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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Truckers Need To Learn About IFTA

IFTA Reporting Software
If you’re new to the trucking industry congratulations on earning your CDL and completing your driving training. We know that team driving isn’t the easiest thing to get through. However, you’re not out of the woods yet. 

You have a lot to learn about the road and that will come from sitting behind the wheel yourself. However, you will have a lot of truck taxes to keep up with as well! You have the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, your IRP, and IFTA. Because IFTA actually has quarterly deadlines throughout the year we decided to give you a full introduction!

All About IFTA


IFTA or the International Fuel Tax Agreement is an agreement between the contiguous states of the United States and the Canadian provinces to simplify the reporting of fuel use by motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction (state). The IFTA tax redistributes fuel taxes equally among jurisdictions.

To prove that you file your IFTA return and pay the amount of tax you owe by the deadlines you will be issued an IFTA license that you should keep in your truck at all times and two IFTA decals that you should clearly place under your driver’s side window.

Now your vehicle qualifies for IFTA if it travels between more than one jurisdiction and:

- Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.
- Has two axles and a registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.
- Has a combination weight exceeding 2,6000 pounds.
- Has 3 or more axles, regardless of weight.
Quarterling IFTA Reporting

Each IFTA quarter you’re required to complete an IFTA return for the time period of 4 months and your return is due to your base jurisdiction (home state). Your base jurisdiction is your jurisdiction where your qualifying vehicles are required to be registered and where your information is available in the event of an audit. It’s also where qualified motor vehicles traveling through the jurisdiction within the fleet accrue some mileage.

In order to complete your IFTA fuel tax return you will need to report:

- The total miles traveled per jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA and non-IFTA, and trip permit miles.
- The total gallons of fuel consumed in each jurisdiction including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA and non-IFTA.
- The number of gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction.
- The tax paid on each gallon of fuel purchased per jurisdiction.
- And the current tax rate per jurisdiction.

Now, this may seem like a lot to keep up with, but ExpressIFTA makes it easy. This IFTA reporting software includes innovative features that let you upload your IFTA information at your own pace. Upload your trip information as you go or all at once with the quick entry screen. Heck, you can even upload your miles from your fuel card.

Don’t worry about handling any complicated calculations yourself, because we will automatically calculate the amount of IFTA tax for you. Plus, all of your information will be kept in easy to read reports per quarter. They can be easily printed and used to complete your return!

We’re Here To Help


IFTA can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the amazing ExpressIFTA support team. We’re available over the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005, and you can also connect with us via live chat.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Make IFTA, IRP, and HVUT Reporting Easy

Record your mileage for IRP and IFTA
Peanut butter and jelly, cereal and milk, and truckstops with tons of parking. These are all things that go great together and everyone knows it. It’s alright to have one without the other, but we all know they are better together.

However, did you know that IFTA has a soulmate too? They might not be a match made in heaven, or even desired by the trucking industry, but none the less, they have each other. So, what goes with IFTA? IRP does. If you aren’t familiar with IRP you can learn all about it here today.

All About IRP


First of all, what is IRP? IRP is the registration reciprocity agreement between the contiguous United States and Canadian provinces. This agreement provides apportioned payments of tag registration fees based on the amount of distance traveled in participating jurisdictions by apportionable vehicles.

IRP plates allow carriers to be registered in your home state and let you legally travel on the interstate. Every apportioned vehicle is required to have a specially marked ‘Apportioned’, ‘APP, or ‘PRP’ license plate and cab card that lists which jurisdictions the vehicle is allowed to do business in and how much weight it’s registered to carry.

An apportionable vehicle, or the vehicles that qualify for IRP are any vehicles intended to be used to transport people or property within the lower 48 United States and Canadian provinces and have two axles with a gross weight or registered gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, or three or more axles regardless of weight.

You must complete an annual IRP report if your truck qualifies and you travel in multiple jurisdictions. Then you must pay the amount of IRP tax you owe to your base jurisdiction and the amount is based on how much you travel per jurisdiction. 

HUVT Form 2290
ExpressIFTA supports IRP reporting and will help you easily track all of your miles for your annual report. You can enter your miles as you go or all at once with your trip entry screen. Plus, you can record miles for any specific time frame to match tour IRP period. 

However, keep in mind that if your vehicle qualifies for the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax then you have to provide proof of payment in order to renew your IRP tag. Heavy vehicles that travel on public highways with a weight of 55,000 pounds are more are subject to the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT).

In order to show your proof of payment for the HVUT, you need to file your Form 2290 which is due based on your first used month. The deadline is the last day of the month following your first use month. For example, if you first use your truck in September then your Form 2290 is due by October 31st.

