179D Extension Webinar

5 Points on How to Improve 179D for Designers and Builders

On March 14th, alliantgroup Senior Vice President and former U.S. Congressman Rick Lazio testified before the House Ways and Means’ Tax Policy Subcommittee on an incentive that is near and dear to many of our clients – the Section 179D tax deduction for energy efficient buildings.

To read the testimony click here. To see the testimony in its entirety, view the video below.

During the hearing, Lazio highlighted why the deduction was not only sound energy policy, but a vital incentive to the designers, engineers and contractors that help drive the American economy. In his written and oral testimony, he offered a number of suggestions on ways to improve the program to further promote American energy independence and efficiency as well as ways to make the deduction more beneficial for U.S. businesses.

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Here Were His Top 5 Suggestions:

  1. Changing 179D from a deduction to a credit to deal with its basis issues – and to allow more companies to utilize its benefits
  2. Improving the deduction for building retrofits
  3. Expanding 179D to benefit designers of charitable buildings and Native American tribes
  4. Making 179D permanent to give businesses more flexibility in their future planning
  5. Raising the deduction’s energy efficiency standards over time to drive higher energy savings


As many of you already know, Section 179D was recently extended for tax year 2017 – and businesses should be looking now to claim the deduction for their work on government-owned buildings.

179D Extension Webinar

Rick Lazio Testifies Before the House Ways and Means Committee on 179D