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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

IFTA Fuel Tax Returns Due Today April 30, 2013


 

Deadline to file 1st Quarter IFTA Taxes for January-March is today, April 30, 2013. If you haven’t already done so, you need to file your IFTA Tax Return today to avoid late filing penalties.

ExpressIFTA.com will guide you through the process to prepare your IFTA Tax Return with easy steps. To get started simply create an account and begin entering your trip sheet information, it’s that simple. If you have any questions along the way, contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@expressIFTA.com.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

IFTA Fuel Tax Filing Made Easy With ExpressIFTA


The International Fuel Tax Agreement requires all qualified motor vehicles to file an IFTA return each quarter if the qualifying heavy vehicles were operating in at least 2 of the IFTA member jurisdictions. The IFTA jurisdictions include the 48 contiguous states of the US and 10 Canadian provinces.

Vehicles operating within these jurisdictions must have an IFTA license and file a quarterly IFTA return with their base jurisdiction. A vehicle’s base jurisdiction is the state or province in which the vehicle is registered. The deadline to file 2013 1st Quarter IFTA Returns is tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30, 2013.

ExpressIFTA allows you to create an IFTA return online in minutes! The most common error on an IFTA Quarterly Tax Return is mistakes in math calculations. ExpressIFTA.com has made the process of completing trip sheets and entering fuel purchases much easier and more accurate.

Steps to prepare your IFTA Return:

  1. Set Up / Log Into Your Account

  • If you already use Express Truck Tax to file your Form 2290, when you log into your ExpressTruckTax account, you will see an IFTA button at the top of the page. Select this option, and click Go to IFTA. This will automatically register you with an ExpressIFTA Account. To Get Started, Click Begin.
  • If you have not yet used our program, simply create an account with ExpressIFTA, all you need to do is enter basic information about the filing party such as contact information and EIN. You will also be asked to enter your base jurisdiction and IFTA license number.
  • Once the business information is entered, you can select the units of measurement that you will be using (such as miles, kilometers, gallons, liters, etc.). For the vehicles on the IFTA return a unit number, gross weight, vehicle type, fuel type, and VIN number can be entered.

  1. Enter Mileage And Fuel Purchased

  • It can be entered manually, or an excel file can be uploaded to automatically record this. Using the excel upload can significantly cut down on the amount of time that it takes to submit this information. If you have records of your trips and would like to enter them manually, all that is needed is the State, Odometer reading, and amount of fuel purchased for each trip.

  1. Generate IFTA Return

  • The system will then run a diagnostic report to review any possible errors on the IFTA return based on the estimated Miles per Gallon. This audit of information does not guarantee that the IFTA return will be accepted.  It simply checks for basic errors that could have otherwise been overlooked.

The best part about organizing the IFTA return online is that our system automatically calculates the amount due based on all of the previous data entered. There is no need to get frustrated over complicated tax calculations.

You will be able to complete this form online through our program within minutes and send it to your base jurisdiction. To file your 1st Quarter IFTA Return by tomorrow’s deadline, contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@expressIFTA.com.
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Friday, April 26, 2013

IFTA Recordkeeping Requirements


It is important to keep accurate records in case they are ever requested during an IFTA audit.  As stated in in the IFTA Procedural Manual, you are required to maintain your records for 4 years from the due date or file date of the quarterly tax return, whichever is later, plus any time period included as a result of waivers or jeopardy assessments. Records may be kept on microfilm, microfiche, or other computerized or condensed record storage system acceptable to the base jurisdiction. Non-compliance with any recordkeeping requirement may result in the revocation of the license.

Detailed distance records which show operations on an individual-vehicle basis must contain, but not be limited to:

  • Taxable and non-taxable usage of fuel;
  • Distance traveled for taxable and non-taxable use; and
  • Distance recaps for each vehicle for each jurisdiction in which the vehicle operated.

An acceptable distance accounting system is required and supporting information should include:

  • Date of trip (starting and ending);
  • Trip origin and destination;
  • Route of travel (may be waived by base jurisdiction);
  • Beginning and ending odometer or hubodometer reading of the trip (may be waived by base jurisdiction);
  • Total trip miles/kilometers;
  • Miles/kilometers by jurisdiction;
  • Unit number or vehicle identification number;
  • Vehicle fleet number;
  • Registrant's name; and
  • may include additional information at the discretion of the base jurisdiction.

Complete fuel records of all motor fuel purchased, received, and used in the conduct of its business must be maintained. Separate totals must be compiled for each motor fuel type and retail fuel purchases and bulk fuel purchases are to be accounted for separately.

The fuel records shall contain, but not be limited to:

  • The date of each receipt of fuel;
  • The name and address of the person from whom purchased or received;
  • The number of gallons or liters received;
  • The type of fuel; and
  • The vehicle or equipment into which the fuel was placed.

Retail purchases must be supported by a receipt or invoice, credit card receipt,
automated vendor generated invoice or transaction listing, or microfilm/microfiche of the receipt or invoice. Receipts that have been altered or indicate erasures are not accepted for tax-paid credits unless the licensee can demonstrate the receipt is
valid. An acceptable receipt or invoice must include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

  • Date of purchase;
  • Seller's name and address;
  • Number of gallons or liters purchased;
  • Fuel type;
  • Price per gallon or liter or total amount of sale;
  • Unit numbers; and
  • Purchaser's name

A licensee may claim a tax-paid credit on the IFTA tax return for bulk fuel only
when the bulk storage tank from which the fuel is withdrawn is owned, leased or
controlled by the licensee; the fuel is placed into the fuel tank of a qualified motor
vehicle; and either the purchase price of the fuel includes tax paid to the member
jurisdiction where the bulk fuel storage tank is located or the licensee has paid
fuel tax to the member jurisdiction where the bulk fuel storage tank is located.

Bulk fuel records must contain the following:

  • Date of withdrawal;
  • Number of gallons or liters;
  • Fuel type;
  • Unit number; and
  • Purchase and inventory records to substantiate that tax was paid on all bulk purchases.

There are specific requirements necessary to maintain accurate IFTA records.  ExpressIFTA makes it easy to maintain the records required for your IFTA return and and have them readily available, should you ever be audited. To find out more about IFTA filing or get started today, contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@ExpressIFTA.com.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How To Prepare Your IFTA Return Using ExpressIFTA


 
ExpressIFTA is here to help take the hassle out of preparing your IFTA fuel tax return. We are an industry leader offering in offering truck tax solutions with the best value and prices in the trucking industry. With ExpresIFTA you can quickly and easily keep track of your mileage, fuel purchases and more at no charge - you pay only when we prepare your IFTA fuel tax return. You can choose to enter your information throughout the quarter by trip sheet or through our quick entry system.

After you have entered your mileage and your fuel purchased for the quarter, you can click on ‘Continue IFTA Return.’ You will be given a couple options, if they apply, click ‘yes’ and they do not, simply click ‘continue.’

You will see the current tax due, penalties and/or credits, then click ‘Save and Continue.’  ExpressIFTA walks you through the process step by step. To find out more about IFTA filing or get started today, contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@expressIFTA.com.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 IFTA 1st Quarter Filing Deadline is One Week Away!


IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement between the 48 contiguous States and 10 Canadian Provinces, where the member jurisdictions act cooperatively to administer and collect motor fuel use taxes.

The purpose of IFTA is to establish and maintain the concept of one fuel use license and one administering base jurisdiction for each license holder (licensee). Under IFTA, you only have to report to one state and the state allocate the fuel tax payments.  For more details see http://www.iftach.org.

The deadline to file your 2013 1st Quarter IFTA Return is April 30th, which is next Tuesday.

What you need to file:

  • Mileage log
  • Fuel Receipts
  • Any IFTA correspondences pertaining to your account (if applicable)

Late Filing or Not Filing could result in the following:

  • IFTA filing (late fee) plus interest (if applicable)
  • Possible suspension of IFTA license
  • Possibility of having IRP/Apportioned Plate account affected
  • Citation from DOT if caught operating on a delinquent and or suspending IFTA license
  • Threat of having your entire transport operation shut down

The IFTA filing process may be vary slightly depending on your base jurisdiction state.  

To find out more about IFTA filing or get started today, contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@expressIFTA.com.
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Friday, April 19, 2013

IFTA Returns Must Be Filed Even If You Did Not Operate


Did you know that a Quarterly IFTA Tax Return must be filed even if the licensee does not operate or purchase any taxable fuel in an IFTA member jurisdiction during the specific quarter?  If you hold an IFTA license a return must be filed each and every quarter, regardless if you operated or not.  2013 1st Quarter IFTA Returns are due on Apriil 30, 2013.

Failure to to file your return could result in applicable penalties and interest.  When a licensee fails to file a return, files a late return, or fails to remit any or all tax due, the licensee is subject to penalty and interest. The penalty is the greater of $50.00 or 10% of the net tax due to all member jurisdictions. Interest is computed on all delinquent taxes due each jurisdiction at a rate of 1% per month. The Department will assess interest for a full month.

