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Monday, November 20, 2017

What Happens If You Don't Get An ELD

ExpressIFTA explains the CVSA's ELD OOSC

Despite the efforts to delay or completely get rid of the ELD mandate, it’s here to stay. As the compliance date ticks closer on December 18th we may see a new wave of heavy protesting to try and stop it, but you still need to prepare your trucks.

If you fail to comply with the ELD mandate you will have hefty fees and penalties to face. You could even be placed out of service! It will be much cheaper and easier in the long run to go ahead and purchase and install your ELD device. Check out the penalties you will face if you don’t comply with the ELD mandate.

Penalties For Failing To Comply With The ELD Mandate


Now you won’t instantly be shut down the moment the clock strikes 12:00 December 18th if you don’t have an ELD device. You will have a bit of a grace period implemented by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

The CVSA has created the out-of-service-criteria (OOSC) for the ELD mandate and has provided truckers with a little time to comply. However, this isn’t a free pass because beginning on December 18th inspectors and roadside personnel will begin checking and inspecting vehicles for compliant ELDs.

Then depending on the jurisdiction’s discretion if you don’t have a compliant ELD you may be issued a citation. The citation amount is also up the to jurisdiction's discretion and they could be quite substantial. Then on April 1, 2018 the OOSC associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect.
 
ExpressIFTA warns that the ELD compliance date is coming
So, if you’re having trouble finding ELD hardware as fleets scramble to meet the compliance date, don’t worry. You have until the spring to comply before getting shut down. Although, it's really best to go ahead and comply to avoid citations.

Also, it’s important to remember that if your grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) that meets the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15 then you can continue using it until December 16, 2019.

In the past when CVSA member jurisdictions implemented new mandates and regulations they noted that a phase-in approach was the best method of implementation. That’s why the CVSA Board of Directors, FMCSA, and motor carrier industry agreed to the phase-in approach with the ELD implementation.

Hopefully, this will simplify the transition to using ELD devices for commercial vehicle operators. 

Are You Ready For The ELD Mandate?


The ELD mandate is about a little less than a month away! We hope you’re ready to comply in order to avoid extensive citations and eventually getting parked. Don’t let the holiday season distract you, make sure to get the hardware that you need installed before December 18th!

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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Number One Fleet Management Solution Is TruckLogics

ExpressIFTA shares how TruckLogics simplifies fleet management
Managing a fleet involves a lot of multitasking. You have to keep up with all of your drivers, dispatches, bills, invoices, and more! Simply letting one task fall through the cracks could throw off your entire operation.

That’s why we need to make managing your trucking business easier by introducing you the TruckLogics. TruckLogics is the number one trucking management software that will help you save time and simplify managing your entire operation. Check out the trucking solutions that TruckLogics provides for fleet owners and drivers.

TruckLogics Fleet Management Solutions


First of all, it’s important to mention that TruckLogics is a cloud-based program that keeps all of your business information in one convenient, secure location online. With the TruckLogics app, you can check in on your trucking operations from any location, at any time. This makes your business as mobile as you are.

Now the first trucking solution we have to mention is TruckLogic’s innovative dispatching feature. You can create a dispatch in just a few clicks and they will include details such as the pickup and drop-off location, special instructions for the driver, contact information for the pickup and drop off locations, and more.

You can also assign your driver and equipment to each dispatch and easily make check calls to notify your clients of your progress and location. You and your drivers can simply the TruckLogics app to capture and send BOL and proof of delivery too.

Then you can instantly create and send professional invoices to your clients. All of the fees and surcharges such as hauling fees will automatically be calculated for you. Also, the invoices will be tracked for you and you will be notified when they are coming up, due, or past due.

Once you get paid for an invoice you can post it to your TruckLogics account, where you can actually track all of your income and expenses. By tracking all of your expenses, like fuel, for example, you will be able to see how well your business is doing at any time. You will have the ability to see where exactly your money is coming and going at all times.
 
ExpressIFTA simplifies IFTA reporting online
By recording all of your expenses, including driver settlements, maintenance costs, and more, you can instantly generate various business reports to see how different aspects of your business are doing.

For example, you can run the driver settlement report to see how much you’ve paid out to your drivers over a certain time frame. You can also use the Year-End Tax report to see if your finances match up with your Schedule C.

Also, forget about carrying and processing paper log books. Use TruckLogics Electronic Driver's Log feature on the app to easily track your hours of service. With auto location adding your hours and creating a driver log graph is easy, all you have to do is drag your finger across your smartphone or tablet.

Get Started With TruckLogics


We only covered a few of the ways TruckLogics can simplify fleet management. To get the full experiences sign up for your free 15-day TruckLogics trial to test out all of the innovative features for yourself. Also, ExpressIFTA is here to help with all of your IFTA reporting needs!
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Will The ELD Mandate Effect IFTA?

