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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2290s And EINs: Everything You Need To Know

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax season is coming right at us at full speed! You can try to jump out of the way, but you’ll still need to file your Form 2290 by the August 31st deadline. Don’t let the deadline run you over. Be prepared and file as soon as possible to avoid having your form rejected. For example, it’s very important to know that you’re required to have an EIN.

What To Remember About Your EIN


Your EIN or your Employer Identification Number is also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number and the Federal Employer Identification Number or FEIN. EINs are assigned to businesses operating in the United States in order to identify them for tax reporting purposes. Each EIN consists of a unique 9 digit number.
  
This is important because you are required by the IRS to have an EIN to complete your 2290. They need it to identify you to correctly verify that you’re filing for yourself and to prevent fraud.

There may be some confusion when it comes to EINs and Social Security Numbers (SSN) because they’re both 9 digit identification codes. However, EINs are used to identify businesses, and social security numbers are used to identify individuals. Also, the IRS used to accept SSNs in place of EINs on Form 2290s, but that is no longer the case. If you use your SSN in the EIN field your form will be rejected.

Also, when it comes to the information on your 2290 such as your business name and address, it will need to match what the IRS has on file or it could be rejected. You can see if your information matches what the IRS has on file by contacting the IRS directly at (800) 829-4933.

If you don’t have an EIN you can apply for online for free with the IRS here. Once you finish applying you will instantly receive your 9 digit EIN, but please keep in mind that it will take about 15 days for your EIN to update in the IRS’s system and your 2290 could be rejected during this time.

Each EIN is is a unique code that never expires. However, as a sole proprietor you may need a new EIN if you’re subject to a bankruptcy proceeding, you incorporate, you take in new partners and operate as a partnership, or you purchase or inherit an existing business. 

How To File Your 2290


Why wait when you can go ahead and knock out your 2290 today? Go ahead and pre-file online with ExpressTruckTax or the ExpressTruckTax App now. Simply follow the step-by-step filing guide to instantly complete your form. As a result, your Form 2290 will be transmitted to the IRS as soon as they begin accepting returns and you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 in the blink of an eye.

You can also call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to pre-file your Form 2290 today over the phone. Simply give them a call and an outstanding US-based representative will file your 2290 for you! It’s that easy. Your Form 2290 will be transmitted to the IRS once the filing season opens and you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email. 

We’re Here To Help


The outstanding ExpressTruckTax team is always standing by to help. Contact us with any questions that you may have over the phone at 704.234.6005 Monday - Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM EST. You can also reach us via live chat and we offer 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Last Minute Father's Day Gifts For Truckers

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Father’s day is almost here so we hope you have the day off to spend at home with your kids, or that the trucking dad in your life will be there. Heck, some of you might be from a generation of truckers, who learned everything you know about driving for your pops. If you haven’t gotten your dad a gift yet check out these last minute ideas.

Gift Ideas For Trucking Dads


First of all, you can save your dad some money. He needs to file his 2290 soon and he can use the promo code FATHERSDAY17 to get 10% of filing his return. This discount lasts until Monday the 17th.

These gift ideas are a little less emotional than Mother’s Day gifts. Dads are the ones who teach us how to ride bikes and to heal our wounds by rubbing some dirt in it, they want stuff that’s cool, funny, or that they actually need!

Tech wise you could blow your dad’s mind by getting him a dash cam to record all the close calls he sees on the road. Then instead of trying to describe how two cars barely missed hitting each other or how he saw a really cool dog on a motorcycle, he can show you!

Your dad probably drinks coffee because you tired him out when you were younger, and now he’s addicted. Why not surprise him with a portable coffee pot for his rig so he can brew coffee at any time?

Along with that coffee pot be sure to include a mug that supports his favorite sports team or a funny saying to show off.  “I just dropped a load” and “I don’t always fill out a log book, but when I do it’s made up” are funny examples that are also found on t-shirts.

Another good idea might be to get your dad a super cool wireless headset that he can use to answer phone calls head free. When you aren’t talking to him he will still need something to listen to though, so maybe you could introduce your old man to podcasts. There are shows about almost everything from sports to trucking and even murder mysteries.

Don’t forget about how your dad needs entertainment for when he’s parked overnight too. Consider getting him a wifi hotspot so he can play computer games or watch Netflix. There are some awesome manly shows he can stream like the Vikings, Ice Road Truckers, House of Cards, and more.

