2018 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Update for Alternative Fuels Tax Credits

    Tax Season is upon us. Here's a quick reminder of new tax information in case you need a refresher for your 2018 Louisiana income tax return:

    Information regarding Louisiana's alternative fuel tax credits can be found in the document What's new for 2018 / Louisiana Individual Income Tax:

    Conversion of Vehicle to Alternative Fuel – Code 185 – Act 325 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session changed the credit to a nonrefundable credit. For purchases of new motor vehicles, the credit is equal to 10 percent of the cost of the qualified clean-burning motor vehicle or $2,500, whichever is less. For conversions and fueling stations, the credit is equal to 30 percent of the cost of the qualified clean-burning motor vehicle fuel property. See Revenue Information Bulletin 17-016. (R.S. 47:6035) Use credit code 71F on Schedule F to report the Act 125 recovery amount."

    See Revenue Information Bulletin 18-008: Changes to the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Credit for more information.

    For questions concerning this matter, please contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Policy Services Division at (225) 219-2780. For questions concerning a taxpayer’s return, please contact (855) 307-3893.

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    LCF Member Spotlight: SporTran's Electric and CNG Bus Fleet

    Fleet Name: SporTran

    Vehicles: 5 Proterra Electric Buses and 36 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Buses

    Domicile Site: Shreveport, Louisiana

    Fleet Purpose: Fixed route paratransit service

    Alternative Fuel or Technology: Electric and CNG

    When Started: SporTran has been operating a transit service since the 1870s and began switching to alternative fuel vehicles in 2010, replacing their last diesel bus in 2017 with the purchase of 5 Proterra buses.

    Leadership: SporTran’s President and CEO, Dinero Washington, has been an incredible leader with SporTran but also as President of Louisiana’s Public Transportation Association.

    Vision: SporTran’s mission is to provide safe, reliable, and sustainable transportation for Shreveport and Bossier, Louisiana. An integral part of this mission is their switch to alternative fuels in their fleet, which has resulted in less vehicle downtime, fuel and maintenance cost saves, and cleaner air for the citizens that SporTran serves. SporTran was the first fleet in Louisiana to operate a 100% alternative fuel fleet, and the first transportation fleet in the state to operate electric buses. The purchase of their 5 Proterra buses is projected to save the fleet $2.2 million in fuel and maintenance costs over their 12-year lifetime, and SporTran expects to purchase more Proterra buses as they replace older vehicles. In 2017 alone, SporTran’s dedication to alternative fuel vehicles has offset the production of over 500,000 gasoline-gallon equivalents of petroleum and over 1,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Left to right: Dinero Washington, President and CEO of SporTran; Ann Vail, Executive Director of Louisiana Clean Fuels; Dale Hill, Founder of Proterra

    Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards talking at the 2017 ribbon cutting for SporTran’s five new Proterra buses.

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