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Thursday, November 30, 2017

We're Here To Simplify IFTA

ExpressIFTA calculates IFTA totals with 100% accuracy
As a trucker saying that you’re busy is quite the understatement. You put in more hours than almost every other profession. Yet still, you have to deal with your IFTA report four times a year?!

That means you have to sit down and calculate your miles traveled per jurisdiction, fuel consumed, fuel purchased, and more? All of that complicated math could take hours! It’s time to put an end to that time-consuming hassle by using ExpressIFTA to quickly and easily calculate all of your IFTA totals for you with 100% accuracy.

Your IFTA Solution


We know that IFTA can take hours to complete and be extremely frustrating with all of the different totals you have to keep up with, that's why we’ve created ExpressIFTA, the market-leading IFTA solution. It’s full of innovative features to help you track everything you need for your return online. This is to help you save time, reduce errors, and stay organized.

Once you create your free account you can begin entering your IFTA information online. You can actually do this at your own pace to track your IFTA totals according to your own preferences.

For example, you can use the trip sheet entries to enter mileage totals, fuel usage, and fuel purchases per jurisdiction for each of your trips. You can enter the distance by odometer readings or distance traveled.

If entering your information on a trip by trip basis seems too slow for your lifestyle then speed things up with the quick entries feature! You can use it to enter your distance and fuel information for an entire month at a time.
 
ExpressIFTA generates quarterly IFTA reports
Or you can use the bulk upload feature to upload all of your distance records at once. You can also import all of your information directly from your GPS.

You don’t even need a computer to calculate your IFTA tax. Simply use the Fuel Tax Calculator app on your smartphone or tablet to instantly calculate the amount of fuel tax you’ll owe.

Also, we handle all sorts of complicated calculations for you. If you need to convert gallons into liters or miles into kilometers and vice versa then instantly make your conversations stress free with the help of ExpressIFTA.

At the end of each quarter, you can simply generate a quarterly IFTA report that contains all of the totals you need to complete your IFTA return. Each calculation is 100% accurate based on the information you enter. Plus, your IFTA report can be printed and emailed to go wherever it needs to!

We’re Here To Help


If you have any questions at all about your IFTA report then please don’t hesitate to reach out to the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA support team. We’re standing by to answer all of your questions.

Give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressIFTA.com.
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Monday, November 27, 2017

How To Improve Your Trucking Time Management

ExpressIFTA shares how to increase your rate per mile
With the ongoing driver shortage, the trucking industry is facing the potential chaos that could occur as more and more drivers quit. It’s no secret that company drivers have an extremely high turnover rate. Plus, the ELD mandate that goes into effect December 18th could cause even more drivers to quit.

By improving time management skills and learning how to communicate with dispatchers both company drivers and owner-operators can increase their profit per mile and working conditions.

Effective Time Management For Truckers


One issue that truckers face with their hours is having too many unpaid hours. Generally, truckers are paid per mile, not by the hour. This means the hours spent waiting in traffic jams and for loads to be loaded and unloaded are unpaid.

This method encourages OTR drivers to drive as much as they can to increase their profits. Through methods of driving tired, forging paper logs, and more. Sometimes if they do stop to rest dispatchers may pressure them to drive more to increase production.

However, because truckers are only allowed to legally drive 11 hours a day these actions to increase production can be stopped. The ELD mandate will help enforce these hours and stop dispatchers from pushing drivers beyond their limits.

One of the ways to better manage your time is to plan your routes accordingly to find parking earlier in the day. You don’t want to be caught at the end of the day circling lots that have no space left.

If you park early you can get up early and beat the traffic. However, sometimes your parking solution can be as easy as learning what places along your route always have parking available and what places are always crowded.

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You can also check out parking apps like TruckerPath where other drivers share information about how much parking is available around them so you will know if a spot is waiting for you or not.

You will want to avoid traffic, meaning don’t be on interstates and highways during rush hour traffic in the early morning and afternoon. Take back roads to bypass all of the commuters. You can also drive at night to avoid traffic congestion.

Also, you can call your shipper and try to move up loading and unloading times to see if they can take care of your freight sooner. This may help you to cut down on the number of hours you have to wait. Keep in mind that you will never want to be late, that could cause you to wait around for an extra day before your truck is unloaded.

