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Friday, July 22, 2016

E-Sign Form 8453-EX — ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight

Around these parts, we do what we do to make things easier for truckers. Which in our case, usually means helping truckers understand and e-file Form 2290—just because that’s our expertise.

But some truck drivers and carriers are unaware that we actually support a few other tax forms and features, too. One of these being Form 8453-EX.

What is Form 8453-EX, you ask? Also known as the "Excise Tax Declaration for an IRS e-File Return", the 8453-EX is a declaration by a taxpayer to authenticate an electronic Form 2290 and authorize an intermediate service provider to transmit their return using a third-party transmitter.

Basically, if somebody else files your taxes on your behalf, you need to file this form.

A taxpayer e-filing directly through ExpressTruckTax doesn’t have to file an 8453-EX, though. But if you’re an accountant or other service provider filing on behalf of a trucker, an 8453-EX has to be signed to authorize the transmission.

What Is the E-Sign Feature?


This feature is beneficial to both truckers and accountants alike. With the e-signing feature for Form 8453-EX, CPAs can get instant permission to e-file for their client as a third party!

Once you’ve finished the e-filing process for a client, our system will prompt you and your client to sign Form 8453-EX. This link directs your client to our e-sign site and allows them to sign the 8453-EX on any device. They can even e-sign it with their fingertip if they are using a tablet or a mobile device with a touchscreen.

Once they’ve e-signed (or rejected the form), it will return to the ExpressTruckTax system and you’ll be notified.

How Does E-Signing Help Me?


If you haven’t put it together yet, ExpressTruckTax offers a safe and secure way to get your clients to e-sign Form 8453-EX in seconds. Best of all, e-signing works on any device—computer, tablet, and mobile phone.

Plus, you get to avoid coordinating faxes on an old fax machine.



How Do I E-Sign Form 8453-EX?


When e-filing with ExpressTruckTax, all you need to do is click the link to email the electronic form to your client, and after they receive it, they can follow detailed instructions on how to complete the process on their end.


If you have any questions about e-signing 8453-EX, live chat with us over at ExpressTruckTax.com.



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Monday, July 18, 2016

ExpressTruckTax Feature Spotlight: Additional Users

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Sometimes you need more than one person manning your professional tax products, especially if you run a larger fleet and need to

Whether this is an office manager or an official accountant, you can invite any additional users to your ExpressTruckTax account with the Multi-User Access feature.

What Is Multi-User Access Feature?


Like we said, Multi-User Access allows you to have multiple users managing one account. With this feature, you simply click My Account from the Dashboard page, then find Manage Users, and click View.

After that, you just need to add the user’s name and contact information, including their email address. They will be emailed instructions on how to setup their sub-user account.

The newly created sub-user will be able to manage and view returns, create returns, and/or transmit returns to the IRS, depending on the permissions you set for them.

What Are the Advantages of the Additional User Feature?


Thanks to the permissions we have in ExpressTruckTax, you can segment responsibilities to your employees, share your Form 2290 online with other members of your company, and have an accountant review and transmit Form 2290 for you!

Instead of sharing passwords and logins, you can create a network of additional users to improve your fleet’s workflow.

Best of all, you assign access type permissions as you create your additional users.

What Account Permissions Does ExpressTruckTax Offer?



  • View Only: This access type allows a sub-user to view your Form 2290 information, but they cannot edit or transmit.
  • Edit Only: This access type allows a sub-user to view and edit your Form 2290 information, but they cannot transmit it on your behalf.
  • Edit and Transmit: This access type allows a sub-user to view, edit, and transmit your Form 2290 information.





Related Blog: ExpressTruckTax Additional Users Feature

So don’t forget, when you need to e-file Form 2290 online, don’t just take it upon yourself—use your team and get things done with ease.

If you have any questions about creating additional user accounts, reach out to our awesome customer support squad at 704.234.6005! We’ll get you back to e-filing in no time!


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Friday, July 15, 2016

5 Simple Steps to File Form 2290 with ExpressTruckTax

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As we keep rolling through truck tax season, we’ve had a few callers ask us to go through the e-filing system step-by-step.

So we’re gonna break things down real quick, and show you that you can e-file Form 2290 in 5 easy steps!

First Step - Login


The first step for any truck tax filer is to create their account—of course, if they’ve filed with us before, they can just sign in.

It’s easy, it only takes a moment, and it’s FREE. We won’t charge you a single cent for creating your account! You only pay once you’ve e-filed using our service, which won’t take too long, thankfully.

Second Step - Information


On your second step, you enter your business information. This includes your name and your Employer Information Number (EIN), which you need to make sure you know.

