Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#NTDAW2014: Warm Thanks & a Special Gift from the ExpressTruckTax Team!

Dear Trucking Nation,

For National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, the ExpressTruckTax team would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our beloved Trucking Nation.

Around our office, every day is truck driver appreciation day! We have the pleasure of speaking to hundreds of you daily, and it’s a privilege and an honor to provide a service for you–because without

your service, our lives wouldn't be nearly as awesome!

Because of you, the millions of hard-working men & women of trucking, we have fresh food to eat every day. We have the clothes on our backs. And we have the jobs you’ve helped create by supporting our USA-based company.

We’re deeply grateful for all of your support and for the kind words you’ve sent our way this tax season. From telling our Support Heroes to run for president to suggesting that the Heroes should teach other companies how to provide proper customer support (very cheeky!), we’ve constantly been humbled and inspired to keep improving.

Your gratitude only makes us work harder. We won’t get comfortable, because you don’t either. We keep working with you, side by side. Day and night.

Our mission from day one has been to provide the highest quality, easiest to use E-filing service at the best price in the industry. With your support, we’ve been living this dream, and we want to give you something in return.

We know that managing a transportation business is complicated, convoluted, and expensive! We also know that other software companies haven’t met your needs, that you’ve had to use multiple pricey programs to manage your business, or none at all.

So consider this our #NTDAW thank you gift. We call it TruckLogics.

It's available in beta now and officially launches Monday, September 22nd! We built it from the ground up based on all of your feedback. A single web-based business management program custom-created for transportation companies. And like all of our products, it’s slick, easy-to-use, and affordable! For the cost of a sandwich each month, TruckLogics will keep your business organized and running smoothly.

The core of TruckLogics is the Dashboard, which provides a snapshot of orders, dispatches, and maintenance, making it impossible to forget an oil change! The seemingly infinite number of moving parts in your business are all in one place and at your fingertips. I could blab about it’s exclusive features–like Truck Zone–for hours, but why not see for yourself!

Sign in to TruckLogics with your ExpressTruckTax account, and we’ll not only auto-fill the program with your info, but the first 30 days are on us! No credit card needed. Just sign up and enjoy 30 days of your business at its best!


If you have questions about signing up for the beta, call the TruckLogics Support Crew at 704. 234.6946 or email them at support@trucklogics.com. They'll provide the same stellar support that our E-filers are accustomed to! (Big shoes to fill, I know, but they're up to the task!)

TruckLogics is just one of the many ways we want to say thank you for your tireless efforts around the clock. Your commitment to safety keeps our highways safe & makes the American way of life possible. Thank you, Trucking Nation!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at ExpressTruckTax & TruckLogics


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Exceeding the Mileage Limit: E-filing Form 2290 Amendments

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‘Tis the season to E-file Form 2290 Amendments! Everyone recently E-filed the 2290 yearly renewal, and now, some are noticing errors or changes that need to be made.

We’ve already covered how to speedily E-file an amendment for increased gross vehicle weight. Today, the saga continues!

The second kind of 2290 Amendment is for suspended vehicles that exceed the mileage use limit. Suspended vehicles (Filed as Category W) can only travel up to 5,000 miles during the tax year (7,500 miles or fewer for agricultural vehicles).



This limit applies to the total miles the vehicle drives on public highways during the tax year, regardless of the number of owners.

So what happens when that trip odometer reaches 5,001? Well, that means it’s time to pull over, whip out your tablet or laptop, and quickly E-file an amendment with ExpressTruckTax!

Here’s how to E-file a 2290 Amendment in 10 minutes or less:



*Note: Be sure to E-file your amendment by the last day of the month following the month in which you exceeded the mileage limit.





Step 1: Get Situated

-Returning users login or new users create an account.
-Click “Start” under Form 2290 Amendments.
-Choose the kind of amendment. Click start under “Mileage Exceeded.”

