Looking Forward, Looking Bright
by Tom Niziolek
The New Year is a time for looking forward, so it’s only fitting that my first column of 2007 would highlight several programs the association plans to unveil in 2007.
For the first initiative, the IWFA has teamed with the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) to develop a certification program for window film.
This verified rating will help consumers make more informed purchasing decisions. Securing NFRC certification is also a first step in the process of getting window films included in the Department of Energy’s Energy Star® program. It is the goal of the IWFA to help window
films earn the same type of government recognition as energy-efficient lighting, heating equipment and appliances.
While earning the coveted Energy Star emblem is a long-term goal, the IWFA, in conjunction with the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL), is pleased to share a new program that offers immediate benefits: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax credits for individuals purchasing solar control window film.
Thanks in large part to the diligent work of Darrell Smith for both the IWFA and the AIMCAL Window Film Committee, the IRS has agreed that certain window films certified by manufacturers can qualify for a tax credit equal to 10 percent of the costs of the solar control window film (up to a maximum lifetime credit of $500). This credit is available to consumers who purchase solar control materials that comply with the
2004 Supplement of the Internation-al Energy Conservation Code.
The tax credit program began on January 1, 2006, and it lasts until the end of 2007. Because the taxpayer must provide a certification statement attesting to the film’s qualification, dealers should encourage their manufacturing partners to supply a listing of their qualified products and certification information on their websites to facilitate taxpayers in using this credit.
A 10-percent tax credit is a powerful sales tool for window film dealers; however, it is strongly encouraged that dealers advise their clients to speak with tax professionals about specifics of the new IRS code. Further information on this exciting new program is available through AIMCAL Window Film Committee manufacturers.
These two programs, NFRC certification and IRS tax credits for fiscal year 2006-2007, are prime examples of how industry associations and the companies they serve can collaborate to affect meaningful change. From the IWFA’s standpoint, looking into the future never looked brighter.
Tom Niziolek is marketing manager for Madico Inc. and president of the International Window Film Association
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