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A New Era of Tax Incentives for Compliance with the Inflation Reduction Act

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department have released final regulations that provide increased federal income tax credits and deductions for taxpayers who meet specific prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship (PWA) requirements. This action is a significant milestone following the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022.

Overview of the New Regulations

Effective August 26, 2024, these final regulations amend various sections of the Income Tax Regulations under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), including sections 30C, 45, 45L, 45Q, 45U, 45V, 45Y, 45Z, 48C, and 179D. The key takeaway is that taxpayers who comply with the PWA requirements will be eligible for enhanced tax benefits. These regulations also outline the procedures for making elective payment elections and transferring increased credit amounts.

Key Points of the Final Rule

1. Enhanced Tax Credits and Deductions: Taxpayers meeting the PWA requirements can claim increased amounts of tax credits or deductions. This is particularly relevant for those involved in activities qualifying under the specified IRC sections.

2. Correction and Penalty Procedures: The regulations provide guidance for taxpayers who initially fail to meet the PWA requirements but subsequently correct their compliance. These taxpayers can still be deemed to have satisfied the requirements, allowing them to qualify for the increased tax benefits.

3. Recordkeeping and Reporting: There are specific requirements for recordkeeping and reporting to ensure compliance with the PWA and prevailing wage standards.

Public Involvement and Feedback

The Treasury and IRS received 342 written comments on the proposed regulations, reflecting a broad spectrum of public interest. The feedback led to several modifications in the final rule, addressing general concerns about the PWA requirements and specific issues related to various IRC sections. These comments helped shape the final regulations, ensuring they are robust and practical for taxpayers.

Importance of the Regulations

The regulations underscore the federal government’s commitment to promoting fair wages and quality apprenticeship programs. By providing financial incentives for compliance, the IRS aims to encourage more taxpayers to adhere to these standards, ultimately fostering a more equitable labor market.

For More Information

Taxpayers seeking more information or clarification on the final regulations can contact the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Passthroughs & Special Industries) at (202) 317-6853 and Contact us for extra support.


The final regulations mark a significant step in implementing the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. By increasing tax benefits for compliance with prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship requirements, the IRS and the Treasury are supporting fair labor practices and encouraging the growth of skilled labor across the country. These regulations not only provide substantial financial incentives but also reinforce the importance of maintaining high standards in wages and apprenticeship programs.

For detailed information, taxpayers can refer to the final rule document available on the [Federal Register website](

This article aims to inform stakeholders about the critical aspects of the new IRS regulations and their implications for taxpayers. Compliance with these requirements can lead to significant financial benefits, making it crucial for businesses and individuals to stay informed and adhere to the new standards.