MyEnergyTax.com Helps Homeowners Claim Up to $500 in Federal Tax Credits

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Homeowners looking to gain up to $500 in federal tax credit when purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® exterior door can now visit the MyEnergyTax.com website offered by Therma-Tru Corp. The informative site provides step-by-step guidance, online links to IRS tax forms needed to claim the tax credit and a comprehensive listing of energy-efficient Therma-Tru® doors eligible to gain homeowners up to $500 in federal tax credits in 2011.

Flowing Avonlea decorative glass design in a Therma-Tru fiberglass entryway system.

To assist homeowners in gaining up to $500 in federal tax credit when purchasing a qualified ENERGY STAR® exterior door, Therma-Tru Corp. now offers the MyEnergyTax.com website. The informative site provides step-by-step guidance, online links to IRS tax forms needed to claim the tax credit and a comprehensive listing of Therma-Tru® doors eligible to gain homeowners up to $500 in federal tax credits in 2011.
    “As part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act (H.R. 483) signed into law on December 17, 2010; from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 homeowners can complete the exterior door upgrade of their dreams and qualify for a tax credit of up to $500,” says Shannon Sims, marketing communications manager at Therma-Tru. “This government program allows for a federal energy tax credit to homeowners, up to 10 percent of the cost of the product (up to a maximum $500) for taxable year 2011 for ENERGY STAR qualified exterior doors. The tax credit is for the cost of the product only and does not include the cost of installation.”
    The MyEnergyTax.com website features resource links to the IRS, National Fenestration Rating Council and the government’s ENERGY STAR program. A detailed question-and-answer section on the site makes it simple for homeowners to understand the qualifications for the tax credit.
    “If a homeowner has been thinking about replacing their main entry door, this is an ideal time to take advantage of this federal energy tax credit,” says Sims. “By adding a new fiberglass door to a home people can see daily savings on their energy bills. Fiberglass doors are four times more energy efficient than wood doors, so the savings continue long after the door has been installed.”

Selecting Energy-Efficient Entryways

To make it easy for homeowners to select a new energy-efficient entryway for their home, Therma-Tru has developed several on-line tools. The “Door Designer” program (located at http://www.thermatru.com/products/door-designer/) allows homeowners to select a house style that matches their own home. The next step is to select a door shape and style that are electronically inserted on the sample house. Homeowners can customize the on-screen entryway by “trying on” different door styles and glass packages, along with selecting various colors for the sample home’s exterior, roof and façade.

    The “My Saved Doors” tool (located at http://www.thermatru.com/MyThermaTru) allows homeowners to upload a photo of their existing home to the site and then browse Therma-Tru’s online product catalog to select doors they like. The tool allows people to save the doors they select and make side-by side comparisons to the features they like best while looking at the picture of their own home on the screen. Finally, homeowners can save and print out their final selections to share with family and friends via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter.

Therma-Tru also also offers the Picture Perfect™ Virtual Designer that provides homeowners with the opportunity to upload pictures of their own home and make changes online by swapping in different door styles. Homeowners can contact their contractor or dealer to use this online tool or order a personal copy at http://www.thermatru.com/orderPP.

    To view the extensive collection of fiberglass entry doors and decorative glass packages available from Therma-Tru, visit http://www.thermatru.com. For additional information on the federal government’s 2011 tax credits available to homeowners, visit http://www.energystar/taxcredit and MyEnergyTax.com.

About Therma-Tru
Therma-Tru is the nation’s leading manufacturer and most preferred brand of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. The company also offers low-maintenance Fypon urethane and PVC products. Headquartered in Maumee, Ohio, Therma-Tru is part of leading consumer brands company Fortune Brands Inc. (NYSE: FO). For more information, visit http://www.thermatru.com, http://www.fypon.com or call (800) 537-8827.

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Therma-Tru Corp. is not a legal or tax advisor. The information on MyEnergyTax.com is not comprehensive and is not intended to substitute for the advice of a lawyer or professional tax advisor. Therma-Tru expressly disclaims any responsibility for determining whether or not a door purchase (or other selected energy saving project) will qualify for the energy tax credit or whether or not a purchaser will receive the tax credit. Therma-Tru recommends that consumers consult their tax advisors and review IRS guidelines prior to purchasing any door product. For further details on the energy tax credit, check the IRS Website.

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