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Honda Natural Gas Cars Issued Massive Tax Credits By IRS [08/04/2006]

Honda Natural Gas Cars Issued Massive Tax Credits By IRS

Richard Chapo

Between global warming and massive increases in fuel prices, many people are reconsidering their transportation. Honda has two natural gas cars the IRS absolutely loves.

In 2005, the federal government passed a new energy policy act that created tax benefits for the use of alternative fuel vehicles. Most people are generally aware of this given the fact they get a tax credit break when they purchase a hybrid vehicle. What fewer people know, however, is they get massive tax breaks if they purchase a natural gas powered vehicle such as a Honda Civic GX.

Buried within the language of the new energy policy act is the Alterative Motor Vehicle Credit. The AMVC goes well above and beyond the financial benefits granted to hybrid cars. The act defines four distinct areas where the IRS must issue significant tax credits. Those categories include fuel cell vehicles, advanced lean burn technologies, hybrid vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles. While most vehicles fall within the hybrid classification, new models are coming on the market that fall within the remaining three.

Indeed, the IRS has just issued the tax credit amounts that can be claimed by individuals that purchase the Honda natural gas models. Specifically, the tax credit amount is $4,000 if you purchase either the 2006 or 2007 Honda Civic GX. The car must be purchased new and directly form a dealer. Please note, these cars run only on natural gas, which is why they get such a big tax credit.

This $4,000 tax credit is a major financial incentive for most taxpayers. Unlike a tax deduction, a tax credit is applied directly to the amount of money you owe the IRS. If you prepare your tax returns and determine you owe $7,000 to the IRS, the tax credit would reduce this amount to $3,000. In short, we are talking about major savings.

There is little dispute that we are facing significant issues related to energy. From global warming to our reliance on foreign sources for fuel, things are pretty bleak. The transition to alternative fuel sources makes sense, and now the tax credit for natural gas powered vehicles makes financial sense as well.


Richard A. Chapo is with - providing information on taxes.

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