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Friday, August 31, 2018

Important IRS Notice: Today is The Form 2290 Due Date 2018

Important IRS Notice: Today is The Form 2290 Due Date 2018Whoa, the deadline is here! Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Form 2290 due date 2018 is today, August 31st. You are officially out of time to procrastinate! You need to file today to avoid getting run over by major penalties.

However, don’t hit that panic button quite yet! Your friends here at ExpressIFTA have the perfect solution for you. Instead of standing in line at the IRS or running to the post office you can file Form 2290 online with the most trusted name in the industry, ExpressTruckTax.

File Form 2290 and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in a matter of minutes. Head on over to ExpressTruckTax and sign up for your FREE account now so you can get back to focusing on the road.

Need a little more information? Well, check out these helpful 2290 filing tips to get in and out fast.

HVUT Form 2290 Filing Tips

1. Make Sure You Have Your EIN

You need an EIN or Employer Identification number to complete your form. It’s how the IRS identifies your trucking business. You cannot file Form 2290 with your SSN (Social Security Number)! If you need to apply for an EIN, you can do so over the phone with our sister product, TSNAmerica.

2. You Can Pay With a Credit or Debit Card

Starting this truck tax season, the IRS is now allowing you to pay 2290 with credit card or debit! Or another option is to pay with direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, by authorizing the IRS to debit the amount you owe from your bank account. To do this, you will need to provide your bank account and routing number, which can be found on one of your checks.

Or you can pay with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, where you will create a free account at The amount you owe will be debited from your bank account, but it could take up to 10 days to create your account.

If you want to, you can mail the amount you owe directly to the IRS with a check or money order. Just print your completed 2290-V (your payment voucher) from page 11 of your completed 2290 form and mail it with your payment.

3. File With ExpressTruckTax or TSNAmerica

Important IRS Notice: Today is The Form 2290 Due Date 2018
Head to ExpressTruckTax and follow their step-by-step e-filing guide to file your HVUT Form 2290! Once you submit your completed Form 2290 to the IRS, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email in minutes!

If you’re on the road, you don’t need to find a computer or IRS office to file. Simply download the ExpressTruckTax mobile app to your smartphone or tablet to file from the comfort of your own cab.

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The Easiest Way to File Form 2290

Looking for an even easier way to file? Our sister product, TSNAmerica, is a full-service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How To Tackle Your HVUT 2290 Before It Tackles You

File your HVUT 2290 by Friday's deadline.
You know when your truck starts making weird noises and so you just blast that XM radio until you can’t hear everything falling apart? By not filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax 2290 (HVUT 2290), you’re just turning the radio up on your life. You need to file IRS Form 2290 by Friday, August 31st to continue operating legally within the United States, so what are you waiting for?

Oh right, for your HVUT 2290 filing to be less of a hassle. Well, good news! Our sister product ExpressTruckTax can help you e-file 2290 and get your stamped Schedule 1 in less time than it takes to zipper merge with your haul in rush hour.

How To Tackle Your HVUT 2290 Before It Tackles You

Some background on the HVUT and why ignoring the metaphorical clunking sound it’s making is bad:

The HVUT 2290 applies to any vehicle traveling public highways that weighs 50,000 pounds or more. This weight, called the taxable gross weight or gross vehicle weight (GVW), does not include any loads, but it does include whatever it takes for the truck to function (except for your foot on the pedal. Don’t figure your own weight into your GVW).

IRS Form 2290 needs to be filed by the last day of the month in the month following your first month on the road. So if your rig’s first day out on the town is in October, you’ll need to file your HVUT 2290 by November 30th of the next year. The current HVUT period began on July 1, 2018, so if you were driving your truck during last year’s HVUT period, you need to file a new IRS Form 2290 by Friday, August 31.

Why You Need To File IRS Form 2290

Simply put, not filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is illegal. Your receipt for filling your HVUT 2290 is your Schedule 1, which allows you to renew your plates, travel across borders, and operate legally on highways. The DOT and DMV both recognize your Schedule 1, and you may be asked for it if you get pulled over, so you best have a valid one in your glove box.

How to E-File 2290

This is the part where we tell you how it gets better. If you file 2290 online, you can stop worrying about pushing off getting your stamped Schedule 1, and you can stop worrying about if you’re going to fill out your IRS Form 2290 right.

Our sister product ExpressTruckTax offers a step-by-step guide to help you pretty instantly complete your 2290 form and receive a copy of that stamped Schedule 1. Plus, ExpressTruckTax makes it incredibly easy to make sure your information is right––even after you’ve already sent your HVUT 2290 to the IRS.

ExpressTruckTax does an internal error-check on your HVUT before it even goes out, but if there are still things you need to change you can file amendments, edit your form, and even make free VIN corrections.

Also, with the ExpressTruckTax app, you can file from any location at any time with your mobile device. Meaning you can file even if you’re out on a haul!

The HVUT 2290 deadline is Friday, August 31st. You don’t have a ton of time, but don’t you dare turn that radio back up and ignore your HVUT. Instead, head straight for ExpressTruckTax and get it off your mind, and off your plate.

Trust us when we say that the DOT will not understand having expired tags.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Easy E-Filing Instructions To Help You Complete Your IRS 2290

Don’t let your 2290 deadline stay in your blind spot! Also known as your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), your IRS Form 2290 is due the last day of the month following the month it was first used. For those of you who have a Schedule 1 that expired on June 30th, 2018, your IRS 2290 is due August 31st. Yes, the one next week. But before you panic, check out these easy e-filing instructions to help you complete your IRS 2290 with our sister product ExpressTruckTax.

What You’ll Need To Complete Your IRS 2290

Before we get started, make sure you have everything you need for the journey. In order to e-file your 2290, have your credit card on hand. Make sure you also have your vehicle information, your vehicle identification number (VIN), and your taxable gross weight (how much the truck weighs when fully equipped for service but not including any loads). If you’re filing a Form 2290 at all, your gross weight is 55,000 lbs or more (that’s the minimum weight required to file the HVUT). Your VIN will be 17 characters, including numbers and letters.

If you are an owner-operator you will also need to have your Employer Identification Number (EIN) on you for the e-filing process. This number is a string of nine digits, similar to your Social Security Number, but formatted like 12-3456789.

Note: If you try to file your IRS 2290 using your Social Security Number instead of your EIN, the IRS will reject your 2290.

E-File 2290 With These Easy Steps

Step 1:
Using your email address and password, create a free account with our sister product ExpressTruckTax .

Step 2:
Click the orange “Start New Return’” button and enter the basic information for your trucking business (Name, address, and EIN) that we mentioned a few paragraphs ago.

Step 3:

Enter your tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. ExpressTruckTax bases their Form 2290 filing on your vehicle’s first used month, and so your 2290 is considered due the last day of the month following when it is was first used. 

If your current Schedule 1 for the 2017-2018 season expired on June 30th, 2018, you’ll need to file with ExpressTruckTax before the August 31st 2290 due date to ensure the IRS accepts your information.

Step 4:
Enter your vehicle information, which will include the taxable gross weight and Vehicle Identification Number. If your vehicle was exclusively used for logging or agricultural purposes, you can indicate that and receive a break on your 2290. You may even be exempt, but don’t get too excited––you will still need to file to receive your stamped Schedule 1 and continue operating legally. If your vehicle is suspended, you’ll need to indicate that as you complete your IRS 2290.

Step 5:

As part of the service, ExpressTruckTax calculates the tax amount you owe the IRS. After this amount has been generated, you can pick from one of the following payment options: Pay 2290 with the credit card, electronic funds withdrawal, direct debit, debit card, money order, EFTPS, or check.

Step 6:

ExpressTruckTax will then give you the ability to review all your information and make corrections if necessary. Their system will perform an instant internal audit that will ensure your 2290 filing is error-free, but it never hurts to double- or triple-check your VIN and EIN on your own.

Step 7:
After any corrections are made, you have the ability to transmit your completed 2290 form directly to the IRS. Just enter a 5-digit code of your choice at the bottom of your form to electronically sign and transmit, and then you’re good to go!

