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March 9, 2010

Rep. Joe Dorman offers compromise to restore electric car tax credits

OKLAHOMA CITY – Honoring his commitment to constituents and other Oklahomans who contacted him in recent months, Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, this week fulfilled his promise to find a way to honor tax credits owed by the state to citizens who bought Low-Speed Vehicles that use alternative energy sources.

Dorman is offering his solution in the form of two amendments to related bills.

They would effectively reverse last year’s Oklahoma Tax Commission ruling that left many electric vehicle purchases excluded from the tax credit program.

The 2009 OTC ruling held that several vehicles purchased under the belief that they were eligible for state and federal tax credits would not qualify under Oklahoma law, due to similarities with golf carts, as defined by Oklahoma Statutes. Many of these vehicles have been certified as roadworthy by the state, but have since been determined to not qualify for the tax credit offered under Oklahoma Statute for Low-Speed Vehicles powered by electricity.

"Many CPA's in Oklahoma encouraged citizens to purchase these vehicles to take advantage of a recent federal tax credit and combine it with the credit which has been in Oklahoma law since the mid-1990's," said Dorman. "After the Tax Commission ruled many of these vehicles would not qualify for the state tax, I received many calls and emails requesting this revision."

Dorman promised he would find a way to address this subject, but would not file a bill to find the solution.

"In our current legislative system, if you file a bill, the fate of that legislation is often left up to a committee chairman or a few members," said Dorman. "This subject deserves the attention of the entire legislature and the best way to get something through the system is to file an amendment to a bill on the floor where the entire body gets to make an "up or down" vote on the subject when on the floor of the House or Senate.

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