Step 2: Vehicle Info

-Choose to amend a return E-filed with us, or choose to amend a return that was paper-filed or E-filed elsewhere.
-Select the correct tax year, the vehicle’s first-used month, & the month the mileage limit was exceeded.
-Next choose the vehicle you are filing the amendment for, OR if you haven’t filed with us, enter the vehicle’s information like the VIN, taxable gross weight, and whether it’s used for logging.
-Finally, hit “save” or “save & add another” if you’re E-filing an amendment for more than one vehicle.

Step 3: Finish it!

-Voila! The prorated tax is calculated for you! And there was much rejoicing!
-Click “next,” and enter your method of payment. The IRS accepts Direct Debit (EFW), EFTPS, and check or money order. (No credit/debit cards.)
-Almost there, just review your info one last time while our system performs the Instant Audit to make sure everything is correct.
-Finally, securely transmit your amendment to the IRS & watch in amazement as your new stamped Schedule 1 is emailed to you in minutes!


There’s no easier, more affordable way to E-file Form 2290 Amendments! No scary IRS forms, no tax jargon, no calculators! Just 10 minutes of pure, E-filing bliss.

Tune in next time for our installment on E-filing free VIN corrections!

If you hit a roadblock, hit up the Support Heroes. They’re available via 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com. They’re also on live chat, or just a phone call away at 704.234.6005.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#WellnessWednesday Part 5: Eat, Drink, & Be Healthy!

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 2 months since we began our wellness journey, Trucking Nation.

In the very first installment, 5 Tips for Healthy Trucking, I said that wellness doesn’t begin with pumping iron or munching on a head of cabbage. While it may not start there, at some point, we need to consider healthier eating. (Notice how I’m not using the dreaded word “diet.” This isn’t an extreme 1 month program, this is a gradual lifestyle change!)

What I’m trying to say is…

It’s time to break out that head of cabbage! But we won’t stop there; there’s loads of power foods & tips for making better choices that we’ll discuss today in #WellnessWednesday Part 5: Eat, Drink, & Be Healthy! As always, we compiled these tips with trucking lifestyle in mind, meaning the foods are either readily available, not perishable, and/or easy to eat while driving.

Chew on these 5 tips for healthful eating. Open up wide!

1. Eat Whole Foods: 

  • A general rule of thumb you’ve likely heard by now. It simply means, the less processed your food is, the better. Processing foods not only decreases nutrient density, it also provides the opportunity for artificial flavors, preservatives, colors & even more unsavory things to be mixed into your food. Eat things that look like what they actually are. Whole grains, like brown rice, are preferable to bread, for example. And where might you get these whole foods? Well that leads me to tip #2!

2. Park with Care:  

  • Choices are certainly limited when you’re living out of a truck cab–don’t limit yourself further by stopping only at rest stops and fast-food joints. The limited (and what tends to be unhealthy & overly-processed) selection is just setting you up for failure.

    Instead, stop at grocery stores or farmer's markets along the way. You’ll find a much wider selection of whole foods, and for better prices! If you absolutely HAVE to grab a snack at a rest stop, grab a pack of nuts or sunflower seeds instead of a bag of chips, unsalted is preferable. And grab water instead of soda, that’s a no-brainer!

3. Pack Smart, Snack Smart:

  • Bringing along healthy, delicious snacks is another way to set yourself up for success. Yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, hummus with veggies are all protein-packed, filling, and scrumptious–if you have a mini-fridge! If not, bring dry goods like unsalted nuts and seeds, nut butters with sprouted bread, fresh berries, fruit leather, seaweed or kale chips–I could go on forever, baby!

    Some of these may sound foreign, but they’re becoming readily available. They’ll wake-up your tastebuds (I can tell you from experience), and they’re INFINITELY HEALTHEIR than the same, boring snacks you’ve been eating your whole life! Be bold, try new things, & find what works for you!

