fiscal cliff may have had consumers concerned about the overall economy and how taxes would be affected, those who have purchased homes for sale in Los Angeles County and made eco friendly renovations could benefit from a tax credit that has been extended. The American Taxpayer Relief Act pushed the $500 tax credit through the new year, so projects done in 2012 and in 2013 are eligible. The tax break itself , the non-business energy property tax credit, gives homeowners $500 off their taxes for making approved energy-efficient improvements. Some renovations include the installation of a new front door or other Energy Star labeled appliances and products.
Breaking down the credit, 10 percent of the cost of building materials, not including labor for insulation, windows and doors, greener roods, heat pumps, furnaces and corn-fueled stoves. In addition to savings when filing taxes, homeowners can expect to see reduced utility bills with these changes.
(Source: Today's MLS Real Estate)