Are Curtains Tax Deductible?

The IRS issues a tax credit in 2009 for household systems that are designed to be energy efficient. The tax credit is for 10% of the purchase for up to $1500. However, the guidelines set by the IECC (International Energy Conservation Code) do not specifically mention any kind of window treatments, so they fall in a grey area. The short answer is that most kinds of window coverings will not count towards the tax deduction, as the law requires the item to be primarily designed to make a home more heat conservant.

However, some coverings do count. Plantation shutters, insulated draperies, and honeycomb shades are all more likely to be included in the tax deduction because they are designed to be more energy efficient. But, there is no guarantee that these kinds of coverings will count. The only way that you can be sure a window covering will count towards the tax deduction is a manufacturer’s certification for energy-efficiency.

Don’t assume that because one company’s plantation shutter is certified that other plantation shutters will be certified as well. Always double-check your product for an energy-efficiency certificate and that you have a certificate of energy-efficiency. If you have the certificate, even if the product loses its certification, you can still qualify for the tax credit if you have proof that it was certified. You won’t be submitting the certification statement with your tax return, but you will need the statement (and a receipt for the sale of the window covering) for IRS form 5695.This form is submitted along with your regular forms.