4. Start Juicin’:

  • The perfect way to consume a TON of fresh fruit, veggies, & herbs, right in the palm of your hand. Juicing works for truckers, it’s a fact. Google it, you’ll find truckers who’ve shed hundreds of pounds and beaten chronic illness by juicing on the road. If you’re trucking for a few days at a time, you can “pre-juice” at home and store it in air-tight jars in your mini-fridge. Just grab and chug–wheel in one hand, juice in the other.

    However, juicing on the spot is best, the fresher the juice the better! Juice recipes are easy to find online, and they’ll not only cover your 7-a-day, but they’ll detox your body while flooding it with the enzymes, minerals, and vitamins it craves.

5. Fermented Foods:

  • Sounds gross, at first, until you consider that some of the finer (or should I say, winer!) things in life are fermented. Fermented foods are not only easy to bring on a road trip (because they’re preserved in jars!), but they have amazing health benefits too. The lacto-fermentation preserves nutrients and makes them more readily-digestible. You’re likely already eating these foods without realizing it!

    Pickles, for example, are a healthy fermented food, along with sauerkraut. Look for ones that have been lacto-fermented, rather than vinegar-based. Not as common is kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage which is becoming more common in the US every day! You can also drink the benefits of fermentation with kefir, a yogurt drink, or drink kombucha! (Don’t worry, the alcohol content is non-existent.) Made from fermented oolong tea, kombucha is a fruity, delicious, gut-loving alternative to water. Droves of people swear by kombucha because it improves digestion and boosts your energy! 

Take these 5 tips on your wellness journey, and use them to make better choices. Choice, being the keyword. No one can dictate what’s best for you. Break the grooves of routine, do some self-discovery, & reforge new, healthier habits that nourish your body!

And if you feel like back-sliding, gather some inspiration from our former blogs & remember: if you don’t finish your broccoli, the ExpressTruckTax Support Heroes will send you to bed without dessert!

5 Tips for Healthy Trucking

5 More Tips for Healthy Trucking

Even More Tips for Healthy Trucking: Ripped Edition

Part 4: The Return of the Tips


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Monday, September 8, 2014

Gross Vehicle Weight Increase: Easy E-filing of Form 2290 Amendments

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It happens. We all put on a little extra weight now and again–especially around the holiday season! Fortunately, this weight gain comes with minimal consequences (like having to break out those elastic-waist sweatpants)!

But what happens when your truck gains weight? An increase in the taxable gross weight of a vehicle means an increase in the heavy vehicle use tax owed if this weight increase bumps your truck up to
the next weight category.

Are you ready to calculate the prorated tax & break out those partial-period tax tables?

No? Well, good! We at ExpressTruckTax would never put you through such torture!

If you’ve used any of our programs or apps before, you know we are pro-simplicity and anti-calculator! Whether you E-filed this year’s Form 2290 with us or not, E-filing a Form 2290 Amendment is super easy with ExpressTruckTax because we do all of the calculating for you!

Here’s a Step-by-Step guide to E-filing an amendment for increased vehicle weight.

*Note: Be sure to submit the amendment by the last day of the month following the month in which the weight increase occurred. 


Step 1: Get started!

-Returning users login or new users create an account.
-Click “Start” under Form 2290 Amendments.
-Choose the kind of amendment. Click start under “Taxable Gross Weight Increase.”


Step 2: Input Vehicle Info

-Select vehicle first-used month.
-Select the amended month, the month in which the weight change occurred.
-If you E-filed your 2290 with us this year, select the vehicles to be amended from that return and choose the new weight class.
-If the return was not filed with us, enter the vehicle’s VIN and the new weight class.
-If you are changing the weight of more than 1 vehicle, click “Save & Add Another;” otherwise, click “Save” to complete.
-Rejoice as the tax is prorated for you! I told you that you wouldn’t need a calculator!

Step 3: Transmit the Return

-Choose from three methods of payment to pay your increased tax to the IRS. As always, we offer Direct Debit (EFW), EFTPS, and check or money order.
-Time for the Instant Audit! Our system scans your return for errors, just one more step to ensure that you get the green light!
-And you’re done! Securely transmit your amendment to the IRS and receive your new stamped Schedule 1 within minutes!