If a licensee does not operate or purchase taxable fuel, simply enter “0” when filing the return.  If you have not yet filed your 1st Quarter IFTA Return, you do not want to miss the deadline! Many states offer electronic IFTA filing, to find out if your state offers IFTA E-Filing, click here.  

ExpressIFTA makes it easy to maintain the records required for your IFTA return.  To find out more about IFTA filing or get started today, contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@ExpressIFTA.com.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What is IFTA?


The term IFTA is short for International Fuel Tax Agreement, which represents a tax collection agreement among the 48 contiguous United States and its 10 bordering Canadian Provinces.  IFTA is filed on a quarterly basis for qualified highway motor vehicles that operate in at least 2 out of the 58 total jurisdictions.  


Who Must File IFTA?
Any vehicle is considered to be a qualified motor vehicle if it is used, designed, or maintained for the purpose of transportation of persons or property and has a registered gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds. Also, any vehicle with 3 axles or more is considered to be a qualified motor vehicle regardless of weight. Finally, if the combined weight of all of its parts is greater than 26,000 pounds, it is also considered to be a qualified motor vehicle.


How Does IFTA Work?
The state or province in which the vehicle is registered is considered to be its Base Jurisdiction.  IFTA must be filed with the vehicle’s respective jurisdiction each quarter. Each state or province has a different rate and those rates can change each quarter. Every driver must keep a trip log of how many miles are traveled in each state or province, as well as how much fuel was purchased in each state or province.  


The Purpose of IFTA
According to the International Fuel Tax Agreement, its purpose is “to promote and encourage the fullest and most efficient possible use of the highway system by making uniform the administration of motor fuels use taxation laws with respect to qualified member vehicles operated in multiple member jurisdictions.” When an IFTA form is filed with its appropriate jurisdiction, The Fuel Tax Report is then used to determine the tax amount due as well as the refund due. It is also used for redistributing collections from the jurisdictions that received IFTA payments, and the jurisdictions that deserved some.

One of the reasons for the Fuel Tax is to ensure that a vehicle pays taxes to all deserving jurisdictions. For Example: if a vehicle travels through a state, but buys no gas while in that state, then there was no fuel tax paid to that state through the purchase of gasoline. Part of their tax would then be redistributed to the state that received no fuel tax through the purchase of gasoline.


Organizing IFTA
Since the data required filing IFTA is so incredibly detailed, many people receive Audits of their IFTA information. The sadness of this is that this can be prevented by better record keeping.   ExpressIFTA, along with providing a terrific service for other Fuel Tax needs, will perform an internal audit of your IFTA information for you. In this internal audit performed by Express IFTA Tax, it will check for basic mistakes and discrepancies, as well as perform a state adjacency check and an abnormal MPG audit. They also provide online trip sheets for drivers to keep accurate records that can be accessed from any computer, anywhere!  If you can prevent an audit due to simple mistakes on an IFTA return, it makes no sense not to let Express IFTA help you get it right the first time.

Go to ExpressIFTA.com to get started simply create an account and begin entering your trip sheet information, it’s that simple. If you have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@ExpressIFTA.com. We have Spanish Support too!
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Monday, April 15, 2013

Reminder-2013 IFTA 1st Quarter Filing Deadline is Coming!

IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement between the 48 contiguous States and 10 Canadian Provinces, where the member jurisdictions act cooperatively to administer and collect motor fuel use taxes.

The purpose of IFTA is to establish and maintain the concept of one fuel use license and one administering base jurisdiction for each license holder (licensee). Under IFTA, you only have to report to one state and the state allocate the fuel tax payments.  For more details see http://www.iftach.org.

We are halfway through the filing period for 1st quarter.  The fuel taxes are due quarterly and April 30th is the deadline for the 1st quarter. (January, February, and March).

What you need to file:

  • Mileage log
  • Fuel Receipts
  • Any IFTA correspondences pertaining to your account (if applicable)

Late Filing or Not Filing could result in the following:

  • IFTA filing (late fee) plus interest (if applicable)
  • Possible suspension of IFTA license
  • Possibility of having IRP/Apportioned Plate account affected
  • Citation from DOT if caught operating on a delinquent and or suspending IFTA license
  • Threat of having your entire transport operation shut down

The IFTA filing process may be vary slightly depending on your base jurisdiction state.  

ExpressIFTA makes it easy to maintain the records required for your IFTA return, so you can file on time.  To find out more about IFTA filing or get started today, contact our friendly Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between the hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@expressIFTA.com.
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