The federal government’s $7,500 tax credit—applying to the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S—has become a hot topic over the past couple of days, as a Washington, D.C. (read: politically motivated) ‘watchdog’ group sounded an alert over dealerships that were allegedly ‘selling’ Chevy Volt models to other dealerships, then cashing in on the tax credit.
Under the scheme, the second dealership would split the tax rebate with the first one, then resell the Volt, potentially, at around sticker. In those couple of cases, dealerships allegedly didn’t inform a potential customer (an investigator from the group) upfront that they would be buying a vehicle for which the credit had already been claimed.
But seriously, have you taken a look at the federal form? From what we see, both parties might just get away with it.
EV tax credit: dealerships and second owners clearly disqualified
On Form 8936, which you attach