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Friday, November 29, 2013

Avoid An IFTA Audit


Base jurisdictions are required to audit 3% of the IFTA accounts that are required to report per year, excluding new accounts.  You can prepare yourself by keeping accurate records.

Supporting Documents Required:

  1. Completed copy of a driver trip record or trip sheet from one of the 12 most  recent quarters.
  • Date of the trip (starting and ending)
  • Trip origin and destination
  • Route of travel and/or beginning and ending odometer or hubometer reading of the trip
  • Total trip miles or kilometers
  • Miles/kilometers by jurisdiction
  • Unit number or vehicle identification number
  • Vehicle fleet number
  • Registrant's name
  • Trailer number
  • Driver’s signature and/or name
  • Fuel Purchases
  1. Copy of an actual Over-the-Road fuel receipt.
  2. Completed copy of a bulk fuel withdrawal log, if applicable.
  3. Copy of monthly or quarterly summary, if applicable.
  4. Detailed equipment list including the make, model, and gross weight for IFTA qualified units.

Your Distance Records should include taxable and non-taxable fuel use, distance traveled for each, and distance traveled in each jurisdiction.

Fuel Records should include date of receipt, name and address where fuel was purchased, number of gallons purchased, and fuel type.  Separate records must be kept for each fuel type and bulk fuel purchases.  If you operated under a trip permit, keep a copy of that permit and do not record those fuel purchases on your IFTA report.

You want to be sure that your reports are accurate and legible, including your fuel receipt copies.  All information needs to be complete with no gaps between mileage. Incomplete, inconsistent or illegible records may require you to produce secondary documents.

You are required to keep your records for 4 years from the return due date or filing date, whichever is later, plus any time period included as a result of waivers or jeopardy assessments. If a licensee fails to provide the required records for audit, the 4 year retention requirement is extended until the required records are provided.

ExpressIFTA is an industry leader offering truck tax solutions with the best value and pricing in the trucking industry. With ExpressIFTA entering your mileage and fuel details has never been easier. There is no cost to sign up and there are no monthly fees or contracts with ExpressIFTA.

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 have any questions, please 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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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Wishes From ExpressIFTA


Express IFTA would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  


Our office will be open during regular business hours of 8am - 3pm on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 with live chat and email support. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and on Friday November 29th, we will have email support only.


We are grateful to each and every one of our customers and would like to thank you for choosing ExpressIFTA for your IFTA filing.
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Using ExpressIFTA From Your ExpressTruckTax Account



 


ExpressTruckTax really is a one-stop-shop for all your truck tax needs. Although we have become well known for E-Filing the Form 2290 for Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes, you can also use our sister site - ExpressIFTA to complete your IFTA returns.

After logging into your ExpressTruckTax account, you will see an IFTA button at the top of the page. If you select this option, you will see a brief introduction for ExpressIFTA. To Continue, click Go To IFTA

This will automatically register you with an ExpressIFTA Account. To Get Started, Click Begin. This can save you a lot of time because your business information is automatically brought over from ExpressTruckTax. Once you are logged in, you can follow the simple Step-by-Step instructions to complete your IFTA return in minutes!

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 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, November 22, 2013

Reminder 2014 IFTA Renewal Period Open


Deadline to renew your annual IFTA License is December 31, 2013.  Some states mail renewal papers out, but be aware that some states no longer mail out renewal papers.  The renewal process varies from state to state with some states offering online renewal and others require electronic renewals, while others renew IFTA licenses automatically as long as the carrier is current with quarterly filings and any monies due.

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.

Your IFTA license will not be renewed if your account is not in good standing. If you missed any quarterly filing, you will want to file immediately so your IFTA license will be renewed.

If you do not receive renewal papers in the mail, it does not mean you do not have to renew.  You are still responsible to renew your IFTA license by the December 31st deadline.  Carriers renewing their IFTA license and decals have a two-month grace period (January and February) to display the renewal IFTA license and decals. The two-month grace period is for display of renewal credentials, not to file your renewal application for those credentials.

For more information 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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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What You Need to File 4th Quarter IFTA Return


The deadline to file your 4th Quarter IFTA return will be January 31, 2014.  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.

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.  We have Spanish support too!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Non-Taxable IFTA Miles


What miles are non-taxable?
Fuel trip permit miles are not taxable miles in any jurisdiction. Include fuel permit miles in the total miles section on the return but do not include them in the taxable miles for the jurisdiction that issued the permit. Toll miles are taxable miles; toll fees are not fuel taxes. They are fees in exchange for the opportunity to use a toll road.

Will the Exempt Distance (in miles) show in my IFTA return?
Exempted Miles will be shown while you are filing for your company's IFTA, but it will not be shows in the actual IFTA form that you will submit for your tax purpose.

On the IFTA Return; you will see the total miles and the total taxable miles which will include the calculation of the exempted miles.

It is your responsibility to contact jurisdictions, individually, to determine exempt miles. It is also your responsibility to maintain records of exemptions for future review.

ExpressIFTA.com will guide you through the process to prepare your IFTA Tax Return with easy steps. To find out more about IFTA filing, 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, November 15, 2013

What You Need to File 4th Quarter IFTA Return


We are halfway through the 4th quarter (October, November and December).  The deadline to file your 4th Quarter IFTA return will be January 31, 2014.  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.

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.  We have Spanish support too!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Avoid IFTA Penalties-Prepare Now For 4th Quarter Filing


When you file your quarterly IFTA Return late you run the risk of late fees and/or penalties and interest.  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.

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.

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.  Prepare now and don’t wait until the last minute to avoid filing late.  The deadline to file your 3rd Quarter IFTA Return was October 31, 2013.  If you missed the deadline you will want to get your return filed as soon as you can to avoid further interest.

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, November 11, 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 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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Friday, November 8, 2013

2014 IFTA Renewal Reminder


The IFTA license is renewed annually and due by December 31, 2013.  Some states mail renewal papers out, but be aware that some states no longer mail out renewal papers.  The renewal process varies from state to state with some states offering online renewal and others require electronic renewals, while others renew IFTA licenses automatically as long as the carrier is current with quarterly filings and any monies due.

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.

Your IFTA license will not be renewed if your account is not in good standing.  What that means is you are current with your Quarterly IFTA filing and no money is due.  If you missed any quarterly filing, you will want to file immediately so your IFTA license will be renewed.

If you do not receive renewal papers in the mail, it does not mean you do not have to renew.  You are still responsible to renew your IFTA license by the December 31st deadline.  Carriers renewing their IFTA license and decals have a two-month grace period (January and February) to display the renewal IFTA license and decals. The two-month grace period is for display of renewal credentials, not to file your renewal application for those credentials.

For more information 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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