Expanded Tax Credit for House Builders: Green Homes Incentive | IRS Section 45L


The Internal Revenue Service has announced that builders may qualify for a tax credit of up to $5,000 per home.

Contractors who build or reconstruct qualified new energy-efficient homes may get this tax credit under section 45L.

But the exact amount depends on eligibility requirements such as : 

  • Type of home 
  • Energy efficiency of home
  • The date of buying and lease of the home

However, this move from IRS encourages eco-friendly building practices across the United States.

However, this credit is part of the Inflation Reduction Act 2022. 

Eligibility for builders and homes

To qualify for this credit in 2023, the builders must meet the following requirements:

  • They must have constructed or substantially reconstructed qualified new energy-efficient homes.
  • They must sell or lease these homes as a residence to someone
  • During the construction, they must own it and have a basis for it

Moreover, for homes, they must:

  • Under Energy Star programs, fall under a specific category of single-family or multicategory homes.
  • Located in the United States 
  • Meet all the energy-saving requirements 

Requirements and amount of credit for 2023 and beyond 

According to IRS, the homes acquired in 2023 through 2032 must meet the requirements:

  • Zero energy-ready home program 
  • Current wage
  • Energy Star program

While the Section 45L credit amount for these homes ranges from $500 to $5,000.

But it relies on the above requirements.

Requirements and amount of credit before2023

According to IRS, builders who completed construction before 2023 can also get this credit.It does not in which in which structure they made them. 

But the homes must meet the following standards to claim an amount of $1,000 or $2,000:

  • Energy use 50% lower than comparable homes; envelope upgrades reduce consumption.
  • Compliance with federal manufactured home rules.
  • Fulfilling Energy Star requirements for energy efficiency. 

How to properly claim the Section 45l Credit in 2023

If you want to qualify for this expanded tax rebate, then you must meet all the requirements of Internal Internal Revenue Code Section 45L.

However, you can find understand Section 45L in Notice 2008-35 and Notice 2008-36 for manufactured homes.

By understanding the section 45L, you can easily claim your credit. Also, you need to keep a good record of all the important documents.

How to properly fill out the form?

According to IRS, builders should use Form 8908, Energy Efficient Home Credit, to claim the Section 45L credit.

However, if your source to claim the credit is from an S partnership, then you should use  Form 3800, General Business Credit.

If you properly fill out the required forms, you can maximize your benefits from the Section 45L tax credit.