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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 its 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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Friday, April 27, 2018

What You Need to Complete Your IFTA Tax Return

As a member of the trucking industry, you should already be aware of the IFTA tax return deadline coming up on Monday, April 30th. Don’t let this deadline sneak up on you. Here is what you need to complete your IFTA tax return.

What You Need to Complete Your IFTA Tax Return

  • The total miles traveled per jurisdiction
  • The total amount of fuel purchased per jurisdiction
  • The total amount of fuel consumed per jurisdiction
  • The current tax rate jurisdiction
  • And the amount of tax paid per gallon of fuel per jurisdiction.

What Is a Jurisdiction?

Just to clarify, a jurisdiction is a state that you drive through. Your IFTA report is actually due in your base jurisdiction or home state. Your base jurisdiction is also where your truck and information is registered.

IFTA Fuel Tax Rates 1st Quarter 2018

No need to look up the current IFTA fuel tax rates for 1st quarter 2018 filing. Our IFTA software automatically updates at the end of the quarter to ensure your IFTA tax rates are 100% accurate.

Looking For an IFTA Software?

Well, you have come to the right place, my friend. Express IFTA is full of innovative features to help you complete your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report. All you have to do to get started is create your free account, enter your business information, specify your base jurisdiction, enter your vehicle details, list your miles and fuel records, and generate your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report.

Say goodbye to the days of complicated calculations. Our IFTA software will accurately calculate your IFTA fuel tax rates and IFTA tax based on the information provided. Never worry about over or underpaying again. We can also convert your miles to kilometers or gallons to kilometers and vice versa at any time.

Plus, our built-in diagnostic error audit can be run on your reports to catch any fundamental filing errors based on your estimated miles per gallon. It will recognize when miles traveled aren't between adjacent states, and if you purchased fuel in a state, you have not traveled in.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

What New Truckers Need To Know About IFTA Reporting

If you are new to the trucking industry let me just say congratulations on earning your CDL and completing your driving training. We completely understand that team driving is not the easiest thing to get through. However, you’re not completely out of the woods yet.

You still have a lot to learn about the road and that will only come from being behind the wheel. But, you will also need to learn how to manage all of the required trucking taxes. Everything from Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, your IRP, and of course your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report. To help you get started here is what new truckers need to know about IFTA reporting.

What New Truckers Need To Know About IFTA Reporting

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). The IFTA fuel tax redistributes fuel taxes equally among the jurisdictions.

To show you filed your IFTA return and pay 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 displayed under your driver’s side window.

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 pounds
  • Has two axles and a registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has a combination weight exceeding 26,000 pounds
  • Has three or more axles regardless of weight

IFTA Quarterly Fuel Tax Report Requirements

You are required to complete an IFTA report four times a year and file with your base jurisdiction (home state). Your base jurisdiction is where your qualifying vehicles are required to be registered and where your information is available in the event of an IFTA audit.

To complete your IFTA fuel tax return you will need to report:
  • 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

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, April 25, 2018

How To Avoid The Dreaded IFTA Audit

The deadline for filing your IFTA quarterly fuel tax report is April 30th. So you do have a little time, but your friends at ExpressIFTA want to be sure you're up to speed. Here's everything you need to know to make sure all your required information is correct so you can avoid expensive IRS penalties and audits.

How To Avoid The Dreaded IFTA Audit

If your IFTA Fuel Tax Form is rejected your chances of undergoing an IFTA audit could increase, and trust us, that’s the last thing you want. Audits are not only time-consuming and frustrating. Avoid the hassle by learning how to avoid the dreaded IFTA audit with ExpressIFTA.

File IFTA Report On Time

The best thing you can do to avoid an IFTA audit is to file your quarterly fuel tax report by the deadline. This means you will need to file by the deadline date (preferably before) four times a year.

1st Quarter- April 30
2nd Quarter- July 31
3rd Quarter - October 31
4th Quarter - January 31

IFTA Filing By Jurisdiction (Home State)

You will need to file your IFTA report with your base jurisdiction (home state) according to its rules and regulations. Each state has their own IFTA filing rules, and if you don't file based on these regulations your report could be rejected. An example of this would be if your state required you to e-file, but you paper file. Check out your base jurisdiction requirements here.

Correct IFTA Fuel Tax Rates and Calculations

Before filing it is important to double-check the information on your return. Figuring out your IFTA fuel tax can be complicated due to time-consuming calculations. That is why you should let ExpressIFTA handle all of the IFTA calculations with 100% accuracy on your behalf.

The process is quick and easy. All you have to do is create your free account, enter your business and vehicle information, and enter your IFTA records at your own pace. You can keep detailed trip sheet entries or enter all of your information on a monthly basis with the quick entry screen.

Simplify IFTA Reporting

You can use the bulk upload to import all of your information at once with our premade template or your own Excel file. Also, you can import all of your mileage information directly from your GPS, and we even accept ELD data to make the process incredibly quick and painless.

Your information will be compiled into an easy-to-read IFTA report that contains all of the calculations you need to complete your return. Each equation is 100% accurate based on the information you enter so you won’t have to waste time-solving complicated calculations.

If you have questions our live US-based support team is here to help. We’re available over the phone Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at

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