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How to Qualify for the Federal Tax Incentive for a Newly-purchased Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

How to Qualify for the Federal Tax Incentive for a Newly-purchased Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
How to Qualify for the Federal Tax Incentive for a Newly-purchased Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

There are myriad of rebates and incentives for purchasing some form of a hybrid or electric vehicle. These rebates and incentives are provided by both the federal government and state governments, which can add to the confusion in terms of which ones you qualify for. While each state has their own qualifications, if you meet them, you can even double up on your incentives/rebates by qualifying for both the federal and state ones.

However, we're going to focus on the federal tax incentive that's being offered, which is a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It can range from a tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500. But in order to qualify for it, you have to consider all of the following:

Vehicle Requirements

The actual requirements of qualifying for the tax rebate, which, as mentioned, can range from $2,500 to $7,500, depends on the size of the battery in the vehicle. At the bare minimum, the vehicle has to have a 4 kWh battery pack. That qualifies it for a $2,500 tax credit. For every additional kWh above 4 kWh, the vehicle qualifies for an additional $417 in tax credit, all the way up to $7,500. A 16 kWh battery pack is where it tops off.

It applies to all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles that were purchased from 2010 onwards, up to the first 200,000 sold by the manufacturer.

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How to Claim It

In order to claim the tax credit, you have to fill out IRS Form 8936 when filing your tax return. It's a fairly straightforward process, and the form itself can be located here: //www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8936.pdf.

However, there are some additional qualifications that you will have to meet, which are:

  • Conversions don't qualify - The vehicle has to be made by a manufacturer that complies with the Clean Air Act, title II, and has a gross vehicle rating, known as a GVWR, of 14,000 pounds or less.
  • It has to be a brand new vehicle for personal use - It can't be a used vehicle when purchased. In addition, it can't be bought for the purposes of being resold.
  • The claim must be made the tax year that it's purchased - In addition, the vehicle has to be used mainly in the United States.
  • It most likely can't be leased - In the majority of circumstances, the leasing company is the one that claims the tax credit, which allows them to provide you with a better lease agreement. If you want to qualify for the credit, it has to be purchased brand new, unless you check with the lease company beforehand.

Remember to also do a Google search to see what rebates/incentives may be offered by your state and local governments. You can really save a lot of money if you double up on both. And if you haven't thought about purchasing one of these vehicles, you should consider it. They're extremely in high quality and have improved by leaps and bounds in recent years compared to some of the first models that were offered in the past.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

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I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

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There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

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