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Thursday, October 12, 2017

IFTA Miles Explained: Taxable, Nontaxable, and More!

Hey truckers, the 3rd quarter IFTA deadline on October 31st creeping closer and closer every day. Don’t let it put a damper on your Halloween! Go ahead and generate your IFTA report with ExpressIFTA so you can instantly complete your return today.

ExpressIFTA has streamlined the process of tracking all of your mileage and fuel usage information per jurisdiction to make IFTA filing easier! You don’t have to spend hours doing complicated calculations yourself when ExpressIFTA will handle it all for you. It even has tons of helpful information to answer all of your questions along the way.

Today we’re helping you out by going over everything that's required to complete your IFTA fuel tax return, including taxable and non-taxable miles.

What’s Required For IFTA?

In order to complete your IFTA return, you will need to provide your:
  • Total miles, taxable and nontaxable traveled by your qualified motor vehicle(s) per jurisdiction, regardless if they participate in IFTA or not, including all trip permits. 
  • The total gallons or liters of fuel consumed by your qualifying motor vehicle(s), including both taxable and nontaxable in all jurisdictions, regardless if they participate in IFTA or not.
  • The total amount of taxable miles traveled per jurisdiction. 
  • The total taxable gallons of fuels consumed per jurisdiction. 
  • The tax paid on gallons/liters of fuel purchased in each jurisdiction. 
  • And the current tax rate for each member jurisdiction. 
Nontaxable Miles

Nontaxable miles include trip permit miles in all jurisdictions. When completing your IFTA return you are required to include fuel permit miles in the total miles section. However, you do not need to include these miles in the taxable miles for the jurisdiction that issues the permit.

Also, if you do not have an IFTA license you can get a temporary permit for the jurisdiction you need to travel in at one of your local DMV offices.

What About Toll Miles?

Toll miles or miles traveled on toll roads, are considered taxable miles and must be included on your return. Toll fees will not be included on your return as they are completely separate from fuel taxes. 

Exempt Miles

Exempt miles are used to calculate your MPG, but they are not used to calculate your taxable gallons. When completing your IFTA return you will see total miles and total taxable miles. That’s where you will include your calculated exempted miles. 

Taxable Miles

Taxable miles are the miles traveled by your qualifying vehicle(s) per jurisdiction. This does not include your nontaxable miles. Your nontaxable miles will be subtracted from your total taxable miles on your return. Also, your total taxable miles should never be greater than your total miles on your return.

We’re Here To Help

IFTA can be confusing, but we’re here to make sure it’s not. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA support team. Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. You can also reach us via live chat and take advantage of our 24/7 email support at

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