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Treasury Dept. announces consumer leases can qualify for new EV tax credits

As of January 1, 2023, automakers selling EVs with final assembly outside of North America could qualify for a commercial vehicle tax credit, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

By allowing up to $7,500 for used subsidized leases, the tax credit satisfies the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) requirements and its restructured EV tax credits. Automakers have also stated that the credit could be used to reduce lease costs.

This means that many U.S. EVs will probably be eligible for the total $7,500 amount until about the first quarter of 2023, after which most of those eligible vehicles will only be eligible for $3,750.

The law also requires vehicles to use increased amounts of critical minerals from the U.S. or countries with which the U.S. has free trade agreements and increased levels of North American battery components. In an effort to keep U.S. businesses out of a battery supply chain controlled by China, it also established revenue and price caps and barred vehicles from receiving EV tax credits if they contained any parts or minerals created in a “foreign entity of concern.”

A vehicle that satisfies either the mineral or battery component requirement will be eligible for half of the credit. But, if it meets both, it will qualify for the full tax credit. Automakers have complained about the difficult-to-meet requirements and predicted that, if implemented, no existing vehicles would be eligible in January.

However, under the new credit, the MSRP of the vehicle can be, at most, $55,000 for passenger cars or $80,000 for SUVs, trucks, and vans. Additionally, even if the MSRP includes options, the IRS warns that “it isn’t necessarily the amount you pay”—a distinction many may need, considering dealer markups in the current economy.

For single filers, heads of households, and married couples filing jointly, the new rules stipulate that buyers must have a household income of $150,000 or less, $225,000 for heads of households, or $300,000 for married couples filing jointly. Additionally, buyers must purchase the vehicle for personal use, not resale, to be used primarily in the U.S. 

The department will release its full proposal for guidance in March 2023.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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