It’s also smart to plan ahead for your routes. Try to schedule the most efficient stops and look at your routes on Google Maps. This will help you avoid going through city areas with a lot of traffic.

You can also use Google Maps to look at your destination to learn where the entry gate is and the loading docks. This way you won’t circle the facility three times and waste time trying to figure it out.

Improve Your Hours


With a little planning and experience, you will be able to learn how to efficiently manage your time and reduce unpaid hours. Even though trucking does involve extra hard work and time it’s an extremely rewarding career with freedoms that no other industries provide.

Please share your trucking time management advice in the comment section below and visit ExpressIFTA.com for more trucking blogs.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

What Happens If You Don't Get An ELD

ExpressIFTA explains the CVSA's ELD OOSC

Despite the efforts to delay or completely get rid of the ELD mandate, it’s here to stay. As the compliance date ticks closer on December 18th we may see a new wave of heavy protesting to try and stop it, but you still need to prepare your trucks.

If you fail to comply with the ELD mandate you will have hefty fees and penalties to face. You could even be placed out of service! It will be much cheaper and easier in the long run to go ahead and purchase and install your ELD device. Check out the penalties you will face if you don’t comply with the ELD mandate.

Penalties For Failing To Comply With The ELD Mandate


Now you won’t instantly be shut down the moment the clock strikes 12:00 December 18th if you don’t have an ELD device. You will have a bit of a grace period implemented by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

The CVSA has created the out-of-service-criteria (OOSC) for the ELD mandate and has provided truckers with a little time to comply. However, this isn’t a free pass because beginning on December 18th inspectors and roadside personnel will begin checking and inspecting vehicles for compliant ELDs.

Then depending on the jurisdiction’s discretion if you don’t have a compliant ELD you may be issued a citation. The citation amount is also up the to jurisdiction's discretion and they could be quite substantial. Then on April 1, 2018 the OOSC associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect.
 
ExpressIFTA warns that the ELD compliance date is coming
So, if you’re having trouble finding ELD hardware as fleets scramble to meet the compliance date, don’t worry. You have until the spring to comply before getting shut down. Although, it's really best to go ahead and comply to avoid citations.

Also, it’s important to remember that if your grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) that meets the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15 then you can continue using it until December 16, 2019.

In the past when CVSA member jurisdictions implemented new mandates and regulations they noted that a phase-in approach was the best method of implementation. That’s why the CVSA Board of Directors, FMCSA, and motor carrier industry agreed to the phase-in approach with the ELD implementation.

Hopefully, this will simplify the transition to using ELD devices for commercial vehicle operators. 

Are You Ready For The ELD Mandate?


The ELD mandate is about a little less than a month away! We hope you’re ready to comply in order to avoid extensive citations and eventually getting parked. Don’t let the holiday season distract you, make sure to get the hardware that you need installed before December 18th!

Please share your thoughts on how the ELD mandate will affect the trucking industry in the comment section below and visit ExpressIFTA for more trucking blogs.
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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Number One Fleet Management Solution Is TruckLogics

ExpressIFTA shares how TruckLogics simplifies fleet management
Managing a fleet involves a lot of multitasking. You have to keep up with all of your drivers, dispatches, bills, invoices, and more! Simply letting one task fall through the cracks could throw off your entire operation.

That’s why we need to make managing your trucking business easier by introducing you the TruckLogics. TruckLogics is the number one trucking management software that will help you save time and simplify managing your entire operation. Check out the trucking solutions that TruckLogics provides for fleet owners and drivers.

TruckLogics Fleet Management Solutions


First of all, it’s important to mention that TruckLogics is a cloud-based program that keeps all of your business information in one convenient, secure location online. With the TruckLogics app, you can check in on your trucking operations from any location, at any time. This makes your business as mobile as you are.

Now the first trucking solution we have to mention is TruckLogic’s innovative dispatching feature. You can create a dispatch in just a few clicks and they will include details such as the pickup and drop-off location, special instructions for the driver, contact information for the pickup and drop off locations, and more.

You can also assign your driver and equipment to each dispatch and easily make check calls to notify your clients of your progress and location. You and your drivers can simply the TruckLogics app to capture and send BOL and proof of delivery too.

