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Monday, September 30, 2013

3rd Quarter IFTA Filing Period Opens Tomorrow

The filing period for 3rd IFTA Quarter opens October 1, 2013.  The deadline to file your Quarter IFTA return is October 31, 2013.  Prepare now to avoid rushing around at the last minute. 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.

You will need to separate your mileage and fuel records for each fuel type.

If you travel in New York, Kentucky, New Mexico, or Oregon you will also need to file their Weight Distance Tax Return.

What you need:
  1. Mileage log-whether you use manual trip sheets, GPS, or electronic trip sheets; it is not only necessary to have in order to file your quarterly IFTA Return, but you will need these if you are ever audited.
  2. Fuel Receipts-you will need to know how many gallons of fuel were purchased in each state.

Options to prepare and file your return:
  1. Doing it yourself, you can calculate your own return by hand and mail or E-File the return. To find out the current tax rate for each state go to http://www.iftach.org.
  2. Using a software program that will calculate your return for you, like ExpressIFTA.com, which will reduce the chances of miscalculations?
  3. Paying someone else to do it, you can use a CPA or a process agent, like Truck Services of North America and let them take care of preparing and filing the return for you.

Regardless of the method you choose to file your 3rd Quarterly IFTA tax return, it is crucial to maintain accurate records and file your returns by the October 31st deadline to avoid penalties. To get started today go to ExpressIFTA.com or 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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Thursday, September 26, 2013

What You Need To E-File IFTA


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 2nd quarter.  The fuel taxes are due quarterly and July is the deadline for the 2nd quarter. (April, May and June).

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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Monday, September 23, 2013

Understanding IFTA


What is IFTA?
IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement and is a tax collection agreement by and among the 48 contiguous States and the 10 Canadian Provinces bordering the US, in which motor fuels use taxation laws are uniform with respect to qualified motor vehicles operated in more than one member jurisdiction.

Who Must File?
An interstate motor carrier operating "qualified motor vehicles" between at least 2 member jurisdictions (The 48 contiguous states of the US and 10 Canadian provinces) must have an international fuel tax agreement (IFTA) license and decals issued by their base jurisdiction.

If you have the IFTA license, you must file the Quarterly IFTA Return to your base jurisdiction.

Qualified motor vehicle means a motor vehicle or combination of vehicles used, designed, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property having:
  • Two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds;
  • Two axles and a registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds;
  • Three or more axles regardless of weight; or
  • A combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.
Recreational vehicles are exempt from IFTA fuel tax reporting.

Base jurisdiction means the member jurisdiction where:
  • Qualified motor vehicles are based for vehicle registration purposes;
  • Operational control and operational records of the licensee’s qualified motor vehicles are maintained or can be made available in case of an audit; and
  • Some mileage is accrued by qualified motor vehicles within the fleet travelling through that jurisdiction

What is Required?
The following information is required on the IFTA quarterly tax return:
  • Total miles, taxable and nontaxable, traveled by the licensee’s qualified motor vehicles in all jurisdictions, IFTA and non-IFTA, including trip permit miles;
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed, taxable and nontaxable, by the licensee’s qualified motor vehicles in all jurisdictions, IFTA and non-IFTA;
  • Total miles and taxable miles traveled in each member jurisdiction;
  • Taxable gallons consumed in each member jurisdiction;
  • Tax-paid gallons purchased in each member jurisdiction; and
  • Current Tax Rates for each member jurisdiction.

When to File?
Under IFTA, you are required to file Quarterly Fuel Tax Returns.  IFTA Returns are due on the last day of the month following the end of each calendar quarter. To avoid penalty for late filing, the tax reports must be postmarked no later than midnight on the date indicated. If the last day of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the next business day will be considered as filed timely. A quarterly fuel tax return must be filed even if the no fuel was used.  You submit a “zero” report.

Penalties for Late/No Filing
A penalty of $50.00 or 10% of the net tax liability, whichever is greater, will be assessed on late-filed reports, failure to file, or for underpayment of tax due. If the net tax liability is zero or a credit, the late filing penalty will still be $50.00. To avoid penalty for late filing, the tax reports must be postmarked no later than midnight on the date indicated. If the last day of the month falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the next business day will be considered as filed timely.