Men don’t like shopping for themselves, so if you pick up something your dad needs for him then it’s like two gifts in one. See if he needs a new electric shaver to keep his awesome trucking beard maintained, a new pair of polarized sunglasses, a more comfortable seat cushion, etc.

You know your pops likes to eat, he has his dad bod to maintain. Go ahead and get him a stash of his favorite chips, candy, and more to enjoy on the road. You could also plan a dinner or breakfast at his favorite restaurant to give him a good meal after all the skimping he’s had to do with fast food on the road.

Happy Father’s Day


No one knows your dad better than you do, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect gift to show him how much he means to you. We would like to take a moment to thank all dads out there, for teaching your kids everything you know and crafting perfect drivers! Also, remember that the sooner to pre-file your 2290 the better!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The ExpressTruckTax App Makes E-Filing Form 2290 Easy

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There’s one solid fact about truckers that can’t be disproven. They’re on the move a lot, traveling all across different states. This can make things a little tricky when certain tax forms are due, like Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290.

How can you file while you’re out on the road? Do you stop somewhere to paper file? Do you hunt down a computer and wifi? Why not simplify things by using the ExpressTruckTax app to File your 2290 in a matter of minutes?

The ExpressTruckTax App


All you have to do to get started is download the free ExpressTruckTax app to your smartphone or tablet, then create a free account with your email address and personal password. As a result, you’ll have access to everything you can do on the ExpressTruckTax site and more right in the palm of your hand.

A few of the ExpressTruckTax app features include receiving a push notification once the IRS accepts your return, managing multiple businesses and EIN’s under one account, and accessing a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 anytime. It also allows you to file your Form 2290 at any time from any location!

You can file for the current 2016-17 season right now, or you can beat the rush by pre-filing for the 2017 season before it opens on July first. Your form will be transmitted directly to the IRS as soon as they begin accepting returns and you’ll receive a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 via email, almost instantly.

How To E-File With The ExpressTruckTax App


Once you’ve downloaded the app and logged into your account you’ll start by selecting if you would like to file for the 2016 tax year or pre-file for the 2017 season. Then you’ll enter the basic information for your business, like the name and address. Your personal information will be fine if you’re a sole proprietor.

Then you’ll need to enter your EIN or Employee Identification Number. You’ll need an EIN to complete your form if you need one you can apply with the IRS for one online. It will take about 15 days for your EIN to be entered in the e-filing system.
  
Next, you’ll enter your tax year, first use month, and your vehicle information including the VIN or Vehicle Identification Number, taxable gross weight, and if it was used for any special uses, such as agricultural purposes.

Don’t worry about doing any complicated calculations yourself, because we will automatically calculate the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe for you, so you don’t under or over pay. Then you can pay the amount you owe to the IRS via direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, or with a check or money order.

After you’ve paid the IRS we will perform an audit check on your form to catch any basic errors and we will present you with a summary check of your information to double check and make sure that you entered all of your information correctly.

Last but not least you’ll electronically sign your form with a 5 digit code of your choice and transmit it directly to the IRS. Then once the IRS stamps your Schedule 1, generally within minutes you’ll receive a copy via email.

There’s Another Way To Quickly File


You can quickly file your 2290 yourself with the ExpressTruckTax app, but you can also call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to have one of their outstanding representative's file for you over the phone. All you have to do is make a simple phone call to file, then you’ll receive a copy of your Schedule 1 via email, as soon as it’s stamped.

Got Any Questions?


Well then ask us! The dedicated support team at ExpressTruckTax is here to help. Call us Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST at 704.235.6005, take advantage of our live chat, or reach us through our 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Overweight Loads Involve Risky Business

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Trucking comes with a variety of loads. Sometimes you don’t even have a full load, and other times whether you’re aware of it or not, you could receive an overweight load, which comes with its own set of issues. The authorities are doing all they can to stop illegal loads from happening, so carry them at your own risk.

The Issues With Overweight Loads

Not all trucks are the same. They have different shapes and sizes, which allow some trucks to carry more weight than others depending on the amount of axles they have and the space between them. However, each truck is only legally certified to carry a certain amount of weight, and when that amount is passed then problems arise.
 
First of all, carrying extra weight is dangerous for yourself and other drivers around you. More weight makes it harder to stop in time. Plus, it makes it a lot easier to tip over. Any accidents that happen while you’re hauling extra weight will fall back on you. Even if you try to drive safe and keep extra distance between yourself and other cars, you never know what will happen.

