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    OK OK, my true colors (and career) are starting to show....(darn it! I hate that! ). There's a lot of discussion of fuel efficiency, bio-diesel, and fuel efficient and hybrid autos on another thread, so rather than hijack that thread, here's a new, exciting thread, for those of you with insomnia............


    Kleinrock's Analysis and Explanation
    Tax Credits
    59. Other Credits
    59.11. Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit



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    Beginning after December 31, 2005, taxpayers who buy a motor vehicle may be eligible for the alternative motor vehicle credit. Code Section 30B, added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The credit is equal to the sum of the:

    (1) new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle credit, see Section 59.11(a)

    (2) new advanced lean burn technology motor vehicle credit, see Section 59.11(b)

    (3) new qualified hybrid motor vehicle credit, see Section 59.11(c) and

    (4) new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle credit, see Section 59.11(d). Code Section 30B(a), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The amount of the credit available to individual taxpayers is subject to the following limitation: for any taxable year, the credit may not exceed the excess of the regular tax reduced by the sum of the alternative motor vehicle credit and the foreign tax credit (Code Section 27) and the credit for qualified electric vehicles (Code Section 30), over the tentative minimum tax for the taxable year. For purposes of determining the limitation, any amount allowed for the new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle credit is not taken into account. Code Section 30B(g)(2), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The alternative motor vehicle credit must be treated as part of the general business credit to the extent that it is attributable to any depreciable property. Code Section 30B(g)(1), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The basis of any property is reduced by the amount of the alternative motor fuel credit allowed for that property. Code Section 30B(h)(4), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. Any alternative motor vehicle credit must be recaptured for any property that ceases to be eligible (including in the case of a lease period of less than the economic life of a vehicle). Code Section 30B(h)(8), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    A taxpayer may elect not to have the alternative motor vehicle credit apply to any eligible vehicle. Code Section 30B(h)(9), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.


    (a)New Qualified Fuel Cell Motor Vehicle Credit

    A taxpayer who buys a motor vehicle after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2015, may qualify for the new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle credit. Code Section 30B(j)(1), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. A new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle is a motor vehicle:

    (1) that is propelled by power derived from one or more cells that convert chemical energy directly into electricity by combining oxygen with hydrogen fuel that is stored on board the vehicle and may or may not require reformation before use; and

    (2) that, in the case of a passenger automobile or light truck, has received on or after August 8, 2005, a certificate that it meets or exceeds the Bin 5 Tier II emission level established in regulations prescribed by the Environmental Protection Agency under Section 202(i) of the Clean Air Act for that make and model year vehicle. Code Section 30B(b)(3)(A) and (B), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    Additionally, for a vehicle to qualify as a new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle, the taxpayer must be the original user of the vehicle, the vehicle must be acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer (and not for resale), and the vehicle must be made by a manufacturer. Code Section 30B(b)(3)(C) and (D), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The credit is based on the weight class of the vehicle. Code Section 30B(b)(1), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The following table may be used to determine a taxpayer’s new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle credit:


    Base Credit Amount for Fuel Cell Vehicles

    Vehicle Gross Weight Rating in Pounds Credit Amount

    Less than or equal to 8,500 $8,000

    Greater than 8,500 but less
    than or equal to 14,000 $10,000

    Greater than 14,000 but less
    than or equal to 26,000 $20,000

    Greater than 26,000 $40,000


    CAUTION: For a fuel cell vehicle weighing less than 8,500 pounds and placed in service after December 31, 2009, the credit amount is $4,000, not $8,000. Code Section 30B(b)(1)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    In the case of automobiles or light trucks, an additional credit is available based on the rated fuel economy of the vehicle compared to a base fuel economy. Code Section 30B(b)(2)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The base fuel economy is determined based on the city fuel economy for the 2002 model year. Code Section 30B(b)(2)(B), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The following table may be used to determine a taxpayer’s additional new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle credit:


    Additional Credit for Passenger Automobiles
    and Light Trucks

    Fuel Economy is Credit
    At Least But Less Than

    150% 175% of base fuel economy $1,000

    175% 200% of base fuel economy $1,500

    200% 225% of base fuel economy $2,000

    225% 250% of base fuel economy $2,500

    250% 275% of base fuel economy $3,000

    275% 300% of base fuel economy $3,500

    300% of base fuel economy $4,000



    The amount of any deduction or other credit allowable under the Code with respect to a new qualified fuel cell motor vehicle must be reduced by the amount of any alternative motor vehicle credit allowed for the taxable year. Code Section 30B(h)(5)(B), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.


