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Solar Credit Frequently Asked Questions
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Solar Credit Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is eligible to receive a solar energy system tax credit under Act 413 of the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature?
Act 413 provides additional funding for taxpayers who purchased and installed a qualified solar energy system on or before December 31, 2015. Taxpayers must have already submitted a properly filed claim or must submit a properly filed claim on or before August 31, 2017. Finally, all required supporting documentation must be received by LDR on or before November 1, 2017.
2. My solar credit was denied due to the cap, do I need to file a new claim?
Taxpayers that received a certified denial letter due to the cap do not need to file a new claim.
LDR will send these taxpayers a credit status update letter on July 6, 2017. These letters will provide notification that their originally filed solar credit claim will be reviewed for funding under Act 413 and also inform them that no new claim needs to be submitted.
3. I filed a claim, but did not receive a letter specifically about the solar energy credit. What do I need to do?
Taxpayers who filed a claim but did not receive a certified denial letter due to the cap limit or the claim status update letter from LDR dated July 6, 2017, must file a claim by August 31, 2017, under Act 413. See FAQ #6 for specific instructions on how to submit a claim.
4. I received a letter stating my credit has priority in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 cap but I have not been paid. What do I do?
Taxpayers who received a letter stating their credit has a priority in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 do not need to do anything. These taxpayers are already scheduled to receive their credits in August through September of 2017.
5. I purchased a qualifying system that was installed on or before December 31, 2015, but have not filed a claim for the credit. What do I do?
Taxpayers who have not yet filed a claim must do so no later than August 31, 2017. See FAQ #6 for specific instructions on how to submit a claim.
6. How do I file a credit claim under Act 413?
Taxpayers who received a certified denial letter due to the cap and a claim status update letter from LDR dated July 6, 2017 do not need to file a new claim.
All other taxpayers with a qualifying system installed on or before December 31, 2015, must do the following to submit a claim:
Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to file their claims and provide supporting documentation early to allow time to resolve any issues or provide any missing information before the deadlines stated above.
7. Do I have to file the return claiming my credit electronically?
Taxpayers with a qualifying system must electronically file an original or amended return no later than August 31, 2017. See FAQ #6 for specific instructions on how to submit a claim.
8. What is the deadline to file a claim under Act 413?
The deadline to submit claims under Act 413 is August 31, 2017. See FAQ #6 for specific instructions on how to submit a claim.
9. What supporting documentation is required for a claim to be considered complete?
To be considered a complete claim, the supporting documentation must include:
10. When will the credit be refunded if approved under Act 413?
Act 413 provides that all eligible taxpayers be paid out in three equal installments over three fiscal years, beginning with Fiscal Year 2017-2018 and ending with Fiscal Year 2019-2020. However, the Act limits funding to $5 million dollars per fiscal year. If the total amount of eligible claims exceeds the $5 million dollar per fiscal year credit cap, qualifying taxpayers will receive their pro rata share of the $5 million dollar credit cap for each of the three fiscal years. The remainder of any outstanding credit due will be issued in the fourth year or Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
Installment refund 1: December 2017 – January 2018
Installment refund 2: August 2018 - September 2018
Installment refund 3: August 2019 - September 2019
Installment refund 4, if required: August 2020 - September 2020
Example 1 Total Claims is less than $15 million: If the total amount of approved credits pursuant to Act 413 is less than or equal to $15 million per year, all eligible taxpayers will receive three installment refunds equal to one-third of their credit. A claim for $10,500 would be paid out in three payments of $3,500.
Example 2 Total Claims exceeds $15 million: If the total amount of approved credits is $16.5 million, all eligible taxpayers will receive their prorata share of the $5 million allowed in the first three years and the remainder of their credit in the fourth year. In this example, a taxpayer with a $10,500 credit would receive three installments of $3,181.82 and the remaining $954.54 in the fourth year.
11. How much money will I get if my credit is approved under Act 413
Act 413 provides full funding for all qualified systems on properly filed claims. See FAQ #11 for details on the claim payout schedule to find out when you will receive your credit.
12. Will I be paid interest if my claim is approved under Act 413?
Act 413 provides that interest will be paid as described below:
13. What is meant by the statement "would have been denied" in Act 413?
The "would have been denied" language allows taxpayers with qualifying systems who have not previously filed a claim to submit a claim.
14. If I’m contacted to submit additional documentation, where should I send it?
Supporting documentation can be faxed to (225) 231-6238 or mailed to: Taxpayer Compliance Division, P.O. Box 66362, Baton Rouge, LA 70896-6362 no later than November 1, 2017.
Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to provide supporting documentation early to allow time to resolve any issues or provide any missing information before the final deadline.
15. Will approved credits be refunded to me if I owe money to LDR?
All existing balances due to LDR must be satisfied before a refund for solar energy credits will be issued. The installment refunds of the credit will be reduced until all outstanding balances are paid.
16. How does Act 413 affect my lawsuit or case filed with the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals?
Taxpayers may seek guidance from their legal counsel regarding the status of lawsuits.
Article submitted by Jaye Calhoun, Tax Law Committee Chair