By filing Form 2290 and paying the amount of HVUT you owe by the deadline you’ll receive your stamped Schedule 1 which serves as your proof of payment via email. Filing with our sister company, ExpressTruckTax is the best way to e-file Form 2290 in a matter of minutes to instantly get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

You can also call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to have a US-based representative file for you over the phone. All you have to do is answer a few questions to quickly file your Form 2290, then you’ll get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

Contact ExpressIFTA


IFTA, IRP, HVUT, and truck taxes oh my! We know this stuff can be confusing, that’s why the ExpressIFTA support team is here to help. If you have any questions please give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.600 or connect with us via live chat.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Attend OTA's Free ELD Webinar

IFTA Reporting Software
Chances are that by now you have at least heard about the ELD mandate. You may feel as if it may improve road safety and you may feel as it ELDs are simply an intrusion of rights. Either way, the mandate is coming at us full speed ahead.

Fleets have until December 2017 to comply with the ELD mandate in order to continue legally operating. We know that all of this information can be a little confusing, that’s why we have put together some information about ELDs and the mandate to answer frequently asked questions.

All About The ELD Mandate


The ELD mandate is essentially an electronic logging device law that’s being put into place by the United States Congress and FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). It requires all truckers to install ELDs or electronic logging devices into the engines of their trucks to record their hours of service.

These automatic recording logs will completely replace paper logs which can easily be forged. This will crack down on drivers who go past the legal driving limit of 11 hours a day. If a driver is pulled over law enforcement officers can request to see their electronic driver log for the past 7 days, including the current day.

One positive idea behind this mandate is that it will cut down on administrative costs because thousands of people working away in offices all across the nation have to process and record paper logs. It will also hopefully cut down on the number of exhausted drivers on the road, because driving tired is the equivalent to driving drunk.
 
IFTA Report App
However, a majority of truckers are against the ELD mandate. The mandate makes drivers wonder if they actually have any privacy protection. Being that heavily monitored makes them feel as if their privacy has been completely violated.

Another factor is the cost of installing an ELD device. For smaller companies, small to medium sized fleets, and businesses just breaking into the scene, the cost of installing ELDs in every truck could choke them out of the industry.

Even Though OODIA and a few other groups are trying to stop the ELD mandate or at least delay it to give fleets more time to comply, so far the December 2017 deadline remains intact.

The Oregon Trucking Associations is here to help answer your questions by hosting a free webinar! Tune in live on August 31st, at 1 - 2:30 PM PDT to learn about important ELD dates and deadlines, ELD options, how to comply, how to implement your ELDs. They will also answer your questions on the air. If you plan on attending register ahead of time to receive information about the webinar and instructions on how to attend via email.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late


Whether you’re for or against the ELD mandate, you need to comply by December 2017 in order to continue legally operating your truck. Heck, It’s already the end of August, December will be here before you know it! Don’t let the deadline sneak up on you.

Please share your thoughts about the ELD mandate in the comment section below, and for more trucking blogs visit ExpressIFTA.com.
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The Great American Truck Show Is Here

IFTA probably isn’t on your mind right now, and that’s just fine because you should be living it up at GATS, the Great American Trucking Show! It opens Thursday the 24th and runs through Saturday the 26th.

The show's motto is ‘Where Trucking Improves’ and while this truck show provides events for pure entertainment, there will also be a number of educational seminars and events for you to take advantage of. So, what’s happening at GAT this year?

GATS 2017


You can visit a number of celebrities, some of which will have their own booths for you to visit, and others will be hosting events and performing. Allie Knight the famous lady trucking youtuber will be there.
Online IFTA Filing

She now makes videos full time and you can pick her brain about her trucking experiences. Tony Justice the famous country singer and trucker will be around too! He will be hosting the Trucker Talent search and will be at Red Eye Radio’s Rendevous Booth.

Interested in new technology? Well then head on down to the Discovery Pavilion where you can discover the new trends emerging in the trucking industry. You can learn how new equipment works and even test out a few items for yourself.

You can check out GoFleet’s fleet management solutions, including their dash cams and ELD solution. They will even be providing a demo of their fleet management software that showcases their live tracking.

Tired of not clearing bridges or having to turn around to avoid them and reroute? Then check out what LSA will display, OWL. The Overhead Wire Laser-Detector that will detect overhead obstructions during transport. It even works at highway speeds!

Also, at this American Truck Show, you can visit tons of exhibitors, including tons of fleets looking to hire new drivings. While walking around with over 50,000 attendees you’ll learn about trucks, engines, technology, and could even find your new dream job!

Enjoy GATS


We hope you have a great time at GATS! We know you’ve been working hard for months, so you deserve to drop your trailer and relax for a good time with fellow members of the trucking industry. For more trucking blogs visit ExpressIFTA.com.


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