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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Get Ready For The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline

ExpressIFTA simplifies IFTA reporting
We hope you all had a wonderful holiday complete with the perfect gifts. You may be relieved that the holiday rush is over, and you have a few days to relax and prepare for the new year. With this down time be sure to consider what resolutions you would like to make.

One of them should be to get ahead start on your taxes since tax season is right around the corner. While completing your personal and business tax returns, don’t forget that the 4th quarter IFTA deadline is coming up on January 31! Luckily, we’re here to help you get ready!

Get Ready For The 4th Quarter IFTA Deadline


Now in order to complete your IFTA return, you need to provide the following information:
  • Your total miles traveled per jurisdiction, including trip permit miles. 
  • The total gallons of fuel consumed by your vehicle per jurisdiction. 
  • The tax-paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction. 
  • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction. 
ExpressIFTA has your back by being IFTA experts. Each quarter we update the current fuel tax rate per jurisdiction, so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with it. We also provide IFTA information per state so you can correctly file according to your base jurisdiction's standards. For example, some states require you to paper file, while others require you to e-file. Read about your state’s requirements here.

Importing Your Information

You may feel like IFTA requires you to keep up with a lot of information, but ExpressIFTA makes it easy to track all of the required data online, in one convenient location. For example, you can upload photos of your fuel receipts to easily keep up with your fuel purchases in your account.

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You can also quickly import your information by using the quick entry screen to upload all of your IFTA reporting information for a month a time, or the bulk upload feature to import all of your data at once. Plus, you can even import your mileage records directly from your GPS.

Keeping Detailed Records

As IFTA experts we know that keeping detailed records is extremely important, which is why you can make organized trip sheet entries. Our trip sheets allow you to track starting and ending locations, beginning and ending dates, miles traveled per jurisdiction, odometer readings and more!

At the end of the quarter, all of your information will be totaled in an easy to read IFTA report. We will automatically calculate all of the totals needed to complete your IFTA return, including the amount of IFTA tax you owe. You can email, print, and use the report to instantly fill out your IFTA return!

To help you keep detailed records for your business, all of your information will be saved per quarter and can be easily accessed online from any location. This will help in the event of an IFTA audit because your information will be readily available.

Also, the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA support team is here to help. If you need any assistance with your IFTA report give us a call at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@ExpressIFTA.com
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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas From ExpressIFTA

ExpressIFTA wishes truckers a merry Christmas

Merry Christmas trucking nation. We hope you’re home for the holiday relaxing with your family and enjoying the perfect gifts. From the trucker who delivered the giant Christmas tree to our nation's capital to the one delivering a load of tinsel, you’ve all played a major role in making this holiday season possible.

We understand that it’s the busiest time of year for trucking, so you might not be able to spend the day at home. That’s why we’re here to offer support and provide some tips for having a great Christmas day on the road.

Christmas On The Road 


Treat Yourself

The first thing you should do is take some time to treat yourself. This can be done by splurging on some nice comfort food for yourself. Sit down at your favorite restaurant and put the calorie counting aside to get whatever you want. You could also get your favorite holiday candy or treat for your rig.

Bring Someone Along

Aren’t your kids out for Christmas break? Does your partner have time off work? If so bring them along on the road for a Christmas road trip! Take them to see amazing sights all across the country as they’re decorated for the holidays. If they don’t have enough time to take the trip then bring your dog along!
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Stay Connected

Be sure to call everyone who is important to you to listen to what Santa brought them. You can also park your rig and video chat with your family to watch them open presents. This will let you see the joy on everyone’s faces and you will find happiness in the fact that your family is excited to speak with you.

Have Your Own Celebration Later

Think positively about how the hard work you’re doing now will pay off in the end and reschedule your Christmas celebration and holiday traditions for the day you’ll be home. Then you’ll have more time to plan the perfect gifts and you’ll have something to look forward to.

