I know this isn't directly related to the Ford Focus Electric, but I thought this forum could still benefit:
The President's push for 1 million electric cars by 2015 is a lofty goal that needed some help. That's why the governement is offering tax breaks as part of the strategy. They've offered incentives to help drum up interest in electric vehicles - incentives for converting a vehicle to a plug in car, or a $7500 tax credit for purchasing a plug-in "electric drive motor vehicle".
The treasury department says that $163.9 million in credits were provided to tax payers for purchases of electric vehicles. Here's the best part: over $33 million of those were claimed in error!
Nissan and Chevy are just starting to mass produce vehicles, and Ford is coming out with the Ford Focus later this year. The treasury department found taxpayers claiming for cars that didn't fit the bill, including Dodge Durango, Hummer H3, and electric golf carts to name a few. There were even 29 prisoners that claimed the credit even though they were behind bars for the duration of 2009!
Apparently some IRS employees had been making the claims and have been referred to the Office of Investigations for further review.
To avoid more electric car tax claim issues the IRS will be making changes to manuals and software to make sure people can't and don't claim vehicles that fail to qualify.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110203/ap_ ... ax_credits