Pro Tip: Did you know you can e-file 2290 straight from the ExpressTruckTax App?

Third Step - Details


Now you need to enter your tax year and first used month for the vehicle(s) you are filing for. The tax year for IRS Form 2290 starts July 1 of each year and ends on June 30 of the following year.

You file Form 2290 based on the first used month of the vehicle. For example, if your vehicle was first used on public highways in September, you have until October 31 to file your 2290.

After that, enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and the taxable gross weight of the vehicle you are filing for. You can also select if your vehicle is used for any special purposes, such as for agricultural use or logging.

Fourth Step - Payment


As we calculate the taxes on your 2290, make sure you’re familiar with the IRS payment options available to pay the IRS for your HVUT, including:


  • Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal
  • Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS)
  • Check or Money Order


Fifth Step - Transmit


Before we transmit, we’ll check over your form to make sure it’s clear of any basic errors. On your end, double check the summary to be sure that your business and vehicle information are correct. Once your payment information has been entered, your return is ready to be transmitted to the IRS. Simply add your electronic signature and transmit!



Secret Final Step - Celebrate


A few moments after you file, you’ll get your 2290 Schedule 1. With that in hand, you can go out and celebrate. If you have some vacation time, that is. If not, at least you’ll be roadworthy!

If you have any questions about filing your excise taxes, please reach out to us and let us know! Our dedicated customer service team is waiting by the phones and checking their email inboxes, ready to help you!


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

5 Ways to Get Help E-Filing Your 2290

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There’s no escaping it—taxes are difficult. We know it, you know it, your carrier knows it.

But what would you say if we knew a group that doesn’t mind truck taxes. In fact, they spend their day helping truckers e-file their truck taxes!

Sounds ridiculous right? Well, it’s not! Here at ExpressTruckTax, our support experts dedicate their days to answering your e-filing questions. Really, there’s someone available to direct you in the right direction throughout the entire day.

How do we do this? By providing 5 avenues of contact, we’ve made it possible for you to get help for any 2290 questions you may come across.

Call Us on the Phone


Throughout the year, we keep our specialists ready to answer your calls from 9am to 6pm. During 2290 peak season, you can probably find someone ready to answer your calls even earlier, and even later.

We do this so that we match your schedule as best as possible!

Best of all, you’ll always talk to a friendly voice located in downtown Rock Hill, South Carolina. There’s something about outsourcing your questions to a call center across the world that just doesn’t sit right with us.

So give us a call at 704.234.6005!

Send Us an Email


Of course, the thought may strike you to e-file your 2290 in the middle of the night. Stranger things have happened!

When you’re sitting up in your sleeper cab, wondering how you can claim a suspended vehicle credit, you know it’s too late to call us.

So you can just send us an email at Support@ExpressTruckTax.com, and we’ll get you a response as soon as possible.

Chat With Us


Maybe you just have a small question, nothing you want to get wrapped up in a conversation about.

There’s a simple solution for that, too.

You can just send us a quick chat via the ExpressTruckTax website.

In fact, you just gotta click “chat with us,” and the chat window will walk you through the rest.

Find Us on Facebook


Sometimes it feels like everybody has Facebook. Not only will you find your friends, but you’ll find kids, grandmothers, heck—even dogs. But most importantly, you’ll find companies like ExpressTruckTax doing what they can from Facebook.

Now, you’re free to comment on our posts with your issues, but you can also send us a message via Facebook as well.

If you have sensitive information you need to share with us, send us a message on Facebook and we will follow up with instructions for a secure, fast, and easy communication.

Hashtag It on Twitter


Sometimes it’s easier to just blast out a tweet. Sure, half the time we’re tweeting about stuff like cats and Taco Tuesday, but Twitter is actually one of the best places to reach a customer representative.

If you have any issues e-filing, send us a tweet at @ExpressTruckTax containing the hashtags #ETTSupport or #ExpressTruckTax, and we’ll get your issue squared away.

So instead of pulling your hair out over confusing tax forms, try these 5 channels to reach the experts at ExpressTruckTax!


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Friday, July 8, 2016

What to Do If Your Tax 2290 Return is Rejected by the IRS

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So you were very proactive this year, and you decided to go ahead and e-file tax form 2290.

But then you discover, your 2290 tax return has been rejected by the IRS. So what does that mean for you?

Basically, you need to keep filing until you get things right.

Thankfully, we here at ExpressTruckTax believe in unlimited retransmissions for rejected returns.

Now we've heard some people would rather just not file their 2290s than bother with re-transmissions—but that doesn't make any sense.