Merry Christmas From ExpressIFTA


Thank you again for all your hard work form ExpressIFTA. We wish you happy holidays and hope you will have time to celebrate your favorite traditions with your loved ones! Even if you’re on the road today, we know your family will be overjoyed to see you soon!
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

5 Ways To Avoid IFTA Penalties

ExpressIFTA shares how to avoid an IFTA audit
The 4th quarter IFTA deadline is officially on its way, so we hope you will be prepared to file by the January 31 deadline. Our 5 ways to avoid IFTA penalties should help. If you miss the deadline you will have penalties to face and your risk of getting audited could increase.

Don’t settle for expensive penalties, make things easier by simplifying completing your return by the deadline with the help of ExpressIFTA. Check out the best ways to avoid IFTA penalties and start reporting for the 4th quarter now!

5 Ways To Avoid IFTA Penalties


1. Keep Detailed Information

First of all, keep up with all of your information that’s required to complete your return. Keep up with your fuel receipts, mileage records, and trip logs. This way if you’re audited and when you’re prepared to complete your return you will be able to reference all of the information you need.

However, keeping up with all of your data doesn’t have to be a hassle. Simply use ExpressIFTA to keep all of your information in one convenient location. You can upload your fuel receipts, import your mileage form your GPS, keep detailed trip records, and more.

2. Make Sure Your Information is Accurate

You can be penalized and audited for providing the wrong or incorrect information. That’s why all of your calculations on your IFTA report need to be correct. Luckily, ExpressIFTA will do all of the complicated calculations for you to provide 100% accuracy for your IFTA report.

Also, you will want to avoid typos and errors. Take the time to make sure sensitive information like your name and address are entered correctly on your IFTA return or it could be rejected.

3. Make Sure you Include all of the Required Info

If you fail to include all of the information that’s required to be complete your IFTA return it could be rejected and increase your chances of being audited. Then you will be responsible for correcting your information and retransmitting your IFTA return by the deadline.

In order to complete your IFTA return, you need to include your:
  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction. 
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction. 
  • Total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction and 
  • The current tax rate per jurisdiction. 
    ExpressIFTA is the online IFTA reporting solution
4. File by the deadline

The best way to avoid penalties is to simply file by the deadline. You can make it easier to quickly file by each quarterly deadline by tracking your totals and created IFTA reports with ExpressIFTA. The IFTA reports will include all the information you need to complete your returns. Also, here are the IFTA deadlines:
  • 1st Quarter - April 30th 
  • 2nd Quarter - July 31 
  • 3rd Quarter - October 31 
  • 4th Quarter - January 31
5. Prepare with ExpressIFTA

Don’t let your IFTA return take you hours to complete each quarter and don’t raise your rate by having to pay expensive penalties. Simplify IFTA with ExpressIFTA’s innovative, online reporting system to keep all of the required information you need in an easy to access location.

Plus, if you have any questions along the way the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA team is here to help. 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 through our 24/7 email support at support@ExpressIFTA.com.
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Monday, December 18, 2017

The ELD Mandate Is Here

ExpressIFTA explains the ELD mandate and IFTA reporting
Today will be remembered as a major day in trucking history, as it is the ELD compliance deadline. Meaning that your trucks have to comply with the new regulations set forth by the FMCSA and this could have a major impact on trucking businesses.

As many drivers resisted the mandate and said they will quit if it took effect, all we can do is wait and see how the industry will be affected. Also, with ELD shortages across the nation, we hope you got your equipment already! So, what exactly does this mandate mean for you?

Today Is The ELD Compliance Deadline


Well, if you don’t have an ELD today, don’t panic. You won’t get parked, yet. The Commercial Safety Vehicle Alliance (CVSA) is giving drivers a grace period to comply, with their out-of-service-criteria (OOSC).

Under this criteria you have until April 1, 2018 to install an ELD that meets the FMCSA’s requirements before you will be placed out of service. However, starting today, December 18, roadside personnel and inspectors will begin checking rigs for ELDs and will issue citations at their own discretion for those who haven’t complied. That means if you don’t have an ELD you could get a warning or you could get an expensive citation.

