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See how Home Solar Panels can save you money on your energy bill whilst reducing your carbon foot print.

Not only will you save money on your energy bills but you will receive income tax relief on the money you make from the Feed In Tariff, allowing you to build a nice little nest egg courtesy of HMRC!

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Income Tax Relief

There have been a lot of stories in the English press lately claiming that any one who has fitted solar panels will have to pay tax on the payments they receive from the utilities companies.

 

If that were true, it would make solar panels a lot less attractive.

 

Luckily, it isn’t, but there are still a lot of people out there who have listened to and read a lot of the misinformation printed and passed it on to their friends and family.

 

There are very few ways to pay less tax on your income, but one of the legitimate and legal ways is to have solar panels. All domestic users of renewable energy that have been fitted by approved and MCS-accredited installers do not have to pay tax on any income they receive from selling surplus energy back to the National Grid.

 

This was first announced in December 2009 by Alistair Darling, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his pre-budget report. As long as the solar panel systems will be installed and used at home, the owners would benefit from different generation and export tariffs to other householders. This significant policy statement was a surprise for many, as the income from solar panels can add up to quite a bit and it’s unlike HMRC to be so generous!

 

The ruling can be found in the pre-budget report as follows:

 

7.37 Households can also play a part in generating low-carbon energy by installing smallscale renewable electricity generation on site. Feed-in tariffs, worth on average £900 in 2010 for households, will provide a financial incentive to install renewable technologies, allowing homes to generate around half of their own electricity. The Pre-Budget Report confirms that households who use renewable technology to generate electricity mainly for their own use will not be subject to income tax on feed-in tariffs. This will save households paying the basic rate of tax £180 in 2010. If necessary, legislation to ensure this treatment will be introduced with effect from 1 April 2010.


7.38 The Government wants all households to play a part in generating renewable energy. Although feed-in tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive will make payments over the life of installations, low-income households may still find it difficult to meet upfront costs. Building on the experience of pilot projects for Pay as You Save financing and Warm Front, the Government will consult next year on measures to help low-income households take advantage of clean energy cash-back.

 

For householders who already earn a little tax-free income, such as through the Rent-a Room Scheme, which allows you to earn up to £4,250 a year, solar panel Feed-In Tariffs are a welcome addition to the household finances. Even better, if the income is saved in an ISA, there is no savings tax payable, helping you build up a tidy little nest egg courtesy of HMRC!