Please allow me to clarify a few things. First, the 2009 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Credit is not a tax “loophole” as John described, unless you also consider the $8,000 First-Time Homebuyer Credit offered last year a “loophole.” Second, what I purchased is not a “golf cart” as John described, but a Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle, which won’t do you much good on a golf course since there is no place to put your clubs. And third, the vehicle was not “free” as John described, but in fact cost me over $2,000 because I ordered the deluxe 6-seater model with wood-grained paneling and a CD/stereo.
As John was interrogating me for his article, I was honestly shocked when he suggested that some Americans have a moral or ethical obligation to not accept tax deductions that the IRS code offers. Really? If so, could someone please tell me which deductions are acceptable for me to take and which ones are off the table? Are we living in the “Twilight Zone?”
As a candidate for District 4 commissioner, I’m for limited government, free markets and lower taxes. I would never have voted in favor of an electric vehicle tax credit because I think it’s a complete waste of taxpayer dollars. But as a taxpayer who is taxed enough already, I will always avoid, within the law, as much taxes as possible.
If I had to do it over again, would I have purchased an electric vehicle? No. I would have purchased two so that I could have given one to my friend Mr. Boan. And I regret not sending an e-mail to everyone I knew informing them about this ridiculous incentive our genius lawmakers in Washington, D.C., set up to help “stimulate” the economy.
Now that everyone knows I am competent enough to figure out the tax code to find some savings on an electric vehicle, maybe we can get back to the important issues affecting Carroll County.