Stimulus Package and plans are being talked about everywhere. The following three rebates, federal tax credits or incentives (whatever you call them) in economic stimulus plan are among the most important ones.
Housing Stimulus ($8000 tax credit for first time home buyers)
Auto Stimulus (Sales tax deduction for purchasing new cars under $49500).
Cash for Clunkers (A new car incentives program where you can get $3500 or $4500 for your old junk car).
This is in no way a complete list of all stimulus and federal tax credits. There is a lot more. The Solar tax credit, other renewable energy tax credits, tax credits for installing new efficient doors and windows, Making work Pay stimlulus, Cobra Stimulus, and lots of others. And moreover, we can already hear hints (or rumors?) of a second stimulus plan.
Does your New Car qualify? In order to get the benefit of Cash for Clunkers, the New Car you purchase must cost at most $45,000 and must have a fuel economy rating of at least 22 mpg (miles per gallon).
How much Cash for your Clunkers? If both your Old car and New car qualify you can trade your clunkers for $3500. If it happens that your Clunkers is really really junk, i.e. to be precise the fuel economy rating of your new car is 10mpg more than that of your Old car, you get even more $4500.
Back to the debate, is Cash for Clunkers really useful?....
By useful here, I mean useful for the economy. There are various points of debate here. First of all the requirement of new car having 22mpg could have been raised in order to ensure that only the most fuel efficient cars are encouraged. 22mpg - Most of new cars (even some SUVs?) would fall under this category. Moreover, would this program lead to abuse? Since Cash for Clunkers can be used in addition to Auto Stimulus and Hybrid Car Tax Credits, this is perhaps the best time to buy car by using government incentives provided at the cost of taxpayers money. I would love to hear Opinion from the readers of this blog. Please share your opinion in a comment.
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