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Plug-in Electric Vehicle Credit Begins Phase-out For Manufacturers Exceeding 200,000 in Sales

The IRS announced that as if April 1, 2019, the phase-out of the tax credit available for purchasers of new General Motors plug-in electric vehicles has begun. This event was triggered by General Motors, LLC having sold more than 200,00 vehicles eligible for the plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Qualifying vehicles by the manufacturer are eligible for a $7,500 credit if acquired before April 1, 2019. Beginning April 1, 2019, the credit will be $3,750 for General Motors’ eligible vehicles. On October 1, 2019, the credit will be reduced to $1,875 for the next two quarters. After March 31, 2020, no credit will be available.

The plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit was enacted in the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 and subsequently modified. It provides a credit for eligible passenger vehicles and light trucks. By law, five quarters after reaching the sales threshold, the credit ends for the manufacturer. General Motors vehicles are eligible for some portion of a credit until April 1, 2020.

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