My IFTA Return Is Late, Now What?

Great job truckers, we’re proud of you for meeting the 4th quarter IFTA deadline that was a few days ago on January 31. However, if you missed the deadline then you could find yourself in trouble with major penalties to face.

Now if you missed the deadline, you don’t have to panic yet. There’s actually still time to file, and you could get your return in before they notice it’s late. Take a breath to relax, then quickly and easily generate your IFTA report with ExpressIFTA.

My IFTA return is late, now what?

IFTA penalties

Just to stress the importance of filing IFTA as soon as you can, we will remind you about the IFTA penalties. The penalty for failing to meet the deadline is $50 or 10% of the tax you owe, depending on which amount is greater.

Then you will owe an additional fee of .4167% of the total tax you owe and this amount will accrue on a monthly basis until you pay the full amount due. On top of that, your base jurisdiction reserves the right to impose their own penalties and may even revoke your license.

Luckily, first-time offenders usually don’t have their licenses revoked, but missing the deadline may increase your chances of receiving an IFTA audit, and that comes with its own set of hassles.

So, What Do You Need To Do?

Get with ExpressIFTA, create your free account, and generate your IFTA report as soon as possible so you can quickly and easily complete your return with your base jurisdiction. Historically, IFTA has been complicated and reporting would take hours.

But that’s not the case with ExpressIFTA because their innovative features make it simple to instantly import all your information. Then their program will automatically calculate all of your IFTA calculations needed to complete your return, so you don’t have to waste time on complicated equations.

Don’t let the fact that your return is late get you in a rush. Be sure to take your time to avoid making simple mistakes. ExpressIFTA actually gives you the ability to file at your own pace and according to your own preferences.

For example, you can record your mileage records by odometer readings or distance traveled. Also, you can keep extremely detailed records for your business per trip with the trip sheet entries feature.

Also, you can import all of your information for the month with the quick entry screen or upload all of your information at once with the bulk upload feature. Simple use our downloadable template or your own excel file.

Plus, you have the option to directly pull your mileage records from your GPS and ExpressIFTA even accepts ELD data.

Before your IFTA report is generated our system will audit it to catch any basic mistakes. For example, we will catch if you reported traveling between two nonadjacent states, or if you purchased fuel in a state you didn’t travel in.

When it comes to IFTA, you aren’t alone. The live us-based ExpressIFTA support team is standing by to help. Contact us with any questions that you may have Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and you can reach us via 24/7 email support at

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