Oklahomans who felt that they didn't get a fair deal out of the state's generous tax rebate when they bought their Tomberlin neighborhood-electric vehicle (NEV) a few years back got their day in court recently and will now get their refund.
According to the Oklahoman, the state supreme court ended the two-plus-year dispute by ruling late last month that the NEV buyers will get their tax credit, which covers about half the purchase price of the vehicles. In 2009, the Oklahoma Tax Commission called the NEVs "golf carts" and said the vehicles didn't qualify to get any money back from the state. The state does look to the IRS to help determine if a vehicle is defined as a "low speed vehicle," and the IRS looks for four wheels, a vehicle that "is manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads and highways (not including a vehicle operated exclusively on a rail or rails)" and is "not manufactured primarily for off-road use, such as primarily for use on a golf course" and can go at least 20 but not more than 25 miles per hour. Most Tomberlin NEVs are priced in the $8,000 to $10,000 range and meet these qualifications and so the court ruled in favor of the NEV buyers.