Can Reroofing or Roof Repairs Qualify for the Solar Tax Credit?

August 31, 2023


The solar tax credit, officially known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), has been a boon for homeowners looking to switch to renewable energy.

However, there's a lot of confusion about what costs can be included in the solar tax credit, especially when it comes to reroofing and roof repairs.

This article aims to clear the air and provide a detailed guide on when these costs can or cannot be bundled into the solar tax credit.

What is the Solar Tax Credit?

The ITC is a federal incentive that allows eligible taxpayers to deduct a percentage of the qualified solar energy system’s cost from their federal income taxes. As of now, the solar tax credit (not a rebate or a refund) is set at 30% but will step down to 26% in 2033, and further to 22% in 2034, expiring in 2035. To be eligible, the solar panels must be installed on a taxpayer’s primary or secondary residence, and the system must meet certain IRS qualifications.

The Confusion Around Reroofing and Roof Repairs

There has been significant ambiguity regarding whether the costs of reroofing and roof repairs can be included in the solar tax credit. Some solar and roofing companies have claimed that these costs can be covered if they are done alongside a solar installation. However, the IRS has explicitly stated that only the costs directly related to the installation of the solar panels are eligible for the tax credit.

When Can Roof Costs Be Included?

According to the IRS, the cost of repairing or replacing the roof is not generally eligible for the solar tax credit. However, there are specific situations where roof costs might be considered:

1. Ownership of Solar Panels: You must own the solar panels; leasing them disqualifies you from including roof costs in the tax credit.
2. Roof Condition: The existing roof must be unable to handle the weight of the solar panels. In such cases, you might be able to include some costs related to upgrading your roof to meet the necessary standards.

3. Installation Costs: The labor costs for having your roof repaired or replaced are not included in the tax credit.

4. Building Ownership: You must own the home where the solar panels are being installed. Renters or those in other types of agreements are not eligible.

Risks of Incorrectly Including Roof Costs

If you incorrectly include the costs of reroofing or roof repairs in your solar tax credit, you risk an IRS audit. This could result in having to pay back the fraudulent tax credit, along with fines, fees, and interest.

Consult a Tax Professional

It's crucial to consult with a tax professional before making any decisions about including roof costs in your solar tax credit. They can provide personalized advice tailored to your specific situation.


While the solar tax credit offers significant savings, it's essential to understand what can and cannot be included to avoid any legal repercussions. Always consult with a tax professional to ensure you're making the most out of this federal incentive.

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