And that’s all, folks. Three easy steps with just a few clicks here & a dash of typing there. All in all, you’ll be done in 10 minutes or less thanks to our stream-lined process.

We also offer speedy E-filing of 2290 Amendments for VIN corrections (for FREE!) & for increases in mileage. If you’re not sure which amendment to file, don’t be shy! Ask our Support Heroes! They’re available via 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com. They’re also on live chat, or just a phone call away at 704.234.6005.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

September Trucking Events!

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Now that the Form 2290 deadline is behind us, it’s time for a hefty dose of fun! You’ve earned it, Trucking Nation! 

Fall is creeping up on us, and the beautiful month of September has just begun. Which means it’s time for another installment of this month’s best Trucking Events! September is full of some good
ones, featuring wacky hijinks like mechanical bulls and forklift rodeos. Believe me, you will not want to miss these events. And one of them begins today!

There’s no time to waste, so let’s dive right in...
  • The Big Iron Classic kicks off today in Kasson, Minnesota. But don’t worry, the fun extends to tomorrow also! This event is free of charge; however, donations are encouraged as this truck show is one of Minnesota’s biggest charitable contributors! (They collect toys for kids, so bring one along to drop in the collection box.)

    If you can make it tonight, check out the Light Show and watch hundreds of big rigs light up the night sky! Not only will you get to see over 600 semi-truck tractors and trailers on display, but there’s a truck-pull competition too. Feast your eyes on two diesel trucks kicking up dirt and vying to pull a weighted sled, which only digs deeper into the mud as time goes by! Tomorrow morning, watch the “Parade of Big Rigs” through Mantorville, and in your down time, enjoy the live music from local bands. There’s no better way to relax this weekend if you’re trucking through the Midwest!
  • If you’re in the Northeast this weekend, stop by the NFI Regional Truck and Forklift Rodeo this September 6th in Allentown, PA. They had me a “truck rodeo”! This is a national tradition for NFI employees and their families, providing the opportunity to come together and celebrate their most skilled, safe drivers! Watch forklift and truck drivers alike deftly maneuver an obstacle course. Those who demonstrate the greatest skill are attention to safety will be awarded trophies! Plus, the grand prize winner usually gets a monstrous prize, like a car or a Harley bike! Who knows what it will be this year! Bring the kids along, too. They’ll love the bouncy castle, tricycle-race course, and face painting. And everyone will love the food & live music!
  • Shout out to my home state of New Jersey (Holla!), hosting the U.S. Diesel Truckin’ Nationals September 13th at Raceway Park in Englishtown. This event truly has it all: drag racing, monster trucks, even TV stars from the show Ice Road Truckers! And it’s all packed into one adrenaline-pumping day. There will be over 1,500 diesel trucks in attendance both showing, AND racing! Plus a pack of wild monster trucks featuring names like “Iron Warrior,” “Overkill Evolution,” and “Black Stallion.” The names say it all. This Motorsports Spectacular is sure to live up to its title!
  • Rounding out the end of the month is the Guilty by Association Truck Show, a Chrome Shop Mafia official event in Joplin, Missouri on the 26th-27th. This event caters to the laid-back trucker, there’s no judging or awards given! Simply bring your truck as is, no matter the age or make, and shine it up & show it! They’ll have antiques to late model semi’s, and everything else inbetween. When you aren’t looking at all the big, shiny trucks, enjoy the live music and food, or have a go at the mechanical bull (probably not in that order!). They’re also slated to have a fireworks show, StrongMan Competition, and what trucking event would be complete without a Truck & Tractor Pull!
These are some of the best events we’ve seen yet, Trucking Nation. If only we could go to them all! If you’re lucky enough to hit any of these hot spots this month, send us pictures! ExpressTruckTax is always looking for user photos of trucks & more. Your shiny beast of the road just might be featured on our Twitter & Facebook pages.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Damage Control: Minimizing HVUT Late Penalties

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This one is for all the late filers out there! You know who you are.

