Originally Posted by al1florida
Remember you CAN file for ANY deductions or credits on your taxes as you want. HOWEVER in the end if the IRS decides to audit your taxes you will have to justify the deductions or credits.
Use caution and be aware that IF the IRS does audit you and decide you were not qualified for the tax credit, for your RV which you only used part time in the year, you will have to pay back the credit and any penalty and/or interest.
In past years I have seen in the instructions for the solar tax credit form words about 2nd homes and Recreational Vehicles. I don't see that in the 2018 instructions https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i5695.pdf
Here is a quote from the instructions about who may apply:
So is your RV a place where you lived in 2018? Can you establish to the IRS that you "lived" in that RV in 2018?
1. I guess I should have used the word "shouldn't" instead of "can't".
2. The 2018 instructions for form 5695 goes on to state (emphasis added). IMHO I think this takes care of it. Further, the About Form 5695 states that "there are no recent developments at this time:
"Qualified solar electric property costs. Qualified solar
electric property costs are costs for property that uses solar
energy to generate electricity for use in your home located in the
United States. No costs relating to a solar panel or other
property installed as a roof (or portion thereof) will fail to qualify
solely because the property constitutes a structural component
of the structure on which it is installed. The home doesn't have to
be your main home.
As with any tax issue, the onus is on the individual to properly comply with tax law and, if in doubt, one should consult an expert (and I'm not one).