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Thursday, November 10, 2016

5 Essential Trucker Gadgets

When you’re out there on the road, you might miss a lot of the comforts and gadgetry you can keep back home. I mean, the cab is a tight fit  and you need to optimize your options. So what should you do?

Well, we’ve been keeping an eye out and have come across 5 essential gadgets a trucker can own.

Collapsible Tools


It’s not uncommon for truckers to find themselves in a situation where they may need a shovel or even an ax!

When you need to dig yourself out of the deep end, a collapsible shovel or tool could help you in a pinch.

Of course, you might have a collapsible multi-tool, with an ax, pick, or saw built into it. Whatever you have, if it's compact and can be stored away, you’re in good shape.

Power Inverter


When you install a power inverter, you bring a new level of creature comfort into your cab, which can improve your retention. However, there are also all sorts of considerations that fleets have to account for.

There are all sorts of information you need to know about power inverters - but the main takeaway is that you need to find one that matches your truck’s specifications.

LED TV


Speaking of comforts, installing a small LED TV in your cab could make a world of difference! There are models with built in DVD and Blu-ray players, allowing you to keep up with the latest TV shows and movies.

Best of all, most LED TVs can also work as a computer monitor, so you can either hook a laptop or a small computer into it.

Emergency Weather Radio


With winter ahead of us, it’s not a bad idea to get your hands on an emergency weather radio!

Whether you’re facing a blizzard, tornadoes, or hurricanes, you have plenty of options out there. Your typical weather radio might have weather bands, as well as AM and FM tuners, but they can also come equipped with lights, come with batteries (or) a hand crank, and some can even charge your mobile devices!

Your Smart Phone!


Speaking of mobile devices, we know you probably have one - which means you should check out the host of mobile apps we offer. Whether it’s the ExpressTruckTax app, the ExpressIFTA Calculator App, or using TruckLogics on your phone, we have your transportation business needs covered!

Whatever gadgets you carry, your job as a truck driver has many troubles you’ll have to handle. However, you should know that ExpressIFTA will be here to help you when you need to file your fuel taxes!


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

IFTA Penalties & Audits

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So another IFTA deadline has come and gone, and you’ve forgotten to file your report and pay your dues. You had every intention to file your report, but you’re busy - we understand.

But that raises the question, what will happen? What should you do? Will you be audited? Let’s talk about it!

Penalties


In most states, you’ll find that the late filing penalty is a flat rate of $50, or 10% of the taxes due — depending on which one is greater. After your first month of late filing penalty, you will be charged .4167% of the tax due every month until the tax amount is paid.

Note: Nevada's penalty for late filing is a $50 flat fee PLUS 10% of the taxes due. Nevada also charges the .4167% of the tax due every month, as well as an administrative late fee of $100 the first time, $500 the second time, $1000 the third time, $1500 the fourth time, $2000 the fifth time, and $2500 for every time after that.

Audits


Whether you’ve already filed your IFTA or you’re running late, the unfortunate news is that you are also at risk for an audit. Now, that doesn’t mean you’re going to get audited but consider it.

  • Non-continuous Jurisdictions: Your trip logs need to show continuity from your starting destination, with every district in between. It’s impossible for a vehicle to begin in North Carolina and suddenly be in Colorado. Auditors will see this as a flashing red sign!
  • Mileage Gaps: If one day ends and your next day doesn’t begin where you left off, this could trigger an audit. This can happen when drivers don’t realize that their personal or leased miles must also be included on the trip logs. 
  • Over-simplified Fuel Calculations: It may be tempting, but it is not okay to split your miles traveled by a set miles per gallon estimate as your MPG will fluctuate over time.
  • Skewed MPG: When your average MPG varies drastically from one quarter to the next, there should be a valid explanation, such as varying road conditions or weights of the loads carried. 
  • Mileage Extremes: The average MPG for a heavy truck is between 5-10 MPG. If your mileage is way off the ranch, you probably have some calculation errors. Some states won’t even let you file your IFTA return until your MPG is within that range.

How to Survive an Audit


If you’re hit with an audit, it’s not the end of the world - it’s just a frustration you want to avoid. We’ve told you who is at risk before, and how you can avoid an audit.

But now you’re getting audited. So what do you do? You want to focus on proactivity, organization, and documentation.

Basically, make sure you have fully detailed, original copies of distance and fuel records at hand that you can access. You should have the following information at hand:

Basic driver and vehicle information:

  • Driver’s name and signature
  • Registrant’s name
  • Vehicle Fleet number
  • Vehicle Identification Number 
  • Trailer number

Trip Information:

  • Start and End dates of the trip
  • Trip Origin and Destination
  • Routes of Travel
  • Odometer/Hubometer readings from start & finish
  • Total Trip Miles/Kilometers
  • Miles/Kilometers by Jurisdiction

Fuel Records must contain the following:

  • Original receipts for each purchase (Copies or scans are not acceptable. Keep them in good condition and do not write on or alter them in any way)
  • Date of purchase
  • Seller’s name and address
  • Number of gallons/liters purchased
  • Fuel type
  • Price per gallon or total of sale
  • Unit numbers 
  • Make, model, and gross weight of the licensed vehicle

Now that we’ve moved on from the 3rd Quarter, it’s time to start focusing on the 4th Quarter. Let’s get through the holidays first, though!

If you have any questions about your IFTA records, reach out to us at 704.234.6005.


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Monday, October 31, 2016

3rd Quarter IFTA Due Today!

It’s finally here! The 3rd Quarter International Fuel Tax Agreement deadline has arrived! Hopefully, you’ve had a head start and today isn’t a scramble for you, but if so - don’t worry, we got you covered.

With our web-based software, we’re the best option for generating your IFTA taxes online.

The Basics


If you’re hauling between numerous IFTA member states, you need to have that shiny little decal with your base jurisdiction slapped on the side of your cab. Sure, company drivers may have this taken care of for them, but for everyone else, IFTA filing can be a hassle.

The Penalties


If you don’t file your IFTA report on time, you’re going to face IFTA penalties.

In most member states, the late filing penalty is a flat rate fee of $50 or 10% of the taxes due, depending on which is greater in value.

Unless you’re in Nevada, which is the only state whose penalty for late filing is a $50 flat fee plus 10% of the taxes due.

Once you’re receiving a penalty for late filing, you will be charged .4167% of the tax due every month until the tax amount is paid.

Again, Nevada is the outlier to this rule. If your base jurisdiction is Nevada, you’re charged .4167% of the tax due every month, as well as an administrative late fee of $100 the first time, $500 the second time, $1000 the third time, $1500 the fourth time, $2000 the fifth time, and $2500 for every time after that.

The Due Dates


IFTA runs on a quarterly system, which means there are four deadlines throughout a given year. The IFTA due dates are as follows:

  • Q1: January - March, due date of April 30
  • Q2: April - June, due date of July 31
  • Q3: July - September, due date of October 31
  • Q4: October - December, due date of January 31

The Solution


Chances are, if you’re reading this, you need to file an IFTA report. To do that, you’ll have to have your fuel logs, mileage records, and trip logs ready to go.

So if you’re stuck doing the IFTA reporting hustle today, make sure you use ExpressIFTA to have the easiest IFTA quarterly return possible. Have questions? Call our customer support experts at 704.234.6005!


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Friday, October 28, 2016

4 Reasons to Use ExpressIFTA

Will you look at that? The 3rd Quarter IFTA deadline is days away, and you still don’t have a game plan. Well, today is your day! If you didn’t know, there is an IFTA fuel tax reporting software that has all the features you could want to make reporting your fuel taxes a walk in the park.

We’re here to tell you about the top four reasons you should use ExpressIFTA to generate your IFTA reports for 2016!

Well Organized Trip Sheets


Functioning as a trip log for your records, your trip sheet allows you to manage and sort your trips by quarter, total mileage, and fuel type.

With ExpressIFTA, you start by selecting your vehicle, numbering your trip, and inputting the odometer reading at the beginning of the trip. Next, you enter your starting and ending points, along with the corresponding dates, and any information you would like to track - carrier, trailer number, load description.

Simple, Quick Entries


Quick Entries are exactly what they sound like - quick and easy! You simply select your vehicle, and then you can enter your trip details, including state, odometer readings, trip type, fuel purchased, and the assigned driver.

We design our features to make your filing experience all the better!

Upload Everything at Once


When you use ExpressIFA, you can bulk upload your odometer or distance records from an Excel or CSV file with both our Express Upload and Smart Upload features.

With Express Upload, we provide you with a spreadsheet for your distance or odometer records. You just have to follow the onscreen tips and upload the spreadsheet back into our system - with your own information entered, of course.

When you use Smart Upload, you upload your own Excel or CSV template, and our system will format and process it, after your review.

GPS Data Capture


Whether you’re new at filing your IFTA fuel tax, or an old veteran, using your GPS unit to generate your report makes sense. While our software is designed to work with Fleetmatics, we also support many other GPS systems on our back-end - our programmers will just have to pull some strings!

So when you’re ready to create your IFTA report for this quarter, signup (or) login to ExpressIFTA and start reporting your fuel taxes online!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

IFTA Deadline: The Fuel Tax Countdown

IFTA Deadline: The Fuel Tax Countdown
IFTA Deadline: The Fuel Tax Countdown
What’s that dreaded feeling you have? Is it the upcoming IFTA deadline? After all, it’s only a few weeks away, Trucking Nation. How can we make sure we’re prepared to report our fuel taxes?

Instead of kicking your responsibilities further down the road, you need to go ahead and file your IFTA fuel tax! Online filing makes things easier, but you still need to meet certain filing requirements.

You need to make sure you understand your mileage keeping requirements, as well as your fuel tax reporting requirements. That might seem like a lot to keep up with. So how can you?

The easiest way to get ready is by going through our fuel tax countdown!

3 Trip Details You Need


Before you start using our IFTA fuel tax reporting software, you will need to gather certain documents - like your trip report details. 

As you enter your IFTA reporting details, you will need to start with your basic trip details. This means your trip origin and destination, including the start and end date of your trip, any additional stops, and your route of travel. Don’t forget, you’ll also need your beginning and ending odometer readings!

After that, you need to enter your total trip miles into our system. This includes both loaded and deadhead miles, as well as any local miles when the units taken in for servicing.

You will also need to enter the miles you traveled in in each jurisdiction!

2 Numbers They Need


In order to generate your IFTA report, you will need your Unit or VIN number, and your fleet number.

This will help the base jurisdiction identify and authorize your fuel tax report.

1 Name for Your Report


Most importantly, you need to make sure your name (or the registrant's name) is filed on your IFTA report, as well.

IFTA Due Date Details


In order for you to avoid IFTA penalties, you're going to have to file by the deadline day - which is October 31st, 2016 this year.

While IFTA reports can be overwhelming, let us help you get through the tough parts, step-by-step. If you’re ready to generate your IFTA report, sign in at ExpressIFTA and let’s get started!


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know About 3rd Quarter IFTA

5 Things You Need to Know About 3rd Quarter IFTA
5 Things You Need to Know About 3rd Quarter IFTA
As we reach the 3rd IFTA Quarter deadline, you need to have a game plan by now. If you don’t have one, we still have a few weeks to correct course!

So unless you’re a trucker who works in Alaska or Hawaii, you’re gonna have to pay for IFTA. No matter where you are, you need to file.

1. IFTA Filing Requirements


Of course, to file your IFTA report you will need to have plenty of documents on hand. Your required information includes:

  • Base Jurisdiction: You need to be registered in your base jurisdiction, which is your home state your vehicle is registered in. 
  • Qualified Motor Vehicles: These are designed and used to transport people or property, and also has two axles with a gross/registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds. Qualified vehicles can also have three or more axles, or have a combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds. 
  • Fuel Records: You need to have complete fuel records of all motor fuel purchased and used to conduct business, with separate totals compiled for each fuel type. Your receipts should include the date of purchase, name and address of seller, number of gallons or liters received, fuel type, and the vehicle into which the fuel was placed.
  • Mileage Records: The total miles, taxable and nontaxable, traveled by the IFTA licensee’s qualified motor vehicle(s) in all jurisdictions/states, regardless if they participate in IFTA, which includes all trip permit miles;
  • Tax Information: The current tax rates for each member jurisdiction.

2. IFTA Due Date


The 3rd IFTA Quarter runs from July through September, which means the deadline falls on October 31.


Here are the IFTA due dates:

Quarter Periods
IFTA Quarterly Tax Return Due Dates*
Due Dates
1st Quarter
January - March
April 30
2nd Quarter
April - June
July 31
3rd Quarter
July - September
October 31
4th Quarter
October - December
January 31

* If the due date falls on a weekend or a state holiday, the due date is extended to the following business day.

3. IFTA Penalties


You will be charged $50 or 10% of the amount of taxes owed, whichever is greater, as well as revocation of your IFTA license eventually. However, in Nevada you will have to pay a $50 flat fee PLUS 10% of the taxes due.

Starting the month after you receive your original penalty for late filing, you will be charged .4167% of the tax due on a monthly basis until the tax amount is paid.

