Tesla customers will start to lose access to a $7,500 tax credit in 2019

News | July 12th, 2018 by 1
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According to Business Insider, Tesla has just passed the 200,000-vehicle threshold which means which means its customers will start to lose access to a $7,500 tax …

According to Business Insider, Tesla has just passed the 200,000-vehicle threshold which means which means its customers will start to lose access to a $7,500 tax credit. The tax credits issued by the federal government range from $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the car’s size and battery capacity, and Tesla’s customers have always received the maximum grant available.

On their website, Tesla notes the following:

The following federal income tax credits are available to anyone who purchases a new Tesla Model S, Model X or Model 3

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Federal Tax Credit For Vehicles Delivered
$7,500 On or before December 31, 2018
$3,750 January 1 to June 30, 2019
$1,875 July 1 to December 31, 2019

Several states and local utilities offer additional electric vehicle incentives for customers, often taking the form of a rebate. Rebates can be claimed immediately after purchase, while tax credits are claimed when filing income taxes.

Many states also offer non-cash incentives, such as carpool lane access in California and free municipal parking.

All states $7,500 income tax credit (subject to phase out schedule above)
Arizona Reduced Vehicle License Tax, Carpool lane access and reduced rates for electric vehicle charging
California $2,500 rebate (based on income eligibility)
Connecticut $3,000 rebate for new vehicles with a base price under $60,000
Colorado $5,000 tax credit for purchase of a new vehicle
$2,500 tax credit for lease of a new vehicle
Delaware $1,000 rebate for new vehicles with a base price over $60,000
$3,500 rebate for new vehicles with a base price under $60,000
Hawaii Carpool lane access and reduced rates for electric vehicle charging
Louisiana $2,500 income tax credit
Maryland $3,000 Excise Tax Credit for new vehicles with a total price under $60,000
$700 rebate on wall connectors and installation
Massachusetts $1,000 rebate for new vehicles with a base price over $60,000
$2,500 rebate for new vehicles with a base price under $60,000
Nevada Reduced rates for electric vehicle charging
New Jersey Sales tax exempt
New York $500 rebate for new vehicles with a base price over $60,000
$2,000 rebate for new vehicles with a base price under $60,000
Pennsylvania $1,750 rebate for new vehicles with a base price under $50,000 and under
(500 rebates available between January 1 and June 30, 2018)
Washington DC Excise tax exempt

So basically, any customer looking to get the full tax credit will have to order a Tesla before December 31, 2018. On January 1, 2019, the credit is halved for the first six months and then further reduced to $1,875. The credit will expire for Tesla customers in January 2020.

Tesla currently has around 420,000 preorders which won’t come with the tax credit until being actually delivered to the customer. The company made 41,029 Model 3s from the vehicle’s July 2017 launch to the end of last month.

Other automakers are yet to be in danger to lose this credit since they have not reached the federal quota of vehicles sold. BMW, for example, has sold around 3,500 units of their BMW i3 electric cars in 2018.

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