Roads, bridges, ramps, and other infrastructure can only hold a certain amount of weight. Exceeding the limit could cause major damage. Heck, we already pay the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax for the damage that our legal loads cause to public highways! More weight does even more destruction!

Sometimes you could pick up a load from a shipper without a scale. That’s dangerous because you won’t know if you’re overweight til you hit the scale, and could get pulled over on the way to one. Any fine you get is your responsibility, and trust us, you don’t want an expensive overweight ticket. As a result of ignoring your ticket, the state could revoke your license.

Sure, you could try to avoid the scales, but the DOT has caught onto that little trick. That’s why they’ve set up traps to catch drivers who seem to be evading them.

If your carrier tells you that they’ll handle any possible fines, then you’ll still be driving at your own risk because truckers are responsible for what they haul. Plus, they won’t be able to help you if an accident occurs. If your carrier persuades you to do illegal things then it’s probably time to find a new one.
 
You can actually get permits for carrying overweight loads but they vary from state to state, and you’ll need one for each state you’ll be traveling through. To make matters worse each permit has its own set of rules and regulations. For example, you may not be allowed to travel with your overweight load on Sundays or after 12 PM. Contact a DMV in each state to learn about their regulations.

You’ll also have to amend your route to avoid any areas that can’t handle your structural load. While the government actually helps out by providing routes for overweight loads to protect the roads, it’s still time-consuming to do those extra steps for planning. Also, don’t forget to hire a lead car if your oversized load requires one!

Avoid Overweight Loads

Loads happen, we all know that. We also know that sometimes you may not know what you’re gonna get. In the event of an overweight load, drive it at your own risk. You’ll be held accountable for anything that happens during your trip.

For more trucking blogs visit ExpressTruckTax.com and please share your tips about overweight loads in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Why Haven't You Filed Your 2290?

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Hit the Jake Brake! You haven’t filed your 2290 yet?! What a rookie move. Especially when you have a few different ways to go ahead and pre-file today offered by ExpressTruckTax and TSNAmerica. Don’t wait until the last minute and find yourself in a pickle. Instead, go ahead and pre-file to knock out your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 today.

Reasons To Pre-File

You Don’t Want A Fine 

Just like with all of your other taxes if you don’t pay for or file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 by the deadline you will face fees and penalties imposed by the IRS. If you don’t file because you can’t pay the amount you owe, consider getting a credit card or small loan to cover it, because the longer you wait, the more you’ll owe. 

For example, the initial penalty for filing late is 4.5% of the tax due, and this accrues on a monthly basis for up to five months. Also, if you don’t pay your tax due you’ll face an additional penalty of .05% of the total amount you owe with an interest charge of .54% per month. That can make the amount you owe quickly skyrocket.

Some authorities will revoke your license if they find out you failed to file before the deadline. However, most states are a little lenient towards first-time offenders.

You Want Time To Fix Mistakes And Prepare

Some people don’t realize that they need an EIN or Employer Identification Number to file. You can get one by applying online with the IRS, but it will take about 15 days to become active in the system. During that 15 days your form could get rejected! If you wait too close to the deadline before getting your EIN then you’ll miss it!

Plus, what happens if your form gets rejected for a simple mistake like an incorrect VIN? By pre-filing, you’ll know sooner if you’ve made a mistake that you need to correct on your form. With an e-file provider like ExpressTruckTax you’ll be notified as to why your form was rejected so you can quickly fix any errors and retransmit your form. They even make it easy to amend your form and offer free VIN corrections.

You Want Your Stamped Schedule 1 Sooner

The longer you wait to file, the busier the IRS gets. When the IRS gets backed up they’ll take longer to stamp your Schedule 1 and send it back to you. Plus, if you file the old conventional paper way, you’ll have to wait for it to come in the mail.

Speed things up by pre-filing. Your Form 2290 will be transmitted directly to the IRS when they begin accepting returns. Then the IRS will stamp your Schedule 1 and you’ll instantly receive a copy via email. You can also choose to receive a copy via text or fax to get your carrier and the DMV off your back.
  

How To Pre-File

Pre-Filing is incredibly simple. Just go to ExpressTruckTax.com and follow their step-by-step guide to file in a matter of minutes. The guide tells you exactly what information to enter and where. ExpressTruckTax also calculates the amount of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax you owe for you.

