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Friday, September 22, 2017

The 3rd Quarter IFTA Deadline Is Almost Here

3rd Quarter IFTA Report
Slow down! Time is moving so fast! Summer has turned into fall, the leaves are changing colors, holiday decor is hitting the shelves, this all means one thing. Your 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is moving closer on the horizon!

Actually, it’s so close that you can probably smell it along with the pumpkin spiced flavored everything. Are you prepared to file by the October 31st? If not, you will have penalties to face. Luckily you have ExpressIFTA to help you prepare for the October 31 deadline!

Prepare Your 3rd Quarter IFTA Report


Doing your IFTA report no longer takes hours to complete, because you can instantly calculate your totals with ExpressIFTA. The entire process is incredibly easy. All you have to do is create your free account, enter your business information and base jurisdiction, enter your miles and fuel records, and generate your IFTA report!

Then you can print or email your IFTA report and use it to instantly complete your return. You don’t even have to worry about doing any complicated calculations yourself because we automatically calculate the amount you owe for you, so you never over or underpay the amount you owe.

Also, forget the hassle of having to keep up with current tax rates per jurisdiction because ExpressIFTA automatically updates with the current tax rate every quarter.
 
Accurate IFTA Totals
You can also keep detailed records of your fuel and mileage per quarter at your own pace. Or you can upload your information per trip or upload all of your information for the month with the quick entry feature.

If you have a lot of information to upload, don’t worry, simply use the bulk upload feature to upload all of your information at the same time. You can use our template by downloading it and filling it out before you re-upload it, or you can even use your own template and format.

Guess what most GPS systems can do? They can record your mileage per jurisdiction and with ExpressIFTA you can upload your GPS report directly to your account. ExpressIFTA is capable of supporting any GPS platform, simply email your GPS report to us and we will add it to your account.

Based on the information you enter you can run a series of reports. For example, the Monthly Mileage report can be run for any time frame and will show you your mileage per month. The miles you travel per jurisdiction will be listed for your IRP report which you are legally required to complete in order to comply with the law.

All of your records will be stored in your ExpressIFTA account because you must have your information on file for at least 3 years for auditing purposes. So, in the event that you’re selected for an audit just refer to your account for your information or store it for business purposes.

We’re Here To Help


If you need any assistance while generating your IFTA report or using one of ExpressIFTA's many innovative features contact the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA support team. Call 704.234.6005 Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST. You can also reach us via live chat and take advantage of our 24/7 email support at support@expressifta.com.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Are You Attending The North American Commercial Vehicle Show?

The North American Commercial Vehicle Show In Atlanta, GA
It’s fall y’all! Do you know what that means? It’s time to head on down to Atlanta Georgia, one of the Nation’s top trucking cities to enjoy the North American Commercial Vehicle Show. It’s where fleets meet!

Will you be heading to the show? You definitely should try to make it. It’s from Monday, September 25th to Thursday the 28th and includes tons of trucking fun. So, what can you expect at this year’s event?

North American Commercial Vehicle Show


There are tons of special networking events for you to take advantage of! For example, on September 25, from 11 AM to 2 PM you can learn how to use fleet data for the ELD mandate, route optimization and cost savings and the BMS Technologies Booth.

You could also swing by the opening reception and 4:30 on September 25th in the Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom to join attendees and exhibitors for an afternoon of networking and refreshments. It’s always great to meet new people and you can meet the best trucking professionals here!

On September 26th at 4 PM you can get technical by attending International Truck’s Tech Talk, “A View From The Driver’s Seat - Advanced Powertrain Technology”. You’ll see how powertrain technology is developing at a faster rate than ever and the many options that the future has to offer.

You'll also have the chance to let your hair down and have some fun! There will be an iPad giveaway September 27, at 3 PM at the Cummins booth. Download the NACV App to be entered to win 1 out of 5 iPads. You can also meet 16-time NHRA Funny Car Champion, John Force September 28, at 11 AM to 1 PM at the Peak Booth.

