On November 19, the House of Representatives passed the Better Rebuilding Act, sending the bill to the Senate to discuss the $1.1 trillion infrastructure omnibus. In the Home barrier removed version, Washington Post report There are provisions to increase federal tax credits for electricity motorcycle and electric bicycle up to 30% of the purchase price, of course with some standards and exclusions. As of tax year 2017, there is a 10% credit available for electric motorcycles that can go at least 45 mph, capped at $2,500. That credit will expire at the end of 2021 unless Congress renews it again. In the new bill, credits for e-bikes are capped at $7,500, credits for e-bikes are capped at $900.
That means buyers will need to spend at least $25,000 on an electric motorcycle and $3,000 on an e-bike to get the maximum benefit. Electric tricycles are classified with electric motorcycles at a higher limit to the qualifying credit. Among the qualifications, E-motos must have the battery capacity of at least 2.5 kWh, can travel at least 45 mph, and is designed for use on “streets, roads and highways”. The e-bike is locked outside. For e-bikes, those costing more than $3,000 will not be eligible for any credits; nor those with motors more powerful than 750 watts; Also excluded are e-bikes that can go more than 20 miles per hour without the rider pedaling and e-bikes that can go more than 28 miles per hour when the rider pedals. The last major exclusion is earnings, a key warning placed in several versions of the invoice to date aimed at ensuring credits reach the buyers who need them most. When a tax preparer earns more than $75,000 per year, every $1,000 of adjusted gross income above that number reduces the qualifying credit by $200.
The Biden administration wants to pass the bill before the end of the year, but there is a long way to go before it is likely to pass. After passing the House of Representatives, it is being considered by the Senate. However, many Republicans and at least two Democrats oppose the provisions of the 2,135-page bill and it has no chance of passing without the support of Democrats or a number of Republicans crossed the aisle. If you have nothing to do until Christmas and want to know what might be in store, you can read The latest version of the Rebuilding Act is better here.