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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

You Need To Be Aware of 2019 CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week

Truck driver preparing for 2019 CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week
Hosted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance annually, this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week event will be during the week of July 14-20, 2019.

Law enforcement personnel will be paying close attention to commercial and passenger vehicle drivers that are engaging in dangerous behavior while driving.

If there’s ever a time to be “extra safe” it will be this week! Law enforcement is standing by ready to issue warnings and citations to those breaking the law.

Slow Down, Speedy!


Each year, the CVSA determines a new focus for its weeklong event. This year’s efforts will be strongly centered around speeding.

So for those that have a “heavy foot”...SLOW DOWN!

Speeding and reckless driving contribute to at least 26% of all traffic fatalities along with the ever-growing count of automobile accidents that resulted from someone driving above the designated speed limit.

The purpose of this year’s efforts is to endorse, promote, and support the theme:
“Late won’t kill you, speeding will!”

Drive With Caution This Week...And Every Week


Here are a few statistics from last year’s safety week that will make you think twice before being a reckless driver:
  • 16,909 passenger vehicle drivers issued speeding citations.
  • 1,908 commercial motor vehicle drivers issued citations for speeding.
  • 17 commercial motor vehicle drivers cited for driving too fast for conditions.
  • 714 passenger vehicle drivers cited for reckless driving for conditions.




Check Your Speed & IFTA Report


Your safety and the safety of others is important! Be cautious of your driving habits and surroundings as you “Keep America Trucking.”

While staying safe this week don’t forget about the 2nd quarter IFTA filing deadline on July 31st, 2019.

ExpressIFTA is the #1 online IFTA reporting software that you need to use for easily generating your quarterly fuel tax report with accurate fuel tax calculations.

Best of all, there’s no payment required until you generate or print your IFTA report! Click here to learn more about ExpressIFTA and get started on your 2nd quarter IFTA filing.






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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Countdown To The HVUT Due Date

Red semi truck 2019 Form 2290 advertisement2019 Form 2290 Kick Off Starts Now!

Often times truckers will wait until the last minute to file causing them more stress and the potential to miss out on important HVUT due dates. Missing a due date can lead to hefty penalties on top of taxes due. 

The HVUT annual fee is calculated by adding:
  • The actual unloaded vehicle weight, fully equipped for service. 
  • The unloaded weight of the semi-trailer or trailers, fully equipped in combination with the commercial vehicle. 
  • The maximum load weight usually carried on the vehicle and any semi-trailer(s) used.

HVUT Due Date

The IRS 2019 Form 2290 for Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes (HVUT) must be filed annually by August 31st. This year, however, the HVUT due date is technically September 3rd.

Although there is a shift in the 2019 HVUT due date, this isn't a call for procrastination.

Why September 3rd?

As mentioned August 31st is normally the HVUT due date, but this year that date falls on a Saturday and the following business day is on Labor Day.

File Your 2019 Form 2290 Now and Pay Later

We are encouraging all of our clients to file their 2019 Form 2290 as early as today and beat the rush. If procrastination is on your mind just think of how many other truckers are thinking the same thing.

The step-by-step instructions make filing as simple as can be. You also have access to trained support staff via phone, email, and live chat.

You could get your 2019 Form 2290 handled today and not worry about paying 2019 HVUT until later.


 File My Form 2290


What Happens If You File Late?

The IRS may impose penalties for several different reasons regarding 2019 HVUT. You may be penalized for failing to file your return or to pay taxes owed by the 2019 Form 2290 due date. HVUT penalties may also be applied for filing false or fraudulent returns. These penalties are in addition to interest accrued on late payments.

The penalty for filing after the HVUT due date is equal to 4.5% of the total tax due assessed on a monthly basis for up to five months. If you also make a late HVUT payment you will also face a monthly penalty of .5% of the total tax due and additional interest charges of .54% will accrue per month as well.





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