Then you can instantly create and send professional invoices to your clients. All of the fees and surcharges such as hauling fees will automatically be calculated for you. Also, the invoices will be tracked for you and you will be notified when they are coming up, due, or past due.

Once you get paid for an invoice you can post it to your TruckLogics account, where you can actually track all of your income and expenses. By tracking all of your expenses, like fuel, for example, you will be able to see how well your business is doing at any time. You will have the ability to see where exactly your money is coming and going at all times.
 
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By recording all of your expenses, including driver settlements, maintenance costs, and more, you can instantly generate various business reports to see how different aspects of your business are doing.

For example, you can run the driver settlement report to see how much you’ve paid out to your drivers over a certain time frame. You can also use the Year-End Tax report to see if your finances match up with your Schedule C.

Also, forget about carrying and processing paper log books. Use TruckLogics Electronic Driver's Log feature on the app to easily track your hours of service. With auto location adding your hours and creating a driver log graph is easy, all you have to do is drag your finger across your smartphone or tablet.

Get Started With TruckLogics


We only covered a few of the ways TruckLogics can simplify fleet management. To get the full experiences sign up for your free 15-day TruckLogics trial to test out all of the innovative features for yourself. Also, ExpressIFTA is here to help with all of your IFTA reporting needs!
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Will The ELD Mandate Effect IFTA?

ExpressIFTA makes IFTA reporting easy
Despite efforts to delay or completely scrap the ELD mandate altogether, it remains intact. That means major changes are coming to the trucking industry as truckers all across the nation will have to comply with the mandate.

As these major changes go into effect you may wonder how big of an effect the ELD mandate will actually have on the trucking industry. Also, you may wonder how it will effect IFTA. While we can’t say how much the trucking industry will change with ELDs, we do know it will simplify IFTA reporting.

How The ELD Mandate Will Simplify IFTA


Fist all, the ELD mandate was published by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and requires all drivers to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to record their hours of service. The device will plug directly into the truck’s engine to record these hours. Also, drivers have until December 18, 2017, to comply with the mandate.

The benefits of the ELD mandate for IFTA reporting include less paperwork. Instead of using a paper log the ELD in your vehicle will automatically record the distance traveled per jurisdiction. This will save you time by eliminating the need to manually record your information.

By automatically recording your mileage, inconsistencies will be reduced. Simple mistakes like reporting that you traveled between two nonadjacent states will be eliminated. Also, mathematical errors and mileage gaps will be reduced.

When basic human errors are eliminated then the risk of being audited is also lowered. Plus, if you are audited the entire process will go much more quickly and smoothly because your information will be stored on your device to be easily accessed. You can also check to see if your system saves your information for four years, which is required in the event of an IFTA audit.

Depending on your type of ELD your IFTA reporting per trip could become a lot easier. Some have the ability to record the trip's beginning and ending locations, as well as the total trip distance, and distance traveled per jurisdiction. Also, make sure that they will inform you if they go down so you can switch back to manually recording your data.

ExpressIFTA Simplifies IFTA Too


Remember that before and after the ELD mandate goes into effect, that ExpressIFTA is here for you as the market leading online IFTA reporting program. Not only will all of your information be saved online in one convenient location for your business records, but we will automatically calculate all of your IFTA calculations with 100% accuracy.
ExpressIFTA simplifies IFTA reporting online

Plus, you can record your information the way you want to. For example, you can record detailed trip sheets, record your information on a monthly basis, or even upload all of your information at once with the bulk upload feature. You can also import your mileage records directly from your GPS.

Also, it’s finally time to stop having to keep up with tons of receipts in your truck or back at the office. Every time you purchase fuel simply take a photo of your receipt and upload it directly to your account to store for your records.

Best of all, ExpressIFTA offers outstanding, US-based customer support. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressIFTA.com.  


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Help, I Cant Afford My IFTA Tax

ExpressIFTA explains the IFTA penalties
If you missed the IFTA deadline then you will have IFTA penalties to face. There’s no way around it, especially since the deadline was last week. Plus, the longer you wait to file, the larger the penalties will grow.

ExpressIFTA can help you quickly and easily generate your IFTA report so you can immediately complete your return, but what happens if you need help paying the amount of fuel tax you owe? Luckily we have a few solutions.