You could also call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 to pre-file for you, over the phone. That’s right, we said pre-file for you. This is the less hands on approach. It doesn’t matter which pre-filing option you choose, your information will still be transmitted to the IRS when they begin acceptign returns, and you’ll get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1 almost immediately.

We’re Here To Help


If you have any questions regarding the pre-filing process please don’t hesitate to contact the dedicated ExpressTruckTax support team Monday - Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

Roadcheck 2017 Is Almost Here

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We know you always do a great job safely securing your cargo and driving safely to protect the lives of others around you on the road, but it’s time to step up your game. If you’re going to be on the road between June 6th - June 8th prepare for the 2017 Roadcheck

Roadcheck 2017


This year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance or CVSA is hosting their 30th annual international roadcheck inspection. These inspections started back in 1988 in order to help inform the public about motor vehicle safety. 

It’s a big deal because this international inspection inspects an average of 17 buses and trucks per minute. That’s a ton of heavy vehicles.

The inspection will be going on for 72 hours beginning on June 6th and ending on June 8th, so if you’ll be on the road during these times be sure to be on top of your game in order to pass. If you always take your job seriously and always make sure your truck is up to code, then you’ll have nothing to worry about.

This year the inspection will focus on cargo securement because that’s pretty important. I mean just imagine all of the things that could go wrong with loose cargo. Tarps could fly off and cover the windshields of cars, loose items could clutter the highway creating a mess for vehicles to swerve around, and more. To put it simply, loose cargo equals chaos.

Now when we say to be on top of your game we mean it, because the people conducting the inspections have undergone a 3-day training course to learn what to look out for. They’re trained to spot things that are wrong. Also, brace yourself because the entire inspection includes 37 steps to check the driver and the vehicle.

The inspection will check drivers for:

Their license
Hours of operation
Motor carrier registration
Shipping documentation
Seat belt usage
Influence of drugs and or alcohol

The vehicle inspection will check:

The brake systems
Cargo securement
Coupling devices
The driveline/driveshaft
Exhaust systems
Frames
Fuel Systems
Lighting devices
Steering Mechanisms
Suspensions
Tires
Trailer bodies
Wheels including rims and bulbs
Windshield wipers
And emergency exits for buses

A good thing to do would be to replace your straps and tie downs. If the appear worn you could get a violation. Also, having all of your information together ahead of the inspection will help save time because you won’t have to dig through your cab for it.

Your attitude with an inspector makes a huge difference. A small violation could result in a warning letter to you or your carrier or a citation for you or your carrier. Be polite and professional.

We Know You’ll Pass


When it's time for your inspection and you have a positive attitude, your papers together, and you never skip your own vehicle inspections then you’ll have nothing to worry about. We know stopping for the inspection might be a pain in the rear, but it will go by quickly so you can get back on the road!

For more trucking blogs visit ExpressTruckTax.com and please share your roadcheck tips in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The 2290 Pre-Filing Season Is Now Open!

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Ugh, you keep hearing about your stamped Schedule 1 and your 2290, but the filing season doesn’t open until July 1st. What a pain to have to wait to file. But wait, you don’t have to wait weeks to file your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax  Form 2290 because you can pre-file with ExpressTruckTax beginning on June 1st, which is today!

Pre-Filing With Express Truck Tax


Why wait until July 1st to file when you can pre-file your Form 2290 today? Especially when the pre-filing process is incredibly easy. All you have to do is create an account and follow the step-by-step guide to complete the e-filing process almost instantly and your form will be transmitted directly to the IRS as soon as the filing season opens.

You’ll begin by entering the basic information for your business like the name, address, and EIN (Employer Identification Number).

Also, you will need information about your heavy vehicles to complete your Form 2290, such as their VIN or Vehicle Identification Number and taxable gross weight. Remember that suspended vehicles must be included.

A suspended vehicle is one that is exempt from HVUT taxes for the current tax season. Vehicles with less than 5,000 miles are exempt, along with agricultural vehicles with less than 7,500 miles.

When you’ve finished entering your information we will automatically calculate the amount of HVUT you owe and you can pay the IRS with direct debit or electronic funds withdrawal, EFTPS, check or money order.

Then you’ll be presented with a summary of your information to make sure you’ve entered everything correctly and we will perform an audit check to catch any basic errors. Once any mistakes have been corrected your form will be complete. It will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st unless you specify that you would like for it to be sent at a later date.

