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Wed December 16, 2009

Tax Credit Limbo

Tulsa, OK – Okla. high court says judge had no jurisdiction

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a judge didn't have jurisdiction when he ruled that a state tax credit for electric cars would apply to buyers of all such vehicles, contrary to a rule adopted by the Oklahoma Tax Commission but then withdrawn.

The high court's decision Monday, combined with the tax commission's actions, may leave some recent purchasers in limbo.

A state law passed 13 years ago gave a tax credit of up to 50 percent of the price of an electric vehicle. But in September, the tax commission adopted an emergency rule that said the credit would not apply to vehicles resembling golf carts or go-karts.

Ada Electric Cars filed suit in Garfield County District Court challenging the new rule. A week later, the tax commission voted to withdraw the new rule.

The company pursued the case, however, and District Judge Dennis Hladik ruled in the company's favor. The tax commission then appealed, and Monday's ruling by the high court would nullify Hladik's decision.

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Information from: KWTV-TV, http://www.news9.com/

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