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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Will An IFTA Waiver Affect Your Return?

ExpressIFTA shares how IFTA waivers affect the IFTA deadline
Alright truckers, it’s officially crunch time because time is running out. Your 3rd quarter IFTA return is due in just a few days on October 31st. That means you need to report your mileage and fuel records for the months of July - September.

We have to admit that it’s been one eventful quarter. The hot summer days turned into fall and many IFTA waivers were issued across the nation as a result of hurricane Harvey and Irma. However, it’s not the time to reminiscence! You need to prepare to file by the deadline!

That’s why ExpressIFTA is here to help you by providing helpful IFTA information so you can quickly and easily generate your IFTA report. We’re even covering how IFTA waivers affect the deadline.

Important IFTA Reminders


IFTA Waivers

When the nation was struck by the major hurricanes Harvey and Irma, truckers we’re heavily depended on to deliver much-needed supplies to disaster areas. As a result, many regulations such as hours of service were temporarily lifted and many states issued IFTA and IRP waivers.

A few of these states include Tennessee, Iowa, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, and more.

Under the IFTA waivers if you were hauling disaster relief supplies to impacted areas then you didn’t need your IFTA license or decals to travel through states that issued waivers. Also, each waiver varied depending on the state, but generally they were in effect for about 30 days.

For example, Georgia’s waiver started on September 12th and was written to last until October 8th or until the completion of hurricane relief efforts, depending on which came first. New Jersey's IFTA waiver began on September 8 and lasted until October 1.

These waivers did not affect the 3rd quarter IFTA deadline. Your IFTA return is still due by October 31st.

Required IFTA Information

Now just in case you need a little refreshing to complete your IFTA return you need to provide:
ExpressIFTA simplifies IFTA reporting
  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction by the IFTA licensee’s qualified motor vehicles, including taxable and nontaxable, IFTA and non-IFTA, and trip permit miles. 
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed by the licensee's qualified motor vehicles in each jurisdiction, including taxable and nontaxable fuel. 
  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction. 
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction. 
  • Tax paid gallons purchased per jurisdiction. 
IFTA Qualified Motor Vehicle
Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA if:

  • Your vehicle is designed, used, or maintained for the transportation of people and property and
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight of registered gross weight greater than 26,000 pounds, or
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight, or 
  • Is used in combination when the resulting weight of the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds. 

How To Prepare To File


That’s easy, head to ExpressIFTA to instantly generate your IFTA report that can be emailed, printed, and used to complete your IFTA return. All you have to do is enter your IFTA information online at your own pace.

For example, you can enter your information per trip, for a month at a time with the quick entry screen, or even all at once with the bulk upload feature. Then we will compile your totals into your quarterly IFTA report and automatically calculate the amount of fuel tax you owe.

If you need any assistance the amazing, US-based ExpressIFTA support team is here to help. Just give us a call at 704.234.6004 Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressIFTA.com.

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