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 IFTA deadlines you need to be aware of:
IFTA Due Date
January – March
April – June
July – September
October – December
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: Total miles traveled by each vehicle
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 2nd Quarter IFTA deadline!