Are there tax credits for windows and doors this year?

YES!   There are tax credits available to you for installing energy efficient replacement windows and doors in your home.  The UniShield window and door line from Universal Windows Direct does qualify!

In December, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010.  One of the benefits of this act is the extension of energy efficient tax credits.   The Bill allows for a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the windows up to $200 total for windows, and up to $500 for doors.  Lastly, the $500 limit for the tax credit started in 2005 so if you have previously taken the credit on your taxes at or over that amount, you are ineligible.

How to Qualify for the Federal Tax Credit:

  1. Purchase and install qualifying products beginning January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2011 and meet all other requirements outlined in the Federal Tax Code.
  2. Ensure your replacement windows or doors with a  U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) less than or equal to 0.30. You can find the U-factor and SHGC on the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label that came on you window.  NFRC is the only federally recognized organization for determining the energy performance of windows, doors and skylights
  3. Save your sales receipt AND every window or door performance label (NFRC / Energy Star sticker with ratings) with your tax documents.
  4. Keep a copy of the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement.
  5. Claim the tax associated with your qualifying purchase on your Federal Tax Filing for the 2011 Tax Year.


**The above statements are a partial interpretation of tax code.  Universal Windows Direct disclaims any responsibility for determining any individual's eligibility for a tax credit  Always consult with a tax accountant and the IRS code for full information.  Universal Windows Direct provides the information as a general reference only, and is not a tax advisor.