How to File Form 5695 for Residential Energy Tax Credits

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how to file form 5695

What is IRS Form 5695?

Form 5695 is the form used for claiming the energy tax credit for certain residential energy-efficient properties.

The credit is worth a maximum of $1,200 and can be applied to expenditures on solar panels, solar water heating, replacement windows, insulation, fuel cells, small wind turbines, and geothermal heat pumps.

To claim an energy tax credit, taxpayers must file Form 5695 with their annual income tax return. The credit is available for both new and existing homes and can be claimed retroactively for property placed in service during the previous tax year.

The credit is non-refundable, meaning it can only reduce your tax liability to zero. If your credit exceeds your tax liability, you will not receive a refund for the excess amount.

Can form 5695 be filed online?

The answer to the question is a resounding yes! Form 5695 can absolutely be filed electronically. The process is actually quite simple.

The TurboTax software will guide you through the steps to fill out and file your form.

How to File Form 5695 Using TurboTax Online

To file Form 5695 using TurboTax, follow these steps:

1. Go to the Personal Info tab and click on Federal Taxes.

2. Click on the Deductions & Credits section.

3. Scroll down to the Energy section and click on the Residential Energy Credits link.

4. Answer the questions on the screen and complete the form.

This tax credit is available for various home improvements, including installing insulation, solar panels, and energy-efficient windows.

How to Fill Out IRS Form 5695 By Hand

To claim the credit, you must complete Form 5695 and attach it to your Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. You can claim the credit for any qualifying energy improvements that you made during the tax year, including those made in previous years.

In Part I, you will record the total cost of qualified improvements. In Part II, you will add up the energy savings for each year you claim the credit.

Use Form 5695 to claim a residential energy tax credit

If you've made energy-saving improvements or additions to your home, you may be able to claim the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit.