Thursday, February 12

No Tax Break for Car Loan Interest

As you might be aware, one of the provisions set forth in the proposed stimulus package was a tax break for interest paid on car loans. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) who sponsored the bill, confirmed today Congress has scaled back the bill and interest paid on car loans is not included in the package.

The final stimulus bill agreed upon by the House and the Senate provides tax relief for sales and excise tax.

Automotive News sources said the trim in the tax break for new-vehicle purchases reduced its cost from about $11 billion to about $2 billion. Negotiators wanted to limit the cost of the stimulus bill to ease the concerns of the lawmakers who were concerned with excessive spending.

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