so the end result was a cost of $30k to move from a used 70D to a brand new P90DL with value of $150k? does the offer then move down to the next person?
That's not the point. The point is, after selling 96 cars for Tesla and NOT qualifying for the $1000 referral bonus for each (totally $96k!!), Tesla could have paid the taxes for him, to make it totally cost free to the winner. $30k is a drop in the bucket for a company like Tesla, but it's the idiotic middle management that just doesn't see the big picture to just "do the right thing".
Thanks for cross-posting this lolchampcar -- I never would have seen it on the god-awful TM forums.
I guarantee if they paid taxes for one person, then others would be on the forum complaining that it should have been done for them also & it isn't fair.
They do it for him ... and then do they do it for each of the winners of the discounted Founders? (Difference between the price we pay and the full cost appears to be taxable.) unfair, imo, to be angry at Tesla over the tax code.
Oh, please. It would get out, rest assured.
Only if the winner disclosed it. And even if so, so what? All the other prizes (powerwalls) are quite small in comparison, and the rules do say the winner is responsible for taxes. The P90DL upgrade prize was advertised as a "swap".
What he was offered was not a swap.
I purposely was not addressing nor discussing whether I thought it was a swap or not. I was addressing the weak argument that an exception could be made and kept quiet.
"But today, my DSM told me that HQ says this is not how the transaction works. Now I'm told that I swap my 70D for the P90DL, but I'm responsible for the $79K) difference between the new car (+ taxes/fees) and the trade-in value of my old car. This comes out to be roughly $30K in federal/state income tax."
I don't think you guys read it correctly. It's more than tax, Tesla is asking him to pay for the difference of the swap PLUS tax. Let's say his P90D worth 130,000, the tax should be less than 13,000.