So you missed the Form 2290 deadline for vehicles first used in July, now what? Perhaps you forgot to mail your check on time? Well, you aren’t alone. Whether you’re an early bird or the latest late filer there is, the Support Heroes at ExpressTruckTax are still here for you!

The good news is, there’s always a second chance! HVUT can be filed at any point during the year, but the sooner you act, the better! The later your return or payment is, the higher the cost to you.

Let’s talk about what kinds of penalties you can expect and how to minimize the damage.

First, the IRS will send you a postal notification, explaining what penalties will be charged and how to pay them. The penalties will likely be one of the two below:

  • Late Filing Penalties: 4.5% of the total tax due will be added to your total each month that you remain un-filed past the deadline, for up to 5 months.
  • Late Payment Penalties: .5% of the total tax due will be assessed each month your payment is late, plus an additional interest charge of .54% per month.
Reporting false or fraudulent information to the IRS will also incur penalties as well, so be sure all information is correct!

Of course, there aren’t only federal penalties for these offenses. There are ramifications in each state as well. Many states will suspend your vehicle registration until a valid, stamped Schedule 1 is presented (a receipt for filing HVUT).

This all sounds daunting, so here’s some more good news! The penalties may not be charged if you can show reasonable cause for your late filing or late payment. So when you do send either, be sure to attach an explanation, and it may save you big bucks in penalties!



You know what they say, better late than never! And that certainly applies here. The sooner you get caught up with the IRS, the better.

E-file today. Schedule or Mail your payment today. And you’ll be much happier for it tomorrow!

Let our Support Heroes lend you a helping hand! Call them at 704.234.6005. You can also chat online or get 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com. They’re based in sunny Rock Hill, SC, and can assist in English, Spanish, and Russian! 

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's Deadline Day: E-file Your Form 2290 Before Midnight, Here's How!

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We’ve come to it at last; the great Deadline of our time.

Today, dear Trucking Nation, is the last day to file HVUT Form 2290 on time. The new tax year for heavy vehicles began back on July 1st (seems like just yesterday!), and it runs through June 30th of next year. The deadline for all renewals, vehicles already on the road, is September 2nd, which happens to be today!


Sure, the deadline seems scarythe word even has "dead" in it! But don't be intimidated!

If you’ve been busy or just plain forgot, it’s not too late to get your form in under the buzzer! Luckily, E-filing with ExpressTruckTax will only take 10 minutes, or even less if you’re a returning guest! 

And if you don’t have a computer nearby, just use our mobile site or download our free tablet apps for iPad or Android

No matter how you E-file, if it’s with ExpressTruckTax, you’ll follow the same simple steps below. Check out our quick video, featuring none other than Sir Charles the Great, for a quick crash course on E-filing!


*Note: Don’t forget that if you’re E-filing your renewal today, your first-used month is still July!




  • Step 1: Create an Account with an email and password of your choice.
  • Step 2: Enter your EIN and Business name & address.
  • Step 3: Start a new Return by selecting your first-used month (July for renewals) and by entering your vehicle information, VIN # & gross vehicle weight.
  • Step 4: Enter payment information. The IRS does not accept credit cards, but we do! Enter your credit card info for our fee (just $9.90 for a single truck!) and elect to pay the IRS by either Direct Debit, EFTPS, or Check or Money Order.
  • Step 5: Check your return for errors (we check it with our Instant Audit Feature!), then securely transmit your return, and receive your stamped Schedule 1 from the IRS upon acceptance!
We’ll even send you email, text, fax, or postal mail notifications if you choose, so you’ll always know the status of your return and payment.

If you’re a returning user, you can skip most every step up there by logging back into your account and either uploading trucks to your return that are saved in the exclusive Truck Zone, or by copying a return from a previous year! When you begin a new 2290, you will be prompted to copy a previous year’s return. Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to make alterations if necessary! Either way, you’ll save yourself needless data entry and get E-filed even quicker!

