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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Trucker's End of Year To Do List

New Year's Day is one of the best days of the year. Think about it; every year, no matter what has happened, you get a fresh new start on Jan 1st. This year has had its ups and downs, good memories mixed with bad ones, and we get to start all over again. I always think about the New Year as a ReDo button, where I get another chance to enjoy life. But before the new year starts, I do like to put together a final End of Year To Do List to set me up for the best start possible. Now, for a trucker this list would be very different than what your average Joe would need to do. So my dearest Trucking Nation, I have for you a list with a bit of entertainment and a few reminders. To start you off on a positive note all of us here at ExpressIFTA.com would like to give you a big ol'thank you for all your hard work this year.

A Trucker's End of Year To Do List

1. Make sure your IFTA License has been renewed. If it hasn't get on the phone with TSNAmerica quick, fast and in a hurry.

2. Try and find the 2015 IFTA stickers that you set aside in a special place so you won't forget them.

3. Clean out your cab, I mean really clean. You never know what kind of treasure could be hiding in there.

4. Give your truck, also known as your precious, a good scrub and polish. She wants to start the new year looking her best.

5. Write down a few New Year's Resolutions. Like, I will swap out burgers for a grilled chicken wrap or salad. Or, When I get stuck in a traffic jam, I will take the opportunity to laugh at the vanity plates people have on their cars. Or, just to laugh more, Why so serious?

6. Get those financial reports ready for tax season.

7. Put together some healthy meal recipes to cook on the road.

8. Give your truck a good inspection to make sure there is nothing wrong with The Precious before you head out on your next trip.

9. Do something special for New Year's Eve. Watch the ball drop, think about all the places you've been this year, just something to celebrate the last day of 2014.

10. Take a deep breath and relax. It's a whole new year my friend and your going to rock it!

Just remember, every new year is a new start. Make it your own and enjoy life. Don't forget the 4th Quarter IFTA deadline is February 2nd. I'll have more info on that coming up in the next blog.


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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How Do I Apply For An IFTA License?

Applying for an IFTA license is pretty simple. It is even easier when you have your very own Truck Services of North America processing agent do it for you, but we will get more into that a few paragraphs down the road. Let's get started on the How To portion of this blog...

How To Apply For An IFTA License

First, you need to know if you qualify for an IFTA license. Here is a list of the qualifications:

  •  If you operate a commercial vehicle that is over 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight in 2 or more states (including provinces)
  • Vehicles with 3 or more axles regardless of weight
  • A combination of vehicles that weigh more than a total of 26,000 pounds gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight (this doesn't include recreationl vehicles)
Next, if you qualify for an IFTA license, then it is time to see what is required by your state jurisdiction to file for a license. To help you out, here is a list off all the state jurisdictions with their websites to make finding this info a bit easier. 

If your new to IFTA, it is very state specific. So not every state will have the same requirements as others, but it all works out the same. If you have questions, give your state jurisdiction a call, or if you have Truck Services of North America take care of it for it, they will handle all the communications between state departments and everything else. But, I'll get more into that in second.

When you receive your IFTA License, you will get a few IFTA decals that will go on your truck. Having an IFTA license also includes IFTA filing. It's a quarterly filing, that reports your mileage in each state you traveled, and then a fuel tax is calculated. You can do all your IFTA filing right here on ExpressIFTA.com, or you can have the wonderful team at Truck Services of North America handle it all for you.

Truck Services of North America
See, I told you we would get to them. Truck Services of North America is a full service processing agency that can handle all your compliant requirements for you. They take care of everything, from IFTA licenses and IFTA filing, registrations, authorities, tax forms, and every permit under the sun. They also have great packages for IFTA, New Business Start Up, and so much more. And you know the best part, it is all over the phone. 

Applying for your IFTA License is an easy enough task. Just make sure you have everything you need to apply for one. Each state should have it listed on their web page, or you can give them a call and they will be able to tell you. The 4th Quarter IFTA deadline is coming up in January, so stay tuned for all the upcoming information we will be posting about that.  

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