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Advocating for alternative fuels.

Federal and state NGV policy deserves parity, consistency, and clarity

FEDERAL POLICY

On the federal level, natural gas deserves tax parity when compared with other vehicle and field incentives, including:

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Extension of the Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (AFTC)
This provision extends the $0.50 per gallon credit/payment for the business use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.

Extension of Tax Credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling
This provision extends the 30 percent/$30,000 investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refueling property and the 30 percent/$1,000 tax credit for home refueling appliances.*

Adjusting the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET) on heavy-duty natural gas-powered trucks

Equalization of the tax treatment of LNG in marine transportation

More NGVA advocacy efforts
In addition to tax policy equalization, NGVA federal advocacy efforts include initiatives to enhance NGV infrastructure, secure funding for important NGV research and development, clarify safety regulations related to NGV transportation, achieve parity for NGV driving range requirements, and improve the NGV fuel system weight exemptions on federal highways

* We support modernizing this provision, to extend the 30 percent investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refueling property while removing the previous $30,000 limit on the credit, while also extending the 30 percent/$1,000 tax credit for home refueling appliances.

STATE POLICY

It's important to understand the laws and regulations regarding the sale, purchase, and use of Natural Gas Vehicles in your state, including:

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Certification requirements

Natural gas motor fuel taxation

Incentives for an NGV purchase or conversion

Incentives for building NGV infrastructure

Almost every state government offers NGV incentives

These incentives include grants, tax deductions/credits, fuel tax reductions, reduced license fees, reduced vehicle sale taxes and lower registration fees.  Some states, such as California and Arizona, permit certain alternative fuel vehicles to operate in high occupancy vehicle lanes during peak rush-hour periods.  These programs may cover all alternative fuel vehicles or may provide incentives for a specific fuel.

Grants,  tax deductions/credits, fuel tax reductions, reduced license fees, reduced vehicle sale taxes and lower registration fees are available.

Natural gas fuel taxation

Natural gas motor fuel is taxed at different rates from state to state, dependent on individual state tax codes. This is true of all motor fuels.

While there is no current uniform method of taxing CNG and LNG at the state level, this is changing as more states now use the gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE) and diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) units for taxing CNG and LNG. This is important to ensure that the rates charged for CNG and LNG do not exceed rates imposed on gasoline and diesel fuel.

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