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Architects and alliantgroup Launch Education Initiative on Energy Saving Tax Deductions


Program Designed to Assist Design Sector with 179D Provision


John Schneidawind

For immediate release:

Washington, D.C. – February 13, 2013 –
 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced it has launched an education initiative that shows how the design and construction industry can use a provision in the tax code to help win business and save energy in the process.

The program, which was developed with Houston-based alliantgroup, takes industry professionals through the vagaries of Section 179D of the tax code, which was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to address and improve the substantial portion of U.S. energy consumption attributable to commercial buildings. You can learn more here:

“AIA’s goal in partnering with alliantgroup is to ensure that all AIA member firms are made aware of the powerful 179D incentive – a deduction which can provide powerful cash infusing funds to help firms hire additional employees, competitively price jobs, and expand their practice,” said AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA.

“We look forward to working with the AIA to assist their members in expanding their practices and realizing significant cost savings by taking advantage of the 179D deduction,” said Dhaval Jadav, alliantgroup CEO. “Along with the R&D tax credit, the 179D deduction is one of the strongest, but most underutilized tax incentives for industry professionals. I am excited about the opportunity to serve the AIA membership and provide value to its members.”

“This provision of the Internal Revenue Code allows up to a $1.80 / square foot deduction for qualifying properties. We have helped several hundred firms throughout the United States claim this powerful deduction and look forward to serving the AIA membership,” said Valerie Ward, alliantgroup National Director.

Many architects, engineers, and design-build contractors are overlooking the 179D deduction because they may not know it exists or that they could potentially qualify. In many cases, they might be claiming small amounts and not everything they are eligible for. This provision of the tax code allows up to a $1.80 / square foot deduction for qualifying properties.

“The 179D Tax Deduction is a valuable opportunity for architectural, construction, design, and engineering firms to contribute to the nation’s energy efficiency goals while increasing a company’s bottom line,” said Dean Zerbe, alliantgroup’s National Managing Director, and former Senior Counsel and Tax Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. “Firms that have worked on any government owned or public property in the past few years should consider a 179D analysis. Through our partnership with the AIA, we can assist in furthering the education of its members across the country about the benefits of utilizing the 179D deduction along with other tax credits and incentives.”

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About alliantgroup alliantgroup is the nation's premier provider of specialty tax services. Headquartered in Houston, TX, with offices across the country including California, New York, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., alliantgroup works with accountants and their clients to ensure that they receive the full benefits of all available federal and state government-sponsored tax credit and incentive programs. For more information, please visit


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Valerie Ward
alliantgroup National Director- Energy Credits and Incentives
Member US Green Building Council
949.809.2170 |

David Ji

alliantgroup Managing Director
713.212.1408 |


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