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Thursday, October 17, 2019

2019 3rd Quarter IFTA Tax Rate Changes You Need To Know

Trucker fueling his vehicle and logging fuel records for the IFTA fuel tax.
Recently, there have been changes made to the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) tax rates.

The states that made changes in IFTA tax rates include Alabama, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia.

The 3rd quarter IFTA tax deadline is coming up on October 31, 2019. Here’s what you need to know about IFTA tax rates in regards to generating your IFTA tax return.

IFTA Tax Rate Changes

IFTA Fuel Tax Rates

Each state has different rules and regulations regarding fuel tax. IFTA fuel tax rates vary by state.

This year, the state of Alabama has made some changes in IFTA fuel tax rates for the month of September, but not for the months of July and August. That means that Alabama will have a split rate for the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Virginia has also made changes that will affect the upcoming quarter, by altering the surcharge for the 3rd quarter of 2019.

Refer to the table below for all 2019 3rd quarter IFTA fuel tax rate changes:

IFTA fuel tax rates per state


3rd Quarter IFTA Reporting Deadline


The IFTA fuel tax due date for the 3rd quarter is October 31, 2019.

Generate your IFTA tax return now with ExpressIFTA, the industry’s leading online IFTA reporting software.

Follow these simple steps to generate your IFTA tax return in minutes:

-  Create your free account
-  Add your basic business details
-  Select your base jurisdiction
-  Add you vehicle details
-  Enter your miles and fuel records
-  Generate your IFTA report

Once you’ve generated your report, simply file it with your base jurisdiction. For more information about IFTA reporting, please visit https://www.expressifta.com/, or select the button below to get started!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Trucking Industry News: Recent Changes You Need To Know About

The trucking industry has undergone significant changes recently.
The trucking industry has undergone significant changes over the last few years as it has grown into one of the most important industries in America.

Trucking regulations, DOT hours of service rules, and paperwork have kept truck drivers on their toes.

Are you up to date with the latest trucking news?

Here’s all the trucking industry information you need to know.

Trucking Industry Information

Trucking Regulations

One of the biggest changes to trucking regulations has been the introduction of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD).

There was plenty of fear and worry surrounding this topic in 2017, as truck drivers were unsure how ELDs would affect the trucking industry as a whole.

While some concerns regarding ELDs, such as increasing van rates, have proved true, the trucking industry has seen steady growth through 2018 and 2019 due to ELDs.

Trucking HOS

Hand in hand with the creation of the ELD is the government’s attention to drivers’ HOS, or Hours of Service.

ELDs are intended to make drivers more accountable for their trucking HOS, or drive time. This includes accountability for the 14-hour DOT hours of service rules.
Trucking regulations have significantly changed due to enforcement of trucking HOS.The 14-hour rule specifically says that the driver, “May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.”

Although these DOT hours of service rules have been around since 2013, drivers commonly “doctored” their logs to circumvent this regulation.

With ELDs, this log manipulation is impossible.


Staying Up To Date

The trucking industry is constantly changing, and it’s important to stay up to date with trucking business news in order to remain profitable.

Keeping up with trucking industry news is critical to your success. Check out our other blogs to get the inside scoop!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

How to Stay on Top of Your IFTA Taxes


Truckers need to file their IFTA taxes on a quarterly basis by the 4 IFTA deadlines.
Trucking is a critical industry in America. You have lots of responsibility, and unfortunately, lots of taxes to keep up with.

Thanks to online software, however, many trucking taxes can be completed online, saving you tons of time.

Are you familiar with IFTA taxes? You’ll need to file quarterly by the IFTA deadlines to avoid penalties. Here’s everything you need to know about IFTA reporting.

IFTA Reporting

What is IFTA?

IFTA stands for the “International Fuel Tax Agreement”.

This agreement between the lower 48 American states and the Canadian provinces was created to simplify fuel tax reporting between jurisdictions.

Essentially, if you were to travel all the way through North Carolina, just to fill up in Virginia and turn around and go straight back through North Carolina, your fuel tax will not be properly distributed amongst the states you traveled.

Rather than turning in separate reports abiding by the mandates of each state, IFTA fuel tax report simplifies that process with only one quarterly report for the state you’re registered in.

IFTA reporting is used to list how many gallons of fuel have been bought, and how many miles have been traveled in each jurisdiction.

Do You Need to File?

