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Impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on EPACT Section 179 Tax Deduction

  • Imran Syed

    P.E. | LEED AP | CEM | HERS Rater | Managing Director, Energy Services

In August of 2022, The Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law which made significant changes to the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) Section 179D tax deduction. The benefits and expansion of eligibility for energy-efficient commercial buildings were now enhanced, opening the door for companies who made energy-efficient upgrades to their commercial buildings.

Increased Deductions for Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Requirements

Broader Eligibility

    • If the energy-efficient property is owned by a federal, state, or local government, or a non-profit, the property owner may allocate the §179D deduction to the primary designer of the building.

For the first time. designer allocation is now open to all tax-exempt entities including Indian Tribal Governments, private colleges, and universities.

Adjustments for Efficiency Standards

    • The effective date for eligible buildings is for tax years beginning after 12/31/2022.
    • Inflation adjustment restarted in 2023.
    • The required energy cost reductions for maximum deductions are now referenced against more recent building standards (ASHRAE 2007 or later). Energy-saving measures now need to be more advanced to qualify for higher deductions.

Extended Deadline

    • Congress had periodically extended The Section 179D deduction, but it has been made permanent, which provides certainty for companies planning projects with a focus on energy-efficiency.

Upgrading properties to be “greener” not only helps our planet, but also has the potential of boosting your company’s financial strategy.

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