MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Some taxpayers in the Eastern Panhandle are challenging the state's exclusion of solar energy from an alternative energy tax credit.
A 2011 law allows a credit of up to $25,000 for alternative-fuel motor vehicles and more than $300,000 for qualified refueling infrastructure between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2013.
Last October, the West Virginia State Tax Department ruled that solar energy would not be included under the law's credits, said John Christensen with Mountain View Solar in Berkeley Springs.
"That put us in a tough position, because we have a lot of (clients) that are on the hook for that money," Christensen told The Journal (http://bit.ly/12WkRY1). "They were expecting tax credits, and now the tax department is expecting them to pay up."
He said that several people are appealing the decision.
"Everything that's handled in this office is confidential," said Stephen Lee, director of the Office of Tax Appeal. "I can't acknowledge whether we have a case or not."
David Levine with solar analytics company Geostellar said the tax department "has been somewhat arbitrary and capricious in accepting and denying individual claims for the tax credit."