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All About The New Electric-Assisted Bicycle Rebate Program

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From the MN Dept. of Revenue 7-3-2024:

We have reached the maximum number of applications for e-Bike Rebate Certificates for this year. A new application period will open in mid-2025. Please refer to our website for more information and sign up for email notifications for future updates on the e-Bike Rebate Program.

What’s new this time?

Due to popularity and high demand for the rebates, applicants may need to wait in a virtual waiting room before accessing the application. This will allow the system to control the surge of users when the application opens at 11 a.m. This is a similar process to what major sports teams use when selling a limited number of tickets for their playoff games.  

Potential applicants will gain access to the rebate application in the order they enter the waiting room. Once in the application, they will have 15 minutes to complete and submit it.

The MN Department of Revenue expects the application window to be brief, as only around 10,000 submissions will be accepted. Once this limit is reached, the rebate application will close, and anyone still in the waiting room will be notified that they cannot apply this year.

How do I apply?

The link to the application will be emailed out prior to Tuesday, July 2, 2024.

You can sign-up to receive this email update directly from MN Dept. of Revenue or follow the State of Minnesota Department of Revenue’s facebook page

Online application opens June 5

The online application for individuals to apply for a rebate opens Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. (Central Time). A link to the online application will be posted on our e-bike rebate webpage.

The number of rebates available will be very limited and applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

More information

Our e-bike rebate webpage has additional information on the program including a calculator to estimate your potential rebate, updated Frequently Asked Questions, and a list of approved e-bike retailers that are participating in the program.

The link to the online application is posted on the e-bike rebate webpage.

The 2023 Minnesota Omnibus Transportation Policy and Finance bill includes the creation of a new Electric-Assisted Bicycle Rebate Program. Since this is a brand new program that will be administered by the State of Minnesota, the specifics of when and how the program will work are yet to be determined. The amount of the rebate will be reduced based on your adjusted gross income. Therefore you will have to apply for a rebate certificate through the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

BikeMN will monitor the development of the program and share when the state will be ready to start taking applications and the details of how to apply with our members via email. BikeMN will also post it on our blog and in our e-news as soon as the details are announced.

Program specifics outlined in the law include:

  • Class 1, 2, and 3 Electric-assisted bicycles, as defined in Minnesota Statutes 169.011 Subdivisions 15a, 15b, and 15c purchased from an eligible retailer will qualify
  • Retailers must apply to be certified
  • Persons eligible to apply must be a resident individual or married filing jointly taxpayer 15 years or older that is not claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return.
  • The maximum rebate of 75% of the value of the bicycle up to $1,500
  • The amount of the rebate certificate is reduced 1% for each $4,000 the applicant makes over $25,000 or $50,000 for those married filing jointly until it reaches 50%, or $125,000 for individuals and $150,000 for those who are married and file jointly. You are still eligible for a 50% credit if you make more than that.
  • A process for transferring the certificate to a qualified retailer at the time of sale will be established.
  • The credit is only good for 60 days and you cannot apply for more that one credit certificate.
  • Retailers are the ones that file with the Department of Revenue for the credit refund.
  • The program is not retroactive. 
  • The program only covers new e-bikes, not conversion kits.

The exact bill language can be found starting on Line 156.1 of HF 2887.

Here’s the actual text of the bill:

Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given.

(b) “Electric-assisted bicycle” has the meaning given in section 169.011, subdivision  27, except that the term is limited to a new electric-assisted bicycle purchased from an eligible retailer.

(c) “Eligible expenses” means the amount paid for an electric-assisted bicycle and any
qualifying accessories purchased at the same time as the electric-assisted bicycle, inclusive of sales tax but exclusive of any other related charges, including charges for a warranty, service, or delivery.

(d) “Eligible individual” means an individual who:

(1) is at least 15 years old;

(2) is a resident individual taxpayer at the time of application for a rebate certificate and in the previous calendar year; and

(3) was not claimed as a dependent on another return in the taxable year described in
subdivision 3, paragraph (c).

(e) “Eligible retailer” means a person who has engaged in the business of retail sales of
new electric-assisted bicycles for at least six months prior to receiving the approval of the  commissioner under subdivision 5.

(f) “Qualifying accessories” means a bicycle helmet, lights, lock, luggage rack, basket,
bag or backpack, fenders, or reflective clothing.

Subd. 2. Rebate established. An eligible retailer that has been assigned a rebate certificate by an eligible individual may apply to the commissioner for a rebate, as provided in this section.

Subd. 3. Amount of rebate. (a) The amount of a rebate under this section equals the 

lesser of:

(1) the applicable percentage, multiplied by the amount of eligible expenses paid by an  eligible individual; or

(2) $1,500.