What To Do If You Can’t Afford Your IFTA Tax


IFTA Penalties

We will start by going over the IFTA penalties. If you fail to file by the deadline you will face a penalty of $50 or 10% of the taxes you owe depending on which amount is higher. Your base jurisdiction also reserves the right to add a monthly interest charge to this amount. In Nevada, you will be charged 10% of the amount you owe plus the $50 fee.

If you make a late IFTA payment or don’t pay the amount you owe in full you will face a monthly fee of .4167% of the total amount you owe until it’s paid in full. Plus, in Nevada, you will face a series of administrative fees such as $100 the first time, $500 the second, $1,000 the third, and more.

In addition to these penalties, your base jurisdiction reserves the right to suspend or revoke your IFTA license. Then you will really find yourself in trouble without the ability to legally travel between jurisdictions.
 
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However, this usually isn’t the case for first-time offenders. Your base jurisdiction will take a look at your case and your background before they decide to take further actions.

What To Do

If you can’t afford the amount of IFTA tax you owe then it’s best to use a credit card to fully pay the amount you owe then pay off your debt on a monthly basis. If you don’t fully pay the amount of fuel tax you owe interest will accrue and you may get your license revoked.

Instead of using a credit card you could take out a small loan to cover the amount you owe. Look at interest rates and minimum monthly payments to determine your best option.

If you don’t have good credit and can’t get a loan then still turn in your return by the deadline and pay whatever you can to lower the amount you owe. Then pay off the amount in increments as fast as you can. It may also benefit to contact your jurisdiction to explain your situation.

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You can use ExpressIFTA’s innovative features to report all of your IFTA totals online. All your totals will be automatically calculated with 100% accuracy and placed in an IFTA report. You can email the report, print it, and even use it to instantly complete your return! If you need any IFTA assistance give the outstanding, US-based, ExpressIFTA support team.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Late IFTA Return? Here's What You Need To Do

Generate your online IFTA report with ExpressIFTA
Hey, you know that the IFTA deadline was a few days ago on October 31st, right? Well, we hope you generated your IFTA report and completed your return by the deadline because if you didn’t then you could be in quite a pickle.

Failure to file by the deadline and pay the amount of IFTA tax you owe results in expensive penalties! So, what do you do if you missed the deadline? Well, first get all of the panic out of your system by catching your breath, calling your dispatcher for help, or by pouring yourself a drink, then refer to our instructions below.

What To Do If Your IFTA Return Is Filed Late


If you missed the IFTA deadline then stop what you are doing and make time to file as soon as you can. The sooner you complete your return the better. Turning in your information faster makes it look like you care, plus you might get it in before they notice it’s late.

Also, the sooner you file your return the cheaper the penalties will be. For example, if you file late you will face a penalty of $50 or 10% of taxes due, depending on which is greater. Unless you’re in Nevada, then you will pay $50 and 10% of the total amount you owe.

If your payment is late you will be charged .4167% of the total tax you owe every month until the amount is fully paid. Plus, in Nevada, you will face a series of administrative fees that increase rapidly. The fees are $100 for the first time, $500 for the second, $1,000 for the third and more.

Not to mention your base jurisdiction reserves the right to suspend or revoke your IFTA license. Don’t freak out, they are usually leaner towards first-time offenders and based on how quickly you can provide your return.
 
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You may feel rushed and like time is of the essence, but a few hours or a day won’t make a major difference. Take your time and make sure your IFTA totals and calculations, you don’t want to rush and make mistakes.

However, you can quickly generate your IFTA report by heading to ExpressIFTA.com. Your report will have all your IFTA totals, plus it can be printed, emailed, and used to instantly complete your return.

Best of all, ExpressIFTA will handle all of your IFTA calculations for you. Your totals will be automatically calculated with 100% accuracy, so you don’t have to worry about making any mathematical mistakes.

Generating your report is easy, simply enter your distance and fuel records online at your own pace. Enter your information per trip, by month, or bulk upload all of it at once! Then when you’re ready to generate your report an internal audit check will be performed to catch any basic errors.

You’re Not Alone


We understand that IFTA can be confusing, but we’re here to help make it easier. If you need any assistance 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. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@ExpressIFTA.com.
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