If you have a grandfathered AOBRD or automatic onboard recording device installed before today and it meets the requirements of 49 CFR 319.15, you can continue to use it until December 16, 2019. Check out the ELD/AOBRD device Amil Freight has to offer if you still need equipment. They even provide helpful demos to teach you how to use it.

Many truckers focus on the negatives of getting an ELD device, but in reality, they can be quite helpful, especially when it comes to IFTA. You will be able to reduce paperwork as your ELD records all of your information for you.

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As your distance traveled per jurisdiction will automatically be recorded for you simple mistakes and human errors will be eliminated. For example, your ELD device won’t report miles traveled between two nonadjacent states or miles for a state you didn’t even travel in.

Not all ELD devices are created equal, but some can do amazing things such as record information per trip, such as the beginning and ending locations, the total trip distance, distance traveled per jurisdiction, and more. The devices will even tell you if they go down so you can temporarily record your own information.

Then you can import all of that information to organize in one convenient location online with ExpressIFTA. You can use the bulk upload feature to upload all your information at once, or the quick entry screen to import all your data for a month at a time. You can also keep extremely detailed trip entries.

We will track your information and do all of the complicated calculations for you. We will prepare each of your calculation in a quarterly IFTA report that will even include the amount of tax you owe. You can print it, email it, and use it to instantly complete your return!

Do You Have Your ELD Ready?


If you don’t have your ELD device, you still have a little time to comply before getting placed out of service. With all of the ELD, madness don’t forget about your truck taxes! The 4th quarter IFTA deadline is coming up on January 31!
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Understanding IFTA and IRP Reporting

ExpressIFTA simplifies IRP reporting
As a trucker, you have a lot of taxes to deal with. From your quarterly IFTA return to your IRP return, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290, and more. Not only can these returns be confusing, but if you don’t comply with the IRS you could face hefty penalties or even get parked.

That’s why here at ExpressIFTA we’re here to take the frustration out of truck taxes by providing you with a simple way to report for IFTA and IRP taxes online. We will even go over a few of the basics to help you understand these returns.

Understanding IFTA and IRP Tax Reporting

What is IRP?

IRP is the International Registration Plan. It’s a registration reciprocity agreement between the United States, District of Columbia, and provinces of Canada to provide payments of apportionable fees based on the total distance you operate in each jurisdiction (state).

You will have to keep track of the miles traveled per jurisdiction in order to renew your IRP plates. Your deadline varies based on the state your vehicle is registered in. The deadline can be found on your IRP card, which should be kept in your cab at all times.

In order to complete your IRP return, you have to provide a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. To do that head to ExpressTruckTax.com to instantly e-file your HVUT Form 2290, and as a result, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 within about 15 minutes via email.

What is IFTA?

IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement. It was put in place by the 48 contiguous states and 10 Canadian provinces in order to report on and redistribute fuel taxes used by qualifying vehicles that operate between at least two or more jurisdictions.

To comply with IFTA you will complete your return on a quarterly basis. Also, you will have an IFTA card to keep in your truck at all times, and you will be issued two IFTA decals that should be displayed on your driver door.

The following information is required to complete your IFTA return:
  • Total miles traveled per jurisdiction
  • Total gallons of fuel consumed per jurisdiction 
  • Total tax paid gallons of fuel purchased per jurisdiction 
  • And the current tax rate per jurisdiction 
Your Vehicle Qualifies for IFTA and IRP returns if it travels between two or more jurisdictions and has:
  • Two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds 
  • Two axles and a registered vehicle gross weight exceeding 26,000 pounds 
  • Three or more axles regardless of weight 
  • A combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds. 
IFTA and IRP Reporting With ExpressIFTA

Track your IRP miles per jurisdiction with ExpressIFTA

ExpressIFTA provides one convenient location for you to track all of your IFTA and IRP totals online. We even generate IFTA and IRP reports that automatically calculate the miles traveled per jurisdiction and more, so you can use them to instantly complete your returns.

Plus, uploading your information is easy! You can use the bulk upload feature to automatically upload all of your data at once or the quick entry screen to enter your information on a monthly basis. Also, the GPS upload feature allows you to instantly import your miles traveled per jurisdiction directly from your GPS.

You can also keep detailed records per trip by entering all of your information for each of your loads. All of your information will be stored per quarter to provide you with organized records for your business that can be accessed at any time.

We’re Here To Help


If you have any questions while IFTA or IRP reporting online please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated, US-based ExpressIFTA team. We will be more than happy to help! 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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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

TaxBandits Is Officially Live

ExpressIFTA announces the launch of the tax solution, TaxBandits

There’s always a tax return deadline waiting around the corner. You know that more than anyone else with your quarterly IFTA return. Every three months it’s time to file again! However, we hope to make the process go by extremely quickly and easily with our online IFTA reporting software

But then we thought, why stop at IFTA? That isn’t the only return you need to file, especially if you run a trucking business or nonprofit organization. We want to make filing as many tax returns as possible a fast and simple process online, which is why we are proud to announce the launch of TaxBandits.

TaxBandits Is Live!


TaxBandits is the tax solution specifically designed for small businesses in order to help steal back your time. Why waste hours trying to figure out complicated forms or pay an expensive accountant to handle taxes for you, when you can simply complete your forms in minutes with the help of TaxBandits?

We’ve streamlined the e-filing process into a simple step-by-step format and removed the unnecessary steps, so you can instantly complete your return. Plus, we provide helpful text along the way to answer all of your questions.

Currently, TaxBandits offers W-2 Forms, the 1099 Form Series, ACA Forms, the 94x series, and the Form 990 series. This way you can file returns for your employees, file for your nonprofit, get extensions for more time to file, and more.

Plus, we’ve made the entire process incredibly convenient by providing multiple innovative e-filing features. For example, you can use our bulk upload feature to upload all of your information at once instead of manually entering it one-by-one.

You can also use our postal mailing feature to have us mail hard copies of your forms, like W-2s, to each of your employees!

Learn all about Form 1099-MISC during our free “Vendor Payments & How to Stay Compliant” Webinar today, Tuesday, December 12th at 2 PM EST. Register here!

Contact TaxBandits


Our dedicated, US-based TaxBandits support team is here for you. We will gladly answer all of your questions and even walk you through the e-filing process. Please give us a call Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.684.4751. You can also reach us via live chat and through our 24/7 email support at support@TaxBandits.com.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Major Issues Facing The Trucking Industry

ExpressIFTA discusses the ELD mandate
The trucking industry is evolving and changing every day. New technological advances are improving safety and rates per mile. However, new regulations are also causing problems and major frustration.

We wish we could say that the trucking life was easy. It answers the call for freedom provided by the open road. However, there are actually a few major updates and problems facing the trucking industry that are causing major issues!

Major Issues Facing The Trucking Industry


1. The ELD Mandate

The ELD mandate is only days away on December 18th. If trucks don’t comply with the mandate by then they may receive some expensive citations. While some truckers welcome new technology and think that ELDs will improve the business, others disagree.

Many protests under the notion ‘ELD or ME’ have been taking place across the nation in an attempt to delay or completely get rid of the mandate. While their attempts have been unsuccessful so far, they aren’t giving up.

Also, many experienced older drivers say they will quit instead of complying, meaning the industry may lose the best drivers, and the driver shortage will increase.

2. The Driver Shortage

Currently,  there aren't enough butts to fill driver seats. The nation is short about 48,000 drivers, even though the national unemployment rate is under 5%. As the shortage grows we could face an economic crises.

Drivers are underpaid, treated poorly, and the lifestyle of being away from home is becoming unappealing. Companies need to step it up with better training, pay, and benefits to attract drivers and retain them.

3. Driver Health

Truckers are prone to smoking and unhealthy lifestyle habits that lead to major health issues. Truckers are obese, plagued with sleep apnea, have diabetes, are at risk for heart disease, strokes, heart attacks, and much more.
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Even if we do have trained, experienced drivers, before we know it they could become too unhealthy to keep on trucking. That’s why a number of programs for healthy eating and trucker exercise are emerging.

4. Trucking is Unsafe

Trucking is rated as the most dangerous profession in the nation. Drivers are often in killed or injured in wrecks. While other drivers can cause these wrecks sometimes truckers are responsible for driving unsafely as well.

There are a number of distractions in the cab now from cell phones, cameras for vlogging, and more. With more of an emphasis on safety training, updated hands-free technology, auto-sensing technology, trucking could become a safer profession. 

We Support Truckers


With the growing number of challenges the trucking industry faces, we would like to thank the hard-working men and women who are sticking with it. Trucking can be difficult, but your hard work helps to move the economy forward by delivering essential goods across the nation.

Upcoming holidays like Christmas, wouldn’t be possible without your tireless efforts to deliver loads on time. While currently, ExpressIFTA works to make your life a little easier by taking the stress out of IFTA reporting we hope the industry becomes a safer, more educated, and beneficial place for everyone involved.
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Improve Your Operation With These Trucker Apps

Instantly calculate your IFTA tax with the ExpressIFTA app
Technology is moving fast these days. It seems like just yesterday we were all amazed by the flip phone and plasma TVs. Now we have smartphones and TVs with pictures so clear that you can individual blades of grass on football fields.

Along with technology comes the creation of extremely helpful apps to help you save time and improve business management. Don’t get stuck in the stone age, learn how to make your day more efficient with some of the most top rated trucking apps!

Top Trucking Apps


IFTA Fuel Tax Calculator App

Don’t waste hours trying to do complicated calculations just to figure out how much IFTA fuel tax you owe, when you can simply use the Fuel Tax Calculator app. All you have to do is download this free app and enter in your base jurisdiction, IFTA quarter, fuel type, distance records, and fuel purchased per jurisdiction.

Then the app will automatically calculate how much IFTA tax you owe with 100% accuracy. Plus, If you enter your email address the app will even send you a fuel tax summary that you can use to complete your IFTA return! It’s the easiest way to see how much you’ll owe for the IFTA quarter right from the comfort of your own cab.

TruckLogics

Need to save time and improve business management? Well, the TruckLogics app will help you make your business as mobile as you are with tons of innovative business management features.

For example, it allows you to manage your dispatches from the road and even allows you to instantly make check calls, so you can avoid the hassle of calling your dispatcher. You can also use the app to track your expenses and capture photos of your receipts, send documents like BOLs, enter trip logs, chat with your drivers, and more.
Easily create dispatched with the TruckLogics app

GasBuddy

As a trucker you already know that fuel is expensive, but did you know it’s your number one expense? That’s right, it’s more expensive than food and lodging. That's why GasBuddy is here to help by providing you with instant savings.

With GasBuddy users all across the U.S. and Canada can provide live updates on fuel prices to allow you to find the cheapest prices. You can even locate nearby stations to view their prices and features.

Skype
As a driver we know the road can be a lonely place and homesickness can be an incredible hassle to face. That’s why you should take the time to download Skype. It will allow you to video call your friends and family from your smartphone or tablet. It’s a great way to stay connected because once you park, you can use it to actually see your loved ones.

You can also use Skype to video conference with dispatchers, get voicemail notifications via email, send files, and to text.

Get The Latest Apps


The world isn’t just for pay phones and 2D movies anymore. We’re quickly evolving into a fast-paced, technologically advanced society. Don’t miss out on the top trucking apps to make your day to day operation easier!

Please tell us about your favorite trucking apps in the comment section below and visit ExpressIFTA for more blogs.
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