Whether you’re a new or returning user, ExpressTruckTax will do what it takes to get you E-filed today!

Reach out to our Support Heroes, and they’ll help you avoid the dreaded late penalties! Call 704.234.6005, start a live online chat, or get 24/7 email assistance at support@expresstrucktax.com. Our elite team is standing by, ready to swoop in and get your 2290 E-filed in a flash!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ready. Set. E-file! 10 Last Minute E-filing Hacks

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Today is the day, Trucking Nation...

All roads have lead to this fateful moment. We stand on the brink of the HVUT filing deadline, and there’s no going back! While the deadline may be September 2nd, the IRS website will be down for maintenance over this holiday weekend, and it will not reopen until deadline-day.

With their servers down at this critical time, there is a chance that the system will get backed up and that they will be unable to process all returns in time. But, there is a way to avoid this IRS traffic jam! To get your stamped Schedule 1 quickly, avoid late penalties, and have time to correct a rejected return, there’s only one
way...

E-file today!

The success of Mission E-file by Friday rests in all of your hands! You’ve officially got 12 hours to complete the mission. Luckily, E-filing your Form 2290 will only take 10 minutes or less!

To get in, get E-filed, and get IRS approval, here are some last minute E-filing tips to maximize your efficiency and success!

1. Prepare yourself (& your Bank Account!): Using our new 2290 Tax Calculator app, available for iPad & Android tablets, you’ll be granted the power of seeing into the future! By entering your vehicles and their weights, the app will calculate how much tax you’ll owe, before you even file! And here’s the icing on the cake–after using the app, you’ll receive a Coupon Code for 10% off of your Form 2290 E-filing! The best value in the biz ($9.90 for a single truck!) just got even better!

2. Have all of your documents on hand. So you’ve used the Tax Calculator app, and you know what to expect. It’s time to get down & dirty and E-file. What do you need nearby?
  • Business name & address matching what the IRS has on file. If you’re unsure, quickly call them to verify 1-800-829-4933.
  • EIN: An Employer Identification Number registered with the IRS is required to file a return. The IRS no longer accepts Social Security Numbers in their place. If you don’t yet have an EIN you can register for one free through the IRS at www.irs.gov/businesses/small or by calling 1-800-829-4933. Of course, if you don’t have time, our sister company Truck Services of North America can register your EIN for you- same day- relieving stress and saving your wallet from the pricey scams out there! 
  • VIN #’s: This 17 digit number is a unique code for each vehicle. If you’re new to ExpressTruckTax, you can Bulk Upload this information from a CSV or Excel file, even if it’s hundreds or thousands of trucks at once! This will shave precious minutes off of your filing time!
  • Gross Vehicle Weights: Selecting the appropriate weight category is critical for paying the right amount of tax. To determine your vehicle weight, add the unloaded weight of the truck with the empty weight of the trailer, plus the maximum load weight it customarily carries. And there you have it!
  • Payment Info: When E-filing, you’ll enter two forms of payment. While you can pay our E-filing fee with a credit card, the IRS does not accept them. You can elect to pay your truck taxes by Direct Debit, EFTPS through the government, or by Check or Money order. 
3. Select the correct First-Used Month– July! For all renewals, the first-used month is July, even if you’re filing in August or September. Only choose a later month if the vehicle is purchased later in the year. An incorrect first-used month will lead to an incorrect payment amount.

4. Indicate whether your trucks are used for Logging. The term “logging” only refers to those trucks used to haul trees, not logging of miles or fuel. Again, choosing incorrectly here will lead to an incorrect amount of tax-owed.

5. If you’re a returning user, select vehicles from Truck Zone OR Copy a previous year’s return! These are two massive time-saving features for our beloved returning guests! If you’d like to E-file for a select group of trucks, use our Advanced Search to locate them quickly, then simply click and add them to the return. No redundant data entry! Alternatively, you can copy a return from a previous year, while still making small changes if necessary. We’re not fans of unnecessary typing, who is?

