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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

5 Warning Signs That You're Not Ready for IFTA

As we finish this first week of the month, we need to look at your upcoming International Fuel Tax Agreement deadline at the end of the month.

There are plenty of early bird truckers who are going around getting their IFTA return ready, figuring it’s best to start a few weeks out than it is to wait until the last moment…

But come on, we know there’s a good amount of procrastinators out there. And we’re not here to judge, but we are going to point out… you might be a procrastinator, too!

How would you know? By checking these five signs you aren’t ready for your IFTA return.

Your Records Are a Mess


If you’re not amazing with paperwork, don’t worry. Neither are we. I mean, that’s why we make easy to use, cloud-based software.

But you do need to have some sort of organization with your fuel tax records. From well-documented fuel receipts to trip sheets, there are plenty of ways you can get your IFTA game in order.

When the deadline rolls around and our less organized truckers have a mess of papers to deal with, you’ll look up and shout "Save us!"... and we'll look down and whisper "Okay, sure."


You Don't Know Your Base Jurisdiction


Base jurisdiction? Is that fancy talk for something? It almost sounds like some kind of Airplane! talk.

“We have clearance, Clarence. Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?”

But really, it’s just a complicated way to say your home state.

So you need to know what state you’re based in, because that’s where you’ll be filing from.

And then you also need to know what the IFTA rates are for each state you traveled in… That just sounds like a headache.

You Don't Know When the Deadline Is


Alright, the IFTA deadline is… when?

Well, typically it is the last day of the month after the end of a Quarter. Since April 30th is a Saturday, you guys lucked out and have a few more days for your IFTA filing.

That means this upcoming deadline will be May 2nd!

Of course, you don’t want to wait until the last minute to get your IFTA return in the system, do you? I mean, we have all this time, right?

You Don't Have the Time for It


Okay, you don’t have time. That’s perfectly acceptable. The government is not gonna care, and your IFTA report still needs to be generated.

What do you do? Check out TSNAmerica!

TSNAmerica is a one-stop provider of authority, permits, and quarterly filing services - whether you’re new to the trucking industry or an established transportation professional, they have something to help you.

And you know what? They’re IFTA experts. If you don’t have the time to file, you should check them out.

You Haven't Created Your ExpressIFTA Account


Come on, you are going into an IFTA deadline without having an ExpressIFTA account?

You wouldn’t go on the road without your IFTA decals, so why would you go into April without the easiest way to generate and report your fuel tax miles?

I mean, you can create an ExpressIFTA account FREE of charge, or you can use your ExpressTruckTax account.

And just like that, you’re ready to go!

So don’t get caught on deadline day without an IFTA plan. Our truck tax filing experts are here waiting by the phones to answer any questions you may come across. Give them a call at (704) 234-6005 or shoot ‘em an email at Support@ExpressIFTA.com.

Are you ready for the IFTA deadline?

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