Interest is computed on all delinquent taxes dues each jurisdiction at a rate of .4167% per month.  Even if you have a net refund, interest still applies to each jurisdiction for any underpayment of fuels use tax to that jurisdiction and is calculated beginning the day after the due date of the return for each month, or fraction of a month, until paid.


You also have to renew your IFTA decals, annually.  Most states mail out the renewal papers, but it is your responsibility to renew.  All quarterly returns must have been filed and all taxes must be paid in full in order to renew.

How to File?
Some states offer online filing for quarterly filing, while others require paper filing.  Check your state requirements.

To get started today go to ExpressIFTA.com or 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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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Why E-File IFTA With ExpressIFTA?


ExpressIFTA is an industry leader offering truck tax solutions with the best value and pricing in the trucking industry.
ExpressIFTA benefits:
  • Easy to use
  • No cost to sign up and there are no monthly fees or contracts
  • Provides accurate fuel tax calculation
  • Supports all 48 states that participate in IFTA. This will eliminate the most common errors that occur with the IFTA Quarterly Tax Return, which are mistakes in math calculations.
  • Our simple entry for odometer readings and the ability to maintain distance and fuel records online makes it easy to keep track of your mileage and fuel purchases.
  • You can use ExpressIFTA right from your ExpressTruckTax account. 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.
  • Option to enter mileage manually or uploading an excel file
  • System runs 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.
  • Automatically calculates the amount due based on all of the previous data entered. There is no need to get frustrated over complicated tax calculations.

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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Monday, September 16, 2013

Required Information For IFTA Distance Records


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.

Maintaining good records will help you should you ever undergo an IFTA audit and it makes preparing your IFTA returns even easier.

ExpressIFTA enables you to prepare your IFTA return quickly and easily.  To get started today go to ExpressIFTA.com or 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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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Get Prepared To File 3rd Quarter IFTA


The filing period for 3rd IFTA Quarter opens October 1, 2013.  The deadline to file your 3rd Quarter IFTA return is October 31, 2013.  Prepare now to avoid rushing around at the last minute.

What is Required?
The following information is required on the IFTA quarterly tax return:
  • Total miles, taxable and nontaxable, traveled by the licensee’s qualified motor vehicles in all jurisdictions, IFTA and non-IFTA, including trip permit miles;
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed, taxable and nontaxable, by the licensee’s qualified motor vehicles in all jurisdictions, IFTA and non-IFTA;
  • Total miles and taxable miles traveled in each member jurisdiction;
  • Taxable gallons consumed in each member jurisdiction;
  • Tax-paid gallons purchased in each member jurisdiction; and
  • Current Tax Rates for each member jurisdiction.

Our program provides accurate fuel tax calculation and we support all 48 states that participate in IFTA. This will eliminate the most common errors that occur with the IFTA Quarterly Tax Return, which are mistakes in math calculations. Our simple entry for odometer readings and the ability to maintain distance and fuel records online makes it easy to keep track of your mileage and fuel purchases.

If you already use Express Truck Tax to file your Form 2290, there’s no need to set up another account. 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.

To get started simply create an account and begin entering your trip sheet information. If you have any questions along the way, please contact our live US based 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, September 9, 2013

Why E-File With ExpressIFTA?

ExpressIFTA is an industry leader offering truck tax solutions with the best value and pricing in the trucking industry.
ExpressIFTA benefits: 
  • Easy to use
  • No cost to sign up and there are no monthly fees or contracts 
  • Provides accurate fuel tax calculation 
  • Supports all 48 states that participate in IFTA. This will eliminate the most common errors that occur with the IFTA Quarterly Tax Return, which are mistakes in math calculations. 
  • Our simple entry for odometer readings and the ability to maintain distance and fuel records online makes it easy to keep track of your mileage and fuel purchases. 
  • You can use ExpressIFTA right from your Express Truck Tax account. 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. 
  • Option to enter mileage manually or uploading an excel file 
  • System runs 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. 
  • Automatically calculates the amount due based on all of the previous data entered. There is no need to get frustrated over complicated tax calculations.
If you have any questions along the way, please contact our live US based 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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