4. Old School Filing


There are two typical ways drivers may approach their IFTA filing. The first one is to start by heading to www.iftach.org and manually calculating and filing your IFTA report. This is time consuming, and can even be confusing to some (if you’re not versed in tax jargon).

There are CPA's and service providers who will file your IFTA return for you, but if you’re an owner operator trying to keep things affordable, you might want to focus on that.

5. IFTA Filing Software


For simple fuel tax filing, try using IFTA filing software - like ExpressIFTA! As a long time provider of IFTA taxes online, ExpressIFTA can track your mileage, fuel purchases and more, all conveniently in a cloud based system!

For a more in-depth IFTA filing system, TruckLogics is your answer. With ProMiles integration, when you’re recording your trip logs, select ProMiles and your precise trip mileage is automatically recorded. TruckLogics also has billing and invoicing tools, load tracking and check call, and even QuickBooks® integration!

With the IFTA deadline right around the corner, don’t waste your time on some fly-by-night IFTA reporting service. Go with the proven professionals here at ExpressIFTA, or sign up for a free 15-day trial over at TruckLogics.

If you have questions about filing your IFTA return, please contact us and let us help! We're available by phone Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm at 704.234.6005.


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How To Prepare for an IFTA Audit?

How To Prepare for an IFTA Audit?
How To Prepare for an IFTA Audit?
Let’s talk about audits! Nobody wants to be audited, not that we need to actually say it, but it’s true.

Of course, you don’t have to always lose sleep over audits. I mean, the idea of filing your IFTA online is supposed to make your life easier. How can we do that?

With the advent of IFTA, the legislation decided that 3% of IFTA license holders will be required to be audited every year.

We talk a lot about IFTA due dates, but we don’t nearly discuss audits enough. With the next IFTA deadline right around the corner, it’s important to audit-proof yourself before it’s too late!

Get Ready With Better Recordkeeping


In an audit, an auditor will request records previously agreed upon, like mileage records, fuel records, and any other requested information related to your IFTA operations.

Throughout the process, an auditor will be looking over your records, including:

  • Individual trip records in detail
  • Calculate trip mileage based on routes of travel using mileage logs and mileage software
  • Examine the continuity of odometer reading to determine total elapsed miles
  • Reconciliation of Mileage Source Documents and Summaries to IFTA quarterly tax returns


What IFTA Records Should I Keep?


The FMCSA requires you to retain at least 6 months for both logs and e-logs, and have the following records available:

  • Fuel Receipts: You have to keep individual records for each type of fuel used, such as retail fuel and bulk fuel purchases. You’ll also need to show date or purchase, where the fuel was purchased from, the amount and type of fuel purchased, price per gallon or the total amount, and the unit numbers the for the truck which fuel was purchased for.
  • Mileage Records: In order to prove the validity of your trip information, you will need to keep track of the mileage on your odometer. Your logs will need to include the mileage of the trip, including the total mileage, total mileage for each trip, and the total mileage traveled in each jurisdiction.
  • Trip Reports: For your distance records, you’ll need to include all of your relevant trip information like the beginning and ending trip dates, trip origin and destination, and the route of travel. When you keep IFTA trip logs, you’ll always have that information ready to go.

If you find yourself in the middle of an IFTA audit, being prepared will make all the difference.

Thankfully, when you report your IFTA return with ExpressIFTA, your records are saved in our cloud-based system, allowing you to access them whenever you need. Avoid the IFTA penalties, file your fuel tax return with ExpressIFTA.

Are you prepared for an IFTA audit? If you have any questions about e-filing for the upcoming 3rd Quarter IFTA filing deadline, give us a call at 704.234.6005. We’d love to hear from you!


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

RigMinders - Say Goodbye to IFTA Penalties

Say Goodbye to IFTA Penalties
Say Goodbye to IFTA Penalties
Nothing is worse than missing a deadline - that pang of guilt you get in your gut as you realize the due date has come and gone.

It’s even worse when you’re a truck driver, and missing a deadline means you’re gonna get parked. No thank you!

IFTA Deadlines


After every quarter, you have an IFTA deadline you have to meet. As we roll into October, you should know by now that the 3rd Quarter IFTA due date is October 31. Yeah, that’s also Halloween.

Most states penalize for late filing at a flat rate fee of $50 or 10% of the taxes due, whichever is greater. Now, Nevada does things a bit different - their penalty for late filing is a $50 flat fee plus 10% of the taxes due.

If you’re continuously late, you will be charged .4167% of the tax due every month until the tax amount is paid. To no surprise, Nevada is the only exception to this rule. They charge .4167% of the tax due every month as well as an administrative late fee of $100 the first time, $500 the second time, $1000 the third time, $1500 the fourth time, $2000 the fifth time, and $2500 for every time after that. Yikes!

But don’t be scared, because you’re not gonna be late this year.

How to Avoid Late Penalties


So how can you make sure you’ll never miss another deadline? Get RigMinders!

What is RigMinders? It’s a customizable reminder app tailored to transportation professionals. RigMinders comes preloaded with every industry filing deadline you can think of, plus a short description of each deadline.

Start by going to RigMinders.com and signing up—or installing the app on your mobile device.

With RigMinders, you are not only reminded of quarterly fuel tax deadlines, you also get reminders for Form 2290, HazMat license renewal, and your USDOT biennial update. On top of that, you can remind yourself of personal deadlines.



So head on down to RigMinders and download the app today! Don’t forget, if you keep missing your deadlines and your IFTA fuel tax license is revoked - you’re off the road until it’s reinstated!

Once RigMinders lets you know you’re near a deadline, login over at ExpressIFTA and file your quarterly fuel tax return!


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Friday, September 23, 2016

What Every Trucker Needs to Know About IFTA Filing

What Every Trucker Needs to Know About IFTA Filing
What Every Trucker Needs to Know About IFTA Filing
Trucking isn’t an easy job. Ask any truck driver, they’ll tell you the headaches they have to deal with, day in, day out. But one headache that never seems to go away is the ongoing paperwork, certifications, licenses, permits, and tax forms a transportation professional has to deal with.

Like the International Fuel Tax Agreement - better known as IFTA. You’ve seen the decals, and you probably know you need to report your fuel taxes.

But what happens when you decide, you know what? I’ve had enough. I’m not doing it!

Let’s take a look at that - what happens when you don’t file your IFTA. Learn how to file IFTA fuel tax?


“I’m just not going to file…”


Did you know that there are a whole slew of problems that arise when you do not file your IFTA return?

First of all, if you’re considered late you’ll have to deal with late fees and penalties.

