WDMA Working to Amend ARRA Tax Credit Provisions

March 17, 2009

The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is implementing plans to amend the tax credit provisions for windows, doors and skylights included in the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  While the stimulus package provides opportunities to stimulate economic activity, improve energy efficiency and create jobs through consumer incentives, WDMA officials suggest that the 30/30 language related to energy conservation incentives for windows, doors and skylights will create unintended problems.

“In conjunction with our members, WDMA has launched a targeted grass roots effort through our OneVoice Advocacy Program to amend the ARRA fenestration tax credit language,” states John Stoiber, WDMA president. “There is a section of ARRA that ties the eligibility of tax credits for energy efficient windows, doors and skylights to arbitrary standards of 0.3 U-Factor and 0.3 Solar Heat Gain Coefficient rather than the established Energy Star standards. This standard is likely to create confusion in the market for both retailers and consumers, and will severely limit–and in some cases eliminate–many energy efficient products from qualifying for the tax credit that are now readily identifiable.”

WDMA and its members are motivated to not only take a position and urge Congress to amend the language, but they are taking specific targeted action to affect the change. Stoiber explains, “The general intent of the stimulus effort is ultimately to jumpstart the economy, create and retain jobs, while also improving energy efficiency. WDMA believes that limiting the fenestration tax credits to a “one size fits all” standard that reduces availability and affordability of products in the marketplace will counteract that intent. A focused grass roots campaign is the only realistic approach to making this change happen.”

WDMA reports it has already started directly contacting key legislators on behalf of its members, and is working in a targeted fashion with its members to identify legislative champions that will help drive the change.