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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 2018
Whoa, 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 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

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.

TSNAmerica: 803.386.0320

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How To Tackle Your HVUT 2290 Before It Tackles You

How To Tackle Your HVUT 2290 Before It Tackles You
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.

Trust us when we say that the DOT will not understand having expired tags.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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

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 2290
Deadlines 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 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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