For most states, the penalty for late filing is a flat rate fee of $50 or 10% of the taxes due, whichever is greater in value. Now Nevada does things a bit different. Nevada's penalty for late filing is a $50 flat fee plus 10% of the taxes due. No thanks!

Starting the month after you receive your original penalty for late filing, you will be charged a rate of .4167% of the tax due every month until the tax amount is paid. Again, Nevada is the exception to the rule. Nevada charges the .4167% of the tax due every month as well as an administrative late fee of $100 the first time, $500 the second time, $1000 the third time, $1500 the fourth time, $2000 the fifth time, and $2500 for every time after that. Looks like I’m avoiding Nevada!

State highway patrols can access lists of fees and IFTA penalties when they find a trucker who hasn’t paid up. Unfortunately, in some states, both the fuel tax license holder and the driver can be held liable for unpaid taxes - which means leased drivers aren’t off the hook.

If your IFTA fuel tax license is revoked – you’re off the road until it’s reinstated. Do you really want to get parked?

IFTA Filing Methods


  • Method 1: Get organized. Sit down with a spreadsheet and start updating your fuel tax records daily. Let’s be real, though. If you were that ahead of the game, you’d already be doing that. 
  • Method 2: Hire someone. Basically, you can find some tax professionals who will do this sort of thing for you. You’ll still have to provide all those mileage numbers per state, fuel receipts, and then pay the person afterward. 
  • Method 3: ExpressIFTA. Sign up and try ExpressIFTA, the easiest application created to generate your IFTA fuel tax report. With ExpressIFTA, you can create easy-to-use trip logs, store all your vehicle data in the Truck Zone, and generate your IFTA taxes online.

What Are the IFTA Due Dates?


As the 3rd quarter IFTA reporting runs from July to September, it has a due date of October 31st. That means you need to file by midnight of October 31st! ExpressIFTA can at least make your Halloween a little less scary.

Instead of letting IFTA overwhelm you this year, grab the bull by the horns and face your fuel taxes head on! If you have any questions about using ExpressIFTA, call us at 704.234.6005.

Related Blog: Fuel Tax Tip: File Your IFTA in Minutes, Not Hours


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fuel Tax Tip: File Your IFTA in Minutes, Not Hours

Fuel Tax Tip: File Your IFTA in Minutes, Not Hours
Fuel Tax Tip: File Your IFTA in Minutes, Not Hours
Four times a year, truckers are faced with the worst thing possible - a tax deadline!

Not just any deadline, though. The dreaded IFTA deadline.

So let’s talk about how you can get through the fuel tax deadline without losing your mind.


IFTA Basics:


First of all, newer truckers (or those not in the know) might wonder, what is IFTA?

To put it frankly, the the International Fuel Tax Agreement is a system used to collect and allocate taxes on fuel usage from truckers and transportation companies per base jurisdiction.

So basically, it's the system used to distribute the tax money where it needs to go. Thankfully, this is actually the streamlined method of filing fuel taxes - it was even worse before. So maybe we shouldn’t dread IFTA reporting as much.

What Do I Need to Get Started?


Make sure you have your records ready to go, basically. But in more detail, you need the following:

  • The total miles, taxable and nontaxable, traveled by your qualified motor vehicle(s) in all jurisdictions/states, regardless if they participate in IFTA, which includes all trip permit miles. 
  • The total gallons (or liters) of fuel that is consumed by the aforementioned truck, including taxable and nontaxable, in all jurisdictions/state whether they participate in IFTA or not
  • The total miles and total taxable miles traveled in each member jurisdiction;
  • The total taxable gallons consumed in each member jurisdiction;
  • The tax-paid gallons/liters that are purchased in each member jurisdiction; and
  • The current tax rates for each member jurisdiction.


How Can I File My IFTA Returns in Just Minutes?


We feature a lot of tools that can help you file in just minutes.

Like our trip logs and trip sheets, which allow you to summarize all of your fuel tax information by each IFTA quarter. You can manage each quarter by trip sheets, quick entries, GPS data upload, or bulk upload from an Excel or .CSV file.

So how do you file within minutes?

First, sign up / login to an ExpressIFTA account. Next, upload all of your information into ExpressIFTA. That includes your business details, the details for each truck you need to file for, the distance/odometer records, and the fuel receipts. Finally, you generate your report and voila! Your IFTA report is done. It’s nice to have plan as you head into IFTA due dates, isn’t it?

If you have any questions about using ExpressIFTA, our customer support experts are ready to answer you! You can always reach them at 704.234.6005.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Let’s Get Ready for the 3rd Quarter IFTA Deadline

3rd Quarter IFTA Preparation Tips
We’re in the middle of the 3rd Quarter, which means you still have time to get ready for the upcoming deadline. We’ve gathered our best tips that can help you survive your IFTA filing.

So without further ado, here are our IFTA preparation tips:

Don’t Procrastinate!


The first thing you need to do is clear your docket! If you’ve been living under a rock, you may have missed that the heavy vehicle use tax due date for 2016-2017 is August 31st. That’s only a few weeks away!

So what should you do? E-file Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, and you won’t have to worry about a thing.

After your IRS Form 2290 is filed, you can move on to planning out your next fuel tax return.

Keep Better Records


Basically, if you want to get ahead on your next IFTA tax return, start with better record-keeping. If you’re going to go the old fashioned way, come up with a system to keep your files organized and ready to go. Store and track your fuel receipts and mileage as the quarter moves on, and you’ll find entering your info into ExpressIFTA is easy as pie.

Of course, you could always just use trucking management software.

Trucking Software Can Help


If you really want to get ahead of the curve for your next IFTA filing, you should look into a transportation business management software with IFTA reporting capabilities.

We suggest TruckLogics, the premier trucking management software where you can capture fuel receipts with your smartphone, create and send invoices, and plan your routes with ProMiles.

When you use TruckLogics, you can go into an IFTA quarter with top notch recordkeeping skills. With just a few clicks, you can generate IFTA reports from your trip sheets—and with ProMiles, you can record the most accurate mileage for your fuel taxes.

Know Your Deadline


From here, it’s simply a matter of knowing your next IFTA deadline. The reporting period for the 3rd Quarter runs from July through the end of September. This means that your deadline falls on October 31st, which is a Monday this year.

No matter how you prepare for the next IFTA due date, know that the experts at ExpressIFTA will be here to answer your questions!

Let us know your preparation tips in the comments.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

IFTA Reporting: Upload Multiple Records

IFTA Reporting: Upload Multiple Records
IFTA Reporting: Upload Multiple Records
Have multiple odometer records to report on your upcoming IFTA return? Well, we’re here to tell you that you can upload all of your odometer records in a single place using ExpressIFTA!