You’re required to file an IFTA fuel tax report if your vehicle:

1.  Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds or
2.  Has two axles and a registered weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds or
3.  Has three or more axles or
4.  Has a combination weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds.

If your vehicle meets one of these requirements, you’ll need to complete your IFTA reporting on a quarterly basis.

These are the the IFTA deadlines you need to be aware of:


Quarter
Quarterly Period
IFTA Due Date
1st 
January - March
April 30
2nd 
April - June
July 31
3rd
July - September
October 31
4th
October - December
January 31

It’s important to file your IFTA forms before the IFTA deadlines to avoid penalties and interest.

How to Complete Your IFTA Filing

To file your IFTA fuel tax report, you’ll need the following information:

The International Fuel Tax Agreement simplifies IFTA reporting between jurisdictions.

-  Total miles travelled by vehicle
-  Total gallons of fuel consumed by vehicle
-  Total miles traveled per jurisdiction
-  Total taxable gallons consumed per jurisdiction
-  Tax-paid gallons purchased per jurisdiction
-  Current tax rates for each member jurisdiction


Luckily, you can use an online service like ExpressIFTA to generate your IFTA quarterly return.

Simply create a free account, enter your business & vehicle details, select your base jurisdiction, upload miles & fuel records, and generate your IFTA fuel tax report.

The best part is that ExpressIFTA conveniently allows you to enter records into the system via Trip Sheets, Quick Entries, or GPS Upload. Plus, everything you enter is automatically saved so you can add records as frequently as you’d like to update your IFTA fuel tax report at any time.

Once your IFTA forms have been generated, complete your IFTA reporting by filing with your base jurisdiction.

Get started with your IFTA filing today in preparation for the 3rd Quarter IFTA deadline!











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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Road Rage Prevention: Tips That Just Might Save Your Life

Truck driver safety tips help reduce the danger of life on the road. Road rage prevention starts with truck driver safety.
For many truck drivers, life on the road can be a constant challenge.

You’re just trying to do your job, but distracted drivers are everywhere, and so is road rage.

Just like you, our biggest goal for truckers in America is to promote truck driver safety on the road.

You work hard every day. At the end of it, you deserve to come home safely to your family. That’s why we’ve collected these road rage tips to help with road rage prevention. 

Tips to Avoid Road Rage

Identify Road Rage Promoters

The first step to road rage prevention is recognizing the factors that cause it.

Road rage is aggressive behavior triggered by uncontrolled anger towards fellow motorists or truckers on the road.

This anger can stem from other drivers’ actions, or from more personal issues like running late, or having a bad day.

Road rage prevention starts with recognition. Are you tailgating the driver in front of you? Swerving in and out of lanes quickly with no blinker? What about speeding?

When you’re doing these things, you are not only increasing risk of accident due to the inability to stop quickly, but you’re also taking your focus off of driving.

Road rage consumes all thoughts and emotions, causing drivers to miss things and have delayed reactions.

One of the best ways to avoid road rage is to recognize the situation and remove yourself from it, choosing truck driver safety above all else.

Road Rage Prevention

Now that you’re able to recognize the situation you’re in, adhere to these tips to avoid road rage:

1.  Ignore other drivers

The most effective road rage prevention strategy is to ignore other drivers completely, even if they are also truck drivers.

If you’re angry at the drivers around you, stop focusing on them.

The same goes for road rage around you. If drivers near you are exhibiting signs of road rage, avoid eye contact and let them pass. Like I mentioned, one of the best ways to avoid road rage is to recognize the situation and remove yourself from it.

2.  Control what you can

Truck driver safety is largely dependent on you, the truck driver. Consider altering the things you can control, such as the music.

Try playing calming music, or listening to an interesting podcast to distract yourself from other drivers.

3.  Your life is the most important

Sure, your job pays the bills, but your life is the most important thing.

Life on the road can be filled with pressure and uncertainty. However, if you need to pull over to the side of the road to re-group and de-stress, do it. Your load will be fine. Prioritize your safety.


Keep Trucking

With the holidays approaching, the roads will start to get crowded. 

There are many ways to avoid road rage and enhance truck driver safety.

Take a deep breath. Prioritize life on the road, and understand the consequences of untailored road rage.

Keep your cool with these road rage tips, or whatever works best for you.

Share these trucking safety tips to help promote trucker driver safety on the road.

Keep on trucking!







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