    (b)New Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle Credit

    Vehicles purchased by a taxpayer after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2011 may qualify for the new advanced lean burn technology motor vehicle credit. Code Section 30B(j)(2), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. A new advanced lean burn technology motor vehicle is passenger automobile or light truck with an internal combustion engine that:

    (1) is designed to operate primarily using more air than is necessary for complete combustion of the fuel;

    (2) incorporates direct injection;

    (3) achieves at least 125-percent of the 2002 model year city fuel economy; and

    (4) for 2004 and later model vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,000 pounds or less, has received a certificate that the vehicle meets or exceeds the Bin 5 Tier II emission standard established in regulations prescribed by the Environmental Protection Agency under Section 202(i) of the Clear Air Act for that make and model year vehicle; or for 2004 and later model vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 6,000 pounds but not more than 8,500 pounds, has received a certificate that the vehicle meets or exceeds the Bin 8 Tier II emission standard. Code Section 30B(c)(3)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    Additionally, for a vehicle to qualify as a new advanced lean burn technology motor vehicle, the taxpayer must be the original user of the vehicle, the vehicle must be acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer (and not for resale), and the vehicle must be made by a manufacturer. Code Section 30B(c)(3), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The credit amount is based on a percentage of fuel economy achieved based on the 2002 model year city fuel economy. Code Section 30B(c)(2)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The following table may be used to determine a taxpayer’s new advanced lean burn technology motor vehicle credit:


    Fuel economy based on 2002 model year
    city fuel economy is

    At Least But Less Than Credit

    125% 150% $400

    150% 175% $800

    175% 200% $1,200

    200% 225% $1,600

    225% 250% $2,000

    250% $2,400


    An additional conservation credit is allowed for a new advanced lean burn technology motor vehicle that achieves certain lifetime fuel savings based on gallons of gasoline. Code Section 30B(c)(2)(B), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.


    Lifetime fuel savings of gallons
    of gasoline is Conservation
    At Least But Less Than Credit

    1,200 1,800 $250

    1,800 2,400 $500

    2,400 3,000 $750

    3,000 $1,000


    The amount of any deduction or other credit allowable under the Code with respect to a new qualified advanced lean-burn technology motor vehicle must be reduced by the amount of any alternative motor vehicle credit allowed for the taxable year. Code Section 30B(h)(5)(B), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    CAUTION: The number of new qualified advanced lean-burning technology and hybrid motor vehicles sold by each manufacturer after December 31, 2005, eligible for these credits is limited to 60,000. After the 60,000th vehicle is sold, a phase-out period for the credits begins, that, over the following four quarters, reduces the credit to zero. Code Section 30B(f), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.


    (c)Hybrid Motor Vehicle Credit

    A taxpayer who buys a passenger automobile or light truck with a gross vehicle weight of not more than 8,500 pounds after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2015, and any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of more than 8,500 pounds purchased by a taxpayer after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2010, may qualify for the hybrid motor vehicle credit. Code Section 30B(j)(2) and (3), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    A new qualified hybrid motor vehicle is a vehicle that:

    (1) draws propulsion energy from onboard sources of stored energy that are both an internal combustion or heat engine using consumable fuel and a rechargeable energy storage system;

    (2) has received a certificate of conformity under the Clean Air Act, and meets or exceeds the equivalent qualifying California low emissions vehicle standard under Section 243(e)(2) of the Clean Air Act for that make and model year and (a) for vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 6,000 pounds or less, the Bin 5 Tier II emission standard established in regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency under Section 202(i) of the Clean Air Act for that make and model year and (b) for vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 6,000 pounds but not more than 8,500 pounds, the Bin 8 Tier II emission standard;

    (3) has a maximum available power of at least (a) 4 percent for a passenger vehicle or light truck with a gross vehicle weight of not more than 8,500 pounds; (b) 10 percent for a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,500 pounds and not more than 14,000 pounds; and (c) 15 percent for a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 pounds; and

    (4) if not a passenger automobile or light truck, is at least 8,500 pounds, has an internal combustion or heat engine that has received a certificate of conformity under the Clear Air Act as meeting the emission standards set in the regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency for 2004 through 2007 model year diesel heavy duty engines or ottocycle heavy duty engines. Code Section 30B(d)(3)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    Additionally, for a vehicle to qualify as a new qualified hybrid motor vehicle, the taxpayer must be the original user of the vehicle, the vehicle must be acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer (and not for resale), and the vehicle must be made by a manufacturer. Code Section 30B(d)(3)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The credit for a new qualified hybrid motor vehicle that is a passenger automobile or light truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 8,500 pounds is determined is based on a percentage of fuel economy achieved based on the 2002 model year city fuel economy. Code Section 30B(d)(2)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The following table may be used to determine a taxpayer’s new qualified hybrid motor vehicle credit:


