- Topic: Inflation Reduction Act
One of the most innovative features of the energy tax credit provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (the “IRA”), which became law on August 16, 2022, is a pair of provisions that allow taxpayers to sell energy tax credits to a third party for cash (Section 6418) or to elect to receive a cash payment of the tax credit directly from the federal government (Section 6417).1 Since the IRA was enacted, taxpayers, tax-exempt organizations, governmental entities, and their advisors have been counting the days for the IRS to provide guidance on how to apply these monetization provisions, which are expected to be a game-changer in the U.S. market for investment into green energy technologies.
The IRS released a major package of temporary and proposed regulations on these provisions on June 14, 2023.
On February 13, 2023, the IRS released Notices 2023-17 and 2023-18, which provide guidance on energy incentive tax credit provisions that were amended by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the "IRA"). Taxpayers and their advisors have been eagerly awaiting guidance on many aspects of the IRA's changes. The guidance in Notices 2023-17 and 2023-18, however, does not cover many of the most pressing issues regarding the new tax credit rules, such as the details of how to obtain a refund of tax credits under the new “direct pay” provision and how to comply with the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. The IRS has stated that it will issue additional guidance on the IRA's changes to existing tax credit provisions in the future.
The Inflation Reduction Act (the “IRA”), which became law in August 2022, provides one of the most significant packages of renewable energy incentives in recent history. Most of the renewable energy provisions take the form of extended and expanded tax credits, which apply to investments in solar, wind, geothermal and other nontraditional energy resources. One tax credit provision of the IRA that will be of interest to ordinary consumers are the changes to the tax credit for taxpayers who purchase an electric vehicle (the “EV tax credit”).
The Inflation Reduction Act (the "IRA") is being hailed as one of the most significant legislative actions in recent history intended to incentivize investment in renewable energy technologies. The IRA generally achieves this through the extension and broadening of existing tax credit provisions that apply to investments in clean energy technologies such as solar, wind and geothermal. Since the IRA became law in August 2022, taxpayers have been eagerly awaiting regulations and other guidance on how to apply the new provisions and how to claim the tax credits. On November 30, 2022, the IRS issued the first item of guidance on these provisions in the form of IRS Notice 2022-61 (the "Notice").
The Inflation Reduction Act (the “IRA”), which became law on August 16, 2022, includes only a handful of tax provisions. Though few in number, the new provisions are expected to have a major impact on taxpayers. The corporate minimum income tax and excise tax on stock buybacks are both entirely new tax regimes implemented under the IRA. In addition, the IRA has introduced major changes to the investment tax credit (the “ITC”) and the production tax credit (“PTC”), which are intended to encourage investment in renewable energy projects, such as solar and wind projects.