How To Understand All Of The 2020 IFTA Exemptions


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Calculating IFTA taxable miles can be extremely confusing. There are a ton of rules and exemptions to understand for accurate calculations.

And because IFTA is an agreement between independently operating jurisdictions, there are tons of differences in the way exemptions are handled between those IFTA jurisdictions.

Here’s an overview of how to understand 2020 IFTA exemptions.

States with IFTA exemptions

First of all, let’s cover the IFTA jurisdictions with some form of IFTA exemptions:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • British Columbia
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Manitoba
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ohio
  • Ontario
  • Pennsylvania
  • Saskatchewan
  • New Brunswick
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Each of these jurisdictions has different IFTA exemptions for different situations that they define in different ways.

We don’t have enough time to cover each and every jurisdiction’s IFTA exemptions, but you can see the full breakdown here.

Now let’s cover the different kinds of possible IFTA exemptions.

Distance IFTA exemptions

Categories of IFTA distance exemptions:

  • Off-highway
  • Forest roads
  • Agriculture roads
  • Private roads
  • Federal property
  • Turn-pike miles
  • Trip permit

Each IFTA jurisdiction has different methods for defining these IFTA taxable mile exemptions. Check out the full breakdown here.

Fuel IFTA exemptions

Categories of IFTA fuel exemptions:

  • Off-Road Diesel
  • Temporary permits
  • Offloading idle time
  • Indian reservation fuel
  • Farmers
  • Gasoline
  • Gasohol
  • E-85
  • M-85
  • A-55
  • Biodiesel

Each jurisdiction has different methods of defining these categories and requiring members to file claims. For a full breakdown of each jurisdiction go here.

Vehicle IFTA exemptions

Categories of IFTA vehicle exemptions:

  • Government-owned vehicles
  • Political subdivisions
  • School buses
  • Buses
  • Special mobile equipment
  • Farm plated vehicles
  • Temporary permit vehicles
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Dealer registration plates
  • Non-highway vehicles
  • Tow trucks
  • Other

IFTA exemptions for vehicles often only apply to government-owned and operated trucks and buses. Sometimes, however, vehicle exemptions are applied to farm plated vehicles or recreational vehicles, so it’s worth checking out your jurisdiction’s individual rules here.

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