    Fuel economy based on 2002 model year
    city fuel economy is

    At Least But Less Than Credit

    125% 150% $400

    150% 175% $800

    175% 200% $1,200

    200% 225% $1,600

    225% 250% $2,000

    250% $2,400


    An additional conservation credit is allowed for passenger automobiles or light trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 8,500 pounds that achieve a lifetime fuel savings based on gallons of gasoline. Code Section 30B(d)(2)(A)(ii), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The following table may be used to determine a taxpayer’s additional conservation credit for the new qualified hybrid motor vehicle credit:


    Lifetime fuel savings of gallons
    of gasoline is Conservation

    At Least But Less Than Credit

    1,200 1,800 $250

    1,800 2,400 $500

    2,400 3,000 $750

    3,000 $1,000


    A new qualified hybrid motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or more is allowed a credit equal to the applicable percentage of the qualified incremental hybrid cost of the vehicle as certified by the manufacturer. 23 The qualified incremental hybrid cost of any vehicle is equal to the amount of the excess of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the vehicle over the price for a comparable vehicle, to the extent the amount does not exceed:

    (1) $7,500 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 14,000 pounds;

    (2) $15,000 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds but not more than 26,000 pounds; and

    (3) $30,000 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds. Code Section 30B(d)(2)(B)(iii), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The applicable percentage for the credit is:

    (1) 20 percent if the vehicle achieves an increase in city fuel economy relative to a comparable vehicle of at least 30 percent but less than 40 percent;

    (2) 30 percent if the vehicle achieves an increase of at least 40 percent but less than 50 percent; and

    (3) 40 percent if the vehicle achieves an increase of at least 50 percent. Code Section 30B(d)(2)(B)(ii), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    A comparable vehicle with respect to any new qualified hybrid motor vehicle is any vehicle powered solely by gasoline or diesel internal combustion engine and that is comparable in weight, size, and use to the new qualified hybrid motor vehicle. Code Section 30B(d)(2)(B)(iv), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    CAUTION: The number of new qualified advanced lean-burning technology and hybrid motor vehicles sold by each manufacturer after December 31, 2005, eligible for these credits is limited to 60,000. After the 60,000th vehicle is sold a phase-out period for the credits begin, that, over the course of four quarters, reduces the credit to zero. Code Section 30B(f), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.


    (d)New Qualified Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicle Credit

    A taxpayer that buys a vehicle after December 31, 2005, and before January 1, 2011, may qualify for the new qualified alternative fuel vehicle credit. Code Section 30B(j)(4), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. A new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle is a vehicle only capable of operating on an alternative fuel. Additionally, for a vehicle to qualify as an alternative fuel motor vehicle, the taxpayer must be the original user of the vehicle, the vehicle must be acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer (and not for resale), and the vehicle must be made by a manufacturer. Code Section 30B(e)(4)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. Alternative fuel means compressed natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, and any liquid where at least 85 percent of the volume is methanol. Code Section 30B(e)(4)(B), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The credit is equal to the applicable percentage of the incremental cost of any new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle placed in service by the taxpayer during the taxable year. Code Section 30B(e)(1), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. The applicable percentage is 50 percent, plus 30 percent if the vehicle:

    (1) has received a certificate of conformity under the Clean Air Act and meets or exceeds the most stringent standard available for certification under the Clean Air Act for that make and model year (other than a zero emission standard); or

    (2) has received an order certifying the vehicle as meeting the same requirements as vehicles that may be sold or leased in California and meets or exceeds the most stringent standard available for certification under California state laws (enacted in accordance with a waiver granted under Section 209(b) of the Clean Air Act) for that make and model year vehicle (other than a zero emission standard).

