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Taxpayers received $74 million in questionable EV tax credits says Treasury Dept.

Federal investigators found 16,510 tax returns that may be ineligible

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At last minute, Congress keeps electric motorcycle tax credits

Tax Credit Is Worth 10% Of Purchase Price, With A $2,500 Max

Zero Motorcycles is pleased with the feds' decision to extend plug-in perk for electric motorcycles.

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Should you buy an EV?

We run through some questions to ask yourself if you are shopping for an electric vehicle. Many factors impact the decision, like whether to go new or used.

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How Washington's fiscal cliff deal helps NASCAR and electric motorcycles

With the so-called fiscal cliff looming like a New Year's Day hangover, US lawmakers were able to strike an eleventh-hour deal that should prove beneficial to couples making less than $450,000 a year. Like any piece of US legislation, though, there was enough pork stuffed inside to ensure lobbyists and well-connected constituents remain happy. As a part of the deal, a few tax credits were extended that pertain to the automotive world.

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Tesla's Musk says Obama win means good things for plug-in vehicles

That gift horse? Elon Musk ain't looking it in the mouth.

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DOT's LaHood defends tax credit for plug-in vehicles

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said tax incentives for plug-in electric vehicles have been an effective way of boosting consumer interest in cars like the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in and the Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicle, even though the two models had weaker sales than expected, Reuters reported.

Three federal electric vehicle incentives expiring at end of 2011

2011 may have been the first full year that multiple mainstream plug-in vehicles were available in the U.S., but it will also be remembered – most likely – as the year when the U.S. federal government was offering the most money to plug-in vehicle buyers (based on the number and types of incentives offered, not in total funds spent). As of the end of 2011 – i.e., three short days from now – three incentives will go Sebastian Blanco

Report: $33M in EV tax credits went to buy unqualified vehicles

Is a bicycle an electric vehicle? How about a Hummer H3? These are some of the things that Americans claimed were hybrids, alternative-powered or plug-in electric vehicles on their tax forms, reports USA Today. What's more, the false claimants managed to get $33 million back from the federal government. According to the daily, $

Report: $33M in EV tax credits went to buy unqualified vehicles

Is a bicycle an electric vehicle? How about a Hummer H3? These are some of the things that Americans claimed were hybrids, alternative-powered or plug-in electric vehicles on their tax forms, reports USA Today. What's more, the false claimants managed to get $33 million back from the federal government. According to the daily, $3

Tax credit for "black liquor" eliminated under health care reform bill *UPDATE

Buried in the health car reform legislation is a mention of a paper-making byproduct known as "black liquor." This substance, a wood-pulping byproduct, is utilized as a biofuel to generate electricity for paper-making companies throughout the U.S. Up until now, companies utilizing this black substance could claim a hefty tax credit related to the use of biofuels for production purposes.

Coda says plug-in vehicle tax rebate (instead of credit) would triple customer demand

Know the difference between a tax rebate and a tax credit? They may seem like the same thing – paying fewer taxes – but there's a big difference. A credit is something you get back when you file your taxes and a rebate, in this case an instant cash rebate, is money you'd get back when you buy the item. A new electric car, for example.

Obama mulling more support for plug-in vehicle manufacturers

The U.S. federal government has put a lot of money into clean car companies this past year, including about $8.5 billion through U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program (Ford got $5.9 billion, Nissan $1.6 billion, Sebastian Blanco

ElectricAid, Norstart rustle up support for electric vehicle government credit in Norway

Members of ElectricAid and Norstart, two pro-electric vehicle organizations in Norway, spent the weekend talking to high profile politicians in that country about the country's EV policies. The occasion was the annual Environmental Car Exhibition in Oslo and representatives from the two groups brought along a proposal to help the EV industry, one they wanted to run by the politicians present. The proposal reads,

Responses to Obama's move, and looking at the potential of a $10,000 PHEV tax credit

There were good and bad receptions to President Obama's move earlier this week to push the EPA to rethink the California waiver decision (details here). GM released a very short statement that said they were "ready to engage the Obama administration and the Congress" on this topic (read the whole thing after the jump). The Sebastian Blanco

Michigan approves $335 million in tax breaks for battery manufacturers

The state of Michigan has been trying to attract advanced technology and green energy companies for several years now - with limited success. The latest effort passed through the Michigan legislature just before the holiday break in the form of tax credits for battery companies that set up manufacturing facilities in the state.

April 15th is coming and the IRS has got your biofuel tax information ready

If you're the Ned Flanders type who just loves to get your taxes done early, we've got the post for you. The IRS has prepared a document on the changes to the tax code that biodiesel and cellulosic biofuel producers need to be aware of. If you know that ASTM D 6751 biodiesel standard was revised, but don't know what the revision means for you, then you should download the paper (PDF).

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