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Aug
2021
14

Just like EVs, electric bicycles could come with tax credits to lower prices

E-bike can mean more than just “electric bicycle.”

The “Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment” — or E-BIKE — Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate last month. A companion bill, also called the E-BIKE Act, was brought to the U.S. House of Representatives back in February.

They share the same goal: Get more people on electric bikes and out of cars.

To make that more likely, both pieces of legislation propose offering a tax credit worth up to 30 percent off (with a $1,500 cap) different types of e-bikes that can run as high as $8,000.

Sound familiar?

Electric vehicles, including plug-in battery and hybrid cars, are eligible for federal tax credits worth up to $7,500. Tesla and General Motors have both hit the cap of 200,000 EVs sold and are no longer offering a federal discount. But the pressure is on President Biden to extend the cap, especially as he targets half of new car sales as zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

The E-BIKE incentive has a similar goal: to lure people away from gas-powered vehicles.

For e-bike makers, who are eager to get more battery-boosted rides on the streets, the move could open up access to their expensive two-wheelers. E-bike shopping website Ridepanda connects riders to e-bikes that cost up to $6,000. The company, which says that their average e-bike is about $1,100, offers 27 e-bikes priced at under $2,000. (That’s down from 34 when including higher-end options.)

But there’s a slight catch to the E-BIKE Act. If it passes, qualifying bikes can only use up 750 watts of power, much lower than the power in most of the priciest options. For the lower price range, different brands list power from about 250 to 500 watts.

For Serial 1, the e-bike company from Harley-Davidson, the main reason to support the bill is so more consumers can afford their bikes. Its instant name recognition and lightweight, high-speed and range options means its e-bikes reach up to nearly $5,600. Its cheapest commuter bike is about $3,800. With the discounts, those bikes become more affordable.

Jason Huntsman, president of Serial 1, wrote in an email, “EVs, like [e-bikes], are a crucial tool for giving Americans access to vital, sustainable transportation options. We support tax credits for all EVs including [e-bikes], which will help make electric vehicle options more affordable for all Americans.”

The Serial 1 heads up a San Francisco hill.
Credit: Sasha Lekach / Mashable

Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes specializes in commuter- and budget-friendly bikes with a power boost. Its newest bike, the RadRover 6 Plus, starts at just under $2,000. With its fat tires for stability, 75 kWh battery, and custom motor for faster hill climbs, “people who are used to cars will be comfortable making that migration to e-bikes,” Redwood Stephens, Rad Power Bikes chief product officer, told me before a demo ride at a San Francisco park.

That’s what Zachary Schieffelin, founder of Civilized Cycles, is thinking, too. He is launching the startup’s first

Jul
2021
27

30% tax credit for electric bikes makes progress in US Senate

Remember that proposed 30% tax credit for electric bicycles in the US? It’s now one step closer to becoming law, thanks to recent progress in the US Senate.

Late last week, a new bill was introduced to the Senate known as the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act.

The bill, S.2420, is a companion bill to H.R.1019 that was introduced into the House of Representatives earlier this year.

The Senate bill was introduced by senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Brian Schatz (D-HI).

It proposes a 30% tax credit for new electric bicycle purchases in the US, up to a maximum credit of $1,500.

The goal of the bill is to help promote electric bicycles as an alternative form of transportation to personal cars. Not only would this help reduce harmful emissions, but it would also reduce traffic for everyone in crowded cities.

The bill would make this possible by amending the Internal Revenue Code to create the new tax credit.

To be successful, both the House of Representatives and the Senate must pass their versions of the bill, then any differences between the two must be addressed before heading to President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

To qualify, electric bicycles would have to be priced under $8,000, which includes the vast majority of e-bikes sold in the US.

Most common electric bicycles used for commuting fall into the $1,000-$3,000 range, while higher end e-bikes from more upscale companies usually cost closer to the $4,000-$6,500 range.

Electric bicycles in Classes 1, 2, and 3 would be eligible, meaning e-bikes up to 28 mph (45 km/h) could qualify. However, e-bikes with motors carrying continuous power ratings of above 750W or that reach speeds higher than 28 mph (45 km/h) under motor power would not qualify.

The tax credit would also be fully refundable, helping lower-income riders take advantage as well.

The Senate bill was introduced late last week and is expected to gain a number of co-sponsors in the coming weeks.

The House of Representatives currently has nearly two dozen co-sponsors, all Democrats. Since its introduction in February, no Republicans have signed on to co-sponsor the legislation.

If you would like to show support for this bill, simply visit the US Congress website here and click “Contact Your Member” to find your Senator’s contact info.

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Jul
2021
11

Temp tags: New Missouri vehicle sales tax law takes effect in August | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

ST. LOUIS — During summer travel in Missouri, playing the license plate game is always a favorite past time for many families. But counting the number of Missouri temporary tags, well that’s thousands across the state.

“Temp tags and expired temp tags in Missouri if you drive the roads — I see them everywhere,” said Doug Smith, head of the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association. “It’s not just a St. Louis problem. It’s the entire state.”

Currently, if you purchase a vehicle from a car dealer in Missouri, you get temporary paper tags and have 30 days to pay the sales tax at a DMV office.

For instance, a car that costs $10,000 in the city would be $1,000 in sales tax, which can be a lot for many.

But now, Gov. Mike Parson has signed into law a plan to update the state’s vehicle sales tax process.

It means when you purchase a new car, instead of just letting you drive it home and assuming you’ll go to the DMV to pay taxes later, Missouri will now ask you to pay your taxes at the point of sale. Many other states, like Illinois, already combine the two payments, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Smith said it will make things easier on Missourians who might not have another $1,000 or more to pay later at the DMV.

“If you’re financing your vehicle for 48, 60 or 72 months, you’re talking just a few dollars per month that would be included in that retail installment contract,” Smith said. 