As soon as the IRS stamps your Schedule 1 you’ll receive a copy via email, but you can also choose to receive a copy via text or fax.

The process is so easy, that you don’t even need a computer to file. Download the free ExpressTruckTax app to pre-file your 2290 right from your smartphone or tablet. This makes it incredibly easy to file at any time, from any location.

Pre-File Over The Phone With TSNAmerica


If you want to just be able to take out your phone and dial a number to have a US-based representative file your Form 2290 for you then Call TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320. As a result of spending a few minutes on the phone, your 2290 will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st. You’ll also receive a copy of your Schedule 1 via email as soon as the IRS stamps it.

Need Any Assistance?


We’re aware that tax time can be confusing, that’s why we’re here to help. If you have any questions or concerns give us a call at 704.234.6005 Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST. We’re also available via live chat and offer 24/7 email support at support@expressextension.com/
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Friday, May 26, 2017

The Trucker's Guide To Driving In Teams

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You often think of trucking as a solo activity, just a man and his truck. However, these days there are a lot of female drivers and even team drivers. Teamwork makes the dreamwork, but driving with a partner is surprisingly different from going down the road alone. We decided to look into team driving ourselves to get the full scoop.

What To Consider For Team Driving 


The concept is pretty simple. You have two people in a truck instead of just one, and you drive in shifts while the other person sleeps. This works wells because both people can drive up to 11 hours per day, meaning the truck covers more miles in less time. As long as you can sleep while another person drives then this system should work out pretty well.

More miles comes with more money, so that’s a big incentive but that money is also split between both drivers. Some married couples have rigged the system by driving together to take home all of the pay!

The most important thing when it comes to driving in a team is pulling your weight. Split the driving hours evenly, help with the loading and unloading unless you need sleep. Do your part to keep the rig clean and don’t eat all your partner’s snacks without providing food for them as well.

Now if you like your personal space then team driving probably isn’t an option for you. Think about it, trucks aren’t very big and you’ll have to split the space. Some people just casually place stuff in bins, and others develop an even storage system. Do what works for the team.

That’s another thing to consider, you won’t be able to do everything the way you want, you’ll have to work with another person. You’ll have to decide who drives during the day or at night, when to stop, and more. We’ve heard of some cases where drivers don’t want to stop and some people have had to use the bathroom in bottles. That happens on solo drives too though.

Driving tired is the equivalent to driving drunk. If you drive tired you’re risking your passenger’s life. Also, you should let your partner sleep, so he will be refresh and energized to safely drive you. This means that you may not be able to blast loud music or take phone calls all the time. You’ll have to adjust your personal driving preferences for your partner.

Other things that come into play are if you’re a smoker and your cleaning habits. If you’re a little messy and you get paired with a neat freak you might have a problem. Also, if you don’t smoke and your partner does, but you refuse to let them smoke in the cab tensions could quickly escalate.

With all this partner talk how do you even find one? That’s easy companies can assign one to you and work out the details and paperwork to agree to, or you can put an add out to find one yourself and handle the details yourself.

When you get a random partner, we hope you like them. Keep in mind that you could also get a partner of the opposite sex. This is mainly an issue for women because lady drivers need to feel comfortable with their partner.

Is Team Driving For You?


While it can be nice to have a buddy on the road, especially when you need some help, most drivers prefer to drive either with a pet or totally alone because they don’t want their personal space compromised. However, if you can trust your partner and be a respectful driver yourself, why not cover more ground together?

For more trucking tips visit ExpressTruckTax.com and please share your thoughts about team driving in the comment section below.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

How Does Form 8849 Effect My 2290?

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Alright, 2290 season is coming, and along with your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) comes a lot of questions and sometimes a little confusion. Sometimes while filing your Form 2290 you might see information about Form 8849, but what’s that? Do you need to be concerned with it? Today we’re here with the 8849 facts to answer your questions.

Form 8849


Form 8849 is the Claim or Refund of Excise Taxes Form. Excise taxes are the taxes paid on goods when they’re purchased and they’re often included in the price. An example of one of these goods is gasoline, hints your IFTA tax. Also, excise taxes include activities, such as highway usage by trucks.
 
Highway usage?! Now that might ring a bell because if you drive a qualifying vehicle of 55,000 pounds or more then you are required to file Form 2290 in order to get a copy of your stamped Schedule 1. 

After filing your Form 2290 you can File Form 8849 to claim a credit or a refund on the amount of  HVUT paid. Anyone can file this form if they need to claim a refund or a credit.

