Sustainability Initiatives and Tax Incentives

A report by Ernst and Young, Working Together: Linking Sustainability and tax to reduce the Cost of Implementing Sustainability Initiatives, was released in early 2012 just in time for tax season. If you missed this report, you might want to download it to be prepared for 2012 tax time. There are some good tax incentives, both federal and state, for businesses that are supporting green and sustainable initiatives. Ernst and Young reported that companies were missing some good environmental tax incentives because of disconnects between sustainability professionals and the finance and tax experts. It pays to understand what companies are entitled to make sure initiatives are in alignment.

The IRS also has a page on green tax incentives for residential homeowners. It includes residential energy property credit for energy efficiency improvements, plug-in electric vehicle car purchases or conversions and purchasing of a hybrid vehicle.

Recommended Product, CompoKeeper, and Indoor Composter

CompoKeeper is an indoor compost container that meets the objections many have about storing food waste inside homes or office buildings. The design includes a clamshell mechanism that creates an airtight seal in the compostable liner with it’s easy to use hand lever or foot pedal so odors can’t get out and pests can’t get in. When the bag is full the easy-grab tray assists one in removing a full, flimsy bag and carrying it out to the appropriate outdoor storage area. The CompoKeeper is made in Boulder, Colorado in three sizes and only available through online. There is also a coupon for $150 offered by the Boulder County Conservation Center is offering to businesses who sign up for a recycling or composting service.

Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives

Have you gotten your energy efficiency tax credit this year? The residential energy efficiency tax credit expired at the end of 2011 and so if you did do any residential energy efficiency home improvements (i.e. installed Energy Star Appliances)  make sure you take the credit for 2011. You need to file the IRS form 5695 with your taxes. The renewable energy credit lasts through the year 2016. There are also state and local tax incentives with renewable energy.

Here are some resources that provide more detailed information on the tax incentives and rebates available with energy efficiency;