“It’s really a way to make it easier to solve a lot of problems with the revenue collection and also make it easier on the taxpayer. Keep the taxpayer from not breaking the law by titling their vehicle.”  

Smith welcomes the new law that begins Aug. 28. The plan will allow the Missouri Department of Revenue to get upgrades to their old computer system, and customers will also be able to pay the sales tax at the dealership, cutting out an extra step.

“By doing it at the point of sale with these, it upgrades those systems (and) can talk to the highway patrol,” Smith said. “Those systems can talk to motor vehicle registration, and you have a seamless way to communicate all that information.”

Smith estimates the state will generate $26-40 million that will fund improvements to roads, bridges and safety.

Those temp tags you see everywhere won’t go away overnight. Expect that to be a slow process over the next four years.

Apr
2020
21

How to Secure A BIR Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) And Tax Clearance For The Sale Of Real Property Classified As A Capital Asset

One of the most important documents that you need in order to transfer a title of a property from the seller to the buyer is the Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) and Tax Clearance (TCL) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). In this post, I’ll share a step-by-step on how to secure them.

The CAR and TCL is your proof that the proper taxes on the transaction have been paid. The Register of Deeds requires the presentation of these documents as a pre-requisite for title transfer. See sample CAR below, which is from one of my husband’s transactions (with details blurred out).

What is the process?

The first step is to have a notarized document evidencing the sale of the real property classified as a capital asset, usually a Deed of Absolute Sale. You may find samples of this document through google, including here and here.

Next, the taxes need to be paid. You may refer to previous posts on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Documentary Stamps Tax (DST).

After you have paid the taxes, you need to request for the issuance of a CAR and TCL from the Revenue District Office where the real property is located. You need to submit the documents supporting the transaction, as well as proof that the correct taxes (both the type of tax and amount of tax), have been paid. The Checklist of Documentary Requirements is in the annexes of Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 15-03, in particular, Annex “A”. For additional documents, refer to Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 76-07 dated October 25, 2007.

The process flowchart is in Annex “L” of the Annexes of RMO 15-03.

Please take note that the CAR for the transfer of real property shall be released by the Revenue District Office (RDO) where the real property is located. Thus, it is important for you to determine the correct RDO since you will be paying the taxes in the Authorized Agent banks (AAB’s) of such RDO.

It is possible that you may think a property falls under the jurisdiction of one RDO when in fact it is under another RDO. If you have already paid the taxes in an AAB of another RDO, you may have to undergo certain processes to transfer your payments to the correct RDO. So, my advice is to look at the map of the coverage of each RDO (there should be a big map at the RDO) to check if indeed the property falls within the jurisdiction of the said RDO.

Mandatory Requirements

For a sale of real property considered as a capital asset subject to capital gains tax (CGT), the mandatory requirements are as follows:

  • Tax Identification Number (TIN) of buyer and seller [If one of them does not have a TIN, get a TIN by filling out and submitting BIR Form No. 1904]
  • Notarized Deed of Absolute Sale/Document of Transfer. Bring the original and at least two photocopies. The photocopies will be compared against the original and the BIR will
Apr
2020
17

Vehicle Tax Exemption – United States Department of State

The Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) enforces the exemption of eligible foreign missions and their members from payment of any taxes when purchasing, leasing, registering or titling a vehicle. The following procedures are associated with requesting and obtaining a tax exemption on purchases or leases of official or personal motor vehicles by eligible foreign missions and their members in the United States. A “motor vehicle” is defined as any self-propelled vehicle, including but not limited to automobiles, motorcycles, boats, and aircraft.

The exemption of sales and use taxes imposed on purchases or leases of motor vehicles in the United States on the basis of the diplomatic or consular status or accreditation of the purchasing foreign mission or accredited mission member and their dependents is solely authorized via the issuance of a Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letter by the Department’s Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) to the seller or lessor of such motor vehicle. Note that Diplomatic Tax Exemption Cards are not valid for exemption from taxes imposed on purchases of motor vehicles.

Therefore, prior to finalizing a purchase or lease of a motor vehicle, all foreign missions and their accredited members must instruct the seller/lessor to directly contact OFM during normal business hours to request the issuance of a Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letter.

Motor vehicle sellers/lessors may make such requests by electronic mail or telephone.

Sellers/lessors in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia should direct requests to OFMTaxCustoms@state.gov. Sellers/lessors outside this area should direct requests to the nearest OFM Regional Office:

Sellers/lessors must provide the following information to OFM:

1. The seller/lessor’s name, mailing address, and telephone and fax numbers;

2. The color, year, make, and model of the motor vehicle that the mission or accredited mission member is planning to acquire; and

3. For official motor vehicles: the name of the foreign mission that is purchasing or leasing a motor vehicle; or

4. For personal motor vehicles: the name (as it appears on their current “A or G series” visa) of the accredited mission member or their dependent who is purchasing or leasing a motor vehicle, the name of the foreign mission to which the individual is assigned, and the individual’s Department-issued Personal Identification Number (PID). (Note that individuals must present proof of accreditation to the seller/lessor – i.e., valid passport which contains their current “A or G series” visa, or Department-issued protocol identification card, or Department-issued driver’s license, or Department-issued Diplomatic Tax Exemption Card.)

OFM strives to transmit Motor Vehicle Tax-Exemption Letters to the requesting seller/lessor by either electronic mail or facsimile within two hours of receiving the request.

Sellers/lessors are required to send all original ownership documents directly to OFM so that the motor vehicle can be properly registered and titled. Auto dealerships and state motor vehicle administrations should treat this transaction as an out of state registration. OFM will issue a registration card and federal license plates once proper documentation is received. Also, a title will be sent to the indicated lien holder to protect