About ExpressIFTA


When you use ExpressIFTA to prepare your IFTA fuel tax filing, you learn that tax reporting can be hassle free.

ExpressIFTA allows you to quickly and easily keep track of your mileage, fuel purchases and more, all conveniently online.

Best of all, you only pay when you're ready to print your IFTA Quarterly Fuel Tax return. No monthly fees or contracts.

To get started, simply create an account and begin entering your trip sheet information. We’ll take you through the rest of it, step-by-step to get your IFTA return filed!





How to Upload Your Odometer Records?


There are several ways to upload your odometer records with ExpressIFTA, including ifta trip sheets, quick entries, and bulk uploading.

For trip sheets, you start by inputting your trip details, and then simply enter the mileage traveled by odometer. If you’re using Quick Entries, our system breaks down your miles driven by odometer readings or just the distance traveled.

For the Express Upload feature, you choose if you are using odometer or distance records. Then add your list of odometer records to the spreadsheet we provide. Follow the onscreen tips to avoid confusion and then upload the spreadsheet into our system. It's that simple!

If you’re using the Smart Upload feature, you use your own template and format to upload your odometer details into our system.

If you have any questions about uploading your odometer records, contact our dedicated support squad at 704.234.6005.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Are You at Risk for an IFTA Audit?

Are You at Risk for an IFTA Audit?
Are You at Risk for an IFTA Audit?
With the 2nd Quarter IFTA deadline right around the corner, it's about time we cover one of the few things that all truckers fear.

The dreaded IFTA audit!

Let's recap what an IFTA audit is, and then establish what you'll need to survive one.

All About IFTA Audits


An IFTA audit is the evaluation and verification of mileage and fuel figures reported on your quarterly IFTA tax return.

Basically, when an IFTA audit occurs, the state is determining if you’ve maintained acceptable records, filed the correct application, and paid the correct registration fees and taxes as required.

We try our best to help you in these situations! ExpressIFTA keeps all your returns on file so that you can easily access them if an audit occurs.

IFTA Qualified Vehicles


Only qualified motor vehicles are required to register for IFTA, and can therefore be subject to an audit. Qualified vehicle is categorized as any vehicle that:

  • Has three or more axles
  • Has two axles, and a registered gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds 
  • Is used in a combination that has a registered gross weight of over 26,000 pounds
  • If you’re driving a camper (or) a motor-home, don’t worry! They do not count as qualified vehicles when individuals use it for personal pleasure only. In order to count as a qualified vehicle, they must be used in connection with a business operation!

IFTA Fuel Records


For fuel records and IFTA purposes, it is necessary to keep track of all fuel purchased and used. A separate record must be kept for each fuel type, such as retail fuel and bulk fuel purchases.

You also should pay very close attention to all of your fuel receipts, and be sure that you are not only keeping track of them but taking care of them properly as well.

Your fuel receipts or invoices need to contain the following information:

  • The date of purchase
  • The address and name of the establishment where the fuel was purchased
  • The amount of fuel purchased and the type of fuel purchased (in gallons)
  • Price per gallon or the total amount of sale
  • Unit numbers for the truck the fuel was purchased for

Mileage Records and IFTA


If you’re undergoing an IFTA audit, your mileage records may be requested (as well as any other data related to your IFTA operations).

This means you need to make sure you have access to your mileage records. If you use any software to calculate your trip mileage based on routes of travel, you’ll need to generate and have your records at hand (we recommend TruckLogics).

The good news is, when you generate your IFTA report with ExpressIFTA, the 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.

Are you prepared for an IFTA audit? If you have any questions about e-filing for the upcoming 2nd Quarter IFTA deadline, give us a call at 704.234.6005. We’d love to hear from you!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What Are the IFTA Late Filing Penalties?

IFTA Late Filing Penalties
IFTA Late Filing Penalties
Nobody likes late fees. That’s especially true when you’re a truck driver who spends most of their life on the road.

Some people get so frustrated with their IFTA filing, they shrug off their responsibilities until it's too late.

While you might think IFTA is an annoyance, you need to report your fuel tax miles. After all, you could be slapped with major IFTA penalties if not!

What Are the Penalties for Late Filing?


In most states, the IFTA late filing penalty is a flat rate fee of $50 or 10% of the taxes due, whichever is greater.

However, Nevada is a bit different. In Nevada, the penalty for late filing is a $50 flat fee plus 10% of the taxes due.


How Does This Affect Me?


Starting the month after you receive your original penalty for late filing, you will be charged .4167% of the tax due every month until the tax amount is paid.

Again, Nevada is the an exception to this rule. Nevada charges the .4167% of the tax due every month, as well as an administrative late fee of $100 the first time. After that, filers will be charged $500 the second time, $1000 the third time, $1500 the fourth time, $2000 the fifth time, and $2500 for every time after that.

What's the Worst That Could Happen?


As it turns out, many states will actually revoke an IFTA license if a quarterly return isn’t filed or if multiple returns are filed late.

So if you’re not careful, you might get your state IFTA license revoked! Then you’re not considered roadworthy. Then you can’t pay the bills.

That’s just an all around bad idea. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up on your IFTA return, go to ExpressIFTA.com and create your IFTA report with their easy-to-use software. You can upload with trip sheets, quick entries, or even your GPS data!

If you get stuck reporting your IFTA return, the helpful customer support crew at ExpressIFTA would be happy to lend you a hand at (704)234-6005.

Related Blog: IFTA Late Filing Penalties


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Trip Logs: ExpressIFTA Tips & Tricks

Trip Logs: ExpressIFTA Tips & Tricks
Trip Logs: ExpressIFTA Tips & Tricks
We know plenty of truckers who groan when they remember they have an IFTA deadline right around the corner. But what exactly is it that’s so irritating about reporting your fuel taxes?

Well, probably all the fuel receipts, trip logs, and paperwork that is involved in reporting a quarter.

Understanding Trip Logs


Trip logs summarize all of the IFTA information you have entered each IFTA quarter. You can manage each quarter by trip sheets, quick entries, GPS data upload, (or) bulk upload from an Excel or .CSV file.

