The IRS and Treasury have announced have released a list of clean vehicles that meet the requirements to claim the new clean vehicle tax credit, along with FAQs to help consumers better understand how to access the various tax incentives for the purchase of new and used electric vehicles available beginning January 1, 2023. The Service has clarified the incremental cost of commercial clean vehicles in 2023 and stated that, for vehicles under 14,000 pounds, the tax credit was 15-percent of a qualifying vehicle’s cost and 30-percent if, the vehicle is not gas or diesel powered.

The Service has also given a notice of intent to propose regulations on the tax credit for new clean vehicles, to provide clarity to manufacturers and buyers, on changes that take effect automatically on January 1, such as Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price limits. The notice has further clarified, that a vehicle would be considered as placed in service, for the purposes of the tax credit, on the date the taxpayer takes possession of the vehicle, which may or may not be the same date as the purchase date.

In order to help manufacturers identify vehicles eligible for tax credit, when the new requirements go into effect after a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is issued in March, the Treasury also released a white paper on the anticipated direction of their upcoming proposed guidance on the critical minerals and battery components requirements and the process for determining whether vehicles qualify under these requirements.