The IRS has recently added fraud involving the fuel tax credit to the list of frivolous tax claims being put forth by individuals and businesses. The credit has very defined criteria and applies generally to farmers and fisherman who use fuel for off-highway business purposes. There are some individuals who are trying to claim the credit when in fact their occupation or income level makes the claim unreasonable. If you attempt to claim a tax credit or refund, and it is not justified, you can be liable for up to $5,000 in penalties.
The tax credit is a possibility under the right, and narrowly defined circumstances. Basically, it works like this:
A federal excise tax is imposed on gasoline ($.184 per gallon), clear diesel fuel ($.244 per gallon), and clear kerosene ($.244 per gallon). The amount of these taxes may be credited or refunded if these fuels are used in many types of off-road uses. Common off-road uses include use as heating oil, use in stationary engines, use in non-highway vehicles, and use in separate engines mounted on highway vehicles. Continue reading