How to Apply for the $7,500 IRS Credit Under the Inflation Reduction Act

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced a new initiative as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. This initiative is offering a $7,500 credit to qualified individuals when they file their taxes. However, some are still asking who is eligible for this credit and how one applies for it.

In an attempt to move the United States toward sustainability, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will offer a credit of up to $7,500 to all those looking to purchase an electric vehicle.(Photo:

The IRS is now offering a credit of up to $7,500 for those who purchase an electric vehicle. This is part of the Inflation Reduction Act that was passed by President Biden in 2022. The act allocates more than $370 billion in subsidies for solar, wind, and electric car technologies. On January 1, this law went into effect and eligible individuals can use this to buy a new vehicle, install solar panels, or even upgrade electrical systems.

The credit is available to individuals who had a 2021 income of less than $150,000, or $300,000 for couples. It is also limited to electric vehicles with a value of up to $55,000 or $80,000 for trucks.

To be eligible, the vehicle must have a battery capacity of at least 7 kilowatt hours, a gross weight class of fewer than 14,000 pounds, and should be manufactured by a qualified manufacturer. Only new vehicles are eligible, and the seller must report the buyer’s name and tax identification number to the IRS. Vehicles that were purchased on or before August 16, 2022, may still be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit. However, the eligibility requirements are not the same.

According to PBS News Hour, the Department of Energy says 29 electric models manufactured by brands such as Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, and Tesla are eligible for the credit. The Nerdwallet also specified the rules and qualifications for the Electric Vehicle tax credit.

The IRS Website provides a list of vehicles eligible for a credit of up to $7,500 dollars.  To claim the credit, you must file Form 8936 with your tax return and provide the VIN of your vehicle. However, experts believe that since the Inflation Reduction Act altered some requirements for the existing tax credit for clean vehicles, the $7,500 EV tax credits may become more restrictive in March. 

In conclusion, the $7,500 IRS credit is an excellent opportunity for those looking to purchase an electric vehicle. To take advantage of this credit, it is important to review and complete the requirements and file Form 8936 with your tax return.

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