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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Things Freight Factoring Companies Won't Tell You

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Featured Blogger
Benjamin Bellville
Freight factoring companies are sometimes a necessary evil if you own a small trucking company. If you are running an operation that needs to have the cash rolling in on a more regular basis than the industry average days to pay of 30-45 days then at some point you will do business with freight factoring companies. Before you get too tied up with one though you need to have a good understanding of some things they will never be upfront and voluntarily tell you and also know that they for the most part do not care about your success.

For any small trucking company I highly recommend hauling freight for a quality quick pay freight broker whenever possible if you are in need of constant quick money flow, but there will be times when a quality quick pay freight broker does not have freight available where your truck is, this is when you will need to do business with freight factoring companies. On average for a small trucking company business they are going to charge you 4-5% of the total invoice for pay on the same day that they receive the originals.

There are two types of factoring, recourse and non-recourse. To qualify for a recourse deal you will have to have stellar credit and/or do millions in sales as this means that if a customer fails to pay that you will owe any money previously paid out to you on that load back to the factoring company. It does not matter why the customer did not pay just know that the factoring company will take their money back in full immediately.

For non-recourse freight factoring you need to understand that each load does not stand alone as a separate business deal like it legally should in my opinion. Whenever you get paid for loads you have factored if at any time the customer on the load refuses payment on that load to the factoring company they will withhold money from completely different customers to cover those lost funds. In my experience of dealing with 3 different freight factoring companies they also will not have the class to call you and alert you to the situation.

Instead you are expecting much needed money and it simply never shows up. They also will not work with you to ensure you have funds available to operate. They take all funds that they claim you owe them as soon as it’s available. It’s all just a fancy advertising scheme to draw you into their web of lies and deceit. So tread carefully when dealing with them and have the understanding that they are out for themselves and not you, use them sparingly and protect yourself by having legal representation on retainer.

Do you know who does care about your businesses well being and success? That’s right Express2290. Be sure to visit them and see how they can make your life easier by handling all of your 2290 needs.
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Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting Familiar With The Setup Process With Freight Brokers

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Featured Blogger
Benjamin Bellville
Today I would like to point out some key things to look for in the setup process with freight brokers. This of course being when you will have to fill out an information packet and fax it back to a broker before they will allow you to haul their freight. I’m going to talk about the type of information you will receive from them and it’s relevance, the information and forms you will need to send back to them and the little things you should look for in the packet that if not followed correctly may cost you a bundle.

What type of info will a freight broker include about themselves?

With every freight broker setup packet you will receive many pages of information about that broker. These are not pages that you need to send back, but they are pages that you should save and staple together with the finished packet after you have faxed back what was required. This information at a minimum will include the following:

   1. All of the freight brokers contact information.
   2. Their freight brokers authority page (MC#)
   3. Their Insurance carrier information.
   4. The brokers surety bond.
   5. A reference page. (showing companies they have brokered freight to)

This is all information that you could find out just by knowing their MC#, but it’s just easier to have it on hand should they decide to stiff you on a payment and you need to make a claim against them.

What type of info will they require from me?

This is going to depend on the freight broker you are dealing with,some have very short packets (you will be thankful when you get that lucky!) and some will expect you to fill out an encyclopedia worth of what is sometimes pointless it would seem. following are the main things you will be asked to return every time guaranteed.

   1. A copy of your authority (MC#)
   2. Copy of your insurance.
   3. A current W-9.
   4. A carrier profile page.
   5. The contract with each page initialed and dated as well as properly signed.

For this reason it would be a great idea to have copies of the first 3 on your computer easily accessible if you are using an email fax server. After you have seen a few carrier profile pages it would also be a good idea to make one of your own as every now and then you will come across a broker who wants one, but fails to send you a form.

Things to look for in the setup process with freight brokers!

Some of this information will also be included in fine print on the load rate confirmation, which is the actual contract that a freight broker and trucking company enter into on a load by load basis. What you want to watch for is their policies that need to be followed that in many cases if not followed will garner a fine for your company. These may include the following stipulations:

   1. Fines for not being on time to a pickup or delivery.
   2. Fines for being reported as being uncooperative with their customers.
   3. Fines for damaged freight.
   4. Fines for not contacting them with load movement updates on their schedule.
   5. Payment information pertaining to what they will or won’t cover for things such as tolls, lumper fees,detention and layover.

Once you get the hang of the things to look for it’s best to just ask the broker any questions you may have about these things before you have them fax you a setup pack. Their will be some brokers who are too demanding and who are sticklers for all fines they say may be levied against you regardless of the circumstances. It’s a learning process every time you do business with a new broker, but if you pay attention to details you should have no problem at all.

