Understanding the updated 30C EV charging tax credit

Understanding the updated 30C EV charging tax credit

New census tract definitions clarify that the credit focuses on rural and low-income areas, making 2/3 of Americans eligible.

The Department of Treasury and Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced updated recommendations for eligible census tracts, clarifying which areas could benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act’s Section 30C EV charging tax credit. Don’t panic, we’re going to explain what all of that means.

What is the IRA section 30C EV charging tax credit?
Put simply, this is tax credit provides up to 30% off the cost of the charger to individuals and businesses. According to the White House, this encourages more Americans to shift to EV technology, by lowering costs for EV owners, reducing the barrier to entry.

Do I live in an eligible area?
This one is even more simple. The new definitions for eligible census tracts focus largely on low-income and rural areas, encompassing approximately two-thirds of Americans. The DOE made it easier to find out if you live in one of those areas, by releasing this mapping tool.

How do I claim the 30C EV charging tax credit?
The same way businesses and individuals already file for other alternative fuel tax credits: form 8911.

Last month the Department of Transportation also announced nearly $149 million in grants to repair or replace existing but non-operational EV chargers. The White House says the goal is put nearly 4,500 EV charging ports back online, which would ensure the reliability of the existing network of EV chargers.

Calstart, a nonprofit organization which aims to bolster the clean, high-tech transportation industry, is commending the recent news from the Biden administration. “The Department of Energy’s decision marks an important step in the right direction for the advancement of electric vehicles and charging equipment for the people and areas where they can have the biggest impact,” said Trisha DelloIacono, Calstart’s head of policy. “Calstart applauds the Treasury, the DOE, and the White House for their swift action and thoughtfulness to make EVs and chargers more accessible across the country.” 

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