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Berkley Votes to Extend Tax Relief, Clean Energy Incentives

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Location: Washington, DC


Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) today voted in favor of a legislative package that provides tax relief to Nevada families and businesses, while encouraging the production and use of renewable energy. A member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Berkley used her power on the panel to help push for the inclusion of more incentives for clean power and an extension of the state sales tax deduction. The Ways and Means Committee approved the package this afternoon on a vote of 25-12. "Homeowners, parents, teachers, small businesses, college students and millions of other Americans will see a tax savings as a result of this package. Passage of this package will also ensure that Nevadans will be able to continue deducting state and local sales taxes. And it will make it easier for more parents to qualify for the $1,000 refundable child tax credit," said Berkley. "As a result of this provision, 22,000 more Nevada parents are now eligible to receive this tax credit and more than 90,000 households with children could see an increased tax savings." "Expanding clean energy incentives will spur the development of solar, wind and geothermal resources and help to create new green collar jobs in Nevada. The Silver State is turning green as we continue to focus on harnessing the wind, the sun and natural heat from inside the Earth to power our homes and businesses. Expanding the use of renewable energy will also play a key role in allowing the U.S. to move ahead on addressing global climate change," said Berkley.

Tax Relief for Nevada Families and Businesses

* Extends the state sales tax deduction, directly benefiting Nevada familiesExtends deduction for tuition and other education expensesExtends deduction for out-of-pocket expenses by teachersExtends the R and D tax credit for businesses OK's deduction of property taxes for non-itemizers
* Expands the refundable child tax credit

Expanding Renewable Power, Increasing Energy Independence

* Extends solar energy investment tax credit (ITC) Extends the production tax credit (PTC) for wind power and energy derived from geothermal, hydropower, landfill gas, biomass, and solid wasteEncourages energy efficient products, such as plug-in hybrid cars, and provides incentives for energy conservation in both commercial buildings and residential structures
* Provides incentives for the production of renewable fuels such as biodiesel and cellulosic biofuels

Authorizes tax credit bonds providing State and local government with funds to make energy conservation investments in public infrastructure and invest in research.

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