Roll Out the Green Carpet: Your Guide to the Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit

Roll Out the Green Carpet: Your Guide to the Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit

Are you tired of hearing about how you can save the environment while saving some money? Well, you shouldn’t be, because the IRS has just released some juicy info on a tax credit that could benefit your business and help the planet. Let’s dive into the exciting world of Commercial Clean Vehicle credits!

Say Hello to the Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit

Starting in 2023 and running all the way through December 31, 2032, businesses and certain tax-exempt entities can claim a tax credit for purchasing qualifying commercial clean vehicles. What’s the catch, you ask? Just a few simple points:

  1. The credit applies to businesses and tax-exempt entities. For the latter, it’s an elective payment – score!
  2. No price limit on the cost of the commercial vehicle – go big or go home!
  3. No double-dipping, folks. You can’t claim both the commercial clean vehicle credit and the new clean vehicle credit for the same vehicle.
  4. Make sure your vehicle is made by a Qualified Manufacturer (check for a list of these superstars).

How Much Money Are We Talking Here?

The credit amount depends on the weight of your clean machine. For vehicles weighing less than 14,000 pounds, you can get a maximum of $7,500 per vehicle. For the heavyweights, the credit jumps to a whopping $40,000! But wait, there’s some math involved:

The credit is limited to either:

  • 15% of the vehicle’s cost (or 30% for non-gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles), or
  • The incremental cost of the vehicle compared to a gas-guzzling counterpart.

Which Vehicles Can Drive Me to Savings?

To qualify for the credit, the vehicle must be eligible for a depreciation allowance, with the exception of vehicles used by tax-exempt organizations and not subject to a lease. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Vehicle Type: We’re talking clean vehicles and mobile machinery (think electric forklifts or street sweepers!)
  • Battery: Vehicles need a battery capacity of at least 7 kWh (or 15 kWh for vehicles weighing 14,000 pounds or more) or to be fuel cell vehicles (like some fancy hybrids).

So, there you have it! The Commercial Clean Vehicle credit is your ticket to a greener, tax-friendlier future. Now go forth and save the environment, one clean vehicle at a time – and don’t forget to cash in on those tax credits!

***Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as tax advice, and no tax accountant -client relationship results**

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