At the closing reception September 28, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM in the Exhibit Hall you can do some more networking, only this time when you join fellow exhibitors and attendees with beer and wine. That can help you take the edge off, but don’t overdo it.

Have fun at NACV!


You’ve been working hard all summer and the heat is finally starting to break, so we think you deserve to take a load off. Go have some fun and network down in Atlanta, one of the best trucking cities in the country!

Share what you’re excited for at NACV in the comment section below and for more trucking blogs visit ExpressIFTA.com.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Have Your Fuel Tax At Your Finger Tips

The last thing you need is more paperwork, but you have to complete your quarterly IFTA return. That means you have to keep up with your mileage records, fuel receipts, and more. All of these papers could clutter up your cab before you know it!

Then to calculate your totals you have to organize all the papers and bust at a calculator to add everything up. The hassle of all this tax reporting might not make trucking worth it. Good thing ExpressIFTA gives you the ability to track everything you need for IFTA right at your fingertips and provides accurate tax calculations with the free IFTA Fuel Tax Calculator App. 

ExpressIFTA Makes IFTA Mobile


Stop hauling around tons of paperwork and receipts. Instead, track everything with ExpressIFTA. Then download the Fuel Tax Calculator App to have your tax total right on your smartphone or tablet. It's easy, just use the app to instantly calculate the amount of fuel tax you owe to your base jurisdiction. 

This way you will never over or underpay the amount you owe, and you won’t have to worry about doing any complicated calculations yourself. Plus, the tax rate is updated each quarter, so you never have to keep up with it yourself. It’s the quickest and most convenient way to calculate your IFTA tax.
 
To calculate the amount you owe all you have to do is enter your base jurisdiction (home state), select the IFTA quarter and your fuel type, then enter your miles traveled and fuel purchased per jurisdiction. Once you’ve entered in your information your IFTA tax will be automatically calculated for you with 100% accuracy.

The 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is coming up on October 31st, so be sure to use the app to calculate the amount of fuel tax you owe. Also, everything you need will be in your ExpressIFTA account.

You can upload all of your mileage and fuel records per quarter with individual trip logs or all at once with the quick entry screen. You can also upload all of your mileage information right from your GPS!

All of the totals required to complete your IFTA return will be compiled into quarterly IFTA reports that you can use to instantly complete your IFTA return. This way instead of stressing to calculate all of your totals you will have them automatically calculated for you.

But the totals don’t just stop with IFTA because the mileage summary report will give you the total miles traveled per jurisdiction and you can use that information to instantly complete your IRP return.

We’re Here To Help


Whether you’re working on your IFTA returns or need your IRP totals, ExpressIFTA is here to help by giving you the ability to track your totals and instantly calculate the amount you owe online, eliminating the hassle of having to deal with tons of paperwork.

If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated ExpressIFTA support team. We’re available over the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@expressifta.com.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

5 Ways To Avoid IFTA Penalties

IFTA, IFTA, IFTA….right? One return after another. We actually should have said IFTA four times since you have to complete IFTA on a quarterly basis. That’s right your IFTA return is due 4 times a year!

Gosh, that means you have four IFTA fuel tax deadlines to remember, because if you don’t file by the due dates then you will be subject to fees and penalties. Heck, you could even get parked. We know you really don’t want that to happen so we’ve put together a list of 5 ways you can avoid IFTA penalties.

5 Ways To Avoid IFTA Penalties

We will start by going over the actual IFTA penalties. The penalty for filing late is $50 or 10% of the amount you owe, based on which amount is higher, unless your base jurisdiction is Nevada. Then the penalty for filing late in Nevada is $50 plus 10% of the fuel tax you owe.

If you make a late payment or pay less than the amount you owe then you will face a monthly fee of .4167% of the tax you owe per jurisdiction you traveled in until you pay the amount in full. In Nevada on top of that fee, you’ll face hefty administrative fees that go up each month. Plus, you base jurisdiction may revoke your IFTA license.

