Is the installation of a "Solar Photovoltaic Air and Recirculating and Cooling System" allowable for an energy credit for a second home?
State/Country relating to question: Georgia
My tax accountant said no. The company doesn't respond to phone calls for verification.
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Unfortunately, the residential energy credit only applies to your primary residence and does not apply to a second home. Therefore, your accountant is correct.
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I thought it was allowable for the 30% credit according to the form 5695 for solar electric property since the solar cells run the fan which circulates the air in the attic to reduce the heat there. This in return reduces the air conditioning costs. Note this is a second home not a vacation home in GA while the main residence is in Iowa.
If you look at just the form 5695 you will see the requirement that it be an expenditure for you main home in the US in order to qualify. A second home is not your main home.
Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the 5695:
1 a Were the qualified energy efficiency improvements or residential energy property costs for your
main home located in the United States? (see instructions) . . . . . . . . . . . . ▶ 1a Yes No
Caution: If you checked the "No" box, you cannot claim the nonbusiness energy property credit. Do not complete Part I.