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Manufacturers' Energy Efficient Appliance Credit

Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2010     

Act §709 – Modification and Extension of Energy Efficient Appliance Credit for Appliances Produced After 2010

In General

The Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2010 modifies and extends the energy efficient appliance credit for certain dishwashers, clothes washers, and refrigerators manufactured after December 31, 2010. Under Code  §45M(a)(1), the credit may be claimed as part of the Code §38 general business credit for each type of qualified energy efficient appliance produced by the taxpayer during the 2011 calendar year ending with or within the taxpayer’s taxable year.

Credit per Unit Produced Based on Energy Efficiency

The credit may be claimed on each qualifying appliance produced by the taxpayer and is based on the type of appliance, its energy efficiency, and for dishwashers and clothes washers, the amount of water it consumes. The total credit for any type of qualifying appliance is the applicable amount listed below multiplied by the eligible production for such type. §45M(a)(2). For purposes of this code section, the term “produced” includes manufactured.  §45M(f)(7).     

Dishwashers

  • $25 in the case of a dishwasher which is manufactured in calendar year 2011 and which uses no more than 307 kilowatt hours per year and 5.0 gallons per cycle (5.5 gallons per cycle for dishwashers designed for greater than 12 place settings). §45M(b)(1)(C)
  • $50 in the case of a dishwasher which is manufactured in calendar year 2011 and which uses no more than 295 kilowatt hours per year and 4.25 gallons per cycle (4.75 gallons per cycle for dishwashers designed for greater than 12 place settings). §45M(b)(1)(D)
  • $75 in the case of a dishwasher which is manufactured in calendar year 2011 and which uses no more than 280 kilowatt hours per year and 4 gallons per cycle (4.5 gallons per cycle for dishwashers designed for greater than 12 place settings). §45M(b)(1)(E)

The term “dishwasher” means a residential dishwasher subject to the energy conservation standards established by the Department of Energy.  §45M(f)(2) 

 Clothes washers

  • $175 in the case of a top-loading clothes washer manufactured in calendar year 2011 which meets or exceeds a 2.2 modified energy factor and does not exceed a 4.5 water consumption factor. §45M(b)(2)(E)
  • $225 in the case of a clothes washer manufactured in calendar year 2011—(i) which is a top-loading clothes washer and which meets or exceeds a 2.4 modified energy factor and does not exceed a 4.2 water consumption factor, or (ii) which is a front-loading clothes washer and which meets or exceeds a 2.8 modified energy factor and does not exceed a 3.5 water consumption factor. §45M(b)(2)(F)

The term “clothes washer” means a residential model clothes washer, including a commercial residential style coin operated washer.  I.R.C. §45M(f)(3).  The term “top-loading clothes washer” means a clothes washer that has the clothes container compartment access located on the top of the machine and that operates on a vertical axis.  §45M(f)(4)

Refrigerators

The credit for refrigerators is based on their energy savings relative to the energy conservation standards promulgated by the Department of Energy that took effect on July 1, 2001.  §45M(f)(8) 

  • $150 in the case of a refrigerator manufactured in calendar year 2011 which consumes at least 30% less energy than the 2001 energy conservation standards. §45M(b)(3)(E)
  • $200 in the case of a refrigerator manufactured in calendar year 2011 which consumes at least 35% less energy than the 2001 energy conservation standards. §45M(b)(3)(F)

The term “refrigerator” means a residential model automatic defrost refrigerator-freezer that has an internal volume of at least 16.5 cubic feet.  §45M(f)(5)

Eligible Production

The production in a calendar year eligible for the credit includes only the excess of the number of appliances of such type that are produced during such calendar year in the United States over the average number of appliances of such type that were produced by the taxpayer (or any predecessor) in the United States during the preceding 2-calendar year period. §45M(c) 

Limitations

The following limitations on the credit apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2010:

Dollar Limitation

The aggregate amount of credit allowed with respect to a taxpayer for any taxable year shall not exceed $25 million reduced by the amount of the credit allowed to the taxpayer (or any predecessor) for all prior taxable years beginning after December 31, 2010.  §45M(e)(1). The $25 million dollar limitation shall not be taken into account for refrigerators eligible for the $200 credit and clothes washers eligible for the $225 credit.  §45M(e)(2)

4% Gross Receipts Limitation

The credit with respect to a taxpayer for the taxable year shall not exceed an amount equal to 4% of the average annual gross receipts of the taxpayer for the 3 taxable years preceding the taxable year in which the credit is determined.   §45M(e)(3)

For purposes of the 4% gross receipts limitation:

  • All controlled groups of corporations, and partnerships or proprietorships that are under common control, that are treated as a single employer under §52(a) or (b) are also treated as a single producer for gross receipts limitation purposes. §45M(e)(4) & §448(c)(2)
  • If the entity was not in existence for the entire preceding 3 taxable years, the percentage of average annual gross receipts are to be applied on the basis of the period during which such entity was in existence. §45M(e)(4) & §448(c)(3)(A)
  • Gross receipts for any taxable year of less than 12 months are to be annualized by multiplying the gross receipts for the short period by 12 and dividing the result by the number of months in the short period. §45M(e)(4) & §448(c)(3)(B)
  • Gross receipts for any taxable year are to be reduced by returns and allowances made during such year.  §45M(e)(4) & §448(c)(3)(C)
  • The preceding 3 year period includes gross receipts of the taxpayer or any predecessor to the taxpayer. §45M(e)(4) & §448(c)(3)(D)

Definition of Controlled Group

Generally, controlled groups of corporations, and partnerships or proprietorships which are under common control that are treated as single employers under §52(a) or (b) are treated as single producers for purposes of the credit. §45M(g)(2)(A). Foreign corporations are not considered excluded members of a controlled group of corporations. §45M(g)(2)(B)

Verification

No amount of credit will be allowed with respect to which a taxpayer has not submitted such information or certification as the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy, determines to be necessary.  I.R.C. §45M(g)(3) 

Carryback and Carryforward Rules

While Code §39 generally provides for a 1 year carryback and 20 year carryforward for current year business credits that exceed the limitation of Code §38(c), no portion of the unused business credit can be carried back to a tax year before the first year for which that credit is allowed. §§39(a) & (d) 

Effective Date

Act Sec. 709 applies to qualifying energy efficient appliances produced after December 31, 2010.