  • Trip Sheet: Trip sheets are one of the easiest ways to report your IFTA return. They allow you to report trips by driver, vehicle, odometer reading, and starting and ending location, as well as the start and end date. You can also add any additional information you like, including load description, carrier, trailer number, and more.
  • Quick Entries: These work exactly like they sound - quick and easy! Select your vehicle and add your mileage and fuel details one month at a time. Quick Entries gives you plenty of options for reporting, and even lets you breakdown your miles by odometer readings or distance traveled. 
  • GPS Data Upload: At the moment, ExpressIFTA only natively supports Fleetmatics GPS output, but our programmers can upload other GPS outputs through our backend system. Simply contact them at Support@ExpressIFTA.com for more details. 
  • Bulk Data Upload: Need to file for your whole fleet? With the Express Upload feature, you can choose add your data to the spreadsheet we provide. The Smart Upload feature allows you to use your own template and format. Simply select the file from your computer and match the required fields to ensure your data is imported correctly.Follow the onscreen tips to avoid confusion and then upload the spreadsheet into our system. It's that simple!




Let ExpressIFTA Help You


The nice thing about ExpressIFTA is that it is an easy to use system, designed with the average trucker in mind.

By organizing your trip logs into these 4 formats, generating your IFTA report is easy. That way you can stop worrying about fuel reports and get back on the road! Can’t argue with that.

You don’t have time to waste, and we don’t want to waste it! Sign up for an ExpressIFTA account today, before that deadline sneaks up on you!

Related Blog: 3 Tips to Save Your Life: Mountain Driving for Truckers


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

When Is Your IFTA 2nd Quarter Return Due?

IFTA 2nd Quarter Return Due
IFTA 2nd Quarter Return Due
While some taxes are due annually, the unfortunate thing about the International Fuel Tax Agreement is that you have to pay quarterly.

Yup. Four times a year. Which means you see an IFTA report 4 times as much as your annual federal heavy vehicle use tax return.

Do you know your IFTA due date, though?

Wait, What's IFTA Again?


What’s IFTA? It’s the International Fuel Tax Agreement, which is an agreement worked out between the U.S. and Canada created to simplify the reporting of fuel use by carriers who operate in more than one state.

Each state determines their own IFTA filing state tax rates, which means they may vary from state to state. For this reason, to obtain or cancel an IFTA license you must contact your state (also called your base jurisdiction) directly.

IFTA tax return due dates are on a quarterly basis. IFTA Tax returns are due to your base jurisdiction on the last day of the month following the end of the quarter you’re filing for.

The Due Dates for IFTA Second Quarter


What are the IFTA due dates? Well, the 2nd Quarter runs from April through June.

This means that the you need to generate and report your IFTA return by August 1st, or you will incur late penalties.

But wait, if you know about IFTA, you know the 2nd Quarter is due on the last day of the month after the quarter ends. That would normally mean July 31st, but that falls on a Sunday.

Thankfully, that gives our late filing procrastinating friends a little more time!

If you have any questions about your IFTA due dates, feel free to reach out to our dedicated customer support specialists. They’re based right here in Rock Hill, SC, and are ready to answer your calls at 704.234.6005!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Get Ready - The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline Approaches

The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline Approaches
We know most Americans associate July with cook outs, celebrating freedom, and beach trips - but here in Trucking Nation, we know what July really means.

July is that time of year where we scramble to get our IFTA returns reported on time.

Of course, if you’re a frequent reader at the ExpressIFTA blog, you know that already. You also know the simplest way to create your quarterly IFTA return is by generating it at ExpressIFTA.

First and foremost, July 31st falls on a Sunday - so that means your deadline is actually August 1st. Hey, that just gives you extra time.

You’re gonna need all the time you can get, because you also have an upcoming IRS HVUT Form 2290 deadline right around the corner.

So how do you file?

Step 1: Sign in or Create Your Account


Your first step is to sign up for an account, or just login if you already have one. The good news is, it cost you nothing to create a new account. Once you’re in our system, you simply need to enter some basic business information, your base jurisdiction, and your IFTA license number.

If you’ve used ExpressTruckTax before, simply login with your same account. You will then be prompted to set your units of measurement for your distance traveled and fuel purchased, (e.g. miles/kilometers, gallons/liters) and your truck information.

Step 2: Enter Mileage & Fuel Information


Now you need to enter your mileage traveled and the amount of fuel purchased during the quarter.

Here’s where things get cool - you can enter your fuel and mileage information manually, but you can also upload it through an Excel spreadsheet, or upload it directly from your GPS system.

If you are manually entering the records of your trips, all you will need to enter is the state, odometer reading, and the amount of fuel purchased for each trip.

Once your information is in our system, ExpressIFTA automatically calculates the amount of tax due based on your data.

Step 3: Generate & Transmit Your Return


Hey, you made it to your final step. At this point, the system automatically runs a diagnostic report to review your return for any errors based on your estimated miles per gallon.

Note, this audit check doesn’t guarantee that your return will be accepted, instead it serves to find basic errors that may otherwise go overlooked.

Once you’ve entered your information and completed your return, simply follow the instructions to send the return to your base jurisdiction.

If you run into any issues with your IFTA return, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 704.234.6005 or email us at Support@ExpressIFTA.com, and our U.S.-based support team will be happy to assist you.

Are you ready for the 2nd Quarter IFTA deadline?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tips for Truckers with Insomnia

Tips for Truckers with Insomnia
Tips for Truckers with Insomnia
When people ask you what your sleep schedule looks like in your line of work - what do you say?

Joining the trucking industry comes with a lot of sacrifices, including your sleep.

Now sure, truckers do get the opportunity to sleep... it’s not like you’re driving the entire time. However, the biggest reason truckers suffer from sleep problems is due to the lack of a normal, regulated bedtime.

After delivering a load at 10 a.m. and running out of driveable hours for the day, it gets pretty difficult to convince yourself to fall asleep.

Sleep isn’t one of those things you can just will upon yourself. And many truckers deal with large amounts of insomnia quite often.

But you don’t need to worry for long, we’ve got some tips to help you beat the insomniac nights once and for all.

Take a Break Before Your Break


Experts always say to give yourself a little break before heading off to bed - usually about an hour.

It’s because your mind (and body) do not operate on an light-switch mechanism. You need to give yourself time to decompress and relax before you can drift off to sleep uninterrupted.

It’s known that 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep is actually much better for you than 8 hours of interrupted. I mean, yeah, seems obvious.

So before crawling into the back of your cab, take a few minutes, go on a walk, and listen to music. It will help ready you for a good sleep.

Make it Cold


I can’t be the only one who enjoys sleeping when it’s cold out. And I’m not wrong in doing it.

Whenever you sleep in a cooler environment you’ll actually enjoy a longer and deeper sleep.

Bump the temperature down so that it’s between 60 and 68 degrees. Trust me, it will help put you right at ease for a long night sleep.

Think Before You Drink


Sure alcohol might calm the nerves, but will it really help you sleep?

Answer is, alcohol will put you to sleep but it won’t help you stay asleep - or have a restful night’s rest for that matter.

