Tesla certification form for tax credit

Tesla certification form for tax credit

I received delivery of my Model 3 May 2018. How do I get the tax credit "certification" from Tesla. Do not have any certification with my delivery paper work.

pgminn52 | March 2, 2019

Anyone have info regarding getting tax credit certification from Tesla to submit to IRS for tax credit?

SCCRENDO | March 2, 2019

Just fill out the form. You need your vin and nothing from Tesla

NRGrin | March 2, 2019

Go to and do a search for FORM 8936. It is the Qualified EV Credit Form.

DTsea | March 2, 2019

All you need is your VIN and form 8936.

pgminn52 | March 3, 2019

Thanks for info

jowilson8888 | March 22, 2019

I just filed my taxes. You need one figure that isn't inside the front door or in the owners manual for the Model 3: Battery capacity in kilowatt hours. My Evie, a mid range model, has 75 kwh capacity, according to a phone call I made to Tesla. Otherwise, it was very easy to claim my tax credit.

EVRider | March 23, 2019

I don’t believe you actually need the battery capacity. Tesla and other automakers provide a list of vehicles that qualify for the full credit.

Yodrak. | March 23, 2019

"I don’t believe you actually need the battery capacity."

Correct. You need Year Make and Model, VIN, Date Placed in Service, and Phaseout Percentage. Nothing about battery capacity. For model, S, X, or 3 will do.

chris_metevier | April 8, 2019

TurboTax DOES ask for the battery capacity among the details you have to provide; I input 78KWH for a LR single motor M3; hopefully that is correct or close enough.

EVRider | April 9, 2019

Yes, TurboTax asked me about battery capacity (and vehicle weight) too, and I put in 75 for our MR (guesstimate). The IRS only cares that the battery is 4kWH or higher and the weight is under 14,000 lbs.

Yodrak. | April 9, 2019

"TurboTax DOES ask for the battery capacity"
"Yes, TurboTax asked me about battery capacity (and vehicle weight) too"

Interesting, because there is no place to put that information on Form 8936 Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit.

andy.connor.e | April 9, 2019

Might not be a section on the form, but TurboTax may just ask you for that information regardless.

EVRider | April 9, 2019

I'm guessing TurboTax is using that information to verify that you're eligible for the tax credit.

Yodrak. | April 10, 2019

I'm guessing that any EV make and model that one would specify has a large enough battery and enough weight to qualify. One does have to provide the VIN, which should be sufficient to catch out those who might want to try to get the credit for their golf cart?

andy.connor.e | April 10, 2019

Cant find any specific eligibility requiring a certain battery size. Only battery size requirement is plug-in hybrids to be a minimum of 4kWh. Purchase price does not seem to have an effect either. But for state tax credit, New York will give you a certain rebate based on the range of the vehicle.

SCCRENDO | April 10, 2019

I just gave my delivery paperwork to my accountant and it was done. They pretty much need the vin and the date of purchase.

aholbroo | May 9, 2019

I did not get the money back for my Model 3 with my IRS refund. I got a letter from IRS saying that I was given a lower refund but not why and just wanted to know if I agree with the new refund amount. I called IRS and used the interactive tax assistant and no info as to why I was not given the correct abount. I now must write a letter to ask the irs why because the IRS people aren't allowed to tell me after tax season. It gets worse I now must contact my Senator to find out if Congress rejected the credit or not. It appears accountants were told in January that the credit may not happen, but us tax payers were not told. What will Tesla do about this problem? This is a sad event for electric car future buyers as well.

EVRider | May 9, 2019

@aholbroo: Whatever Congress does or doesn’t do this year has no impact on the EV tax credit for tax year 2018. If you took delivery of your new Model 3 last year and filed the appropriate form, you would have gotten the $7,500 credit. That doesn’t mean you were entitled to a refund — your refund (if any) depends on your total tax liability for last year and how much you paid in taxes during the year.

EVRider | May 9, 2019

I should add that you would get the $7,500 only if your tax liability was at least that amount, which is the case for most people.

aholbroo | May 9, 2019

I received back the difference of what I paid in for taxes minus what I owed. That is it.

aholbroo | May 9, 2019

According to the IRS Congressional decisions made for the year taxes are submittd affect any rebates, refunds and credits--the rules can change if not funded.

EVRider | May 10, 2019

@aholbroo: When 2018 ended, the Federal tax credit was still intact, and nothing the IRS or Congress does this year can impact 2018.