6. Double-check your Info (while we check it too!). Before transmitting your return, you should always review your information to ensure it’s correct. And while you do it, we’ll do it with our Instant Audit feature! Thanks to this exclusive, our users have a 98% approval rate with the IRS!

7. Promptly mail your payment. After transmitting your return, the IRS expects prompt payment of your taxes. If you chose to pay by check or money order, mail your payment with the payment voucher (page 5 of your return) by the end of this week! If you E-file later in the year, the payment should be mailed at the end of the month following the first-used month.

8. Keep truckin’ with our Apps & mobile site! If you won’t have access to a computer today, you can still complete your E-filing mission! Using our new ExpressTruckTax tablet app for iPad & Android, you’ll experience the convenience of E-filing from any location. It’s free for download, and it’s just as easy as our site. And if you don’t have a tablet, E-file from your smartphone with our mobile site. We bring the E-filing to you, whenever or wherever you like!

9. Rejected Return? No problem. If your return is rejected for any reason, our Support Heroes will help you correct it! Then, you can retransmit it to the IRS for free!

10. Reach out to the Support Heroes! As quick and easy as our E-filing program is, we know that taxes can still be confusing. That’s why our Support Heroes are on stand-by, day & night!

Call us at 704.234.6005, strike up an online chat, or get 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com. Our talented team of truck tax pros can assist you in English, Spanish, & Russian. And we don’t believe in automated systems either. When you call us, you’ll always hear a happy helper on the other end!

With these 10 quick tips, you’ll be E-filed in no time, just before the buzzer! 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

E-FILING 102: More Frequently Asked Questions for Filing Form 2290

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We’re officially down to 4 days from the HVUT Form 2290 filing deadline. Since the IRS website will be undergoing maintenance this holiday weekend, it’s best to E-file by tomorrow!

So in the interest of everyone successfully completing Mission E-file by Friday, here are a few more questions & answers straight from our E-filing pro’s, the Support Heroes! Scan these quickly and then you’ll be ready to get E-filed in under 10 minutes.
  • Q: When is the last day to file my 2290?
A: The deadline for HVUT renewals is typically August 31st; however, due to the holiday weekend, the IRS has extended the deadline to the day after Labor Day, September 2nd. While Sept. 2nd is technically the last day you can file, it is certainly ill-advised.

Our mantra is “E-file by Friday!” Especially since the IRS website is down or maintenance from Sat. through Mon. To avoid late penalties and receive your stamped Schedule 1 quickly, E-file by Friday! (Tomorrow, guys!)

  • Q: Why is my tax not $550?
A: It’s true that the standard tax is $550 yearly for a heavy vehicle. However, there are several variables that determine the tax rate, such as the gross weight and use of the vehicle. If you’re used to paying $550, but you ended up with a different figure, double-check your info for these possible errors.

1. Did you select the correct first-used month? For all renewals, the first-used month is July, even if you’re filing in August or September. 
2. Did you select the correct gross vehicle weight?
3. Did you mark it as a “Logging Vehicle”? Only select this if your truck is used to haul trees.


  • Q: Can I copy a return from a previous year?
A: Yes! If you’ve E-filed with us before, you can select a previous year’s return to upload to the current year. You can also still make alterations to the return if any of your information has changed. Simply select “Start a New Return,” and you will be prompted to copy info from a previous return. This is just one of the multitude of ways our returning users benefit, year-after-year.

  • Q: Why can’t I transmit the return from my phone?
A: You can! As long as you’re using our ExpressTruckTax mobile site! While our regular website won’t work on your smartphone, we designed one that will! You’ll follow the same three-easy steps, just from the convenience of your phone.

  • Q: What is the 5 digit PIN & should I remember it?
A: The 5 digit PIN is an electronic signature for your return. Simply enter any 5 numbers, it doesn’t matter which! And no, you will not need to remember them again.