So put down the alcohol and try cherry juice instead. Cherry juice is naturally high in melatonin, the hormone in your skull that helps you fall asleep.

We get it - as a trucker it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep on a regular time schedule. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with insomniac night. Try this tips instead and see if they help you fall asleep and stay asleep all night long.

If you’re losing sleep over e-filing your 2290 forms - don’t! With our sister product, ExpressTruckTax, you can e-file your HVUT taxes using the best features at the right price. When you e-file your 2290s with us, you’ll receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes.

So by all means, don’t let your truck taxes cause your insomnia.

Got any other tips to offer your trucking brothers/sisters? Let us know in the comment section below or share it with us on our Facebook page.


Related Blog: Sleeper Cab Survival Tips


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

3 Mistakes Every Trucker Makes

3 Mistakes Every Trucker Makes
3 Mistakes Every Trucker Makes
It’s not uncommon for people to make mistakes when it comes to paperwork.

Typically in the trucking industry, the mistakes we see include incorrect VINs, poorly executed bookkeeping, and sloppy, trailer-flipping turns.

Going Full Speed Ahead


While everyone wants to be successful, sometimes drivers end up moving towards success too fast.

While every trucker wants to make that big money and get out on the road, it's important to take things slow when you start out.

But if you’re in the OTR industry, you want to know if you are on the right path.

Most important - are you hiring on with a good company? Will you get consistent miles? Do they support their owner-operators? What are their freight lanes?

This is a tough industry to crack, don’t lose your head getting too far off the ground.

No Master Plan


We know a lot of new and existing owner-operators are hesitant to write a business plan, but those who do find it leads to success.

With a plan, you can implement a bookkeeping system that allows you to track basic business measurements, and factor in your profits and losses.

You don’t even have to do it alone! With a professional transportation management system, you can stay ahead of your average owner-operator.

Filing Your 2290s in July


Of course, there’s one large, glaring mistake you’re making when it comes to IRS Form 2290 filing.

What is it? Not Pre-Filing! Throughout June, you can e-file Form 2290 early with ExpressTruckTax.

When you pre-file your 2290s, you get a whole extra month to plan out your payment, get back on the road, or plan a vacation—and you still get your stamped Schedule 1 come July 1st.

The HVUT season runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year, which means you usually can’t start filing until the tax period begins on July 1. But we’ve gone ahead and opened up pre-filing now!

Why wait to e-file your HVUT 2290 forms when you can file now and get back to making money?

Instead of putting your tax payments off, you now have enough time to plan for them.

You’re basically welcoming a headache if you don’t pre-file. And who wants a headache?

If you have any questions about pre-filing, reach out to our customer support experts at ExpressIFTA and ExpressTruckTax at 704.234.6005.


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Monday, June 6, 2016

2290 Pre-Filing has Begun!

2290 Pre-Filing has Begun!
2290 Pre-Filing has Begun!
It’s almost that time of year again. When truckers all over the nation get in a panic, because they have  to file their HVUT 2290s, but have procrastinated until the last minute.

Except for the truckers who pre-file their 2290s over at ExpressTruckTax.

Starting now, you can pre-file your 2290 for the 2016-17 heavy vehicle use tax season. That’s an entire month early!

Time to Pre-File


The HVUT season runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

Whether you’re an owner-operator, leasing company, trucking company, or any other business that operates heavy vehicles with a gross weight above 55,000 pounds traveling on public highways, you must file Form 2290.

Usually, you can’t start filing until the tax period begins on July 1, but we’ve gone ahead and started pre-filing now.

What is Pre-Filing?


If you’re looking for the easiest way to e-file your taxes early, pre-filing is the way to go. By filing an entire month early, you will be able to focus on what matters—driving.

After you pre-file your return, ExpressTruckTax will hold onto it until July 1st. As soon as the IRS opens the “floodgates” and starts accepting 2290s, we’ll put yours at the top of the outbox.

Should I Pre-File? Why?


Even though the tax period for the 2016-17 season technically starts later, pre-filing has begun! With pre-filing, users get advantages that are only accessible during the pre-season. They include:

  • Finishing your taxes early, leaving more time to focus on work and life
  • No additional cost to pre-file
  • When selecting the check or money order option, you will get until August 31st to pay the IRS, giving you almost 3 months to save for the amount of tax you owe
  • Your Form 2290 will be automatically transmitted to the IRS on July 1st, so you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes once transmitted
  • If the return is rejected for any reason, you have plenty of time to re-submit it before August 31st, making it much easier to avoid late penalties
  • VIN corrections and retransmissions for rejected returns are FREE for anyone who e-files with ExpressTruckTax
  • Customer support is available via phone, live chat, and email in both English and Spanish, with 24/7 emergency email support

If you have any questions about pre-filing your 2290, or have questions about the e-filing process, contact the dedicated support team at ExpressTruckTax for help! They’re always available at 704.234.6005.

Happy pre-filing, trucking nation!


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

3 Tips for Car Drivers from Truckers

Alright Trucking Nation, usually we send trucking tips your way, but today we’re gonna take a change of pace.

Instead of offering advice to the good truckers of America, we’re shifting gears and letting the four wheelers out there know what they can do to make the road a safer place for everybody.

#1: Pay Attention


With distracted driving becoming a major issue (hello smart phones?), the road is even more dangerous than before.

I mean how many times has a trucker looked out their window to see a four wheeler pull up on their iPhone, realize they need to merge, and then hide their phone as they speed in front of them?

If I had to guess, I’d say plenty of times. Sure, we know that phones are always connected. You’re bound to get a text or a call while you’re on the road. But make sure you pay attention to the road as a four wheeler

#2: Watch Those Mirrors


I’m sure you’ve seen a sign on a truck that says “if you can’t see our mirrors, we can’t see you.”

You probably see that sign all the time. You might even ignore it now that you’ve seen it so much.

But really, don’t tailgate trucks. Don’t hide in the blind spots of trucks. That means the sides, too!

Come on, you’ve probably seen a truck run a car off the road, or get pretty close. It’s never intentional, and that kind of incident would just cause a trucker to lose money or their job.

Most likely, that car was hiding in the blind spot.

Do your best to not hide beside a truck. If you ever find yourself in that blind zone, get around the truck or slow down to get away from it.

#3: Lane Passing


Sometimes you’re zipping down the interstate and realize you’re about to pass your exit—so you put the pedal to the metal and make it all the way across a four lane highway in a matter of seconds.

If you cross a tractor trailer, there’s a chance you could cause an accident from them OR the other car in their blind spot.

We know it’s tempting to go for the three-lane switch, but you have no clue what is on the other side of a truck as you cross over.

