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October Ushers in Reduced Hybrid Tax Credits for Toyota, Lexus Models

October 01, 2006

TORRANCE, Calif. --- Both 2006 and 2007 Toyota and Lexus hybrids purchased on or after October 1, 2006 are subject to reduced federal hybrid tax credit amounts, because Toyota is the first manufacturer to reach the 60,000 cumulative hybrid sales threshold.Toyota Prius models purchased on or after January 1, 2006 and before October 1, 2006 may qualify for a tax credit of $3,150. Highlander Hybrids and Camry Hybrids purchased on or after January 1, 2006 and before October 1, 2006 may qualify for a taxcredit of $2,600. The reduced tax credit amounts effective on October 1, 2006 are $1,575 for the Prius and $1,300 for both the Camry Hybrid and the Highlander Hybrid. Toyota Prius vehicles purchased between April 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007 may qualify for a tax credit of $787.50, while Highlander Hybrid and Camry Hybrid may qualify for a $650 tax credit. Prius, Highlander Hybrid and Camry Hybrid models purchased after September 30, 2007 will not qualify for a tax credit based on the current federal income tax laws.Two Lexus models, the RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle and the GS 450h hybrid luxury sport sedan, currently may qualify for a federal tax credit. RX 400h models purchased on or after January 1, 2006 and before October 1, 2006 may qualify for a tax credit of $2,200, while the GS 450h purchased during the same time period may qualify for a tax credit of $1,550. For vehicles purchased between October 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007, RX 400h models may qualify for a tax credit of $1,100 and the GS 450h mayqualify for a $775 tax credit.RX 400h models purchased between April 1, 2007 and September 30, 2007 may qualify for a tax credit of $550, while the GS 450h may qualify for a $387.50 tax credit. All RX 400h and GS 450h models purchased on or after October 1, 2007 will not qualify for a tax credit. Certification has not been established for the LS 600h L, which goes on sale in the spring of 2007.To qualify for the full, 100 percent federal tax credit, the customer must take delivery of the vehicle on or after January 1, 2006 and prior to October 1, 2006. The delivery of the vehicle prior to October 1, 2006 should demonstrate that the "purchase" of the vehicle has been completed before the effective date of the hybrid tax credit reductions. The hybrid must be purchased. Leased vehicles will not qualify. Consumers who must pay the federal alternative minimum tax are subject to substantial restrictions, including up to full elimination, of the benefits from the hybrid tax credit. There are several other requirements described under the hybrid sections of Toyota.com and Lexus.com.Toyota encourages all customers considering the use of the hybrid vehicle tax credit to consult with their own tax advisors to determine the specific amount of benefit, if any, that they can claim on their federal income tax returns. Tax advisors may also have further information on the many state and local tax incentives that may be available to hybrid vehicle owners.
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