You know when your truck starts making weird noises and so you just blast that XM radio until you can’t hear everything falling apart? By not filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax 2290 (HVUT 2290), you’re just turning the radio up on your life. You need to file IRS Form 2290 by Friday, August 31st to continue operating legally within the United States, so what are you waiting for?
Some background on the HVUT and why ignoring the metaphorical clunking sound it’s making is bad:
The HVUT 2290 applies to any vehicle traveling public highways that weighs 50,000 pounds or more. This weight, called the taxable gross weight or gross vehicle weight (GVW), does not include any loads, but it does include whatever it takes for the truck to function (except for your foot on the pedal. Don’t figure your own weight into your GVW).
IRS Form 2290 needs to be filed by the last day of the month in the month following your first month on the road. So if your rig’s first day out on the town is in October, you’ll need to file your HVUT 2290 by November 30th of the next year. The current HVUT period began on July 1, 2018, so if you were driving your truck during last year’s HVUT period, you need to file a new IRS Form 2290 by Friday, August 31.
Why You Need To File IRS Form 2290
Simply put, not filing your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is illegal. Your receipt for filling your HVUT 2290 is your Schedule 1, which allows you to renew your plates, travel across borders, and operate legally on highways. The DOT and DMV both recognize your Schedule 1, and you may be asked for it if you get pulled over, so you best have a valid one in your glove box.
How to E-File 2290
This is the part where we tell you how it gets better. If you file 2290 online, you can stop worrying about pushing off getting your stamped Schedule 1, and you can stop worrying about if you’re going to fill out your IRS Form 2290 right.
Our sister product ExpressTruckTax offers a step-by-step guide to help you pretty instantly complete your 2290 form and receive a copy of that stamped Schedule 1. Plus, ExpressTruckTax makes it incredibly easy to make sure your information is right––even after you’ve already sent your HVUT 2290 to the IRS.
ExpressTruckTax does an internal error-check on your HVUT before it even goes out, but if there are still things you need to change you can file amendments, edit your form, and even make free VIN corrections.
Also, with the ExpressTruckTax app, you can file from any location at any time with your mobile device. Meaning you can file even if you’re out on a haul!
The HVUT 2290 deadline is Friday, August 31st. You don’t have a ton of time, but don’t you dare turn that radio back up and ignore your HVUT. Instead, head straight for ExpressTruckTax and get it off your mind, and off your plate.
Trust us when we say that the DOT will not understand having expired tags.