1. File by the deadline

That’s right, the first way to avoid penalties is to simply file by the quarterly deadlines. Each IFTA quarter has a reporting period according to quarterly calendar months. You must also pay the full amount of fuel taxes you owe by the deadline. Refer to the chart below for the quarterly reporting months and due dates.

 


2. Make sure to include all of the required information

If you fail to include one of the items you are required to report on your IFTA return then it could be rejected. If your IFTA return is rejected it’s up to you to correct it and retransmit it by the deadline. To complete your IFTA return you need to report your:

Total miles traveled by qualifying IFTA vehicles per jurisdiction, including taxable and nontaxable, and trip permit miles.

- Total gallons of fuel consumed by the IFTA qualifying vehicle per jurisdiction.
- The total miles traveled per jurisdiction.
- The tax paid gallons of fuel purchases per jurisdiction and
- The current tax rate per jurisdiction.

3. Make sure your information is correct

Everything these days is done quickly online and as a result, it can be easy to speed through forms and leave typos unnoticed. If important information like your name or address is entered on your IFTA return incorrectly then it could be rejected. Take your time while completing your return and double check your information to make sure it’s correct.
 
4. Follow the guidelines for your jurisdiction

You need to complete your quarterly IFTA return with your base jurisdiction or home state, where your vehicle is registered in your name. Each jurisdiction has their own guidelines and regulations to follow. For example, some jurisdictions require you to complete IFTA in a PDF format, while others require you to complete your IFTA return online. Click here to see your specific jurisdiction requirements.

5. Use ExpressIFTA

ExpressIFTA makes completing your quarterly IFTA return quick and easy! You can instantly upload your fuel and distance records at your own pace. Upload your information per trip or for an entire month at a time with the quick entries screen. ExpressIFTA will handle every single calculation for you so you don’t have to worry about doing any math at all. Then we will automatically generate your totals into a quarterly fuel tax report that you can use to instantly complete your return. 

We’re Here To Help

If you need any assistance the ExpressIFTA support team is here to help! We’re IFTA experts so you don’t have to be. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24.7 email support at support@expressIFTA.com.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week Is Here!

Thank A Truck Driver
Look around you. What do you see? A pen, mug, post it notes? Maybe you’re at home with a blanket and can see your tv. Maybe you’re out at a cafe sitting in a chair near freshly baked goods. No matter where you are, the items around you have something in common. They were delivered by a trucker.

Most people don’t know the hard work and hours that truckers put in just to make sure that goods get delivered on time all across the nation. In fact, over 3.5 million truckers are responsible for keeping America moving. Because they work so hard for us, it’s time to give back with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.


From September 10th to September 16th America will take the time to honor transportation professionals all across the nation during National Truck Driver Appreciation week! Truck stops all over will be offering tons of free food, prizes, and more.
Truck Driver Appreciation Month

Love’s Truck stop has actually extended driver appreciation week to a month long event. During the entire month of September, drivers will receive a free shower and a free drink refill whenever they purchase 50 or more gallons of fuel. Drivers will also receive a free hat with the purchase of a 3 pack of gloves for $9.99.

Thousands of drivers will get $100 in My Love Rewards points, and one driver will even win $10k in rewards points. The luckiest driver of all will win 1 million My Love Rewards points, equal to $10,000 in value.

The Clearwater Travel Plaza in Minnesota is throwing a driver appreciation event from 3 to 6 on Tuesday the 12th. The event will have free food, health, screenings, games, and prizes. There will also be a representative from Snap Fitness there to offer membership deals.

Thanks From ExpressIFTA


Thank you for all the hard work you do. Truckers are the backbone of our economy. If you like buying stuff then thank a trucker for delivering it. Otherwise, the shelves in our stores would be empty! A week isn’t enough to appreciate drivers, be sure to thank them all year long!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Common IFTA Mistakes To Avoid

IFTA reporting software
IFTA is one thing that just keeps on coming. Four times a year to be exact! If filing is already a hassle then it becomes even worse when simple mistakes are made on your return which causes it to become rejected.