What Are the Penalties for Failing to File Form 2290?


Basically, you’re going to get hit with a bunch of financial costs if you fail to, or are late, paying
Form 2290. Penalties can range from 4.5 percent of total tax due, assessed on a monthly basis up to five months to an additional monthly penalty equal to 0.5 percent of total tax due for late filers.

Additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month accrue as well.

Do I Need to E-File Tax Form 2290?


When you e-file your 2290 with ExpressTruckTax, you receive your Schedule 1, which shows an IRS e-file watermark with the date the return was received and processed. This will be accepted by all DOT’s, DMV’s, and other federal authorities.

ExpressTruckTax automatically emails the stamped Schedule 1 after the IRS accepts your 2290. We can also send you updates via text and fax–plus we can even notify your company/carrier.

Your stamped Schedule 1 counts as your proof of payment.

What if you e-filed your tax form 2290 and then something changes—like your vehicle weight?

Just File a 2290 Amendment


When the information on the vehicle you filed for changes, the IRS wants you to file a Form 2290 Amendment. If you want to get that taken care of quickly, just e-file it with ExpressTruckTax. The choice is simple.

So don't skip out on your tax filing, just because you're frustrated. In fact, with unlimited retransmission—its all easy!




So if your 2290 is rejected this truck tax season, don’t worry! Instead, login to ExpressTruckTax, and we’ll take care of what we can.

See, it pays off to be proactive!

Related Blog: 7 Common E-Filing Mistakes to Avoid



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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

New IRS 2290 for Tax Year 2016 - 2017

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You probably didn’t realize that there’s a new IRS Form 2290, did you?

It’s OK, not much changed, however, you can only use this form to file your Form 2290 for the tax period beginning on July 1, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017.

To learn more about this new form, check out the material provided by the IRS.

Click here to learn more about why Form 2290 has changed, and what it means for your filing.

And when you have that covered, you can go stand in line with your completed Form 2290.

But why waste your time trying to figure it out yourself when you have ExpressTruckTax on your side.

With our interview-style form completion, we’ll help you e-file—yes e-file—your Form 2290 with the IRS.

That means, no standing in line at the IRS office, no trying to figure out complicated tax jargon by yourself, and no wasting time off the road.



Create your free account with ExpressTruckTax and start e-filing your 2290, today!


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Form 2290 Due Dates for the Tax Year 2016 - 2017

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So you’ve kept track of your paperwork and you’re now ready to file your Form 2290 with the IRS to get your stamped Schedule 1.

But why wait in that long line at the IRS office, deal with people giving you a hard time and miss out on payable hours driving when you don’t have to?

That’s right; there’s a completely easier way to do all of this—ExpressTruckTax.

ExpressTruckTax is designed to help keep you on the road and out of the IRS office.

We even provide you with valuable information, such as Form 2290 due date for this year, the Form 2290 due date 2016, and the Form 2290 due date for 2017.

Take look at our easy-to-understand chart that explains exactly when you should file and pay your taxes:

IF, in this period, the vehicle is first used during
Then, file IRS Form 2290 and make your payment by*
July, 2016
August 31, 2016
August, 2016
September 30, 2016
September, 2016
October 31, 2016
October, 2016
November 30, 2016
November, 2016
January 3, 2017
December, 2016
January 31, 2017
January, 2017
February 28, 2017
February, 2017
March 31, 2017
March, 2017
May 1, 2017
April, 2017
May 31, 2017
May, 2017
June 30, 2017
June, 2017
July 31, 2017


So you decide—would you rather stand in line at the IRS office and in the comfort of your own truck?

We’ll be waiting at ExpressTruckTax.com to help you e-file your Form 2290 before your deadline.


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Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 HVUT 2290 Season!

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Hooray—the HVUT Form 2290 filing season starts today!

Who’s excited? OK, I know, it’s a little much to get excited over taxes but when you use services like ExpressTruckTax there’s reason to celebrate.

Our interview-style format and friendly customer support representatives make it easy for your to e-file your Form 2290 to the IRS without ever having to leave the comfort of your own truck.

That’s right! Ditch the long lines at the IRS office and leave the complicated paperwork behind. ExpressTruckTax is the future of  HVUT Form 2290 e-filing

ExpressTruckTax Offers

When you make the right choice to use ExpressTruckTax you’ll get surprised at all of the great offers that come with it.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at all of these great features are included in your account:

  • Complete e-filing of your 2290
  • Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes—sent by fax or email
  • E-filing Form 2290 amendments
  • 2290 VIN corrections 
  • Unlimited submissions for rejected Form 2290s
  • Instant tax audit
  • Text notifications 
  • Instant proof of payment notification 
  • A friendly USA-based support anytime you need it

So now that the season is officially here and you have a service ready to help you, let’s get to e-filing and receiving that stamped Schedule 1 before the rush hits.

