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Tax Time Reminders – Credits for Propane Forklift Users

With Tax Day just around the corner, that is to say April 15 when personal income tax returns are due to the IRS, it seems timely to remind everyone about some of the tax credit and incentives for forklift operators.  In December 2010, the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4853) was signed into law.  Included within this bill was a retroactive extension of the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit.

The Alternative Fuel Tax Credit is a federal tax credit available to propane forklift users and some others that use propane as an engine fuel.  The credit provides $0.50 for every gallon of propane used to fuel forklifts.  Although the credit had previously expired at the end of 2009, it was made retroactive to cover all of 2010.  This means that forklift operators can claim the credit for fuel used last year. However, to receive the retroactive credit, you must register with the IRS as an “alternative fueler” and file your claim no later than August 1, 2011.

And finally, since the credit has been extended through the end of 2011, make sure to keep track of invoices and bills that note the amount of propane fuel used.  Be sure to review all relevant IRS forms including Form 4136 for specific information at

We have to remind you that this discussion is for information purposes only.  As such, the discussion is not intended, and cannot be relied upon, as tax advice.  We urge all businesses and consumers to consult their own tax advisers regarding claims or refunds.

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  1. Posted August 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the information! Any idea if this credit will continue in 2012?

  2. Posted September 30, 2011 at 5:51 am | Permalink

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  3. Posted November 20, 2011 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    This is a great post. Nice one. I will be back to look for any updates, Thanks for sharing.

  4. Posted February 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Excellent write up, i didn’t know there were some many tax incentives.

    Please keep us updated.

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