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Friday, January 31, 2014

4th Quarter 2013 IFTA Return Due Today


The deadline to file 4th Quarter IFTA Return is today!! You must file a return even if you did not run during the quarter, by filing a “zero” report.

Failure to file a return, filing a late return, or failure to remit any or all tax due will result in a penalty of $50.00 or 10% of the net tax due to all member jurisdictions, whichever is greater. 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. So the longer you are late, the more you will owe.

The deadline for 4th Quarter IFTA returns is today, January 31st, so if you have not yet filed your return, you will want to file it now to avoid penalties and interest.  ExpressIFTA has made a complicated tax form easy.  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, January 29, 2014

2013 IFTA 4th Quarter Filing Deadline is Tomorrow


The deadline to file 4th Quarter IFTA Returns is tomorrow, January 31st. 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 3rd quarter.
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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Monday, January 27, 2014

Benefits of Using 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.

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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Friday, January 24, 2014

2013 IFTA 4th Quarter Filing Deadline is One Week Away!


The deadline to file your 2013 4th Quarter IFTA Return is January 31st, which is next Friday.  ExpressIFTA puts the EZ in IFTA filing and makes it easy to maintain the records required for your IFTA return, so you can file on time.

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.

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 during our business hours of 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@expressIFTA.com.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Last Minute Filing Tips For 4th Quarter IFTA Returns


The deadline to file your 4th Quarter IFTA Return is January 31, 2014. 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 travel in New York, Kentucky, New Mexico or Oregon you will also need to file additional Weight Distance Tax Returns.

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

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 quarterly IFTA tax return, it is crucial to maintain accurate records and file your returns by the January 31st deadline to avoid penalties.

ExpressIFTA puts the EZ in IFTA filing and 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, January 20, 2014

IFTA Filing Tips

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 ExpressIFTA 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, putting the EZ in IFTA filing. 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, January 17, 2014

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 4th quarter.  The fuel taxes are due quarterly and January 31st is the deadline for the 4th quarter. (October, November and December)

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 puts the EZ in IFTA filing and 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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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Reefer Fuel & IFTA


Reefer fuel is NOT included when filing IFTA when that fuel used to power the refrigeration unit of the trailer. The reefer fuel must always be purchased on a separate fuel receipt.

Never pump reefer fuel on the same fuel receipt when fueling your power unit. This will lower your mpg and cost you more IFTA fuel tax. Also, when the auditor discovers you combined reefer fuel into your power unit fuel, you will be assessed penalties and interest on your IFTA audit.

You are entitled to a federal tax paid refund on each gallon of reefer fuel. You will need the total number of gallons of reefer fuel purchased during the tax year to complete the refund form. The IRS will send you a check for the federal tax paid on each gallon of fuel. If you failed to file for this refund, you can file back for the past 3 years to claim your refund.

You will want to check with your base jurisdiction to see how they handle reefer fuel.  In Maryland, for example, if you only have one tank that propels your vehicle and runs the refrigeration unit, then all fuel is included in IFTA.  If you have 2 separate tanks, you need to fuel separately and make sure reefer is marked on the receipt.  Do not include the reefer fuel on IFTA and you will able to get a refund by filing a claim.

Have questions? ExpressIFTA puts the EZ in IFTA filing! Contact ExpressIFTA and we will help you find the answers you need.  To find out more, 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, January 13, 2014

Tips To Help You Prepare for Filing Quarterly IFTA Return


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. The deadline to file your 2013 4th quarter IFTA return is January 31, 2014.

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 quarterly IFTA tax return, it is crucial to maintain accurate records and file your returns on time to avoid penalties. ExpressIFTA puts the EZ in IFTA filing! To get started today go to ExpressIFTA.com or contact our Express Tax Support Center in Rock Hill, SC  at 704.234.6005 between 8am – 6pm EST, Monday through Friday or email us at support@expressIFTA.com.

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