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Clean Vehicle and Residential Energy Tax Credits 2024 – What To Know

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Here are a few things to be aware of for the upcoming 2024 filing season:

Clean Vehicle Credits

Ensure your client gives you the information about the vehicle’s qualification for the credit from the dealer. The dealer who sold the vehicle must give the taxpayer this information at the time of the sale. This is true for the new clean vehicle credit, the used clean vehicle credit and the commercial clean vehicle credit.

In order for the vehicle to be eligible for the credit, the dealer (seller) must provide the following information on a report (“seller report” or “time of sale report”) to the IRS and the taxpayer:

  • Name and taxpayer ID of the taxpayer
  • Name and taxpayer identification number of the seller
  • Vehicle Identification number (VIN)
  • Battery capacity
  • Verification that the taxpayer is the original user of the vehicle
  • Date of sale and sales price
  • Maximum credit allowed for the vehicle

See the following on the IRS website for more information on the report:

  • IRS Fact Sheet FS-2023-22 (IRS updates frequently asked questions related to new, previously owned and qualified commercial clean vehicle credits) – Topic B, Question 9
  • IRS Revenue Procedure 2022-42 (Submission of Information to IRS by Qualified Manufacturers of Clean Vehicles, Previously-Owned Clean Vehicles, and Commercial Clean Vehicles; Submission of Information to IRS by Sellers of Clean Vehicles and Previously-Owned Clean Vehicle)

To see how much credit a clean vehicle is eligible for see the following on the Fueleconomy.gov website:

See the following on the IRS website for more details on the three clean vehicle credits:

Residential Energy Credits

It is important to note that the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit and the Residential Clean Energy Credit is applicable to qualified improvements made to the taxpayer’s main or principal residence (whether the taxpayer owns or rents it) that is located in the United States.

Other things to note for these two credits are:

  • They are both nonrefundable.
  • There is no lifetime limit for both credits. Both credits can be claimed in each year the taxpayer makes eligible improvements to their home between 2023 and 2032.
  • For the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit, any credit that exceeds their tax liability may not be carried forward.
  • For the Residential Clean Energy Credit, any credit that exceeds their tax liability may be carried forward to future years.

See the following on the IRS website for more details on the two home clean energy credits:

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Mark Castro, CPA

Mark Castro, CPA

Mark has been with CrossLink Professional Tax Solutions (CPTS) since 2008, but has been in the tax industry since 1990. As the government/tax industry liaison for CPTS, Mark has been very active in working with the IRS, States, and other tax industry members to help improve communications, promote standardization, and simplification of eFile systems. Mark has also been active with industry associations as a board member of the National Association of Computerized Processors (NACTP) and the Council of Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement (CERCA) for many years. These two associations work with the IRS and States to help solve key eFile and electronic tax system issues and work to improve the operations of the State and IRS eFile systems.
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