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Tell Your Representatives to Reduce the Punitive EV User Fee

Tell Your Representatives to Reduce the Punitive EV User Fee
Georgia has the highest EV user fee in the U.S. – let’s fix that!

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In 2015, Georgia passed a new user fee on electric vehicles (EVs). This $200 fee (increasing annually) makes EVs the highest taxed vehicles on the road in Georgia. It is negatively impacting adoption and reducing the ability of more Georgians to adopt this new, cleaner technology.

Georgia lawmakers have the opportunity, right now, to help reduce that fee. HB 317 was introduced that will reduce the fee from $200 to $100. While this fee is still higher than many of the other states that impose such a fee, it will reduce the burden to current and future EV owners. Help us keep the pressure on!

Please contact your Representative and the Transportation Committee Chairman (instructions below) TODAY! Time is critical!

Personal emails are more effective than automated emails, so please copy, paste and send from your personal email address. Add your personal story to the sample text provided below.

Follow these steps to TAKE ACTION TODAY:

  1. Email the Transportation Committee Chairman:
  2. Find your legislator here and add them to your email going to the Chairman
  3. Copy and paste the sample text; customize it, especially if you drive an EV!
  4. Hit send!

Dear Representative [Insert Name] and Chairman Tanner,

I am writing to urge you to support HB 317 that would lower the punitive electric vehicle user fee. I drive a (INSERT YOUR EV HERE). I am paying more in road use fees than a pickup truck or an SUV. I agree that a road use fee is fair for an electric vehicle, but the current fee is unfair and punitive.

I currently pay tax on the electricity I use to power my EV, but I am now also paying the $204.20 user (registration) fee plus an additional fee for the Alternative Fuel tag ($35).

EVs are now the highest taxed vehicles on the road in Georgia. It is negatively impacting retention and adoption of electric vehicles and reducing the ability of more Georgians to adopt this new, cleaner technology.

Alternative fuel vehicles are good for the Georgia economy as they are using power generated in Georgia and the dollars stay in Georgia.

Please reduce the user fee and support bill HB 317.

Thank you for your consideration.


[Insert your name / address]

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Electric Vehicle Tax Credits – Georgia

Now that you are excited about buying or leasing an Electric Vehicle, you will need to understand the types of tax credits which apply to the vehicle, especially here in Georgia. And before you start counting the tax credits, be sure to consult with your own personal tax advisor or contact one of the tax preparation firms for advice.  The EV tax landscape at the Federal level (200,000 manufacturer vehicle limit than phase down) and in the State of Georgia (2014 HB257 tried to eliminate the EV tax credit) are changing so it is ‘buyer beware’.

But here is some general information you should know about how the income tax credits work if you purchase or lease an EV/PHEV in Georgia;

1).  Up to $7,500 Federal Income Tax Credit – If you purchase a qualifying EV/PHEV, the Federal Government offers a one time (one tax year) credit of up to $7,500.00 to offset income tax liability.  Each qualifying vehicle has a designated tax credit amount based on its battery capacity (e.g. 16 kWh for Chevrolet VOLT supports the full $7,500 income tax credit). for full details. Most of the fully electric vehicles (BMW i3, LEAF, VOLT, Tesla) qualify for the full $7,500.  The Honda Accord Plug-In($3,626)  and the Ford C-Max and Fusion Energi models ($4,007) are significantly lower.  IRS data as of June 24, 2014.

If you lease the EV/PHEV, the finance or leasing company takes the Federal Tax Credit and should provide the benefit of that credit to you through the lease payment  (the calculation of which is already very complicated so ask the dealer to walk you through the lease payment worksheet).  You do not get to claim the tax credit on your own taxes.  So take time to understand what you are getting when you lease an EV!

2).  Up to $5,000 State Income Tax Credit – if you purchase a qualifying ZERO EMISSION VEHICLE.  Note the difference here.  Not an EV or a PHEV but a ZEV.  In Georgia that covers the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S and the BMW i3.  It does not apply to any vehicle which also has a gasoline powered engine or generator (Chevrolet VOLT, Ford C-Max and BMW i3 with range extender). Again if you lease a vehicle in Georgia, the ZEV tax credit goes to the finance or leasing company.  Be sure you understand how that tax credit gets included in the calculation of your lease payment!

State of Georgia Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Tax Credit

An income tax credit is available to individuals who purchase or lease a new ZEV. The amount of the tax credit is 20% of the vehicle cost, up to $5,000. For the purpose of this credit, a ZEV is defined as a motor vehicle that has zero tailpipe and evaporative emissions, including a pure electric vehicle. Low-speed vehicles do not qualify for this credit. Any portion of the credit not used in the year the ZEV is purchased or leased may be carried over for up to five years. For more information, see the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Alternative Fuels and Tax Credits website.

Be aware that the 2015 Georgia Legislative Session will very likely amend/reduce the ZEV tax credit!  So if you and your accountant agree that you can use the Georgia Tax Credit, consider making your lease or purchase as soon as possible in 2014.

The Federal and State of Georgia Income Tax Credits can be used on the same qualifying vehicle.  So the maximum tax credit you can use is $12,500.00!