All the Ways Your Finances Could Benefit from Congress’ New Spending Bill
The House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would put $369 billion toward efforts aimed at fighting climate change, lowering electricity costs, and boosting the nation’s energy security. These investments are mostly structured as incentive programs in the form of tax beaks and rebates for households and businesses.
Individual consumers could qualify for benefits valued up to $10,000 or more when the various tax breaks and incentives are combined. In terms of electricity costs, the typical household could be looking at between $170 and $220 in savings per year, according to nonprofit organization Resources for the Future. Amercians could potentially save $278 billion over the next 10 years.
Proponents of the spending bill maintain it will help make the US economy more versatile by leaving it less susceptible to energy shocks. For example, when the war in Ukraine broke out this year, oil and natural prices spiked. That caused significant volatility within domestic energy markets and impacted home electricity prices.
The legislation specifically addresses the nation’s energy needs by including a tax credit for the installation of solar panels. Equipment that harnesses wind power can also qualify. Minus these types of incentives, such setups are prohibitively expensive for many, as the average residential solar system costs around $15,000 to $25,000.
By the Numbers
In terms of electric vehicles, the legislation includes:
• A $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of a new electric vehicle, with certain exceptions and limits.
• A $4,000 credit toward the purchase of a used electric vehicle. Battery powered, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are able to qualify.
In terms of projects in your home or place of business, the legislation includes:
• A 30% tax credit for solar panels or wind energy.
• Efficiency projects such as exterior windows, doors, and skylights could qualify for a credit ranging between $1,200 and $2,000.
• Rebate programs for home efficiency projects and energy efficient appliances.
It’s all a lot to take in and keep track of, and if signed into law, some features would take a while to kick in.
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