Going back to mirrors and blind spots, if you can’t see around a truck, don’t assume what's on the other side.

Speaking of blind spots—don’t let the 2nd Quarter IFTA deadline catch you off guard. Start tracking your fuel expenses early by recording fuel receipts and unlimited ProMiles tracking with TruckLogics. Sign up for a free 15-day trial today!

What are your tips for four wheeler drivers?


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Whatever Happened to the Cabover Engine?

Most of you know what a cabover truck is, but some of our rookie drivers may be less familiar.

Cabover engines are a style of big rig truck where the nose of the semi is flat and the truck cab sits on top of the diesel engine and steering axle.

For decades across the American highways, you’d see the reliable cab over engine (COE) semi-tractor chugging along, hauling freight from coast to coast.

Today, you can drive across the country and chances are, you won’t even see one.

So we ask you, whatever happened to the COE?

History of the COE


How did the cabover engine begin? Well, the best way to increase payload space while working within a length restriction was to stack your cab on your engine.

After World War II, cabovers became even more common in hauling goods across America's roadways.

By the 60s and 70s, interstate highways connected the most rural areas of America, increasing both trucking traffic and trailer lengths. But still, the eastern half of the US had very restrictive laws about the overall length of a vehicle, so trucking equipment had to adapt.

Restrictions of the COE


In fact, manufacturers competed to shrink their cab size and increase freight capacity. Of course, this worked great for shippers, but left a less than desirable amount of breathing room for drivers.

But the western staff had a different set of regulations, which emphasized spreading a larger amount of weight over a longer span to reduce road damage.

There were some positives to cabovers. Without the large hood, these trucks had great maneuverability and visibility. Whether you were winding through heavy traffic or backing into a dock, the shortened wheelbase gave you a tighter turning radius.

But the decreased comforts ranged from the hard-to-reach sleeper bunk, less insulation, and a rougher ride. Not to mention the noise! Sitting on top of an engine is louder than sitting behind one.

But most importantly, a long hood rig is a safer option for drivers as far as accidents go. And the few modern manufacturers who produce cabovers do meet current safety standards, so it’s not all a dangerous journey.

If you’re driving a cabover or a long-hood rig, you know that you still need to prepare for the 2nd Quarter IFTA deadline. Sure, it’s more than a few months away, but now is the time to get started. But rest assured, the crew at ExpressIFTA will be here at (704) 234-6005 to help you get ready.

Did you ever get behind the wheel of a cabover? Let us know on Facebook!


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Friday, April 29, 2016

How to File IFTA Without Losing Your Mind?

How to File IFTA Without Losing Your Mind?
How to File IFTA Without Losing Your Mind
There’s nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to do vital tax forms.

It’s like you’re just asking for something to go wrong!

But you don’t need to lose your mind over paperwork. We’re here to help!

Simply follow these steps and you can file your IFTA report without losing your mind.

First, Sign up for an ExpressIFTA Account


If you’re looking for the easiest way to prepare your IFTA fuel tax return, then start by creating a free account. With our Quick Entry System, entering your IFTA taxable miles and fuel details has never been easier.

Best of all, you only need to pay ExpressIFTA when you’re ready to print your quarterly fuel tax return! No monthly fees, no contracts.


Second, Upload All Your Information into ExpressIFTA


Come on, we know fuel tax calculations can be difficult. So we’ve aimed to make it a simple process.

How is it so simple? Start by entering the details for each truck you need to file for.

After that, you just need to enter your distance/odometer and fuel receipts. That’s right, you get to skip right over those math calculations you hate.

If you keep your own trip sheets, simply upload your information into our system and we’ll take it from there.

Third, Go Ahead and Generate Your Report


Here’s the deal—you fill out your IFTA report, we run our fancy diagnostics and find any possible errors based on the estimated miles per gallon.

This is an error check on our end, making sure no details have been overlooked. It’s still up to the government cats to accept your IFTA return.

Once your IFTA return is generated, you just need to pay. And then you’re on your way.

Pretty easy, we think.


Finally, Go Do Anything Else Because That's It - You're Done!


Maybe you’ve always wanted to take up knitting, or learn tae kwan do. Since your IFTA reporting took no time at all, you’re going be able to get out there and do whatever you want.

Just make sure you hold onto your records for a while, unless you want to face the dreaded IFTA audit!




If you have any questions about generating your IFTA report, we’ll be here for you by email at Support@ExpressIFTA.com 24/7, or by phone at 704.234.6005, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Monday, April 25, 2016

5 Reasons Trucking Beats an Office Job

Truck driving is one of those jobs that a lot of people just misunderstand. Sure, there are plenty of four-wheelers out there who think you just hog the road without any regard for them.

But we know that without the hard work of truckers, our store shelves would be empty!

On top of that, there’s nothing better than the open road as your workplace. I mean, you could be stuck in an office job, after all.

Your Workplace is Mobile


There’s nothing more monotonous than buttoning up a boring, stiff collared shirt and headed to a boring desk job.

But when you’re a trucker, every day brings you new challenges and experiences.

Sure, sometimes it might be exhausting work, but it's better than filing those TPS reports, right?

Your Comfort Zone


All these rules about office etiquette? Throw them out the window.

Sure, there’s truck stop etiquette, but as long as you don’t park your rig in a fuel bay, you’re alright.

In your truck, you are free to blast anything—from talk radio to AC/DC—as loud as you want.

That is, unless you have a sleeping co-driver in the back of the cab.


Eat 3 Different Meals in 3 Different States


Alright, now this might sound crazy, but how many professions give you the opportunity to eat authentic New York pizza, Cincinnati Chili, and Tex-Mex in one day?

Now, we’re not suggesting you do that—but if you’re a culinary fanatic, being a truck driver isn’t all THAT bad.

Like Guy Fieri, being all over the road gives you a chance to try every diner, drive-in, and dive you find.

Of course, we advocate for trucker health and must INSIST you don’t eat like Guy Fieri under any circumstance!


See National Landmarks


We’re not saying you should stop and take a selfie near the Grand Canyon... we’re just saying it’s cool that your job as a trucker opens these possibilities.

We know you’re gonna focus on the job and get your freight to its destination on time, but if you were passing by Yellowstone and had some downtime, it wouldn’t be that hard to see Old Faithful.

That View


Instead of staring at the drab walls of a cubicle, you can see this any day of the week.




Of course, being a transportation professional means you still have SOME paperwork.

Like the upcoming IFTA deadline! Instead of getting frustrated with calculating your fuel tax return with a pile of fuel receipts and trip sheets, just head over to ExpressIFTA and generate your report with ease.

Because you’re not in this job for more paperwork.


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