Create your free account at ExpressTruckTax now and start e-filing your HVUT Form 2290 now so you can get back to doing more of what you love—keeping America running.

Visit  www.ExpressTruckTax.com to e-file your HVUT Form 2290 today!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

E-file 2290s at the Right Price!

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2290.

Seems like the magic number everyone has been talking about since last month, the month before that, this month, and next month.

But a 2290 is something that as a trucker–whether you’re a greenhorn or an experienced road warrior—you should know.

And no, “2290” isn’t code for a rest stop or a crazy four-wheeler switching lanes every ten seconds. It’s a number—by that we mean a tax form—designated by the glorious moguls of the IRS to name the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax that all truckers have to pay each year.

When it comes to filing and paying this tax, there are a lot of options out there.

  • You could stand in a long line at the IRS office, only to get turned away when you don’t have all of the information you need. 
  • You could fill out the form yourself and then mail it, along with your money, to the IRS. 
  • Or, you could use the most-trusted e-file provider of 2290s, ExpressTruckTax, and never have to leave the comfort of your home or truck. 

We’ve been in the business long enough to have seen just about every type of problem you might experience when filing your 2290.

But we’re not just a place to complete and transmit your return, we also offer a whole heck of a lot of features too.

Check ‘em out!

ExpressTruckTax Features


First off, getting started with ExpressTruckTax is completely free. That’s right...FREE! All you need to do is create an account (or use the one you created last year) and then click file.

There’s no complicated programs to download or forms to print off—everything is done right from your phone, computer, or tablet.

You also have the option of using these other great features that come along in your account:

  • Complete e-filing of your 2290
  • Stamped Schedule 1 within minutes—sent by fax or email
  • E-filing Form 2290 amendments
  • 2290 VIN corrections 
  • Unlimited submissions for rejected Form 2290s
  • Instant tax audit
  • Text notifications 
  • Instant proof of payment notification 
  • A friendly USA-based support anytime you need it

The Price


Don’t pay the price of trusting anyone else to file your 2290 for you.

Don’t pay the price when you are late getting your 2290 to the IRS.

Don’t pay anyone else to do the job for you when you can use ExpressTruckTax.

Trust me. ExpressTruckTax is the right price to pay for all of your 2290 needs. And we’ll be here year after year to help you.

After all, it’s truckers that keeps America running. ExpressTruckTax is here to keep you on the road.

Log in or create an account now with ExpressTruckTax and get to filing your 2290 before the madness at the IRS office sets in. Just visit www.ExpressTruckTax.com.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

IRS Form 2290 Payment Methods

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You can pay for your taxes with 3 different payment methods, but unfortunately, credit card and debit card are not an option.

However, you can pay your ExpressTruckTax FILING FEE with credit or debit. But that’s it!

So how can you pay for Form 2290?

Direct Debit or Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW):


If you go with EFW for payment, the IRS will initiate an electronic funds withdrawal (direct debit) from your bank, using bank details that you provide.

Of course, you want to make sure that you have enough funds in your account to cover the taxes due.

EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System):


Here’s the tricky one—the IRS accepts payments via EFTPS, as well. You need to schedule the EFTPS payment on your own and you are responsible for timely payment of the taxes.

Now, this option isn’t for everybody and most single truck filers won’t have this as an option. To find out more, visit the EFTPS website or call 1-800-555-4477.

For Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) payments to be on time, you must initiate the transaction at least 1 business day before the date the payment is due.

Check or Money Order:


You can also send your payment by check or money order, but not by cash. When you pay by check or money order, you need to print the completed payment voucher—2290-V, page 5 of the completed form 2290.

Make your payment payable to the United States Treasury, and then write your name, address, EIN, "IRS Form 2290" and the date (as entered in Box 3) on your payment. Detach the voucher 2290-V and send it with your payment.

If you have filed electronically, don’t send IRS Form 2290 and Schedule 1 with the payment voucher. Don’t staple your payment to the voucher or IRS Form 2290, either.

Send the payment and voucher 2290-V to:

Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 804525,
Cincinnati, OH 45280-4525



Just to reiterate, you cannot pay for your 2290 taxes with a credit or debit card! We accept the payment only for the filing fee.

If you have any questions about payment methods, reach out to our awesome support team at ExpressTruckTax by phone at 704.234.6005.


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