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Time is Running Out to Land a Tax Credit on Your New Dream Doors, Jacksonville

Energy-efficient upgrades to your home, incluing installing new exterior doors, can land you a tax break if you move quickly.

We know, we know – Holiday shopping has you frazzled. But while you’re busy making your Christmas and New Year’s Eve party plans and getting all your shopping, wrapping and cooking done, don’t slip up and miss out on your energy efficiency tax credits. With all that cash you’re spending on your gift buying list, it’ll be nice to get a break from Uncle Sam next year.

If you move quickly, one of those breaks could be a tax credit of up to $500. Under President Obama’s Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, homeowners can claim a tax credit for 10 percent of the cost (up to $500) of new, Energy Star-rated exterior doors installed in their primary residences by December 31. Other tax credits included in the program, designed to make America’s homes more energy efficient, are:

  • 10% of the cost of insulation and sealing materials, exterior doors and roofs;
  • 10% of the cost, up to $200, of exterior windows or skylights;
  • Up to $300 for electric heat pump water heaters, electric heat pumps, central air conditioners, biomass stoves and natural gas, propane or oil water heaters;
  • Up to $50 for advanced main air circulating fans; and
  • Up to $150 for natural gas, propane or oil furnace, or hot water boilers.

Remember – Purchases and installations must be completed by December 31 and you must include credit claims with your 2011 federal tax return filings. Government officials have not yet decided whether to extend the tax credits into 2012, so this may be your last chance for money back on your energy upgrades. Visit the EnergyStar website for all the specifics. And call Dream Doors Jacksonville at 904-880-7778 to choose your beautiful new front doors today.

Winterize your Exterior Doors to Save Energy, Money

As the temperatures drop nationwide, it’s time to winterize your exterior doors. Making sure your doors, windows and other potential draft spots are secured will help keep your home warm and your energy consumption and costs down throughout the cold season. Dream Doors of Jacksonville offers these helpful tips for improving the energy efficiency of your entire simply by focusing on your front door.

Are your exterior doors ready for wintertime?

First, if your exterior door is old and drafty, consider upgrading. Years of wear and tear may have caused cracks and leaks that can’t efficiently be repaired. Dream Doors offers a full range of beautiful replacement doors with decorative glass inserts. Not only will your new door be expertly installed in a way that helps cut your energy costs, but you may qualify for a federal income tax deduction of up to $1,500 under the Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit program.

When choosing a new door, know that fiberglass doors help lower energy costs because they do not conduct heart or cold well, which means your heating and air conditioning stays inside your home. By comparison, steel doors conduct heat and cold, making your home even colder in the wintertime and hotter during the summer. Also know that Dream Doors’ exterior door glass panels and sidelights are made with at least two, typically three panes of glass thickness, with the two outer panes being tempered safety glass. This means that they were evenly heated, then cooled during manufacturing – a convection process that gives glass increased strength against thermal stress. Even the most severe cold won’t damage or weaken the glass.

Be sure to check your doors’ weather stripping before the temperatures take a big dip. Metal or vinyl weather stripping is best because they hold up well against the wear and tear of daily foot traffic and opening and closing of doors. Felt or open-cell foam weather stripping are less expensive, but ineffective for blocking airflow, holding up against traffic or resisting moisture. Note that doors and windows account for up to 20% of the heat loss in your home.

Don’t stop with your doors. Be sure to check for possible air leaks around your windows, plumbing vents, wall electrical outlets and switches, recessed lights exposed to the attic, attic stairs, vertical plumbing stacks open in the basement and other culprits that suck heat from your home and release it into the outdoors.  And consider insulating attics and crawl spaces.

Dream Doors’ Jacksonville showroom offers a first-hand look at hundreds of new doors, decorative glass inserts and sidelights and high-quality hardware (door handles, lockset and interior trim) and a staff of expert installers. Plus, we’ll ship your chosen products anywhere in the United States. Stop in to Dream Doors in Jacksonville or buy online. Call 904-880-7778 or contact us via our online email form to learn more.

Buyers Beware

As a general rule, if an installed product permanently attaches to your home, and would not be taken with you should you sell the house and move, you should not pay sales tax on that installed product.

 Some contractors take advantage of customers by charging and pocketing the sales tax as additional profit to them.

 We have provided a portion of statute 12A-1.051 so that you, as a consumer, can be informed of the law. The complete law is printed in its entirety and can be downloaded from the “FREE Information Guide” located on the Dream Doors website.

Statute 12A-1.051

  (4) General rule of taxability of real property contractors. Contractors are the ultimate consumers of materials and supplies they use to perform real property contracts and must pay tax on their costs of those materials and supplies.

 Contractors performing only contracts described in paragraphs (3)(a), (b), (c), or (e) do not resell the tangible personal property used to the real property owner but instead use the property themselves to provide the completed real property improvement.

 Such contractors should pay tax to their suppliers on all purchases. They should also pay tax on all materials they fabricate for their own use in performing such contracts, as discussed in subsection (10). They should charge no tax to their customers, regardless of whether they itemize charges for materials and labor in their proposals or invoices, because they are not engaged in selling tangible personal property.

 Such contractors should not register as dealers unless they are required to remit tax on the fabricated cost of items they fabricate to use in performing contracts.

 (5) Rule for (3) (d) contractors. Contractors who perform retail sale plus installation contracts described in paragraph (3) (d) do sell tangible personal property. They should register as dealers and provide a copy of their Annual Resale Certificate (Form DR-13)

 We believe at Dream Doors that an informed consumer is a wise consumer. The old adage of ‘buyers beware’ holds especially true when dealing with contractors who install products into a home. Listed below are a series of questions that may be helpful to you in finding a legitimate contractor:

1.       Do you hold the proper licenses?

Just asking the question may not be enough. A contractor may legitimately claim to be licensed, but is it the proper one? Businesses can obtain an occupational license, yet not possess a contractor’s license needed for pulling permits. Ask to see a copy of their license, making a note exactly what type license they have. Check with the city or county to see if the license is sufficient for the type work they are proposing.

2.       Do you have workers compensation insurance, general liability insurance and proper commercial vehicle insurance?

Again, an affirmative answer may not be enough. Be specific, such as how much general liability coverage does the contractor have? If they answer 300k, and your home is worth 500k, the coverage may not be sufficient if the contractor is proven responsible for damages that exceed that amount.

3.       Is your products Florida approval rated to meet the Florida building codes, especially for those areas requiring hurricane impact glass? Does your product qualify for the Federal Energy Tax credit?

Documentation is the key. Ask for written proof showing that the product(s) you have chosen do in fact meet Florida product approvals. Ask for a copy of the manufacturer’s certification that qualifies their product for the Energy Tax credit.

 As Ronald Reagan once said, trust but verify. The more documentation you can verify, the more likely are your chances of receiving all that you bargained for.

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