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Monday, March 30, 2015

IFTA Basics for First Time Filers

Welcome to the wonderful world of IFTA filing. You have probably heard through the grapevine that IFTA filing is...well...difficult with some colorful language added in, but it's really not that bad. In fact, ExpressIFTA has made the process pretty simple and provides you with every state's specific IFTA filing requirements. Let's go over some of the IFTA basics before we get into the filing information.

IFTA Basics
IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement that allows you to travel in all participating member jurisdictions with a single fuel tax license. To operate in two or more member jurisdictions, you are required to have an IFTA license and decals on your vehicle. You receive your IFTA license through your base jurisdiction and you are given decals to put on your truck. Your IFTA license needs to be renewed annually in December. When you hold an IFTA license, you are required to file a quarterly return that calculates how much fuel tax you owe (or are credited) to remain compliant. 

That's just your basic rundown, but you can find out more on our IFTA Information page. 

IFTA Filing with ExpressIFTA
ExpressIFTA provides everything you need to generate you IFTA return. As long as you have been tracking your mileage properly, you will be able to complete your IFTA return rather quickly. You don't have to worry about the tax amount for each state or anything like that; ExpressIFTA does all the calculating for you. 

Once you have created your account, entered in your business/truck information, and selected your base jurisdiction (state), you are ready to enter your miles and fuel purchases. It is really easy, and all you will do is select the state and enter the miles you drove in that state. Here is a quick overview so you can see the process in action:


Know Your IFTA Fuel Tax Before You File
You can know your 1st Quarter IFTA tax before you file with our IFTA Fuel Tax Calculator App. It is free to download on App Store and Google Play. You don't have to enter business information or anything like that, you will simply click on the app to open and start entering your mileage for each state and the fuel purchased. The app will calculate your tax due (or owed) and you can plan for that expense before you even file.

If you have any questions about generating your IFTA return with ExpressIFTA, don't hesitate to contact the ExpressIFTA Support Team via phone: 704-234-6005 or email: support@expressIFTA.com. Support is provided in both English and Spanish. 

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