You can claim credits or refunds for vehicles that were stolen, sold, or destroyed. You can also claim credits for vehicles that were only used for 5,000 miles or less on public highways and 7,000 miles or less for agricultural vehicles used during the tax period.

Just remember, before you can File Form 8849 you need to file your Form 2290 and pay any Heavy Vehicle Taxes owed to the IRS for the current tax season first.

All you need to File Form 8849 is your name and address, but it needs to match what the IRS has on file. You can verify your information by calling the IRS directly at 1-800-829-1040.  

You will need your EIN number. If you’ve already filed your 2290 then you should already have your Employee Identification Number, as the IRS requires you to have one to complete your return.

If you haven’t filed your 2290 and you need an EIN you can apply for one online with the IRS. It will take about 15 days for the EIN to become active if the e-filing system and forms may be rejected during that time.

Also, you will need the information for the vehicle that you’re claiming a refund for with details as to why you’re claiming a credit or refund, such as if it was stolen, sold, or destroyed with the date that the incident occurred.

Pre-File With TSNAmerica


The faster you pre-file your Form 2290 then the faster you can claim a refund or credit with Form 8849. Call our sister company TSNAmerica at 803.386.0320 and they’ll file your Form 2290 for you over the phone. Your return will be transmitted to the IRS on July 1st unless you would like it sent at a later date. The process is as easy as making a simple phone call.

Contact Us


Here at ExpressTruckTax, we want to help you quickly and easily handle all of your truck tax needs, headache free. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have over the phone Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM EST at 704.234.6005. We also offer live chat and 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Preparing Your Rig For Summer

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Hot hot hot! Who turned up the heat?! Oh, it was Mother nature, so it looks like we can’t really do anything about it but try and keep cool. While summer usually brings about fun in the pool or at the beach, it’s important to remember that not all time spent in the sun is fun. Summer can wreak havoc on our skin and trucks! Be sure to prepare yourself and your rig for rising summer temperatures.

Summer Tips For Your Rig 


Did you know that the trucker’s tan is a real thing? Usually, the arm on your driver’s side door can end up looking darker than the other and you could end up with a farmer’s tan! Also, protecting yourself from skin cancer caused by the sun’s damaging UV rays is pretty important.

To protect yourself from the sun wear a hat, long sleeves, and sunglasses. If you don’t want to wear long sleeves you can put sunscreens up on your windows or apply sunscreen lotion to your skin every few hours.

Summer is hot, don’t you know it! As temperatures rise you’ll find yourself becoming more dehydrated, so be sure to drink pretty of water during your trips. Soda won’t hydrate you like water and you don’t want to end up with a massive headache going down the interstate because you aren’t hydrated. Also, keep a few gallons of your water around in your rig in case of an emergency.

Heat during the summer adds an extra amount of stress on your engine so check your levels of oil, coolant, and the critical fluids that keep your engine cool and running. Remember, it’s always great to carry those fluids in your rig in case you need to top them off to prevent your rig from overheating and to avoid more expensive issues.

It’s a great time to check your AC for leaks because you don’t want it to go out during a trip. A few days without AC can be unbearably hot. Also, your belts are affected by heat too. Check them often to make sure that they’re still in place and feel them to make sure they’re still strong. If they’re spongy feelings, crackling, or look shiny on the underside then they need to be replaced.

Guess what can’t take the heat? Tires. Summer temperatures make them wear faster, so check their tread, and look for cracks. If one tire is under inflated then extra pressure will be put on the others, causing them to wear faster! Also, with your tires wearing faster then you may need to align them, so keep an eye out for that.

Summer is notorious for some crazy weather. Storms pop up out of nowhere, and that’s not good because when the rain suddenly hits the hot road during the summer then oils rise, making the pavement extra slippery until water washes the oils away. Be aware of the weather, and slow down when it rains.

Also, be on the lookout for severe summer storms. Rain that comes out of nowhere is one thing, but what about when you’re driving through the South and a major storm with hail, strong winds, and even tornados are possible? Know when to stop and wait out a storm or take a different route to avoid them.

Happy Summer


Summer is arguably the most fun season of all, so take a break to have some fun down by the water. However, the heat creates a whole new set of issues, so make sure that you and your rig are prepared to face them.

For more trucking blogs visit ExpressTruckTax.com and please share your tips about summer driving in the comment section below.
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