Tesla Buyers May See $7,000 Tax Credits from President Biden Soon

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In 2019, Tesla and General Motors (GM) both reached a tax credit cap, where the companies were no longer eligible for federal EV tax credits. Congress had the chance to extend the cap limits, but the measure didn’t pass.

However, on February 5, Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Chairman of House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue, as well as every other Democratic leader, signed onto a reintroduced GREEN Act, which would once again open Tesla and GM up to federal tax credits, according to CNET.

The first major electric vehicle (EV) push under the Biden administration, the bill would significantly incentivize buyers to go green.

One major difference between the current bill and the one proposed in 2020 is a reduction of the money eligible from $7,500 to $7,000. The bill still bases the amount on the EV’s storage capacity, allowing fully-electric cars to receive the full amount available.

The new GREEN bill is also getting rid of the ceiling on the credits. Tesla surpassed the 200,000 cap in both 2019 and 2020, and GM did too in 2020.

An entry Tesla Model 3 costs $36,490 USD. A $7,000 USD federal EV tax credit would take it down to $29,490 USD, and clearly would result in even more demand for the sedan. The EV tax credit would lower your income tax bill, dollar-for-dollar.

In either case, the Biden administration has long been expected to replace repeals to previous EV-forward measures, so the news isn’t a surprise. It is, however, going to have a tangible impact on the EV market, and hopefully one that results in far fewer emissions.