19 Dec '12, 2pm

Investing in Alternative Energy? Consider the Passive Activity Loss Rule

Investing in Alternative Energy? Consider the Passive Activity Loss Rule

For example, a solar energy project may entitle its investors to a 30 percent investment tax credit (ITC) and accelerated cost recovery deductions. Together, these benefits often eliminate the taxable income (and with it, the associated tax liability) of a solar installation during the early years of the project’s life. To the extent these deductions and credits exceed the project’s income or tax liability in the current tax year, an investor may be entitled to use those excess deductions and credits to offset income and tax liability from other sources. Simply put, making the alternative energy investment can reduce the investor’s overall tax liability. Unfortunately, federal incentives encouraging alternative energy investment do not apply uniformly to all taxpayers. For example, because alternative energy investments typically are structured through limited liability co...

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