Step 8:
Back away from the keyboard. You did it! Your stamped Schedule 1 will be on its way to you in minutes, and you will be set until 2019.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This Is Your Future If You Forget To File Form 2290

This Is Your Future If You Forget To File Form 2290Deadlines in the mirror are closer than they appear, and your Form 2290 due date is practically on your rear impact guard. Your future if you forget to file Form 2290 is going to be costly, but you can follow this primer to understand what hot water awaits–and how to avoid it.

Why You Don’t Want To Forget To File Form 2290:

What is IRS Form 2290?

Before launching into what missing your 2290 tax due date could do to you, let’s backtrack. IRS Form 2290, also called Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), is how you report to the IRS that you own and operate a heavy use vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more.

Once you file your 2290 Form 2018 online and the IRS approves it, you will receive a stamped Schedule 1 as proof of payment. The stamped Schedule 1 is accepted by the DMV, DOT, and other federal authorities and can come in handy when crossing borders. If you file 2290 online your Schedule 1 will receive a digital watermark from the IRS.

When is the Form 2290 Due Date?

The filing period for the 2018 Form 2290 started July 1, 2018, for the tax year 2018-19. The taxable period of Form 2290 begins on July 1 and ends the next year on June 30, so if the truck you’re filing for was in use at the start of the tax period, then your Form 2290 is due on August 31, 2018.

Your Future If You Forget To File Form 2290

In the event that you forget to file Form 2290, the first thing you will have to contend with is IRS 2290 penalties and fees. You will owe the IRS a penalty of 4.5% of the total amount of HVUT you owe, on top of the the HVUT amount itself. This 4.5% will accrue for up to five months, plus an added monthly fee of 0.5%. Oh, and there’s the additional .54% interest charge.

And these fees are not just for if your form is missing–they’re also if your IRS 2290 is late. Skip the math, money, and headache and file your Form 2290 online.

Every day that goes by after the Form 2290 deadline is not only another day you ultimately have to pay for, but it is also another day without your Schedule 1. Because the IRS views your stamped Schedule 1 as proof of payment, it is like keys to the kingdom, and without it you’re in hot water.

You need your Schedule 1 to cross international borders, to register new vehicles, and even to renew your tags with the DMV. Essentially, operating without a stamped Schedule 1 is operating illegally.

Steps To Take If Forget To File Your 2290

The first step is to file. “Better late than never” truly does apply. You will still owe the IRS some fees, but the sooner you file your heavy use tax, the sooner the fees stop stacking up–and the sooner you can get back to operating legally.

Steer clear of 2290 tax penalties by visiting our sister product ExpressTruckTax the leading IRS-authorized Heavy Vehicle Use Tax e-file provider. File Form 2290 online and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline is Here

ExpressIFTA making filing your IFTA fuel tax report easyWe hope you are ready because the time has come: the July 31st 2nd quarter IFTA deadline has arrived. This means that you need to file your IFTA report with your base jurisdiction by midnight or you’ll have outrageous penalties to face.

This could put you in a state of panic because, historically, IFTA has been a complicated process. Do you have time to set aside hours to calculate all of the IFTA totals needed to complete your return? If not, don’t worry. ExpressIFTA, the quick and easy online IFTA reporting solution is here to help.

The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline Is Here

Our goal at ExpressIFTA is to make the IFTA reporting process easier and faster to save you time. That’s why we’ve made it incredibly easy to import all of your information. Then we will use the data you enter to calculate all of your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy.

IFTA Reporting Instructions

All of your information will be generated in an easy-to-read IFTA report that can be printed, emailed, and used to complete your IFTA return with your base jurisdiction instantly. Best of all, the entire process can be completed in a matter of minutes!

To get started today, simply create your free account using your email address. You will register with your name, contact information, and primary language. We offer support and services in both English and Spanish.

Enter your business detail, including your address; it is important that this information match what is on filed in the IFTA database.

Next, you will enter your base jurisdiction, which is your home state or the state where your vehicle is registered.

After that, you will enter your vehicle information such as the number, make, model, and fuel type. You can enter multiple vehicles and drivers to tack the IFTA totals for your entire fleet.

Then you can enter your mileage information at your own pace. You can add your information per trip with trip sheet entries, enter your information for the entire month with the quick entry screen, or bulk upload all of your data.

