Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the SDG&E Pre-Owned Electric Vehicle Rebate Program? Our FAQs cover
everything from eligibility criteria to the application process.

Application Process

How is the applicant’s federal tax return used to calculate income?

If the federal tax return for the year of purchase or lease has not yet been filed, the most recently filed federal tax return within two years of the year of vehicle purchase or lease will be requested for income verification. Please note the SDG&E Pre-Owned EV Rebate Program considers gross annual income to include both taxable and non-taxable income sources prior to any adjustments.

For applications submitted using the 2022 or 2023 tax year, we will review the following sections of each federal tax return, as reflected on the IRS tax transcript, to help determine gross annual income:

  • On IRS Form 1040: Sum of lines 1–7. Line 9 is not used to calculate total gross income for the Rebate Plus option; and (if applicable),
  • On IRS Form 1040 Schedule 1: Sum of lines 1-8. If Line 8, “Other Income,” is negative, it will not be included as part of the income calculation, unless an exception applies. If Line 8 on Schedule 1 is negative, the corresponding “Statement” filed with the applicant's 1040 must be provided. Net operating losses carried over from previous years are not an exception.