  • Q: Can you enter information or make changes for me?
A: For legal reasons, our Support Heroes can never login to your account, make corrections, or complete a return for you. As a third-party E-file provider, it’s simply not allowed. However, we understand that this sort of luxury service is a real need, so that’s why we work with the rockstars at Truck Services of North America!

They’re our sister company, and they can legally prepare and file your Form 2290 for you based on the information you provide them. All it takes is one 5 minute phone call to gather your info, and they guarantee same-day filing! Now that’s service! Give them a call at 803.386.0320. Just like ExpressTruckTax, you’ll never get trapped in an automated system. There’s nothing but real, happy experts on the other end!


Still have more questions? Check out our previous FAQ blog: E-FILING 101!

And you can always count on the Support Heroes to take good care of you! Give them a call at 704.234.6005 and have all of your tax questions answered in record time! They’re also available via live chat online or 24/7 email support at support@expresstrucktax.com.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mission (Not) Impossible: E-file by Friday

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You may not know it yet, Trucking Nation. But you’ve all been assigned to a not-so Top Secret spec-ops mission, which we shall refer to by code name...

Mission (Not) Impossible: E-file by Friday

Estimated Time to Completion: 10 minutes or Less




Briefing: Here’s the situation, folks. The Form 2290 filing deadline is only 6 days away. And here’s where things get interesting. The IRS website will be down for maintenance over this holiday weekend.

Your mission is to E-file by Friday night to avoid any potential complications or late penalties. Then retrieve your stamped Schedule 1, and keep it safe for your records.

You will be air lifted to ExpressTruckTax.com where a team of highly-trained Support Heroes will be on stand-by if you run into trouble.

Get in–Get E-filed–and Get on with your life. And whatever you do, DO NOT paper-file…

It’s wise to pack lightly, but there are still a few supplies you should keep handy. Don’t worry, you won’t need a calculator!



What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • An IRS-approved E-file provider. You’re in luck, ExpressTruckTax is secure, encrypted, and IRS-approved! Check and check!
  • Business Name & Address: Both must be an exact match with what the IRS has on file for your business. A mismatch will get your return rejected. If you are unsure of the name on file, you should quickly call the IRS to verify. The IRS Hotline is 1-800-829-4933.
  • EIN: The employer identification number is required for every return. The IRS no longer accepts Social Security Numbers in lieu of an EIN. If you don’t have an EIN, you can register by calling 1-800-829-4933 or by visiting www.irs.gov/businesses/small. It takes up to 10 business days for the new EIN to be processed, so the return may still be rejected until then.
  • VIN: Vehicle Identification Numbers are 17 digits. Check and double-check this number before submitting your return as VIN errors are the number one error for filers. But there’s always a silver-lining: we offer FREE VIN corrections! 
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: Entering the wrong vehicle weight results in paying the wrong amount of taxes. No bueno! To be sure your gross vehicle weight is accurate, just add these three numbers together. 1. The unloaded weight of the vehicle. 2. The unloaded weight of any trailers customarily attached to the vehicle. 3. The maximum load weight typically carried in the truck & trailer. And there you have it! Magic. 
  • Bank Balance & Routing Number: Before you transmit your return, it’s always good practice to check your balance to ensure you have enough funds available. Another common reason for a rejected return is an incorrect bank routing number. These 9 digits can be located along the bottom left of a check, or call your local branch just to be sure!
With these tools on hand, you’ll be E-filed in a matter of minutes. And if a computer is what you’re lacking, we have a mobile site AND tablet apps for iPad & Android devices. No matter where you’re trucking, we’ve got you covered!

If you get lost, send up a flare and call the Support Heroes at 704.234.6005, engage in a covert online chat, or get 24/7 email aid at support@expresstrucktax.com. We promise to leave no man or woman behind!

Ladies & Gents, Mission E-file by Friday is officially underway. Now let's move!

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