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What the Inflation Reduction Act Means for You

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was recently passed and signed by President Joe Biden on 8/16/2022. According to Wikipedia, these are the main parts. The first is allowing Medicare to negotiate prices with drugmakers and limit out-of-pocket expenses to seniors on Medicare to $2,000 per year.


The second is a 15% corporate minimum tax on companies with at least $1 billion or more in annual profits. The third is the hiring of up to 87,000 new IRS employees at a cost of $80 billion. The fourth part is providing $369 billion to fund energy and climate projects with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40% in 2030. This article will focus on the fourth part.


The Energy Policy Act of 2005 introduced the 30% solar tax credit for residential or business solar installations. In 2020, 2021, and 2022, this dropped to a 26% solar tax credit. With the recently passed IRA, the tax credit goes back to 30% from 2022 through 2032, before dropping to 26% in 2033 and 22% in 2034. The credit will expire (be 0) after 2034. For any solar projects done in 2022, even if started before the IRA was signed into law on 8/16/2022, the solar tax credit is 30%.


This solar tax credit can have 10% “adders” that can bring the total solar tax credit to at least 50%. The eligibility depends on: whether the solar project pays “prevailing wages”; whether there is a certain minimum amount of domestically produced iron and steel; whether the project is located in a Native American land; whether the project was built on a site that was formerly a closed coal plant; whether the project is in an “economically disadvantaged” area … The IRS will need 6-12 months to spell out the rules for these “adders” and undoubtedly there will be many test court cases. However, one can clearly count on the 30% solar tax credit for residential and business solar projects.


Example: a Mesa company produces solar-powered refrigeration units (known as reefers) that replace the diesel-powered reefers that attach to refrigerated food trailers: These units cost $70,000 and are leased for 10 years to large grocery chains and food distribution companies at a 7% annual return. The investor who buys one gets a 30% solar tax credit of $21,000 and has a depreciable basis of $59,500. Depending on whether one is a “passive” or “material participation” investor, one can deduct the $59,500 immediately in the year of purchase or take accelerated depreciation over 5 years. The tax benefits are huge and the most powerful way of reducing federal income tax in today’s tax code.


Investor Example: an individual buys 7 solar reefers and eliminates all the federal tax on $280,000 of 2022 taxable income and recovers most of the $250,000 tax owed on $850,000 of 2021 taxable income. Note that the Energy Policy Act of 2005 allows one to take excess solar tax benefits generated in 2022 back 1 year and forward 20 years. The IRA seems to increase the carryback to 3 years and the carryforward to 22 years. The investor will receive a 7% annual return of $34,300 from large food companies for 10 years and will sell the equipment for $490,000 (to recoup the original purchase price) at the end of the 10-year lease. The typical client who buys a $70,000 solar reefer saves $35,000 in total federal and state income tax.


Free Live Seminar and Lunch: Saturday 9/24/2022 at Hyatt Place, 3535 W. Chandler Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226, with seminar starting at 10 am and Free Catered Lunch at 12:15 pm. Topic is “Beat Inflation by Saving Lots of Tax and Increasing Cash Flow!”



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Dr. Wong earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California/Berkeley and has appeared on over 400 TV/radio programs.


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