Quote Originally Posted by electrofelon View Post
I don't see any issue, but I'm not clear on how he will end up ahead. Say he pays the employer a grand, then he gets a $300 tax credit. He is still $700 in the hole over if he just did it himself. Not sure how the IRS handles figuring compensation for one's own time for an install.
The general rule is that the value of labor done (e.g. charity or sweat equity) does not count for anything unless it is also declared as income.

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