To make importing even faster, you can upload all of your information directly from your GPS. We also accept ELD data.

Generate Your IFTA Report

The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline is Here
Last, but not least, it’s time to generate your IFTA report! It will catch any basic errors that need to be corrected. Your IFTA report will also include any penalties, interest, credits/refunds based on your base jurisdiction's instructions.

Speaking of base jurisdictions, when you use your IFTA report to file your return, make sure you file according to your base jurisdiction's rules and regulations, Each state has their own filing requirement. For example, some require you to paper file while others require you to e-file. Learn about your state’s regulations here.

If you need any assistance, then please don’t hesitate to contact our live US-based ExpressIFTA support team.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Before You Forget Here Are The IFTA Fuel Tax Penalties

Truck driver can rest easy knowing he has now successfully filed his IFTA report and receive his IFTA stickers and IFTA License
Just in case you forget, the second quarter International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) deadline is tomorrow! Filing IFTA fuel tax report and paying the taxes due is incredibly important. Gathering all of the necessary documents and filing can take up a lot of time. Unfortunately, if you put it off until the last moment, it can lead to severe penalties–– ones you can easily avoid by filing your IFTA return with ExpressIFTA. So before you forget, here are the IFTA fuel tax penalties you could be facing.

Before You Forget Here Are The IFTA Fuel Tax Penalties

One of our goals at ExpressIFTA is to help you gain awareness about the Internal Fuel Tax Agreement and the penalties you can occur if you miss the deadline. Here is a little extra incentive to encourage you to file your IFTA return by tomorrow’s deadline. 

Federal Fuel Tax Penalties

Your penalty rate is based on the time it takes you to file after the deadline. So if you file late, you will automatically face a penalty of $50 or 10% of your taxes, depending on which amount is more. However, the IFTA Nevada penalty is $50 plus 10% of the total tax amount you owe.

If your payment is late, you will be charged .4167% of the total tax you owe every month until the amount is completely paid off. The IFTA Nevada penalty for administrative fees increases rapidly. The fees are $100 for the first time, $500 for the second, $1,000 for the third and more.

Not to mention your base jurisdiction reserves the right to suspend or even revoke your IFTA license.

To avoid these penalties your IFTA report needs to be submitted to your base jurisdiction by midnight tomorrow. 

File IFTA Online

You can quickly generate your IFTA report here at ExpressIFTA. Your report will have all your IFTA totals, plus it can be printed, emailed, and used to complete your return instantly.

Best of all, ExpressIFTA will handle all of your IFTA calculations for you. Your totals will be automatically calculated with 100% accuracy, so you don’t have to worry about making any mathematical mistakes.

Generating your report is easy, simply enter your distance and fuel records online at your own pace. Enter your information per trip, by month, or bulk upload all of it at once! Then when you’re ready to generate your report, an internal audit check will be performed to catch any fundamental errors.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy

The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy
In addition to the upcoming IFTA reporting deadline on July 31, 2018, you should be preparing to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290. We understand filing your IRS Form 2290 can be confusing and often frustrating when trying to decipher IRS terminology. To give you an extra hand here is the complete guide that will make filing Form 2290 online easy.

When you are ready to file 2290 online, might we suggest our sister product ExpressTruckTax. They will guide you through the Form 2290 filing process step-by-step so you can receive your stamped Schedule 1 in a matter of minutes. Also, they offer bilingual US-based customer support in English and Spanish. 

The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a moment to the review the basics of the heavy highway use tax. So who is required to file the 2290 tax? If you are an Owner-Operator with a registered vehicle with gross weight more than 55,000 Ibs, then Form 2290 filing applies to you. 

When is The Form 2290 Due Date?

Well, the official IRS 2290 filing period for the 2018 Form 2290 opened on July 1, 2018, for the 2018-19 tax year. The typical taxable period of Form 2290 filing begins on July 1 and ends the following year on June 30. If your current truck was in use at the beginning of the tax period your Form 2290 due date is August 31, 2018.

If your first use month for your current vehicles is any month other than July you will need to file Form 2290 by the last day of the month following your vehicle’s first used month. 

ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 Instructions

Step 1:

Create a free ExpressTruckTax account using your email address.

Step 2:

Click the orange ‘Start New Return’ button and enter your trucking business information (Name, Address, and EIN). Please note that you must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your business to complete the Form 2290 filing process. You cannot use your Social Security Number; if you do use your SSN, your IRS Form 2290 will be rejected.

Step 3:

Enter the 2018-19 tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. If your current vehicle was in use last July, this will be your first used month. ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing is based on your vehicles first used month, and it is due the last day of the month following when it was first used. 

Step 4:

Enter your rigs information including its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and taxable gross weight. You will need to specify if your vehicle is exclusively used for agricultural or logging purposes. This is extremely important because you could receive a significant 2290 tax credit or exempt the road tax 2290 altogether. However, no matter your vehicle type you will still need to file and receive your stamped Schedule 1.

The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy

Step 5:

ExpressTruckTax automatically calculates your tax amount based on your information provided. You can then select one of the following HVUT payment options: Pay 2290 with credit card, debit, direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal (EFTPS IRS), check, or money order. 

Step 6:

ExpressTruckTax will review your information to ensure error-free filing; however, we highly encourage you to double check your VIN number as this is the most common reason for HVUT rejection. 

Step 7:

Transmit your 2290 tax directly to the IRS. You will receive your proof of HVUT payment in a matter of minutes, and you will be set until 2019. 

File Your 2290 Tax Over The Phone

If you are looking to skip all of this and go with a full-service solution you can contact our sister product, TSNAmerica. Their outstanding bilingual support team will file Form 2290 on your behalf over the phone. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Give them your information and they will do the work for you. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320

Form 2290 E-File Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

If you have questions, the ExpressTruckTax support team is available via phone, live chat, and email. Their US-based representatives are Heavy Vehicle Use Tax experts and will take the time to answer all of your Form 2290 e-file questions and will even walk you through the filing process.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return

What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return
In addition to the HVUT Form 2290 filing deadline, members of the trucking industry should be aware of the impending IFTA tax return deadline coming up on July 31st. Don’t let this deadline sneak up on you. To help you get started here is what you need to know about the IFTA tax return.

What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return

IFTA, or the International Fuel Tax Agreement, is an arrangement between 48 of the United States (only excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and 10 Canadian provinces to report fuel use by authorized motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction (state). The IFTA fuel tax redistributes fuel taxes equally among the jurisdictions.

To show you filed your IFTA return and paid the taxes owed by the deadline, you will be issued an IFTA license and IFTA stickers. The license should be kept in your truck at all times and the IFTA stickers are to be displayed under your driver’s side window.

What is a Jurisdiction?

A jurisdiction is a state that you drive through. Your IFTA report should be made directly with your base jurisdiction or home state. Your base jurisdiction is also where your truck and information is registered.

Vehicle Qualifications For IFTA Reporting

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it travels between more than one jurisdiction and:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 lbs 
  • Has two axles and a registered weight exceeding 26,000 Ibs 
  • Has a combination weight exceeding 26,000 Ibs
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight

IFTA Fuel Tax Reporting Requirements

You are required by law to complete an IFTA report quarterly and with your base jurisdiction. To file you will need the following information:
    What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return
  • The total miles traveled per jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA and non-IFTA, and trip permit miles.
  • The total gallons of fuel consumed in each jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA, and trip permit miles.
  • The number of gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction.
  • The tax paid on each gallon of fuel purchased per jurisdiction.
  • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction.

IFTA Fuel Tax Rates 2nd Quarter 2018

At ExpressIFTA we automatically update our calculations and IFTA tax rates to ensure 100% accuracy. Plus our innovative features help you complete your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report.

Here is how to get started today:
  1. Create your free ExpressIFTA account
  2. Enter your business information
  3. Specify your base jurisdiction
  4. Enter your vehicle details
  5. List your miles and fuel records
  6. Generate your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report

No more complicated IRS terminology or calculations. Our IFTA software will accurately calculate your IFTA fuel tax rates and IFTA tax based on the provided information guaranteeing you are not over or underpaying.

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