A letter from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dated May 8 calls for Treasury to withdraw the 2016 continuity safe harbor for the wind production tax credit (PTC) and return it to the 2013 two-year window. The letter also calls for the withdrawal of current Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance that allows taxpayers to purchase wind turbines in a PTC-eligible year, then transfer them to a new project in a different year and still qualify for the PTC that was available in the original purchase year.
The Internal Revenue Service today released Notice 2018-59, establishing beginning-of-construction guidance for the renewable energy investment tax credit (ITC) under Section 48 of the Internal Revenue Code. The notice provides two methods for taxpayers to establish the beginning of construction: a physical work test and a 5 percent safe harbor.
Two senators asked the Treasury Department to prioritize guidance on construction start dates for solar energy property eligible for the investment tax credit (ITC). Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., sent a letter June 7 asking Treasury to clarify what constitutes “begun construction” for property receiving the ITC.
The amount claimed using the federal renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) and investment tax credit (ITC) declined from 2013 to 2016, according to a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department today published Notice 2018-43 to invite public recommendations on what should be included in the 2018-2019 priority guidance plan. The 2018-2019 priority guidance plan will identify which guidance projects that Treasury and the IRS will prioritize from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. The deadline to submit recommendations for possible inclusion in the original 2018-2019 priority guidance plan is June 15.
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