The Internal Revenue Service has announced that owners of the 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid are eligible for a clean-burning fuel tax deduction.

Owners of the hybrid vehicles can receive up to a $2,000 deduction. The deduction is one-time and must be taken in the year the vehicle was originally used, according to a press release. After this year, the deduction for a hybrid vehicle purchase will be replaced by a tax credit, as approved in the 2005 Energy Act.

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