ExpressIFTA makes IFTA reporting easy
Despite efforts to delay or completely scrap the ELD mandate altogether, it remains intact. That means major changes are coming to the trucking industry as truckers all across the nation will have to comply with the mandate.

As these major changes go into effect you may wonder how big of an effect the ELD mandate will actually have on the trucking industry. Also, you may wonder how it will effect IFTA. While we can’t say how much the trucking industry will change with ELDs, we do know it will simplify IFTA reporting.

How The ELD Mandate Will Simplify IFTA


Fist all, the ELD mandate was published by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and requires all drivers to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to record their hours of service. The device will plug directly into the truck’s engine to record these hours. Also, drivers have until December 18, 2017, to comply with the mandate.

The benefits of the ELD mandate for IFTA reporting include less paperwork. Instead of using a paper log the ELD in your vehicle will automatically record the distance traveled per jurisdiction. This will save you time by eliminating the need to manually record your information.

By automatically recording your mileage, inconsistencies will be reduced. Simple mistakes like reporting that you traveled between two nonadjacent states will be eliminated. Also, mathematical errors and mileage gaps will be reduced.

When basic human errors are eliminated then the risk of being audited is also lowered. Plus, if you are audited the entire process will go much more quickly and smoothly You can also see if your system saves your information for four years, which is required in the event of an IFTA audit.

Depending on your type of ELD your IFTA reporting per trip could become a lot easier. Some have the ability to record the trip's beginning and ending locations, as well as the total trip distance and distance, traveled per jurisdiction. Also, make sure that they will inform you if they go down so you can switch back to manually recording your data.

ExpressIFTA Simplifies IFTA Too


Remember that before and after the ELD mandate goes into effect, that ExpressIFTA is here for you as the market leading online IFTA reporting program. Not only will all of your information be saved online in one convenient location for your business records, but we will automatically calculate all of your IFTA calculations with 100% accuracy.
ExpressIFTA simplifies IFTA reporting online

Plus, you can record your information the way you want to. For example, you can record detailed trip sheets, record your information on a monthly basis, or even upload all of your information at once with the bulk upload feature. You can also import your mileage records directly from your GPS.

Also, it’s finally time to stop having to keep up with tons of receipts in your truck or back at the office. Every time you purchase fuel simply take a photo of your receipt and upload it directly to your account to store for your records.

Best of all, ExpressIFTA offers outstanding, US-based customer support. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressIFTA.com.  


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Help, I Cant Afford My IFTA Tax

ExpressIFTA explains the IFTA penalties
If you missed the IFTA deadline then you will have IFTA penalties to face. There’s no way around it, especially since the deadline was last week. Plus, the longer you wait to file, the larger the penalties will grow.

ExpressIFTA can help you quickly and easily generate your IFTA report so you can immediately complete your return, but what happens if you need help paying the amount of fuel tax you owe? Luckily we have a few solutions.

What To Do If You Can’t Afford Your IFTA Tax


IFTA Penalties

We will start by going over the IFTA penalties. If you fail to file by the deadline you will face a penalty of $50 or 10% of the taxes you owe depending on which amount is higher. Your base jurisdiction also reserves the right to add a monthly interest charge to this amount. In Nevada, you will be charged 10% of the amount you owe plus the $50 fee.

If you make a late IFTA payment or don’t pay the amount you owe in full you will face a monthly fee of .4167% of the total amount you owe until it’s paid in full. Plus, in Nevada, you will face a series of administrative fees such as $100 the first time, $500 the second, $1,000 the third, and more.

In addition to these penalties, your base jurisdiction reserves the right to suspend or revoke your IFTA license. Then you will really find yourself in trouble without the ability to legally travel between jurisdictions.
 
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However, this usually isn’t the case for first-time offenders. Your base jurisdiction will take a look at your case and your background before they decide to take further actions.

What To Do

If you can’t afford the amount of IFTA tax you owe then it’s best to use a credit card to fully pay the amount you owe then pay off your debt on a monthly basis. If you don’t fully pay the amount of fuel tax you owe interest will accrue and you may get your license revoked.

Instead of using a credit card you could take out a small loan to cover the amount you owe. Look at interest rates and minimum monthly payments to determine your best option.

If you don’t have good credit and can’t get a loan then still turn in your return by the deadline and pay whatever you can to lower the amount you owe. Then pay off the amount in increments as fast as you can. It may also benefit to contact your jurisdiction to explain your situation.

Contact Support


You can use ExpressIFTA’s innovative features to report all of your IFTA totals online. All your totals will be automatically calculated with 100% accuracy and placed in an IFTA report. You can email the report, print it, and even use it to instantly complete your return! If you need any IFTA assistance give the outstanding, US-based, ExpressIFTA support team.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Late IFTA Return? Here's What You Need To Do

Generate your online IFTA report with ExpressIFTA
Hey, you know that the IFTA deadline was a few days ago on October 31st, right? Well, we hope you generated your IFTA report and completed your return by the deadline because if you didn’t then you could be in quite a pickle.