Now that you’ve learned all about the setup process with freight brokers go on over and check out how easy the folks here at Express 2290 can make filing for your Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes which are required to be paid and proof shown before you can get your I.R.P.
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Introduction To Dealing With Freight Brokers

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Featured Blogger
Benjamin Bellville
Dealing with freight brokers as I covered in previous posts is an integral part of the freight logistics process, perhaps the most important if you will be getting the majority of your freight from freight load boards. This job goes hand in hand with customer relations and building your trucking companies image. In this introduction to dealing with freight brokers I will go over the basic attitude and approach you should have when booking a load.

When you make a call on a load that you find on a freight load board you will be entering into what is a business negotiation. Remember it is your business you do not have to agree to anything you feel is not in the best interest of your company. This is not a time to be weak, nor is it a time to be unreasonable. In every business deal there exists what I call the “Sweet Spot” of a deal. This is the spot where everyone involved makes their fair share of the money out there to be made on a load.

One of the main problems in this industry is that not many freight brokers or trucking companies believe in this theory,instead everyone is out to take the other side for every penny they can get. This more than anything is what creates the freight rate volatility that is synonymous with the trucking industry. Contrary to what you may have heard there are plenty of fair freight brokers out there to do business with.

When you are negotiating be upfront with the broker and let them know exactly what you need payed to haul the load for them (DO NOT just ask them what it pays, you start the bidding!) Just like in any negotiation start a little higher than what you could really do the load for, but be realistic. If you call and demand $3 a mile for every load you haul you will find yourself sitting around and going broke very quickly, it’s just not going to happen. Be willing to bend a little if you feel it is someone who you would want to do business with in the future.

You would be surprised that loyalty still does exist in the trucking industry though it is harder to find these days. By being flexible and respectful of good brokers you may eventually get on their go to list. This is when they will start calling you out of the blue to offer you their best paying freight because they know you are reliable and dependable and have done great work for them in the past. No one is going to just start feeding a new company the best freight they have as those are their more important customers that they need to be sure are serviced to the utmost standards. It took me in some cases 10-15 on time non damaged loads before I started getting higher paying freight more frequently with certain brokers.

Finally if a deal can’t be reached it’s important to remember that you may still be dealing with that particular freight broker again in the future. Make sure they remember you by always stating your name and your company name clearly. Be genuine and say things such as, "Sorry we could not reach a deal on this one, maybe we’ll get together in the future." Because of using this approach I could go into my broker list and call any of them and to this day they would remember me, this is what you want to achieve.

Remember any part of a great business game plan includes doing business with people who have your success in mind, be sure to visit Express2290 and find out why they are the premier excise tax service around and what they can offer your company.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Starting a Trucking Company? Be Sure to Obtain Your Intrastate Authority

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Featured Blogger
Benjamin Bellville
If you are just starting a trucking company then it’s important to obtain your intrastate authority as well as your interstate authority. Many people will tell you it’s a waste of money and that you will rarely use it or that it’s rare to get caught hauling freight that it’s required for, but I’m going to show you the importance of the intrastate authority and how it can make you extra money from time to time and the punishment that will come with getting caught hauling freight without it that requires it’s usage.

Interstate hauling is picking up freight in one state then transporting it to another state while an intrastate authority is required to pick up freight in a state and deliver it to the same state. Technically you are required to have an intrastate authority inside every state that requires it as law if you are going to be hauling intrastate freight within their borders. You can find out which of these states by asking whoever is handling the filing of your interstate authority.

By federal law you are required to keep records for every load you haul as well this information will be needed for your accounting. So you are going to have at a minimum a paper trail of 2-3 copies of this information out in the open that can be looked at by regulators any time they feel the need. In other words it’s going to be hard to hide this proof from state authorities. While it is rare that these records will be scrutinized for intrastate infractions you may face stiff penalties if caught. So why would anyone ever mess with an intrastate authority when they are starting a trucking company?

It’s a situation that’s not going to come up often like I mentioned therefor you won’t have much use for getting one in every state it requires, but for the state you are based in this is a situation that may occur from time to time. Take me for example, I live in Marietta, Ohio which is not a hotbed for outgoing great paying freight. So often when I would come home in order to get back on the freight circuit I ran, I would have to either dead head to Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati which was anywhere from 130-210 miles. Rather than lose money I would book a short load to get me there that I could easily incorporate into my schedule with picking up another longer better paying load in one of those cities all in the same day.