    For a new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 pounds, the most stringent standard available will be the standard available for certification on August 8, 2005. Code Section 30B(e)(2), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The incremental cost of any new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle is equal to the amount of the excess of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the vehicle over the price for a gasoline or diesel fuel motor vehicle of the same model, to the extent the amount does not exceed:

    (1) $5,000 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of not more than 8,500 pounds;

    (2) $10,000 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 8,500 pounds but not more than 14,000 pounds;

    (3) $25,000 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 14,000 pounds but not more than 26,000 pounds; and

    (4) $40,000 for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds. Code Section 30B(e)(3), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    If the new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle is a mixed fuel vehicle, the credit is limited based on the percent of alternative fuel used and petroleum-based fuel used. In the case of vehicle that uses 75 percent alternative fuel and 25 percent petroleum fuel, the credit is 70 percent of the credit that would have been allowed if the vehicle were a new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle. In the case of a vehicle that uses 90 percent alternative fuel and 10 percent petroleum fuel, the credit is 90 percent of the credit that would have been allowed if the vehicle were a new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle. Code Section 30B(e)(5)(A), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341. A mixed fuel vehicle is any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of over 14,000 pounds that:

    (1) is certified by the manufacturer as being able to perform efficiently in normal operation on a combination of alternative fuel and petroleum-based fuel; and

    (2) has received a certificate of conformity under the Clean Air Act or has received an order certifying the vehicle as meeting the same requirements as vehicles that may be sold or leased in California and meets or exceeds the low emission vehicle standard under Section 88.105-94 of Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, for that make and model year.

    Additionally, for a vehicle to qualify as an alternative fuel motor vehicle, the taxpayer must be the original user of the vehicle, the vehicle must be acquired for use or lease by the taxpayer (and not for resale), and the vehicle must be made by a manufacturer. Code Section 30B(e)(5)(B), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

    The amount of any deduction or credit allowed under the under the Internal Revenue Code for any incremental cost taken into account in computing the new qualified alternative fuel motor vehicle credit must be reduced by the amount of the deduction or credit attributable to the incremental cost. Code Section 30B(h)(5), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.



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    23/ The certification must be determined in accordance with guidance from the IRS, which must specify procedures and methods for calculating fuel economy, weight, size, and use to the vehicle. Code Section 30B(d)(2)(B)(v), added by Pub. L. 109-58, Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1341.

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    Executive Summary

    The long and short of the above is that you may qualify for tax credits (that reduce your tax liability dollar for dollar!). if you purchase a hybrid auto.

    Typically, the dealer can advise you on which credit level the hybrid you purchase will qualify.

    Additionally, this new provision in the law is effective for tax years beginning AFTER December 31, 2005. The provision expires in six years. Thus, if you bought your otherwise qualified hybrid BEFORE December 31, 2005 I believe you're SOL and do not receive a federal tax credit.

    You may qualify for state tax credits too!

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    Thanks for the summary, I wouldn't have made it through the whole line. I've been thinking about it, and this is definitely a boost on the "pro" side.
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    Yea, but the only thing is is that the hybrid cars out now are a joke and cost to own one is more than a gasoline powered car. Even though they won't allow their sale in California anymore it is much better to get a Volkswagon Jetta TDI diesel. I just bought a used one and am getting 50 mpg on the highway. With 10,000 miles between oil changes it well makes up for the extra cost of diesel.
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    Reports are out showing that after the premium you pay for your hybrid car, you are not going to get ahead of the economic curve for 6 years. That theory is true, save for one little detail... replacement of the batteries. I know one hybrid car that needed its batteries replaced... that cost $4,000 bucks. On the used car market, with a car that might be worth only 4 grand, needs 4 grand worth of new batteries... the value is zero. Like a Dodge Daytona with a bad transmission... it's worth jack squat. So your resale value is going to be extra low, well below that of a regular version of the same vehicle.

    In short... you would have to be an idiot to buy a hybrid car right now. An idiot or a Green Party member, which is the same thing.

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    I would agree with George and to take it further who in the heck would want to be in a plastic small car with the big trucks on the road? Not me.

    I would just buy the best mpg car I could, some of the Hondas get 45mpg, I know not American made, but yet it is! they are made right here in the ole USA, but the parts are Japanese! yep, they are but check out your American made Chevy, A LOT of parts are also made else where.


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    My V-6 Contour SE gets 33 miles per gallon on the highway and over 25 in town... that's excellent economy for a 6 cylinder.
    It's small and light, but has a meaty engine and a 5 speed. People need to relearn how to drive a stick to milk out the best milage.

    Of course I extend milage by avoiding exceleration... speeding up is what burns the most fuel. The trick to avoid it is to simply to not slow down for the curves.... Performance tires, tight suspenion... I love it.

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    I love my 2003 Ford F150 Supercab 4x4 FX4 with the big ole' 5.4 V8. Yeah it only gets somewhere in the 15 mpg range average, but if I trully cared a ton about mileage, I woulda bought a Civic. I drive less than 9000 miles a year so gas prices don't tend to bother me too much. There's nothing sweeter than the sound of a V8 in the morning. Can't wait until I can buy myself another Mustang!

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