IRS Tax Tips
March 19, 2008 – TT-2008-56
Tax Credit for Hybrid Vehicles
If you bought a hybrid vehicle in 2007, you may be entitled to a tax credit on your 2007 return. The credit is worth as much as $3,000 for the most fuel-efficient models. The precise amount depends on the make and model of the vehicle and when the vehicle was purchased.
The tax credit for hybrid vehicles, called the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit, applies to vehicles purchased or placed in service on or after January 1, 2006.
Hybrid vehicles have drive trains powered by both an internal combustion engine and a rechargeable battery. Many currently available hybrid vehicles may qualify for the credit. Taxpayers may claim the credit on their 2007 tax returns only if they placed a qualified hybrid vehicle in service in 2007. As of March 2007, more than 40 different models of hybrids were/are eligible for the credit.
The credit is available only to the original purchaser of a new qualifying vehicle. If the qualifying vehicle is leased the credit is available only to the leasing company.
If 60,000 hybrid or advance lean burn technology vehicles of a particular manufacturer are sold, the tax credit is reduced and eventually eliminated. The full credit can be claimed up to the end of the third month after the quarter in which the manufacturer sells its 60,000th hybrid vehicle.
The credit for qualified Toyota and Lexus vehicles was eliminated for purchases on or after Oct. 1, 2007. The full credit for qualified Honda vehicles was available for all purchases in 2007, but has been reduced for purchases on or after Jan. 1, 2008.
To find out whether your car qualifies for the hybrid tax credit and the maximum amount of that credit, you can go to the IRS.gov website and search for "qualified hybrid vehicles."