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Friday, August 31, 2018

Important IRS Notice: Today is The Form 2290 Due Date 2018

Important IRS Notice: Today is The Form 2290 Due Date 2018Whoa, the deadline is here! Your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) Form 2290 due date 2018 is today, August 31st. You are officially out of time to procrastinate! You need to file today to avoid getting run over by major penalties.

However, don’t hit that panic button quite yet! Your friends here at ExpressIFTA have the perfect solution for you. Instead of standing in line at the IRS or running to the post office you can file Form 2290 online with the most trusted name in the industry, ExpressTruckTax.

File Form 2290 and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in a matter of minutes. Head on over to ExpressTruckTax and sign up for your FREE account now so you can get back to focusing on the road.

Need a little more information? Well, check out these helpful 2290 filing tips to get in and out fast.



HVUT Form 2290 Filing Tips

1. Make Sure You Have Your EIN

You need an EIN or Employer Identification number to complete your form. It’s how the IRS identifies your trucking business. You cannot file Form 2290 with your SSN (Social Security Number)! If you need to apply for an EIN, you can do so over the phone with our sister product, TSNAmerica.

2. You Can Pay With a Credit or Debit Card

Starting this truck tax season, the IRS is now allowing you to pay 2290 with credit card or debit! Or another option is to pay with direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, by authorizing the IRS to debit the amount you owe from your bank account. To do this, you will need to provide your bank account and routing number, which can be found on one of your checks.

Or you can pay with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, where you will create a free account at www.ettps.gov. The amount you owe will be debited from your bank account, but it could take up to 10 days to create your account.

If you want to, you can mail the amount you owe directly to the IRS with a check or money order. Just print your completed 2290-V (your payment voucher) from page 11 of your completed 2290 form and mail it with your payment.

3. File With ExpressTruckTax or TSNAmerica


Important IRS Notice: Today is The Form 2290 Due Date 2018
Head to ExpressTruckTax and follow their step-by-step e-filing guide to file your HVUT Form 2290! Once you submit your completed Form 2290 to the IRS, you will receive your stamped Schedule 1 via email in minutes!

If you’re on the road, you don’t need to find a computer or IRS office to file. Simply download the ExpressTruckTax mobile app to your smartphone or tablet to file from the comfort of your own cab.






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The Easiest Way to File Form 2290

Looking for an even easier way to file? Our sister product, TSNAmerica, is a full-service 2290 filing solution. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Simply give them your information over the phone, and they will file your IRS Form 2290 on your behalf. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. Their outstanding bilingual team supports filing in both English and Spanish.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How To Tackle Your HVUT 2290 Before It Tackles You

File your HVUT 2290 by Friday's deadline.
You know when your truck starts making weird noises and so you just blast that XM radio until you can’t hear everything falling apart? By not filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax 2290 (HVUT 2290), you’re just turning the radio up on your life. You need to file IRS Form 2290 by Friday, August 31st to continue operating legally within the United States, so what are you waiting for?

Oh right, for your HVUT 2290 filing to be less of a hassle. Well, good news! Our sister product ExpressTruckTax can help you e-file 2290 and get your stamped Schedule 1 in less time than it takes to zipper merge with your haul in rush hour.

How To Tackle Your HVUT 2290 Before It Tackles You

Some background on the HVUT and why ignoring the metaphorical clunking sound it’s making is bad:

The HVUT 2290 applies to any vehicle traveling public highways that weighs 50,000 pounds or more. This weight, called the taxable gross weight or gross vehicle weight (GVW), does not include any loads, but it does include whatever it takes for the truck to function (except for your foot on the pedal. Don’t figure your own weight into your GVW).


IRS Form 2290 needs to be filed by the last day of the month in the month following your first month on the road. So if your rig’s first day out on the town is in October, you’ll need to file your HVUT 2290 by November 30th of the next year. The current HVUT period began on July 1, 2018, so if you were driving your truck during last year’s HVUT period, you need to file a new IRS Form 2290 by Friday, August 31.

Why You Need To File IRS Form 2290

Simply put, not filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is illegal. Your receipt for filling your HVUT 2290 is your Schedule 1, which allows you to renew your plates, travel across borders, and operate legally on highways. The DOT and DMV both recognize your Schedule 1, and you may be asked for it if you get pulled over, so you best have a valid one in your glove box.

How to E-File 2290

This is the part where we tell you how it gets better. If you file 2290 online, you can stop worrying about pushing off getting your stamped Schedule 1, and you can stop worrying about if you’re going to fill out your IRS Form 2290 right.

Our sister product ExpressTruckTax offers a step-by-step guide to help you pretty instantly complete your 2290 form and receive a copy of that stamped Schedule 1. Plus, ExpressTruckTax makes it incredibly easy to make sure your information is right––even after you’ve already sent your HVUT 2290 to the IRS.

ExpressTruckTax does an internal error-check on your HVUT before it even goes out, but if there are still things you need to change you can file amendments, edit your form, and even make free VIN corrections.

Also, with the ExpressTruckTax app, you can file from any location at any time with your mobile device. Meaning you can file even if you’re out on a haul!

The HVUT 2290 deadline is Friday, August 31st. You don’t have a ton of time, but don’t you dare turn that radio back up and ignore your HVUT. Instead, head straight for ExpressTruckTax and get it off your mind, and off your plate.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Easy E-Filing Instructions To Help You Complete Your IRS 2290

Don’t let your 2290 deadline stay in your blind spot! Also known as your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), your IRS Form 2290 is due the last day of the month following the month it was first used. For those of you who have a Schedule 1 that expired on June 30th, 2018, your IRS 2290 is due August 31st. Yes, the one next week. But before you panic, check out these easy e-filing instructions to help you complete your IRS 2290 with our sister product ExpressTruckTax.


What You’ll Need To Complete Your IRS 2290

Before we get started, make sure you have everything you need for the journey. In order to e-file your 2290, have your credit card on hand. Make sure you also have your vehicle information, your vehicle identification number (VIN), and your taxable gross weight (how much the truck weighs when fully equipped for service but not including any loads). If you’re filing a Form 2290 at all, your gross weight is 55,000 lbs or more (that’s the minimum weight required to file the HVUT). Your VIN will be 17 characters, including numbers and letters.

If you are an owner-operator you will also need to have your Employer Identification Number (EIN) on you for the e-filing process. This number is a string of nine digits, similar to your Social Security Number, but formatted like 12-3456789.

Note: If you try to file your IRS 2290 using your Social Security Number instead of your EIN, the IRS will reject your 2290.

E-File 2290 With These Easy Steps


Step 1:
Using your email address and password, create a free account with our sister product ExpressTruckTax .


Step 2:
Click the orange “Start New Return’” button and enter the basic information for your trucking business (Name, address, and EIN) that we mentioned a few paragraphs ago.


Step 3:

Enter your tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. ExpressTruckTax bases their Form 2290 filing on your vehicle’s first used month, and so your 2290 is considered due the last day of the month following when it is was first used. 

If your current Schedule 1 for the 2017-2018 season expired on June 30th, 2018, you’ll need to file with ExpressTruckTax before the August 31st 2290 due date to ensure the IRS accepts your information.


Step 4:
Enter your vehicle information, which will include the taxable gross weight and Vehicle Identification Number. If your vehicle was exclusively used for logging or agricultural purposes, you can indicate that and receive a break on your 2290. You may even be exempt, but don’t get too excited––you will still need to file to receive your stamped Schedule 1 and continue operating legally. If your vehicle is suspended, you’ll need to indicate that as you complete your IRS 2290.


Step 5:

As part of the service, ExpressTruckTax calculates the tax amount you owe the IRS. After this amount has been generated, you can pick from one of the following payment options: Pay 2290 with the credit card, electronic funds withdrawal, direct debit, debit card, money order, EFTPS, or check.



Step 6:

ExpressTruckTax will then give you the ability to review all your information and make corrections if necessary. Their system will perform an instant internal audit that will ensure your 2290 filing is error-free, but it never hurts to double- or triple-check your VIN and EIN on your own.


Step 7:
After any corrections are made, you have the ability to transmit your completed 2290 form directly to the IRS. Just enter a 5-digit code of your choice at the bottom of your form to electronically sign and transmit, and then you’re good to go!


Step 8:
Back away from the keyboard. You did it! Your stamped Schedule 1 will be on its way to you in minutes, and you will be set until 2019.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This Is Your Future If You Forget To File Form 2290

This Is Your Future If You Forget To File Form 2290Deadlines in the mirror are closer than they appear, and your Form 2290 due date is practically on your rear impact guard. Your future if you forget to file Form 2290 is going to be costly, but you can follow this primer to understand what hot water awaits–and how to avoid it.

Why You Don’t Want To Forget To File Form 2290:


What is IRS Form 2290?

Before launching into what missing your 2290 tax due date could do to you, let’s backtrack. IRS Form 2290, also called Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), is how you report to the IRS that you own and operate a heavy use vehicle with a gross weight of 55,000 lbs or more.

Once you file your 2290 Form 2018 online and the IRS approves it, you will receive a stamped Schedule 1 as proof of payment. The stamped Schedule 1 is accepted by the DMV, DOT, and other federal authorities and can come in handy when crossing borders. If you file 2290 online your Schedule 1 will receive a digital watermark from the IRS.

When is the Form 2290 Due Date?

The filing period for the 2018 Form 2290 started July 1, 2018, for the tax year 2018-19. The taxable period of Form 2290 begins on July 1 and ends the next year on June 30, so if the truck you’re filing for was in use at the start of the tax period, then your Form 2290 is due on August 31, 2018.

Your Future If You Forget To File Form 2290

In the event that you forget to file Form 2290, the first thing you will have to contend with is IRS 2290 penalties and fees. You will owe the IRS a penalty of 4.5% of the total amount of HVUT you owe, on top of the the HVUT amount itself. This 4.5% will accrue for up to five months, plus an added monthly fee of 0.5%. Oh, and there’s the additional .54% interest charge.

And these fees are not just for if your form is missing–they’re also if your IRS 2290 is late. Skip the math, money, and headache and file your Form 2290 online.

Every day that goes by after the Form 2290 deadline is not only another day you ultimately have to pay for, but it is also another day without your Schedule 1. Because the IRS views your stamped Schedule 1 as proof of payment, it is like keys to the kingdom, and without it you’re in hot water.


You need your Schedule 1 to cross international borders, to register new vehicles, and even to renew your tags with the DMV. Essentially, operating without a stamped Schedule 1 is operating illegally.







Steps To Take If Forget To File Your 2290

The first step is to file. “Better late than never” truly does apply. You will still owe the IRS some fees, but the sooner you file your heavy use tax, the sooner the fees stop stacking up–and the sooner you can get back to operating legally.

Steer clear of 2290 tax penalties by visiting our sister product ExpressTruckTax the leading IRS-authorized Heavy Vehicle Use Tax e-file provider. File Form 2290 online and receive your stamped Schedule 1 in minutes.





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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline is Here

ExpressIFTA making filing your IFTA fuel tax report easyWe hope you are ready because the time has come: the July 31st 2nd quarter IFTA deadline has arrived. This means that you need to file your IFTA report with your base jurisdiction by midnight or you’ll have outrageous penalties to face.

This could put you in a state of panic because, historically, IFTA has been a complicated process. Do you have time to set aside hours to calculate all of the IFTA totals needed to complete your return? If not, don’t worry. ExpressIFTA, the quick and easy online IFTA reporting solution is here to help.

The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline Is Here

Our goal at ExpressIFTA is to make the IFTA reporting process easier and faster to save you time. That’s why we’ve made it incredibly easy to import all of your information. Then we will use the data you enter to calculate all of your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy.

IFTA Reporting Instructions

All of your information will be generated in an easy-to-read IFTA report that can be printed, emailed, and used to complete your IFTA return with your base jurisdiction instantly. Best of all, the entire process can be completed in a matter of minutes!

To get started today, simply create your free account using your email address. You will register with your name, contact information, and primary language. We offer support and services in both English and Spanish.

Enter your business detail, including your address; it is important that this information match what is on filed in the IFTA database.

Next, you will enter your base jurisdiction, which is your home state or the state where your vehicle is registered.

After that, you will enter your vehicle information such as the number, make, model, and fuel type. You can enter multiple vehicles and drivers to tack the IFTA totals for your entire fleet.

Then you can enter your mileage information at your own pace. You can add your information per trip with trip sheet entries, enter your information for the entire month with the quick entry screen, or bulk upload all of your data.

To make importing even faster, you can upload all of your information directly from your GPS. We also accept ELD data.

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The 2nd Quarter IFTA Deadline is Here
Last, but not least, it’s time to generate your IFTA report! It will catch any basic errors that need to be corrected. Your IFTA report will also include any penalties, interest, credits/refunds based on your base jurisdiction's instructions.

Speaking of base jurisdictions, when you use your IFTA report to file your return, make sure you file according to your base jurisdiction's rules and regulations, Each state has their own filing requirement. For example, some require you to paper file while others require you to e-file. Learn about your state’s regulations here.

If you need any assistance, then please don’t hesitate to contact our live US-based ExpressIFTA support team.



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Monday, July 30, 2018

Before You Forget Here Are The IFTA Fuel Tax Penalties

Truck driver can rest easy knowing he has now successfully filed his IFTA report and receive his IFTA stickers and IFTA License
Just in case you forget, the second quarter International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) deadline is tomorrow! Filing IFTA fuel tax report and paying the taxes due is incredibly important. Gathering all of the necessary documents and filing can take up a lot of time. Unfortunately, if you put it off until the last moment, it can lead to severe penalties–– ones you can easily avoid by filing your IFTA return with ExpressIFTA. So before you forget, here are the IFTA fuel tax penalties you could be facing.

Before You Forget Here Are The IFTA Fuel Tax Penalties

One of our goals at ExpressIFTA is to help you gain awareness about the Internal Fuel Tax Agreement and the penalties you can occur if you miss the deadline. Here is a little extra incentive to encourage you to file your IFTA return by tomorrow’s deadline. 

Federal Fuel Tax Penalties

Your penalty rate is based on the time it takes you to file after the deadline. So if you file late, you will automatically face a penalty of $50 or 10% of your taxes, depending on which amount is more. However, the IFTA Nevada penalty is $50 plus 10% of the total tax 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 completely paid off. The IFTA Nevada penalty for administrative fees increases 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 even revoke your IFTA license.

To avoid these penalties your IFTA report needs to be submitted to your base jurisdiction by midnight tomorrow. 

File IFTA Online

You can quickly generate your IFTA report here at ExpressIFTA. Your report will have all your IFTA totals, plus it can be printed, emailed, and used to complete your return instantly.

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 fundamental errors.





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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy

The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy
In addition to the upcoming IFTA reporting deadline on July 31, 2018, you should be preparing to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290. We understand filing your IRS Form 2290 can be confusing and often frustrating when trying to decipher IRS terminology. To give you an extra hand here is the complete guide that will make filing Form 2290 online easy.

When you are ready to file 2290 online, might we suggest our sister product ExpressTruckTax. They will guide you through the Form 2290 filing process step-by-step so you can receive your stamped Schedule 1 in a matter of minutes. Also, they offer bilingual US-based customer support in English and Spanish. 


The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s take a moment to the review the basics of the heavy highway use tax. So who is required to file the 2290 tax? If you are an Owner-Operator with a registered vehicle with gross weight more than 55,000 Ibs, then Form 2290 filing applies to you. 


When is The Form 2290 Due Date?

Well, the official IRS 2290 filing period for the 2018 Form 2290 opened on July 1, 2018, for the 2018-19 tax year. The typical taxable period of Form 2290 filing begins on July 1 and ends the following year on June 30. If your current truck was in use at the beginning of the tax period your Form 2290 due date is August 31, 2018.

If your first use month for your current vehicles is any month other than July you will need to file Form 2290 by the last day of the month following your vehicle’s first used month. 


ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 Instructions

Step 1:

Create a free ExpressTruckTax account using your email address.

Step 2:

Click the orange ‘Start New Return’ button and enter your trucking business information (Name, Address, and EIN). Please note that you must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your business to complete the Form 2290 filing process. You cannot use your Social Security Number; if you do use your SSN, your IRS Form 2290 will be rejected.

Step 3:

Enter the 2018-19 tax year and your vehicle’s first used month. If your current vehicle was in use last July, this will be your first used month. ExpressTruckTax Form 2290 filing is based on your vehicles first used month, and it is due the last day of the month following when it was first used. 

Step 4:

Enter your rigs information including its Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and taxable gross weight. You will need to specify if your vehicle is exclusively used for agricultural or logging purposes. This is extremely important because you could receive a significant 2290 tax credit or exempt the road tax 2290 altogether. However, no matter your vehicle type you will still need to file and receive your stamped Schedule 1.

The Complete Guide That Will Make Filing Form 2290 Online Easy

Step 5:

ExpressTruckTax automatically calculates your tax amount based on your information provided. You can then select one of the following HVUT payment options: Pay 2290 with credit card, debit, direct debit, electronic funds withdrawal (EFTPS IRS), check, or money order. 

Step 6:

ExpressTruckTax will review your information to ensure error-free filing; however, we highly encourage you to double check your VIN number as this is the most common reason for HVUT rejection. 

Step 7:

Transmit your 2290 tax directly to the IRS. You will receive your proof of HVUT payment in a matter of minutes, and you will be set until 2019. 


File Your 2290 Tax Over The Phone

If you are looking to skip all of this and go with a full-service solution you can contact our sister product, TSNAmerica. Their outstanding bilingual support team will file Form 2290 on your behalf over the phone. The process is straightforward and will take less than 5 minutes. Give them your information and they will do the work for you. Once they have submitted your information to the IRS, you will receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email.

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320


Form 2290 E-File Made Easy With ExpressTruckTax

If you have questions, the ExpressTruckTax support team is available via phone, live chat, and email. Their US-based representatives are Heavy Vehicle Use Tax experts and will take the time to answer all of your Form 2290 e-file questions and will even walk you through the filing process.



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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return

What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return
In addition to the HVUT Form 2290 filing deadline, members of the trucking industry should be aware of the impending IFTA tax return deadline coming up on July 31st. Don’t let this deadline sneak up on you. To help you get started here is what you need to know about the IFTA tax return.


What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return

IFTA, or the International Fuel Tax Agreement, is an arrangement between 48 of the United States (only excluding Alaska and Hawaii) and 10 Canadian provinces to report fuel use by authorized motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction (state). The IFTA fuel tax redistributes fuel taxes equally among the jurisdictions.

To show you filed your IFTA return and paid the taxes owed by the deadline, you will be issued an IFTA license and IFTA stickers. The license should be kept in your truck at all times and the IFTA stickers are to be displayed under your driver’s side window.

What is a Jurisdiction?

A jurisdiction is a state that you drive through. Your IFTA report should be made directly with your base jurisdiction or home state. Your base jurisdiction is also where your truck and information is registered.


Vehicle Qualifications For IFTA Reporting

Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if it travels between more than one jurisdiction and:
  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 lbs 
  • Has two axles and a registered weight exceeding 26,000 Ibs 
  • Has a combination weight exceeding 26,000 Ibs
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight


IFTA Fuel Tax Reporting Requirements

You are required by law to complete an IFTA report quarterly and with your base jurisdiction. To file you will need the following information:
    What You Need to Know About The IFTA Tax Return
  • 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 trip permit miles.
  • 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.

IFTA Fuel Tax Rates 2nd Quarter 2018

At ExpressIFTA we automatically update our calculations and IFTA tax rates to ensure 100% accuracy. Plus our innovative features help you complete your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report.

Here is how to get started today:
  1. Create your free ExpressIFTA account
  2. Enter your business information
  3. Specify your base jurisdiction
  4. Enter your vehicle details
  5. List your miles and fuel records
  6. Generate your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report

No more complicated IRS terminology or calculations. Our IFTA software will accurately calculate your IFTA fuel tax rates and IFTA tax based on the provided information guaranteeing you are not over or underpaying.




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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Important Mistakes to Avoid When Filing IFTA Online

Important Mistakes to Avoid When Filing IFTA Online
The International Fuel Tax Agreement is one of those things that just keep coming. Four times a year to be exact! If IFTA filing is already a hassle then it becomes even worse when simple mistakes are made on your return which causes it to be rejected. Here are important mistakes to avoid when filing IFTA online or anywhere else.

Important Mistakes to Avoid When Filing IFTA Online

On top of the impending HVUT Form 2290 due date coming up you also need to be aware of the 2nd quarter IFTA deadline on July 31st. You need to file your IFTA return with your base jurisdiction by this date or face outrageous penalties.

 

Filing Your IFTA Report Late or Not at All

We understand you are busy and the IFTA deadline always seems to sneak up on you. It is tough to dig up months of fuel records and mileage calculations. But you have to send your IFTA report on time to avoid penalties. Late submission or forgetting to file at all will lead to an automatic $50 or 10% penalty on the total tax amount, whichever is greater. Also, this could result in a dreaded IFTA audit.

Estimating Fuel Calculations

It might be tempting to save time by estimating your average miles per gallon and miles traveled at the end of the quarter, but it is essential to record all of the numbers accurately.

To receive your full refund or tax credit you will need to record all of your fuel receipt information such as your gallons purchased and where. 

Not Logging Personal or Unloading Miles

All miles need to be reported on your IFTA return. Although it may seem irrelevant to report the miles you take during a trip to unload or for personal errands like food, it still needs to be included. It will raise a red flag on the IRS end if there is a gap between mileage on your log from day to day.

Waiting Until The Last-Minute

Important Mistakes to Avoid When Filing IFTA Online
The struggle against procrastination is real. It is tempting to put off filing your IFTA return but given all the information you need to compile, procrastination is not your friend. As time-consuming as it may be, you have more than enough time to organize all your information to complete your IFTA report before the July 31st deadline.






File With The Best IFTA Software Available

If all of this information is slightly headache-inducing we totally understand. Which is why at ExpressIFTA we make IFTA reporting simple. Our IFTA software for reporting includes innovative features that let you upload your IFTA fuel tax information at your own pace. Upload your trip information as you go or all at once with each quick entry screen. You can even upload your miles from your fuel card.

Don’t worry about handling any complicated calculation yourself, because we will automatically calculate IFTA fuel tax rates for you. And all of your information will be kept in an easy-to-read report that can be easily printed and used to complete your return.



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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Here Are the Differences Between Road Tax 2290 And IFTA

Here Are the Differences Between Road Tax 2290 And IFTA
If you are new to the trucking industry, it is understandable that it is hard to remember all the various abbreviations and tax forms. So to give you an extra hand, here are the difference between road tax 2290 and IFTA. 

What is Road Tax 2290?

The IRS Form 2290 or Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is a federal tax on commercial vehicles that:
  • Have a total gross weight of more than 55,000 pounds
  • Operate on public highways for more than 5,000 miles per year
Truck taxes are annually collected and used for highway construction and maintenance. For more information click here for the Federal Highway Administration website.

But what does “gross weight” mean?
  • This is the weight of your truck when it is fully equipped for a haul. This will include any equipment you usually carry such as lubricants, fuel, etc.
  • However, this does not include you and any specialized equipment you use on a blue moon like a compressor or crane.

Your HVUT tax amount is $100 plus (approximately) $22 for every 1,000 Ibs over the taxable gross weight of 55,000 lbs. The maximum HVUT tax amount you can owe is $550 if your vehicle is 75,000 pounds or more. For a more accurate HVUT tax amount click here.

Please note that your tax amount will vary greatly if your vehicle is exclusively used for logging.

What is IFTA?

Here Are the Differences Between Road Tax 2290 And IFTA
IFTA, or the International Fuel Tax Agreement, is an arrangement between 48 of the United States and 10 Canadian provinces to report fuel use by motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction (state).

To show you filed your IFTA return and paid your taxes you will be issued an IFTA license and IFTA stickers. The license should be kept in your truck at all times, and the IFTA stickers are displayed under your driver’s side window. 



Unlike the annual Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, your IFTA report is quarterly.
Your vehicle qualifies for IFTA reporting if you travel between states and :
  • Have two axels and a gross/registered weight of more than 26,000 lbs
  • Have a combination eight exceeding 26,000 lbs
  • Have three or more axels regardless of vehicle weight

Deadlines Up Ahead Truckers


IFTA Deadline: July 31, 2018 (2nd Quarter)
IRS Form 2290 (HVUT): August 31, 2018


If you have any questions regarding how to file your IFTA report, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated 100% US support team. Or if you still need to file your IRS Heavy Vehicle Use Tax our sister product ExpressTruckTax is always here to help as a market leader.



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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill ContainedThe DOT bill released by the U.S. Appropriations Committee did not contain any trucking policy reform such as the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate and Denham Amendment. The bill passed but the Senate Appropriations Committee differs from its counterpart passed by the House Committee. So what was included? You need to know what the Senate DOT bill contained. 

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill Contained

The bill passed by the U.S. House included the proposed changes to the ELD mandate for livestock haulers. It also prevented the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule without the implementation of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program.

Unlike the House bill, the Senates does not heavily impact the trucking industry. It mainly focuses on general litigation and FMCSA mandated deadlines.

The Senate Appropriations Committee did direct the DOT to evaluate the needs of livestock drivers in relations to the ELD mandate further. The plan passed by the U.S. House extended the ELD exemption for both livestock and insect haulers to September 2019. The Senate committee stated that lawmakers should “consult with stakeholders, the Department of Agriculture and Congress on legislative solutions for drivers with unique working conditions.”

The current DOT funding expires at the end of September, however, the Senate has not set a date for considering the bill. Once consideration begins in the Senate, legislatures can add trucking reforms during the amendment process. The U.S. House has yet to bring the DOT appropriations bill to the floor as well.

You Need to Know What The Senate DOT Bill ContainedIf the two governing bodies pass a different version of the bill, the lawmakers will enter a conference committee to produce a finalized bill. This will then be passed again by the respective governing bodies. Any trucking reform that is attached would be subject to intense review during the committee process.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

You Need to Know About The Possible ELD Exemption for Small Carriers

A bill filed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 23, 2018, may bring ELD exemption for small carriers. If passed, carriers with 10 or fewer trucks will be exempt from the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) electronic logging device mandate permanently. Here is what you need to know about the possible ELD exemption for small carriers.


You Need to Know About The Possible ELD Exemption for Small Carriers

The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 is sponsored by Representatives Collin Peterson (Dem-Minnesota) and Greg Glanforte (Rep-Montana). This is the first attempt to exempt small carriers and owner-operators from the ELD mandate specifically.

The Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 would allow carriers with 10 or fewer trucks to use paper logs instead of the mandated electronic logging devices. For this piece of legislation to pass it will need to be approved by the House, Senate, and President Trump. 


Representatives Collin Peterson and Greg Glanforte also introduced a bill that would exempt drivers hauling agricultural commodities from the ELD mandate. Livestock drivers have received an ELD exemption until the end of September but will need to comply after this date. Agricultural truckers have only until June 19th to switch from paper to an electronic logbook.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) petitioned FMCSA in November to allow small business truckers to continue using paper logs until December 2022. However, the FMCSA has yet to issue a decision on the topic.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What You Need to Know About Reefer Fuel Regarding IFTA?

Trucker and his vehicle back on the open road again after fueling up after he read about reefer fuel and how he can save on his tax refundI'm a big believer in being prepared for everything and I've learned truckers are the same way. You never know what can happen, so it's always best to be ready for anything. When it comes to IFTA, you can never be too prepared, and the learning never ends. The rules governing IFTA are a bit lengthy, and every single state is different, but don't let that stress you out. IFTA is a lot easier when it is broken down, so let's go over what you need to know about reefer fuel regarding IFTA.

What You Need to Know About Reefer Fuel Regarding IFTA?

First of all, reefer fuel is NOT included when filing IFTA when it is used to power the refrigeration unit of the trailer. You should always purchase reefer fuel on a separate fuel receipt.

Never pump reefer fuel on the same fuel receipt when fueling your power unit. This will lower your MPG and cost you more IFTA fuel tax. Also, if you are selected for an IFTA Audit, and it is discovered that you combined reefer fuel into your power unit file, you will be penalized and incur added interest on your IFTA audit.

IFTA & Reefer Fuel


Truck driver at a Truck stop fueling up his big rig with Reefer FuelYou are entitled to a federal tax refund on each gallon of reefer fuel. You will need the total number of gallons of reefer fuel purchased during the tax year to complete the refund form. The IRS will send you a check for the federal tax paid on each gallon of fuel. If you failed to file for this refund, you could file back for the past three years to claim your refund.

You will want to check with your base jurisdiction to see how they handle reefer fuel. In Maryland, for example, if you only have one tank that propels your vehicle and runs the refrigeration unit, then all fuel is included in IFTA. If you have two separate containers, you need to fuel separately and make sure reefer is marked on the receipt. Do not add the reefer fuel on IFTA and you will able to get a refund by filing a claim.

So if you are operating an IFTA “Qualified Motor Vehicle” with a reefer unit, make sure to have the reefer fuel on a separate receipt and don’t include reefer duel on your IFTA return.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

How to File Your IRS Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

How to File Your IRS Heavy Vehicle Use TaxThe Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season is coming right at us at full speed! You can try to jump out of the way, but you’ll still need to file your IRS Form 2290. Don’t let the deadline run you over. Be prepared and file now and avoid having your form rejected. Here is how to file your IRS Heavy Vehicle Use Tax.

How to File Your IRS Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

Like any other tax, if you don’t pay or file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 by the deadline, you will face fees and penalties imposed by the IRS. However, you don't have to pay your taxes when you file today. Just be sure to file before the IRS Form 2290 deadline on August 31.

For example, the initial penalty for filing late is 4.5% of the tax due, and this accrues on a monthly basis for up to five months. Also, if you don’t pay your tax due you will face .05% of the total amount you owe and an interest charge of .54% per month. That can make the amount you owe quickly skyrocket.

Some authorities will revoke your license if they find out you failed to file before the August 31st deadline. However, most states are a little lenient towards first-time offenders.

More Time to Fix Mistakes and Prepare

Some people don’t realize that they need an EIN or Employer Identification Number to file. You can get one by applying online with the IRS, but it will take about 14-days to become active. During the 15 days, your form could get rejected! If you wait too close to the deadline before getting your EIN, then you’ll miss it!

Plus, what happens if your form gets rejected for a simple mistake like an incorrect VIN? By pre-filing, you will know sooner if you have made a mistake that you need to correct your form.

Our sister product ExpressTruckTax will let you know if your form is rejected and explain why. You can then make the required corrections and refile for free.

How to File in Advance?


How to File Your IRS Heavy Vehicle Use Tax
Filing in advance is incredibly easy. Go to ExpressTruckTax and follow their step-by-step guide to file in a matter of minutes. The guide tells you exactly what information to enter and where. They will also calculate the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe.

Or you can call TSNAmerica at 804-286-0320 to file over the phone. Their dedicated team of experts will take your information and file for you. Once your Form 2290 is transmitted to the IRS, they will send you a notification, and when approved you will immediately get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1.

It should be remembered that no matter what route you take you don’t have to pay your taxes until the August 31st deadline.


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If you have any questions regarding how to file your IRS Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated ExpressTruckTax or TSNAmerica support team. They are available Monday - Friday from 8:30 to 6 PM EST at 704-234-6005.



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What Should All New Truckers Know?

New trucker on the road during one their dispatches If you are new to the wonderful world of trucking, there are some truths you need to know. But by no means is this information meant to scare you away from an amazing career. We simply want to supply you with honest and straightforward information. So let’s jump right into it, what should all new truckers know?

What Should All New Truckers Know?

This is primarily meant for truck drivers just entering the industry. It is no doubt your first year will be the hardest day so far. You will need to make adjustments and get used to the job, and all that it entails. While you learned a lot during your CDL training, there is still a lot to learn that you have not learned yet.


Driving Experience and Time

In this industry experience is really key to getting the best jobs. The more experience you have on the road, the better of a driver you will become. In your first year, there will be more than one or two close calls. But with more experience, you will find yourself more relaxed, and you will enjoy your job that much more.


Minimizing Close Calls

One of the most important goals of your first year is to minimize close calls and the chance of having an accident. Accidents are unfortunately all too common for first-year truck drivers. In addition to getting used to the job, you will also need to get accustomed to your truck.

Pay careful attention to the road and do your best to avoid any accidents. These will show up on your truck driving record (CVOR, DAC report). In addition to accidents being embarrassing, they can also be very expensive. If the accident was unnecessary and easily preventable it will end up costing you your new position. So we want to avoid that at all cost.

Weeks Away From Home


New owner-operator fueling up his truck for a new loadIt is a fact that the life of a professional truck driver can keep you away from home for weeks or more. This might not sound like a big deal for any of you, but it is not as easy as you might think. If you are in a relationship or married, you will need to be prepared. Talk to your family about what to expect and how they can prepare.

In addition to being apart from your family, you will be alone for long periods of time, and this can be tough on some. Anxiety, depression, and of course loneliness is common among truck drivers. A successful trucking career can take a toll on both your physical and mental health. To combat this, you will need to prepare before leaving on a route and make adjustments each time you set out.

 

Goal Oriented (Stay Focused)

Your first year as a truck driver will be hard, and there is no denying that. But, don’t get discouraged and overwhelmed during this time, it will pass. Remember why you started this career and what your long terms goals are. Use this time to gain experience and get more time behind the wheel. The more experience and time you have on the road the better the money.
Do a good job and most importantly keep yourself safe. Practice makes perfect.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Why Wait When You Can Pre-File Your HVUT?

Why wait and have to stop moving when you can pre-file your HVUT with TSNAmerica over the phone
It’s almost that time of year again! The HVUT 2290 pre-filing season is officially here and the regular filing season is on the horizon. Starting now, you can pre-file your 2290s for the 2018-19 heavy vehicle use tax season. That’s an entire month early! Why wait when you can pre-file your HVUT with TSNAmerica.


Time to Pre-File Your HVUT

The regular HVUT season runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

Whether you’re an owner-operator, leasing company, trucking company, or any other business that operates heavy vehicles with a gross weight above 55,000 pounds traveling on public highways, you must file IRS Form 2290.

Usually, you can’t start filing until the tax period begins on July 1st, but our sister product TSNAmerica has gone ahead and started pre-filing now.


Pre-Filing With TSNAmerica

TSNAmerica is from the same dedicated team of experts that brought you ExpressIFTA. Whereas ExpressIFTA is your complete IFTA quarterly fuel tax reporting solution, TSNAmerica offers one of the fastest HVUT pre-filing methods available.


Trucker giving you his approval to file with TSNAmericaYou can call TSNAmerica to pre-file your IRS Form 2290. This means that no matter what you’re doing, you can pull your phone out of your pocket and let TSNAmerica take care of your HVUT for you. TSNAmerica will email you the necessary consent forms then they will file your 2290 and transmit it directly to the IRS on July 1st. You can choose to have your return transmitted at a later date, but the deadline is August 31st.

TSNAmerica is an IRS-authorized tax provider so your information will be kept safe, and the process is quick and easy. This pre-filing method is perfect for those who are constantly on the move, like truckers who don’t have time to stop and find somewhere to file. Plus, pre-filing cuts out your waiting time. Instead of waiting weeks to receive your Schedule 1, you will get it as soon as the IRS stamps it.


Why Wait When You Can Pre-File Your HVUT?

Don’t wait until the last minute to file your HVUT. You will have it in the back of your mind all summer long. Go ahead and knock it out by pre-filing over the phone with TSNAmerica!



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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My IFTA Report Is Late! What Should I Do?

Hey, you do know that your IFTA deadline was on Tuesday, July 31st right? Well, we hope you generated your IFTA report and completed your return by the deadline because if you didn’t, you could be in quite a pickle.

If you failed to file and pay by the 1st quarter IFTA deadline, you will have to face expensive penalties. So your IFTA report is late. Here’s what you should do:

  1. Stop panicking 
  2. Pour yourself a drink (Optional)
  3. Keep reading

My IFTA Report Is Late! What Should I Do?

If you missed the first quarter IFTA reporting deadline, the first thing you need to do is file as soon as possible. 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 the Fed's notice it's late. (just saying)

Also, your penalty rate is based on the time it takes you to file after the deadline. So if you file late, you will automatically face a penalty of $50 or 10% of your taxes, depending on which is more. However, the IFTA Nevada penalty is $50 and 10% of the total tax 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 completely paid off. The IFTA Nevada penalty for administrative fees increases 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 even revoke your IFTA license.

I said don’t freak out.

They are usually more lenient towards first-time offenders and how quickly you can provide your return. So it is not too late yet.

You may feel rushed and like time is of the essence, but a few hours or a day won’t make a big difference. Take your time and make sure your IFTA tax totals and calculations are correct. 


You’re Not Alone

You can quickly generate your IFTA report here at ExpressIFTA. Your report will have all your IFTA totals, plus it can be printed, emailed, and used to complete your return instantly.

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 fundamental errors.


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Monday, April 30, 2018

The 1st Quarter IFTA Deadline Is Here

We hope you’re ready because the time has come. The April 30th 1st quarter IFTA deadline has arrived. This means that you need to file your return with your base jurisdiction by midnight or you’ll have outrageous penalties to face.


This could put you in a state of panic because historically IFTA has been a complicated process. Do you have time to set aside hours to calculate all of the IFTA totals needed to complete your return? If not, don’t worry. ExpressIFTA, the quick and easy online IFTA reporting solution is here to help.



The 1st Quarter IFTA Deadline Is Here

Our goal at ExpressIFTA is to make the IFTA reporting process easier and faster to save you time. That’s why we’ve made it incredibly easy to import all of your information. Then we will use the data you enter to calculate all o your IFTA totals with 100% accuracy.



IFTA Reporting Instructions

All of your information will be generated in an easy to ready IFTA report that can be printed, emailed, and used to complete your IFTA return with your base jurisdiction instantly. Best of all, the entire process can be completed in a matter of minutes.


To get started today, simply create your free account using your email address. You will register with your name, contact information, and primary language. We offer support and services in both English and Spanish.


Enter your business detail, including your address; it is important that this information match what is on filed in the IFTA database.


Next, you will enter your base jurisdiction, which is your home state or the state where your vehicle is registered.


After that, you will enter your vehicle information such as the number, make, model, and fuel type. You can enter multiple vehicles and drivers to tack the IFTA totals for your entire fleet.


Then you can enter your mileage information at your own pace. You can add your information per trip with trip sheet entries, enter your information for the entire month with the quick entry screen, or bulk upload all of your data.


To make importing even faster, you can upload all of your information directly from your GPS. We also accept ELD data.



Generate Your IFTA Report

Last, but not least, it’s time to generate your IFTA report! It will catch any basic errors that need to be corrected, such as if your MPG hall out of range for your vehicle. Your IFTA report will also include any penalties, interest, credits/refunds based on your base jurisdiction's instructions.


Speaking of base jurisdictions, when you use your IFTA report to file your return, make sure you file according to your base jurisdiction's rules and regulations, Each state has their own filing requirement. For example, some require you to paper file while others require you to e-file. Learn about your state’s regulations here.


If you need any assistance, then please don’t hesitate to contact our live US-based ExpressIFTA support team.



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