Last-minute tax tips
Energy-efficient home improvements
Generous tax breaks for energy efficient home improvements expired at the end of 2010, but some homeowners still might be able to pocket a tax credit of up to $500 on their 2011 returns for a few common residential energy upgrades.
The bad news is that the tax credit is just a third of what was previously available. You also now must pay attention to specific spending limits, such as $200 for replacement windows. And the overall $500 tax credit cap applies to anyone who received any previous energy tax credit since Jan. 1, 2005.