If this is the case, relax because there is a much simpler way to handle all of your IFTA needs. Use ExpressIFTA, the market leading IFTA reporting software to easily track your totals and to create quarterly IFTA reports that can be used to instantly complete your return. To make your life even easier we've put together a list of the most common IFTA mistakes to avoid so your return will get accepted the first time.

Common IFTA Mistakes


1. Not Tracking All Of Your Fuel

You are required to report your fuel usage, amount of fuel purchases, and tax paid on each gallon of fuel purchases per jurisdiction. To help you remember all of your totals and to make sure you enter everything correctly in your ExpressIFTA account. However, it's best to actually keep all of your receipts.

Now we know it can be a hassle to keep hundreds of receipts, but maybe you could keep them in a box or snap photos of them on your smart phone and store them in a folder to reference later. The TruckLogics App will actually let you store photos for your expense records.

2. Entering The Wrong Information

You need to make sure that you correctly enter your name, business details, and vehicle information on your IFTA return. Otherwise, it could easily get rejected. Take your time while entering your sensitive details then go back and double check your information to make sure it was entered correctly.

3. Not Entering all of Your Trip Log Information

Automatic IFTA calculation
ExpressIFTA will easily track all of the totals you need for your IFTA return as long as you enter your information correctly. This means enter everything required for your trip logs for all of your trips.

You need to enter the starting and ending date, starting and ending location, odometer reading at the beginning and end of the trip, plus any stops made. Then ExpressIFTA will accurately calculate the miles traveled per jurisdiction for you. You can enter your trips as you go, or by month with the quick entry screen.

4. Filing late

Your IFTA returns must be submitted by the quarterly deadlines or you will have penalties to face. Late filers will face a penalty of $50 or 10% of the tax due, based on which is greater. Interest will accrue on this amount at a monthly rate of .4167% until you pay the amount you owe. The penalties given by your base jurisdiction will also apply, so be sure to turn in your IFTA return by midnight of each deadline day.

5. You Aren't Using ExpressIFTA

The habit of scribbling fuel records on papers to keep track of in your truck and doing complicated calculations yourself is over. Easily track your mileage and fuel records per jurisdiction with ExpressIFTA to keep all of your information in one convenient location online.

ExpressIFTA will automatically calculate the amount you owe for you so you don't have to do any complicated calculations yourself. Your Mileage and fuel totals will be calculated in an IFTA report that you can use to instantly complete your return. 

Contact Us


We're here to make sure IFTA isn't confusing. If you need any assistance please don't hesitate to contact our dedicated ExpressIFTA support team. We're available on the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@expressIFTA.com.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Save Time With Our IFTA Reporting Software

IFTA fuel and mileage logs
You have to turn in your IFTA report 4 times a year, what a hassle. That means that every quarter you have to sit down and spend hours dealing with math and trip sheets to figure out your IFTA totals. Isn’t there a better way?

Actually, there is. You can use ExpressIFTA to save tons of time on your IFTA fuel tax reports! Our innovative features streamline the reporting process so you can effortlessly track your mileage and fuel records to instantly complete your IFTA return each quarter. Check out a few of ExpressIFTA’s time-saving features!

Save Time With ExpressIFTA


ExpressIFTA will allow you to keep detailed records for each trip you travel during the quarter with our detailed trip sheets. Simply select the vehicle you would like to enter a trip for to get started.

Then you will enter your odometer reading from the beginning and end of your trip, the starting and ending location, as well as the start and end date. If you would like you can also add information such as the load description, trailer number and more to keep detailed records for your business.

Once your trip summary is complete you can add your mileage and fuel records. Enter your miles traveled per jurisdiction by odometer readings or distance and then break them down by taxable or nontaxable. Then enter the fuel purchased per jurisdiction and the totals will automatically be calculated for your IFTA return.

