The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 introduced tax credits for clean energy projects but imposed prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. Taxpayers claiming these credits must comply with these rules to avoid penalties and loss of credit. The final regulations provide detailed guidance on record-keeping for laborers, mechanics, and apprentices, as well as clarification on terms like “construction, alteration, or repair,” “laborer or mechanic,” “contractor,” and “subcontractor.”

Additionally, the regulations outline rules for requesting prevailing wage rates, documenting apprenticeship programs, and maintaining records to demonstrate compliance. Failure to comply not only risks losing tax credits but also exposes employers to litigation. Proactive planning and coordination with contractors are essential to ensure compliance and maximize the benefits of these tax credits.

Taxpayers should focus on maintaining robust record-keeping procedures, coordinating with contractors and subcontractors, and being prepared to respond to IRS inquiries. By following these guidelines, taxpayers can avoid penalties and secure the full benefits of the valuable tax credits for clean energy projects.