Replaced part of the roof for Solar system installation

hameshatumko Member Newcomer


On my ~20 year old roof, before putting a new solar panel system, I replaced the portion of the roof ($6k) where new panels were going to be installed (~$24k). I am wondering if there is a way to get the partial-roof-replacement expenses ($6k) added to the $24k system cost. If so, most importantly, which publication's section/page# should I refer to? and how do I enter it in the software?



Best Answer

  • RBorch
    RBorch FreeTaxUSA Agent
    Answer ✓

    Generally, the replacement of your roof is not tax deductible. In some cases where your roof replacement is a result of a casualty loss, such as storm damage, you might be eligible for a tax deduction. The IRS allows homeowners to claim deductions for repairs related to events like hurricanes, floods, or other natural disasters.

    Since it sounds like your partial roof replacement was due to getting solar panels then this would not qualify for a tax deduction. You would not include the cost of the roof with your solar panel cost. You will enter your solar panel information in the Energy Credit section of the software. you can get to that section by clicking the Deductions/Credits>Home Energy Credit.

    If you have more questions, please contact us from inside of your account and we will be happy to assist you.