[Oeva-list] FW: Oregon EV Tax Credits

Barbara Ballew baballew at msn.com
Fri Jul 6 16:06:43 PDT 2012

Patrick (and OEVA list), I spoke today with both Debbie Davis and her supervisor, Maureen Bach, at Oregon DOE.  I received my "Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit Certification" postcard, for my Zap Xebra EV purchase, with only part of the credit showing, so I called to discuss the difference. Both Debbie and Maureen assured me that neither my Zap Xebra, the Nissan Leaf, nor the Chevy Volt, etc. are eligible for the (block 6) "vehicle charging system" tax credit, because the system is built in to the vehicle and part of the vehicle purchase price.  * I asked a number of clarifying questions (why is #6 on the form if this is the case, etc.)  and neither was able to explain what they were stating.  They wanted me to know that they've both been there a long time and are very knowledgeable about the Oregon tax credit for EV's, and my case is being handled the same as all the other Oregon EV tax credit forms.  Neither could direct me to where what they were saying is cited in the tax credit rules; they could only say "it is on our website." Bottom line, at least for me, is that the only part of the Oregon tax credit I can get is from block # 3, purchase of vehicle.And as if not getting an explanation wasn't bad enough, they were rude and hung up on me.   * is this how others in OEVA were credited for their vehicle purchases with on-board chargers?  BBallew
 From: patrick0101 at gmail.com
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:58:15 -0800
To: oeva-list at oeva.org
Subject: [Oeva-list] 2011 Oregon EV Tax Credits

Here is the link to the Oregon state EV tax credits. http://www.oregon.gov/ENERGY/CONS/RES/tax/docs/AltFuel.pdf?ga=t

NOTE: That you have to file this BEFORE you do your taxes. You apply for the credit and get a form to include in your tax filing. This is the same method that is used for Oregon solar credits. 

This form has credits for: 1) Converting a vehicle to alt fuel (EV conversion) 2) Buying a new EV3) Buying a EV battery charger (like the one that is onboard the Volt and Leaf) 

4) Buying a home charging station. If you were outside of the EV project like Forrest Grove or other areas, then you likely had to buy an EVSE and this would apply. 
There is one related question that I was asked, that I do not know the answer to. It is: If I didn't buy an EVSE, but rather had the emergency/trickle unit that came with my Leaf upgraded, can I apply credits for that? If this applies to you, I would call the Ore. DOE and talk to Debbie Davis 1-800-221-8035 (in Salem call 503-378-4040). She was very helpful when I filled out this form. Since this cost was for "fueling equipment" I think it qualifies, but Debbie could tell you for sure.

Here are my note from talking with Debbie about how to fill out this form for a Leaf purchase. It asks for comparable gas cars and these notes has the one that she recommends for the Leaf. It is likely different for the Volt. 

Debbie said: 

For box 3, use a Nissan Sentra as the comparative model. This is a similar sized and accessorized Nissan.  She suggested using the base price of $16060.  The resulting tax credit is $750.

For box 6, use $3000 as the installed cost of the vehicle charger installed in the car. The ODOE is aware that this is an internal vehicle item and the cost is not shown on the car invoice. The resulting tax credit is another $750.

Together these result in a $1500 state tax credit.
Additionally, box 5 can be used for the home charging station, if applicable.

I have put all these notes on our facebook page here: http://goo.gl/aBaxa

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