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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The IFTA Filing Deadline is TODAY! How To File Fast Now

Truckers are hurrying to file their IFTA fuel tax today, as it is the IFTA filing deadline.
And just like that, today, July 31st, is the 2nd quarter IFTA filing deadline!

It’s important to file your IFTA tax return by midnight tonight to avoid major penalties.

Did Form 2290 filing distract you from the IFTA filing deadline? Don’t stress! We have a solution that will help you meet the deadline.

It’s simple. ExpressIFTA handles all of your IFTA reporting needs online.

With amazing features like our free IFTA tax calculator, you can generate your IFTA tax report quickly and use it to file your IFTA tax return.

Here’s everything you need to know to file in time for today’s IFTA filing deadline.


The IFTA Filing Deadline is TODAY! How To File Fast Now

Are You Required To File IFTA Fuel Tax?

If you operate in two or more jurisdictions, you must have an IFTA sticker and license.

You are also required to file a quarterly IFTA fuel tax report calculating how much fuel tax you owe (or are credited).

IFTA reporting is necessary because, while state fuel tax would typically cover mileage traveled in a certain state, truckers frequently cross state borders. Therefore, where they purchase fuel isn’t always an accurate depiction of where they’re using it.

You’re required to participate in IFTA reporting if your vehicle has 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or combined weight over 26,000 pounds, has 2 axles and a registered gross weight over 26,000 pounds, or has 3 or more axles regardless of weight.


What Information Do You Need?

To complete your IFTA tax return, you’ll need the following information:

To get started, simply create a free account with your email. Then, enter business information, vehicle information, and your base jurisdiction, which is your home state or the state where your vehicle is registered.

Then, enter mileage information! You can enter directly from your GPS or use our bulk upload feature to save time.

Use our free IFTA tax calculator to get your total miles, gallons, miles per gallon, and IFTA tax amount.

Our system will automatically calculate MPG for your vehicle(s). You can even select the appropriate MPG range for your vehicle(s) and ExpressIFTA will notice if data you enter falls outside that range and make corrections if needed.

Then, ExpressIFTA will calculate penalties, interest, credits, or refunds based on your Base Jurisdiction’s instructions.

After that, you can email your IFTA tax report to yourself or any selected recipient. 


How To Complete Your IFTA Tax Return


ExpressIFTA makes generating your IFTA tax report before the IFTA deadline simple. Plus, with our free IFTA tax calculator, you’ll get all of your IFTA filing totals with 100% accuracy.

We’ll generate an easy-to-read quarterly IFTA tax report containing everything you need in order to complete your return before the IFTA deadline. Print, download, or email your information at any time!

Use this report and our IFTA tax tools to help make your IFTA filing process simpler and quicker. With ExpressIFTA, you still have a chance to meet the IFTA deadline.







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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

Truckers hurry to file 2019 Form 2290 by the 2290 due date.

2019 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.

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.



IRS Form 2290 Deadline Countdown

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