Indiana has updated the way taxpayers claim the Natural Gas Commercial Vehicle Indiana Income Tax Credit. Now taxpayers can initiate their claim to a credit sooner by filing Indiana Form NGV-C. Previously, the method to claim this credit was on taxpayers’ timely filed Indiana tax returns. Since this credit is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, it was advantageous to file the Indiana tax return as early as possible. In lieu of this race to file, taxpayers can now start the process of securing a credit by filing Form NGV-C whenever qualifying purchases are made throughout the year.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2016, Indiana is offering a tax incentive for purchasing a qualified natural gas commercial vehicle. A qualified natural gas commercial vehicle is one that: 1) weighs more than 33,000 lbs.; 2) is powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG); and 3) purchased from an Indiana dealer. The tax incentive can be used against the taxpayer’s Indiana income, financial institutions tax, and/or premium tax.
The tax incentive is 50 percent of the difference in price between a CNG/LNG vehicle and the price of a comparable diesel/gasoline-powered vehicle. The tax incentive is limited to the lesser of the 50 percent difference or $15,000 per vehicle and $150,000 per taxpayer per year. Indiana has placed a global limit on this tax incentive of the lesser of $3 million per year or the sales tax collected on CNG/LNG fuel purchases, with a maximum of 200 credits available per year.
To claim the tax credit, taxpayers must complete Form NGV-C and attach documentation substantiating the purchase price of a comparable diesel/gasoline-powered vehicle (e.g., a quote from a dealer). Once the Form is received and accepted by the Indiana Department of Revenue, taxpayers will receive a certification number and instructions on how to claim this credit on their respective timely filed Indiana tax return.
For more information on alternative fuels, visit greaterindiana.com.
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