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IRS updates energy credits to comply with IRA, could unlock tax-exempt clean energy production

May 02, 2024

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released its final rules, as required by the Inflation Reduction Act, to make many clean energy tax credits transferable (able to be sold to a third party) or available for elective pay (a direct payment to the credit holder). Both rules may help expand investment in clean energy by providing mechanisms that get capital to the project’s developer immediately, even if the developer is a nonprofit or public entity that would never have paid any taxes on the project. Credits covered by the rules include the production tax credit, investment tax credit, advanced manufacturing credit, and the hydrogen production credit. For more information on the energy tax credits renewed or created in the Inflation Reduction Act, visit epa.gov; for the new IRS rules, visit treasury.gov.

energy, clean energy, tax credits