IFTA Quarterly Reports
Or use the quick entries screen to enter all of your miles traveled and fuel records for a month at a time. You can enter your information by date and include trip numbers. Simply enter the miles traveled and fuel purchased per jurisdiction by day.

Your mileage can be recorded by distance or odometer readings can include information about your trip such as if your trailer was loaded, empty, bobtail, deadhead, etc, if you would like.

But why enter in your information manually when it can be bulk uploaded with ExpressIFTA? Simply upload all of your odometer or distance records at once with our excel template or by using your own excel or .CSV file. Our system provides step-by-step instructions to make the process quick and easy.

You can also quickly upload all of your distance information by uploading it to your ExpressIFTA account from your GPS. If ExpressIFTA doesn’t support the type of GPS you have simply email your GPS report to support@ExpressIFTA.com

Based off of the information you enter, ExpressIFTA will automatically calculate your IFTA totals in an easy to read IFTA report that can be printed and emailed.

We will also automatically calculate the amount of IFTA tax you owe, so you don’t have to worry about doing any complicated calculations yourself. Best of all, the report can be used to complete your quarterly IFTA return in a matter of minutes.

Contact Us


If you have any questions, we’re here to help. Contact the dedicated ExpressIFTA support team over the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@expressIFTA.com.
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Friday, September 1, 2017

What's Required To Complete Your IFTA Return?

Whats Needed To Complete IFTA?
You already know that you have to complete your quarterly IFTA fuel tax return, and the next deadline on October 31st will be here before you know it. Don’t let the deadline sneak up on you. You don’t want to rush to get all of your totals ready.

Stick with ExpressIFTA to become an IFTA expert and easily complete your quarterly fuel tax return in a matter of minutes! We make tracking your totals incredibly easy. By the way the information required to complete your IFTA return includes:

- The total miles traveled per jurisdiction
- The total amount of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
- The total amount of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
- The current tax rate jurisdiction
- And the amount of tax paid per gallon of fuel per jurisdiction.

IFTA Reporting With ExpressIFTA


We keep saying the word ‘jurisdiction’, to clarify a jurisdiction is a state that you travel in. Your IFTA report is actually due in your base jurisdiction or home state. Your base jurisdiction is also where your truck is required to be registered.

ExpressIFTA is full of innovative features to help you complete your IFTA return by providing you with quarterly IFTA reports. All you have to do to get started is create your free account, enter your business information, add your base jurisdiction, enter your vehicle details, list your miles and fuel records, and then generate your quarterly IFTA report!

You can enter your trip information at your own pace. Use the trips logs to enter your fuel usage, purchases, and miles traveled per jurisdiction as they happen, or all at once with the quick entry screen. You can even upload all of your information with an excel or .CVS file, or directly from your fuel card.

IFTA calculating software
ExpressIFTA takes care of every complicated calculation for you so you can relax. We will accurately calculate the amount of IFTA tax you owe based off of your information so you don’t over or under pay. We can also convert your miles to kilometers or gallons to kilometers and vice versa at any time.

Also, you never have to worry about keeping up with the tax rate per jurisdiction. ExpressIFTA automatically updates with the current tax rates per jurisdiction each quarter.

You can run reports for your mileage and fuel records at any time to show you your specific information for any time period. The reports and your quarterly IFTA report will all be organized per quarter and saved in the event of an audit. You can view previous reports at any time to reference for your business.

Plus, our built in diagnostic error audit can be run on your reports to catch any basic errors based on your estimated miles per gallon. It recognizes when miles traveled aren't between adjacent states and if you purchased fuel in a state you haven't traveled in. However, this audit doesn’t guarantee that your IFTA report won’t get rejected.

Contact ExpressIFTA


We’re here to help by making taxes less confusing! If you have any questions please contact the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA support team. Call us Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005, connect with us via live chat, or take advantage of our 24/7 email support at support@expressifta.com.
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