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Friday, April 4, 2014

How To: Filing your 1st Quarter IFTA Return

The deadline to file your 1st Quarter IFTA Return is April 30th. Let's first go over some quick IFTA basics before we get into filing your IFTA return.

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.
Note: The IFTA jurisdictions include the 48 contiguous states of the US and 10 Canadian provinces bordering the US.
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.
Now you know the basics of IFTA, let's drive straight into filing your return using ExpressIFTA.com
After creating an account with ExpressIFTA, all you need to do is enter basic information; such as contact information and EIN. You will also need to enter you base jurisdiction and IFTA license number. You can learn more about your state jurisdiction by visiting our IFTA States information page. 
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.
To enter mileage into the system, it can be entered manually, or an excel file with all your trip data can be easily uploaded. 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 tips and would like to enter them manually, all that is needed is the State, Odometer reading, and amount of fuel purchased for each trip.
The system will then run a diagnostic report to review any possible errors 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 over looked like, missing miles in your trip data.
The best part about organizing your IFTA return with ExpressIFTA is that our system automatically calculates the amount due based on all the previous data entered. There is no need to get frustrated over complicated tax calculations.
After you have entered all your trip data you just follow the prompts and file according to your state jurisdiction. Easy right? If you do ever have any questions while filing your return, just give the ExpressIFTA support team a call or send us an email. We are US-based and our office is located in Rock Hill, SC. You can reach us via phone: 704.234.6005 email: support@expressifta.com 

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