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Although smog appears to resemble fog or haze, it is actually airborne pollution that has found its way into the air instead of water or dust. These pollutants are most commonly produced by the burning of gasoline and petroleum-based fuels. Paints, solvents and other items can also be an issue as well, however.
Not only can smog harm the environment, it can cause poor visibility for drivers as well. Plus, it can create health problems like, coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Children, the elderly and others with asthma or respiration disorders are usually the ones who are most effected by smog.
Currently there are not requirements that have been set in place when it comes to testing your vehicle for emissions in the state of Iowa. However, there are some incentives that may encourage residents to be more mindful of the emissions that their vehicles are producing.
Even though there are no guidelines that have been set in place, there are many reasons that residents should maintain proper care of their vehicles, other than the protection of the environment. For example, the federal government offers tax breaks for certain vehicles that are considered green or are eco-friendly. There are also tax incentives that are offered by the state as well.
If you purchase a fuel cell motor vehicle, you may be able to have a $2,000 state tax deduction. The following must apply in order for you to qualify for this tax deduction:
- Claim the IRS Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit by using IRS Form 8910
- Your vehicle must be a qualified fuel cell motor vehicle
- You must use your vehicle before January 1, 2015
How to improve smog
Even though Iowa lacks that population that would require an emissions test guideline, there are ways that residents can improve the overall effect their vehicle has on the environment. While in urban areas, using public transportation and biking or walking more often is a great way to reduce the amount of smog; this is not always possible in rural areas in Iowa.
However, you can still improve the way your vehicle affects the environment by making sure that your vehicle is being maintained properly and is properly checked in a timely manner. Currently, there are no guidelines that have been put in place so there is no place to have your vehicle’s emission checked. But, you can still care for your vehicle by replacing air filters that have become clogged and seeking professional maintenance when required.
There are many vehicles that qualify for the tax incentives that have been put in place by the state of Iowa as well as the federal government. You should check the requirements that have been set in place to see if the vehicle you have purchased falls into one of the categories.
You may also check with your insurance company to see if you qualify for a discount due to your eco-friendly vehicle or green driving habits. You can talk to your accountant to learn more about how to claim any tax credits that you may apply for as well.