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Printable tax forms 1040ez For example, a taxpayer whose only business use of a truck is to make customer deliveries on an established route can satisfy the requirement by recording the length of the route, including the total number of miles driven during the tax year and the date of each trip at or near the time of the trips. Printable tax forms 1040ez Although an adequate record generally must be written, a record of the business use of listed property, such as a computer or automobile, can be prepared in a computer memory device using a logging program. Printable tax forms 1040ez Separate or Combined Expenditures or Uses Each use by you is normally considered a separate use. Printable tax forms 1040ez However, repeated uses can be combined as a single item. Printable tax forms 1040ez Each expenditure is recorded as a separate item and not combined with other expenditures. Printable tax forms 1040ez If you choose, however, amounts spent for the use of listed property during a tax year, such as for gasoline or automobile repairs, can be combined. Printable tax forms 1040ez If these expenses are combined, you do not need to support the business purpose of each expense. Printable tax forms 1040ez Instead, you can divide the expenses based on the total business use of the listed property. Printable tax forms 1040ez Uses which can be considered part of a single use, such as a round trip or uninterrupted business use, can be accounted for by a single record. Printable tax forms 1040ez For example, use of a truck to make deliveries at several locations which begin and end at the business premises and can include a stop at the business in between deliveries can be accounted for by a single record of miles driven. Printable tax forms 1040ez Use of a passenger automobile by a salesperson for a business trip away from home over a period of time can be accounted for by a single record of miles traveled. Printable tax forms 1040ez Minimal personal use (such as a stop for lunch between two business stops) is not an interruption of business use. Printable tax forms 1040ez Confidential Information If any of the information on the elements of an expenditure or use is confidential, it does not need to be in the account book or similar record if it is recorded at or near the time of the expenditure or use. Printable tax forms 1040ez It must be kept elsewhere and made available as support to the district director on request. Printable tax forms 1040ez Substantial Compliance If you have not fully supported a particular element of an expenditure or use, but have complied with the adequate records requirement for the expenditure or use to the district director's satisfaction, you can establish this element by any evidence the district director deems adequate. Printable tax forms 1040ez If you fail to establish that you have substantially complied with the adequate records requirement for an element of an expenditure or use to the district director's satisfaction, you must establish the element: By your own oral or written statement containing detailed information as to the element, and By other evidence sufficient to establish the element. Printable tax forms 1040ez If the element is the cost or amount, time, place, or date of an expenditure or use, its supporting evidence must be direct, such as oral testimony by witnesses or a written statement setting forth detailed information about the element or the documentary evidence. Printable tax forms 1040ez If the element is the business purpose of an expenditure, its supporting evidence can be circumstantial evidence. Printable tax forms 1040ez Sampling You can maintain an adequate record for portions of a tax year and use that record to support your business and investment use for the entire tax year if it can be shown by other evidence that the periods for which an adequate record is maintained are representative of use throughout the year. Printable tax forms 1040ez Loss of Records When you establish that failure to produce adequate records is due to loss of the records through circumstances beyond your control, such as through fire, flood, earthquake, or other casualty, you have the right to support a deduction by reasonable reconstruction of your expenditures and use. Printable tax forms 1040ez Reporting Information on Form 4562 If you claim a deduction for any listed property, you must provide the requested information on page 2, Section B of Form 4562. Printable tax forms 1040ez If you claim a deduction for any vehicle, you must answer certain questions onpage 2 of Form 4562 to provide information about the vehicle use. Printable tax forms 1040ez Employees. Printable tax forms 1040ez   Employees claiming the standard mileage rate or actual expenses (including depreciation) must use Form 2106 instead of Part V of Form 4562. Printable tax forms 1040ez Employees claiming the standard mileage rate may be able to use Form 2106–EZ. Printable tax forms 1040ez Employer who provides vehicles to employees. Printable tax forms 1040ez   An employer who provides vehicles to employees must obtain enough information from those employees to provide the requested information onForm 4562. Printable tax forms 1040ez   An employer who provides more than five vehicles to employees need not include any information on his or her tax return. Printable tax forms 1040ez Instead, the employer must obtain the information from his or her employees and indicate on his or her return that the information was obtained and is being retained. Printable tax forms 1040ez   You do not need to provide the information requested on page 2 of Form 4562 if, as an employer: You can satisfy the requirements of a written policy statement for vehicles either not used for personal purposes, or not used for personal purposes other than commuting, or You treat all vehicle use by employees as personal use. Printable tax forms 1040ez See the instructions for Form 4562. Printable tax forms 1040ez Deductions in Later Years When listed property is used for business, investment, and personal purposes, no deduction is allowable for its personal use either in the current year or any later tax year. Printable tax forms 1040ez In later years, you must determine if there is any remaining unadjusted or unrecovered basis before you compute the depreciation deduction for that tax year. Printable tax forms 1040ez In making this determination, figure the depreciation deductions for earlier tax years as if the listed property were used 100% for business or investment purposes in those years, beginning with the first tax year in which some or all of the property use is for business or investment. Printable tax forms 1040ez For more information about deductions after the recovery period for automobiles, see Publication 917. Printable tax forms 1040ez Appendix The following tables are for use in figuring depreciation deductions under the ACRS system. Printable tax forms 1040ez Table 1. Printable tax forms 1040ez 15-Year Real Property* (Other Than Low-Inclome Housing) Table 3. Printable tax forms 1040ez Low-Income Housing* Table 6 - Table 9 Table 6 - Table 9 Table 10 - Table 13 Table 14 - Table 17 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications