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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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