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Understanding the New Illinois Electric Vehicle State Tax Credit

Published on Nov 12, 2023 by Jeff Perry Team

What is the Illinois State Tax Credit for Electric Vehicles?

Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has launched a rebate program to support the purchase of new or used all-electric vehicles, including motorcycles. This initiative aims to make electric vehicles more accessible to Illinois residents.

Rebate Details:

  • Rebate Amounts: Enjoy a $4,000 rebate for all-electric vehicles (excluding motorcycles) and $1,500 for all-electric motorcycles.
  • Application Period: The program is open from November 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024.
    • However, due to high demand and limited funds, it's crucial to apply early.

Who is Eligible for the State Tax Rebate?

  • Residency Requirement: Applicants must be Illinois residents at the time of purchase and rebate issuance.
  • Purchase Location: The vehicle must be bought from an Illinois-licensed dealer, like Jeff Perry Autos.
  • Vehicle Ownership: The rebate is only for purchases, not leases. Plus, the vehicle should not have received a rebate previously under this program.
  • One-Time Rebate: Each individual is eligible for one rebate only.
  • Ownership Duration: You must retain ownership of the vehicle for at least 12 consecutive months post-purchase.
    Application Timeline: Apply for the rebate within 90 days of your vehicle purchase.

How to Apply for the Illinois State EV Tax Rebate?

  • Documentation: Gather required documents like the bill of sale, proof of purchase, vehicle registration, and IRS forms.
  • Application Form: Complete the application form available on the Illinois EPA website.
  • Submission: Submit your application along with the necessary documents. For proof of receipt, consider using certified mail.

Is the Tax Credit Refundable?

The Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate is a rebate program rather than a tax credit. This distinction is important because tax credits and rebates function differently.

  • Rebate: A rebate is a return of money after a purchase has been made. In the case of the Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate program, eligible applicants receive a fixed amount of money back after purchasing a new or used all-electric vehicle. This rebate is not applied at the point of sale but is processed after the purchase, upon successful application to the program.
  • Tax Credit: A tax credit directly reduces the amount of tax you owe. If a tax credit is refundable, it means that if the credit exceeds the amount of taxes owed, the excess amount is refunded to the taxpayer. If it is non-refundable, it only reduces the tax liability to zero and any excess amount is not refunded.

The Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate program provides a direct monetary rebate to eligible purchasers of electric vehicles, and it is not categorized as a tax credit. Therefore, the concept of it being refundable or non-refundable as a tax credit does not apply. Instead, it is a straightforward rebate paid to the purchaser after fulfilling the program's requirements and successfully completing the application process.

How Soon Do I Get My Money?

The timeline for receiving the rebate money from the Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate Program can vary and is not explicitly detailed in the information provided. However, we can infer a general process based on the nature of such programs:

  1. Application Submission: After purchasing your electric vehicle, you must submit the application along with all the required documentation within 90 days of the purchase date.
  2. Application Processing: Once your application is submitted, it goes through a review process. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will likely assess the applications for eligibility and completeness.
  3. Approval and Disbursement: After your application is approved, the rebate amount is disbursed to you. The method of disbursement (such as direct deposit, check, etc.) and the exact timeline for this process are not specified.

Given these steps, it's reasonable to expect a few weeks to several months from the time of application submission to when you receive the rebate. The processing time can be influenced by factors such as the volume of applications received, the efficiency of the reviewing agency, and administrative procedures.


To get a more precise estimate and for peace of mind, you might consider contacting the Illinois EPA directly or checking their website for any updates or additional details regarding the rebate processing timeline. Additionally, ensuring that your application is complete and accurate can help avoid delays in processing.

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