Failure to file by the deadline and pay the amount of IFTA tax you owe results in expensive penalties! So, what do you do if you missed the deadline? Well, first get all of the panic out of your system by catching your breath, calling your dispatcher for help, or by pouring yourself a drink, then refer to our instructions below.

What To Do If Your IFTA Return Is Filed Late


If you missed the IFTA deadline then stop what you are doing and make time to file as soon as you can. The sooner you complete your return the better. Turning in your information faster makes it look like you care, plus you might get it in before they notice it’s late.

Also, the sooner you file your return the cheaper the penalties will be. For example, if you file late you will face a penalty of $50 or 10% of taxes due, depending on which is greater. Unless you’re in Nevada, then you will pay $50 and 10% of the total 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 fully paid. Plus, in Nevada, you will face a series of administrative fees that increase 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 revoke your IFTA license. Don’t freak out, they are usually leaner towards first-time offenders and based on how quickly you can provide your return.
 
Simplify IFTA reporting with ExpressIFTA
You may feel rushed and like time is of the essence, but a few hours or a day won’t make a major difference. Take your time and make sure your IFTA totals and calculations, you don’t want to rush and make mistakes.

However, you can quickly generate your IFTA report by heading to ExpressIFTA.com. Your report will have all your IFTA totals, plus it can be printed, emailed, and used to instantly complete your return.

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 basic errors.

You’re Not Alone


We understand that IFTA can be confusing, but we’re here to help make it easier. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA support team. Give us a call 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, October 31, 2017

The 3rd Quarter IFTA Deadline Is Today

Handle your IFTA reporting online with ExpressIFTA
Whoa, you’re officially out of time! The 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is here. That means you need to file your IFTA return by tonight at midnight in order to avoid getting hit with major penalties.

If you aren’t prepared to file, don’t worry. Take a deep breath and head to ExpressIFTA.com, where you can report all of your IFTA totals online and we will automatically calculate all of your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy. You’ll have your IFTA report generated in no time.

How To Generate Your IFTA Report With ExpressIFTA


First you’ll need to create your free ExpressIFTA account with your email address, and business information. If you’re a tax preparer check the corresponding box. Then you will enter your base jurisdiction.

Next, you will enter your vehicle details, including the Vehicle Identification Number. Then you can enter your mileage and fuel records for the current IFTA quarter for your qualifying vehicle. You can enter your information with detailed trip sheets and even enter your distance by miles traveled or odometer readings.
 
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You don’t have to enter your information per trip, you have a few faster options. For example, you can use the quick entry screen to upload your information per month. Also, you don’t even have to manually enter your records because you can upload it all at once with the bulk upload feature. Heck, you can even upload your mileage information directly for your GPS.

When all of your information has been entered we will perform an audit check to catch any basic errors and automatically calculate all of your IFTA totals. If you don’t want to deal with any complicated IFTA calculations, then simply let us tackle them for you.

All of your information will be generated into a quarterly IFTA report. You can access your report at any time, as it will be stored in your account. It can also be downloaded, printed, and emailed. However, best of all, you can use it to instantly complete your IFTA return.

IFTA Penalties


It’s best to go ahead and generate your IFTA report as soon as you can so you can file because you don’t want to mess with IFTA penalties. The penalty for missing the deadline is $50 or 10% of the taxes due, depending on which is greater. In Nevada, you’ll have to pay $50 and 10% of the taxes due.

If your IFTA payment is late you will face a monthly penalty of .4167% of the taxes due until you fully pay the amount you owe. Nevada also charges 4167% of the total amount due plus a series of administrative late fees including $100 the first time, $500 the second, $1000 the 3rd time and more.

Plus, your home jurisdiction reserves the right to suspend or revoke your IFTA license! Then you won’t be able to legally travel between multiple jurisdictions and that could really hurt business. However, don’t panic. This usually isn’t the case if it’s only your first time filing late.

Give Us A Call


If you need any assistance with your IFTA report, the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA support team is here to help. Give us a call 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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Monday, October 30, 2017

New To IFTA? Here's What You Need To Know

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Welcome to the wonderful world of trucking. You get the freedom of solitude on the road, time to think, the ability to see amazing sites around the country, and more. But you also get a bunch of new truck taxes to file.

Your IFTA tax, for example, needs to be filed four times a year and the 3rd quarter deadline is actually tomorrow, on October 31st. However, don’t let this scare you away from trucking. There are programs like ExpressIFTA that make filing truck taxes easy. Head there now to instantly generate your IFTA report. If this is your first time filing check out our helpful tips below.

