The home energy credits have been reduced over the years and there are limits within each category, as well. The Nonbusiness Energy Property Tax Credit furnace category maximum is $150 even though the maximum deductible is $500 for all categories and all years since 2006.
For more details, see Energy Tax Credit: Which Home Improvements Qualify?
Although the overall limit for the Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit is $500, there are various sub-limits for different kinds of improvements. The $500 limit is also your lifetime maximum, did you claim the credit in a past year for any purpose?
The sub-limit for an efficient air conditioner is $300, and the sub-limit for either a gas or oil furnace is $150. If you installed both a furnace and an air conditioner, you need to break up the job and report it in both places. The program asks about them separately, and they go on different lines of the form.
If you don't know the cost of the different items, you may need to ask your contractor for a breakdown. Remember that this credit is limited to the cost of the equipment and does not include installation, site prep, ductwork, or removal of old equipment. You need to know the price of the furnace and A/C units separately and not including installation. If your contractor won't provide that information and you guess, you may be at risk in an audit since the IRS does not have to give you any credit you can't prove to their satisfaction.
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