(b) The applicable percentage equals 75 percent, but is reduced by one percentage point until the percentage equals 50 percent, for each $4,000 of the eligible individual’s adjusted
gross income in excess of:

(1) $50,000 for a married taxpayer filing a joint return; and

(2) $25,000 for all other filers.

(c) For the purposes of determining the applicable percentage under paragraph (b) and
subdivision 4, paragraph (a), the commissioner must use the eligible individual’s adjusted gross income for the taxable year ending in the calendar year prior to the year in which the individual applied for a rebate certificate.

Subd. 4. Commissioner to issue rebate certificates. (a) To qualify for a rebate under 

this section, an eligible individual must apply to the commissioner for a rebate certificate in the manner specified by the commissioner prior to purchasing an electric-assisted bicycle. As part of the application, the eligible individual must include proof of the individual’s adjusted gross income for the taxable year specified in subdivision 3, paragraph (c). The  commissioner must issue a rebate certificate to an eligible individual stating the issuance date, the applicable percentage, and the maximum rebate for which the taxpayer is eligible. For a married taxpayer filing a joint return, each spouse may apply to the commissioner separately, and the commissioner must issue each spouse a separate rebate certificate.

(b) The commissioner of revenue may determine the date on which to open applications for a rebate certificate, and applications must not be submitted before the date determined by the commissioner. Beginning July 1, 2024, and July 1 of each subsequent calendar year for which there is an allocation of rebate certificates, the commissioner must allocate rebate  certificates on a first-come, first-served basis. The commissioner must reserve 40 percent of the certificates for a married taxpayer filing a joint return with an adjusted gross income of less than $78,000 or any other filer with an adjusted gross income of less than $41,000. Any portion of the reserved amount under this paragraph that is not allocated by September 30 is available for allocation to other rebate certificate applications beginning on October 1.

(c) The commissioner must not issue rebate certificates totaling more than $2,000,000
in each of calendar years 2024 and 2025, except any amount authorized but not allocated in any calendar year does not cancel and is added to the allocation for the next calendar year. When calculating the amount of remaining allocations, the commissioner must assume that each allocated but unclaimed certificate reduces the available allocations by $1,500.

(d) A rebate certificate that is not assigned to a retailer expires two months after the date the certificate was issued and may not be assigned to a retailer after expiration. The amount
of any expired rebate certificates is added to the available allocation under paragraph (c).

Subd. 5. Certification of eligible retailers. To be eligible to be assigned a rebate 

certificate under this section, an eligible retailer must apply to the commissioner of revenue 

to be certified as an eligible retailer in the manner specified by the commissioner. The application must include proof that the person applying has been actively involved in the business of retail sales of new electric-assisted bicycles for at least six months.

Subd. 6. Application for rebate. (a) An eligible individual who purchases an electric-assisted bicycle may assign a rebate certificate to an eligible retailer at the time of  purchase. The retailer must reduce the price of the electric-assisted bicycle by the amount of the rebate determined under subdivision 3.

(b) The commissioner must establish the form and manner by which a taxpayer may
assign a rebate certificate to a retailer. The commissioner must establish a process through
which retailers may quickly verify the validity of a rebate certificate at the time of purchase.

(c) An eligible retailer that was assigned a rebate certificate may apply to the
commissioner for a rebate within one month of the date of the sale. The application must
be in the manner specified by the commissioner. The commissioner must pay to an eligible
retailer who meets the requirements of this section the amount of the rebate determined
under subdivision 3.

(d) Only an eligible retailer may apply for a rebate under this subdivision. To receive
the benefit of a rebate under this section, an eligible individual must assign a rebate certificate
to an eligible retailer.

(e) A rebate certificate under this section must not be assigned or transferred more than

(f) The commissioner must not pay any rebates under this section after June 30, 2026.

Subd. 7. Limitations. (a) The commissioner must not issue an eligible individual a rebate certificate more than one time. This limitation does not apply to a rebate certificate that expired.

(b) If an eligible individual purchases an electric-assisted bicycle using a rebate under
this section and returns the bicycle to an eligible retailer, the eligible retailer must repay to
the commissioner the amount of the rebate received.

(c) The commissioner must not issue a rebate certificate to an eligible individual who
is subject to a claim for a refund under chapter 270A.

(d) For electric-assisted bicycles purchased using rebates under this section:

(1) an eligible retailer must charge the same retail price for an electric-assisted bicycle
as the retailer charges for the same bicycle if it is purchased without a rebate; and

(2) an eligible retailer must not charge a retail price in excess of the manufacturer’s
suggested retail price.

Subd. 8. Appropriation. $4,000,000 in fiscal year 2024 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner to implement the requirements under this section, including but not limited to administration and payment of refunds. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2026.

Subd. 9. Sunset. This section expires June 30, 2026. The expiration of this section does not affect the commissioner’s authority to audit or power of examination and assessment for rebates claimed under this section.