IFTA For Beginners


IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement between the 48 continental United States and 10 Canadian Provinces. It was put in place to simplify the reporting of fuel usage by qualifying motor vehicles that travel between two or more jurisdictions (states).

You are required to file this return four times a year with your base jurisdiction, which is the state where your vehicle is registered. By complying with this law you will receive an IFTA license and two decals to place on the driver’s side door of your truck.

This will allow you to travel between multiple jurisdictions. Also, the fuel taxes collected are redistributed among the jurisdictions. The IFTA deadlines are:

1st Quarter - April 30th
2nd Quarter - July 31
3rd Quarter - October 31st
4th Quarter - January 31

To complete your IFTA return you will need to report your fuel and distance records for the quarter, including your:

Total miles traveled by the IFTA licensee’s qualifies motor vehicles per jurisdiction. including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA and non-IFTA, and trip permit miles.

  • Total gallons of fuel used by the IFTA qualifying vehicle per jurisdiction. 
  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction. 
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction. 
  • Tax-paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction. 
  • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction. 

How to Prepare to File


Head to ExpressIFTA.com to report all of your IFTA totals online. Then generate your quarterly IFTA report that can be printed, emailed, and used to instantly complete your return. The entire process is easy.
ExpressIFTA provides step-by-step IFTA reporting instructions

Simply create your free ExpressIFTA account to get started. Then you will enter your basic business information, such as the name and address. Next, you will enter your vehicle information including the VIN.

Next, you will enter your miles traveled and fuel records per jurisdiction and we will generate your quarterly IFTA report so you can complete your return. We will automatically calculate the amount of fuel tax you owe, so you don’t even have to worry about handling any complicated calculations yourself.

We’re Here To Help


IFTA can be a little confusing but don’t worry, we’re here to help. If you need any assistance during any step of the IFTA reporting process give the outstanding, US-based ExpressIFTA support team. We’re available Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at support@expressIFTA.com.
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Friday, October 27, 2017

5 Reasons Why ExpressIFTA is Best For IFTA Reporting

Generate Yoru IFTA report with ExpressIFTA
The 3rd quarter IFTA deadline is only a few days away on October 31st, so you might be scrambling to find the best reporting option to prepare your IFTA information to file by the deadline. Well, luckily your search is over because you’ve found ExpressIFTA.

ExpressIFTA is the market leading IFTA reporting software with innovative features to simplify tracking everything that required to complete your IFTA return. All of your information will be generated in an IFTA report that can be emailed, printed, and used to complete your return. Plus, we have 5 more reasons why ExpressIFTA is your right choice.

5 Reasons Why ExpressIFTA is #1


1. We Handle All The Math For You

If math isn’t your thing, or you simply don’t have time to do all the complicated IFTA calculations yourself, don’t worry. We will handle all of the math for you, with 100% accuracy.

For example, we will automatically calculate the amount of fuel tax you owe for you. Your IFTA report will also include the total amount of miles traveled, fuel used, and tax-paid purchases made per jurisdiction.

Also, you can actually use the IFTA fuel calculator app on your smartphone or tablet to instantly see how much fuel tax you’ll owe from any location.

2. We Keep Everything In the Cloud

We will save all of your IFTA information per quarter in our system so you can access it at any time from any location. This way you can store detailed records for your business. Also, we do this to have your back in the event of an audit, since you’re required to keep your IFTA information on file for 4 years.

In the event of an audit, you’re also required to have your fuel receipts available, but ExpressIFTA makes that easy. Instead of storing your receipts in a shoebox somewhere you can upload them directly to ExpressIFTA. Just snap a photo of them.

3. Upload Your Information At Your Own Pace
Make IRP and IFTA reporting simple with ExpressIFTA

ExpressIFTA caters to your preferences. If you would like to keep up with your records during the entire quarter then you can easily upload your information per trip. However, you can also handle your IFTA totals on a monthly basis by uploading your information per month with the quick entry feature.

If those options still seem a little slow then use the bulk upload feature to upload all of your information at once! You can also upload all of your fuel records directly from your GPS.

4. Don’t Forget About Your IRP Report

Every year you have to file your IRP return in order to get new IRP tags and renew your IRP license. In order to complete your IRP return, you need to report your miles traveled per jurisdiction and ExpressIFTA makes that easy to report online.

You also need proof that you completed your HVUT Form 2290 to complete your IRP return, so head to ExpressIFTA’s sister ExpressTruckTax, where you can instantly complete your Form 2290. After transmitting your form to the IRS you will receive your stamped schedule 1, which serves as proof of payment within about 15 minutes.

5. Our Support Is Amazing

IFTA can be confusing, but it won’t be on our watch. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the outstanding ExpressIFTA support team. We’re available over the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 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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