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Tesla Model X is the first electric car eligible to the $25,000 ‘Hummer Tax Loophole’

section-exterior-primary-wings-open-front-view (1)Last month we reported on the likely possibility of the Tesla Model X being eligible to $25,000 in tax deduction for business use under Section 179 of the tax code, also known as the ‘Hummer Tax Loophole’. The provision got its name for making Hummers very popular with businesses when it allowed for tax deductions of up to $500,000 for the purchase of heavy vehicles and equipment.

A vehicle requires a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 6,000 lbs to be eligible for the tax deduction. Last month we didn’t have the official weight of the Model X nor its GVWR, which consists of the curb weight of the vehicle plus the weight of driver, passengers and cargo capacity, but excluding the weight of any trailer and towing capacity.

Today Tesla confirmed the curb weight of the Model X is 5,441 lbs and the company “expects the GVWR to exceed 6,000 lb” – making the Model X eligible to the tax deduction. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Model X P90D has a rated GVWR of 6768 lbs, well exceeding to required capacity.  Expand

Tesla Model X will potentially be eligible for $25,000 in tax deduction

18n1on6bk3k92jpgThe long-awaited Tesla Model X, which will launch on September 29th, could become a very popular vehicle with American business owners, not just because of its signature ‘Falcon Wing’ doors or the ‘sculptural beauty‘ of its second row seats, but because it could actually be a great bargain despite of its $80,000 starting price.

Beyond the $7,500 federal tax credit offer at the purchase of electric vehicles and other tax incentives at the state level, the Model X’s weight and capacity could make it eligible to the $25,000 tax deduction for heavy vehicles under Section 179, also known as the ‘Hummer Tax Loophole’… Expand