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How dealerships can maximize Inflation Reduction Act credits webinar

Learn from Baker Tilly dealership specialists in this recorded webinar how the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is impacting auto dealerships and how you can take advantage of various tax credits.

The IRA has created game changing opportunities for dealerships through $270 billion in energy incentives. Dealerships can receive benefits from these energy incentives as they provide a direct offset to federal tax liability in the form of tax credits. This webinar dives into the four main provisions in the IRA that impact dealerships the most, including:

  • Vehicle tax credits
  • Section 30C: Electric charging stations
  • Section 48: Investment tax credit for energy property

FAQs from live webinar

  • The dealership should notify the buyer of the modified, adjusted gross income limits, but will not need to verify this. If the buyer fails to qualify because of the modified, adjusted gross income limits when they file their tax return, an additional tax will be assessed on the buyer.
  • The secretary will set up a program to allow payments in advance to the dealership. The exact details of the program and any filing requirements have not been released yet. Later in 2023, there will be additional guidance released regarding the program allowing credit transfer to the dealership.
  • The qualified commercial vehicle credit is eligible for elective payment by an eligible entity. Such entities include any state or political subdivision thereof. The elective payment allows the eligible entity to file a tax return and claim a refund in the amount of the eligible credits. The exact procedures for filing tax returns have not been released yet.
  • The new, clean vehicle credit, used vehicle credit and the qualified commercial clean vehicle credit are allowed to the taxpayer that places the vehicle in service. Vehicles that are held by the dealer as inventory will not qualify for any of these credits.
  • If the dealer acquires a vehicle, leases it to a lessee or places the vehicle in service as a loaner vehicle, then the dealer may be eligible for the qualified commercial clean vehicle credit. We believe that if you place an EV vehicle into loaner service, the vehicle must be placed into your fixed assets and depreciated versus keeping it in inventory to be eligible for the credit.
  • If the dealer intends to place the vehicle in service as a loaner vehicle, then yes, titling the vehicle in the dealer’s name would be advisable.
  • If the vehicle is considered inventory, then it won’t be considered placed-in-service. This means that the dealer will not be able to claim a credit. If the dealer removed the vehicle from inventory and places the vehicle in service, the dealer may be eligible for the qualified commercial clean vehicle credit.
  • If the vehicle is placed in service by the dealer, a future sale of the vehicle may allow the buyer to claim the used vehicle credit. Among other requirements, the vehicle model year must be at least two years earlier than the calendar year in which the vehicle is sold.

The information provided here is of a general nature and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any individual or entity. In specific circumstances, the services of a professional should be sought. Tax information, if any, contained in this communication was not intended or written to be used by any person for the purpose of avoiding penalties, nor should such information be construed as an opinion upon which any person may rely. The intended recipients of this communication and any attachments are not subject to any limitation on the disclosure of the tax treatment or tax structure of any transaction or matter that is the subject of this communication and any attachments.

A. Michael Mader
Chad Resner
Firm Director
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