What is the 179D Tax Deduction?
The Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction originally made effective on 1/1/2006, is a significant financial incentive geared towards:
• Building owners (commercial or multifamily)
• Tenants making improvements
• Architects, engineers, and other designers of government buildings
To qualify, newly constructed buildings along with improvements to existing buildings must meet or exceed certain energy reduction requirements. Recent tax legislation extended the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction, offering a tax deduction of up to $1.80/sf to those investing in energy efficient improvements placed in service after December 31, 2005.
What are the Benefits of the 179D Tax Deduction?
Size of Improvement
Partial Tax Deductions For...
Full Tax Deduction
$15K - $30K
$30K - $60K
$90K - $180K
Who are Ideal Candidates for the 179D Tax Deduction?
Unlike most deductions, which are based on the amount spent, this deduction is primarily based on affected square footages. Ideal candidates will generally have improvements with a square footage of at least 50,000 square feet. A wide range of improvements, from simple lighting retrofits to full-scale construction projects, qualify for this timely tax break. Other great candidates include regional or national chains with multiple locations.
What is the Process for Claiming 179D Tax Deduction?
The basis for developing and supporting this deduction is a detailed engineering analysis, as prescribed by the IRS. Our multi-disciplinary team of engineers and tax experts will ensure that you obtain the maximum available deductions while following IRS guidance to properly certify the tax deductions. Additionally, our team can help you claim deductions that were missed from prior years.
What Improvements are Eligible for the 179D Deduction?
Taxpayers that invest in ground-up construction or in improvements to their existing buildings are potentially eligible for 179D deductions. Eligible improvements must reduce energy use by making investments in any of the following categories: a building’s envelope, HVAC, and/or interior lighting systems. There are different ways to pursue a deduction and all require comparison to the ASHRAE Standards and certification by a qualified individual.
179D Tax Insights
On Friday, December 20th, President Trump signed and enacted a $1.4 trillion spending package that funds the government for the 2020 fiscal year, averting a second government shutdown for 2019. Included in the spending bills are numerous tax extenders, including many that had originally expired at the end of 2017. Among these tax breaks are … Read More
For the most up-to-date information on Qualified Improvement Property, see our latest post. Our technical team has been keeping tabs on the latest updates on the Hill in regards to tax extenders and technical corrections, given how they may impact Green Building Tax Incentives (45L and 179D) and the cost recovery of Qualified Improvement Property … Read More
Our technical team at KBKG has been working with those in DC who endeavor to bring more certainty to the real estate industry. Tax extenders and technical corrections to tax reform such as the “retail glitch,” still need to be addressed, but there has been movement. As Congress continues negotiations on appropriations, a stage has … Read More
Yesterday, a letter signed by over 70% of House Democrats was delivered to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to prioritize the inclusion of clean energy tax policies in negotiations around must-pass legislation this year. As the House Ways and Means Committee takes action on a clean energy tax package, … Read More
Last year, specialty tax incentive firm KBKG joined the Real Estate Roundtable (RER), and several of KBKG’s executive leadership team currently serve as members of the organization’s President’s Council, Associate Council, and Committees. RER’s mission is to bring together leaders of the nation’s top, publicly held and privately-owned firms with major national real estate industry … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: Bipartisan Bill Proposes Retroactive Extension and Updates to 45L Tax Credit Through 2022
Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), as well as United States Representatives Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), introduced the bipartisan New Home Energy Efficiency Act to extend the 45L Tax Credit. The bill proposes to retroactively extend the $2,000 credit per home from 2018 through 2020. Additionally, starting in 2021, the … Read More
BREAKING NEWS: Senate Finance Committee Launching Bipartisan Taskforces on Tax Extenders Including Green Building Tax Incentives
Update as of 5/23/2019: The House Ways and Means Committee is currently putting together a package to address tax extenders such as the 45L tax credit and 179D tax deduction. Currently, a markup on tax extenders is expected sometime in June. BREAKING NEWS from 5/15/2019: The Senate Finance Committee launched bipartisan taskforces to address tax … Read More
Senate Update Last Thursday, February 28, 2019, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R. Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D. Oregon) introduced bipartisan legislation to retroactively extend tax extenders for 2018 and 2019 while also providing disaster tax relief benefits to those affected by major disasters in 2018. “Congress needs to get out of … Read More
On Thursday, February 14, 2019, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R. Iowa) addressed tax policy and various provisions that KBKG and the Real Estate Roundtable have been monitoring closely. In his speech, Senator Grassley expressed his commitment to pursue tax extenders and rejection of press reports suggesting that some provisions may no longer be … Read More