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US Federal $7,500 Electric Vehicle Credit Expiry Date By Automaker

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by seattlite2004, Feb 8, 2018.

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  1. gochin23

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    I just checked again and mine also changed to this. It also said a refund date will be provided when available.
     
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    I ended up pulling my IRS transcript and shows a refund date of the 26th. WMR has no change.
     
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    thanks for the heads up! just checked WMR and it moved to accepted and shows that the refund will be sent on 2/26. :cool:
     
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    FYI for those who have filed and are awaiting their refund which include the EV credit, I just received mine!
     
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    Does anyone have an example of a filled out tax form for the model 3 specifically? I don't have it in front of me but I recall there were a few places that weren't immediately clear.
     
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    It's pretty straight-forward, you can find the form and instructions here: About Form 8936 | Internal Revenue Service

    I'd read all of that and then, if you have any specific questions, come back and ask them.
     
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    Got my $7,500 :)

    E-filed on 2/6, deposited 2/27. The IRS status website eventually gave the date of 2/27 and it was on time.

    TurboTax did ask additional questions like price and gross vehicle weight...I suppose in case I was eligible for the Hummer loophole. Besides that, very straightforward.
     
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    I e-filed via TurboTax on Feb. 10. The $7500 EV credit was fully applied and my refund was deposited on Feb. 28th.
     
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    So just to be clear, the federal process is (for a 2019 purchase):

    Fill out form 8936 and file with next years taxes?
    Taxes lowered by $3750 (for May 2019 purchase?)

    Is there anything I need to do NOW? I filed the California and my Electric company rebates.
     
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    Yep, you must take delivery before July for a non-refundable $3,750 credit. You can also adjust your W-4 to reduce withholding to recoup the credit sooner (remember to reverse it in 2020).
     
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    Elaborate? I thought I was tax liability and has nothing to do with adjusting withholding s? And End of quarter is June? So doesn’t have to be in hand by June 30th?
     
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    What @mongo was getting at is that if you adjust your withholdings, you can basically get the $3,750 this year instead of waiting until your refund in 2020. It's easy to do, just need to adjust your W-4 with your employer (assuming you are not self-employed) but you need to remember to reverse it next January. If you are not comfortable tinkering with the W-4, it's not that big of an issue (you are just giving Uncle Sam an interest free loan for a few months).

    And yes, quarter end is 6/30 (which is the same as "before July").
     
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    If your withholding is much more than your tax liability, then you are giving the IRS a free loan until the following spring. So if you adjust your withholding, you can get your money sooner rather than later.
     
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    If the other answers didn’t clear it up for you, basically increase your allowances on your W4 so that you get $3750 more in your paychecks over the next 8 months or so and then put it back to normal next year. Your taxes will initially look like you owe ~$3,750 more than normal but the credit will balance that out.
     
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    Just make sure you're actually eligibly for the credit (ie, have at least $3750 in liability, which generally isn't difficult for someone who can afford a Tesla but it can happen) otherwise you will be on the hook for it come tax time (and possibly some penalties as well).
     
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    Is anyone aware of any person who bought a Tesla (any model) -- snagged the tax refund -- then sold the car? And pocketed the $7,500?

    A new car bought 6 months ago - will depreciate some -- but, shouldn't depreciate up to $7,500 ... thus my question.

    You could probably do this with any EV eligible for the credit.

    I could see the appeal for someone to buy every EV eligible for the $7,500....sell them right away...and get the tax credit, for every one of them. You're guaranteed to come out ahead, maybe? Who's with me?
     
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    This is illegal. You have to intend to keep the car. Now, no one may ever know you did it, but I believe it is still against the law. If you get audited they may also ask for proof of ownership of the vehicle.
     
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    I thought it didn’t matter what I claim. For instance I had a tax liability of 7k this year but didn’t owe anything and got a little bit of a refund. Wouldn’t I still get the 3750 credit and just get it on my refund?
     
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    The used market mostly took that into account. Unless the Tesla was a new version in high demand (the first few months of the Model X and 3 saw high resale prices), selling the car used to less than a $7500 delta was pretty tough. Performance cars keep depreciating, but the depreciation slows down for other Teslas after the first $7500 drop. Model S and X still depreciate a lot compared to high demand mid-priced cars.

    For other EVs, the depreciation is a cliff. You can pick up a 2 year old Leaf for less than $20K.
     

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