Unless you obtain your intrastate authority this would not be possible. Likewise after return trips to the state you could link a short load to get closer to home to cut down dead head on that end. Just a couple times of this scenario playing out easily pays the cost of the licensing and makes you more money in the long run, so despite what the average trucker says it’s planning like this that will put you over the top in being successful. So why would you not want to get it just in case?

Be sure to check out the great service and reliability that is offered for all of your highway vehicle use tax needs by Express Excise.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

E-File 2290 for FREE - Wednesday Nov. 24th. Happy Thanksgiving!

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We at Express2290.com would like to sincerely thank our customers, our community, and the industry we serve for all of your support this year. 2010 has been a wonderful year and we could not have done it without you.

In an effort to show our gratitude, we will be offering FREE E-FILING of your HVUT tax forms on Wednesday, November 24th. No catch. No qualifications. No fine print - just genuine, honest-to-goodness e-filing of IRS 2290 forms for free.

We know the holidays can be tough, especially when the economy is bad. We hope this gesture of our appreciation will help get you home, keep food on the table, or put one extra gift under the tree this year. From our family to yours - stay safe this holiday season and God bless!

Happy Holidays,

James Harris
Director, Tax Products
ExpressTruckTax
www.Express2290.com
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Involving Drivers In The Freight Logistics Process

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Featured Blogger
Benjamin Bellville
Involving drivers in the freight logistics process can be a great way to boost your overall effectiveness when it comes to moving freight and customer relations. Many small trucking company owners don’t understand that this is a process that begins with the hiring of their drivers. First I’m going to show you some things to look for in employees that you will want for your company, then I will outline the ways you can involve them in the freight logistics process and the benefits it will afford your company by doing so.

Driver Hiring Criteria
When you are going to involve your drivers more in the day to day operations decisions you will need to look for a certain type of driver. Just because a driver has a clean driving record and good recommendations does not necessarily mean they are the driver for you and your approach. Here is what you should look for in the interview process.
  • Are they business minded?
  • Do they have strong organizational skills?
  • Do they have great communications skills?
  • Do they look professionally presentable?
  • Are they experienced in trucking company operations?
  • Do they know how to use a load board and book freight?
  • Basic computer skills?
  • Are they safety and compliance minded?
  • Do they believe in driving fuel efficiently?
  • Can they perform basic mechanical tasks?

This is just the tip of the iceberg here, and will be dependant on just how much responsibility you want to give your drivers over time. Important to remember is that many truck drivers choose to drive for small companies because they are made to feel like they are more a part of the process and that what they think matters. This type of approach fosters confidence in your company and has a higher retention rating than just treating them like another number in a truck.

If you feel they may just be inexperienced in the industry but are business minded enough to train then by all means give them a shot. Sell your company as a building ground for drivers to build their own business within your business while providing them all of the tools and help they will need to some day branch out on their own. Include them daily in the freight logistics process as by involving drivers you will be shocked at what they are truly capable of. After all they are the ones with the real road experience who have a better idea of what it takes to get freight from point A to B that someone in an office has to guess at.

Teach them how to be your eyes and ears and as a group your company will virtually run itself. Why more companies don’t understand this I will never know. They treat drivers exactly the way they are stereotyped in the news and by society, how does this make a driver feel good about working for you or make them truly care about your business success?

I hope this week's freight logistics posts have given you much food for thought and an idea of how to approach this topic when you start your company or how to make things better in your current company. Of course this has just been some highlights meant for a basic understanding, it’s up to you to unlock the approach that makes you most comfortable and that you feel provides you the best chance of success.

Did you know that when you start a trucking company you need to file for your HVUT taxes before you can obtain your IRP? Why not let Express2290 show you how they can save you money with fast electronic filing.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Managing Freight Logistics In A Small Trucking Company

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Featured Blogger
Benjamin Bellville
Today I am going to show you some simple ways for managing freight logistics for your small trucking company that will make your day to day operations easier. Meshing all of the different tasks together when you’ve never done so before can get a little tricky for the newcomer yet an ability to do so is important to your success as a small trucking company owner. Let’s look at the ways managing freight logistics can be made easier for the independent trucker or small fleet owner.

Outsourcing Freight Logistics
One of the biggest recurring themes for successful businesses is surrounding yourself with people providing services for you that lessen your work load and allow you to concentrate on the tasks that directly affect your revenue stream. These days there isn’t much that can’t be outsourced in any business, but to do so with all jobs would not be financially feasible with a small trucking operation. So which parts of managing freight logistics should be outsourced for a small trucking company and why?

Safety and compliance for your small trucking company can be outsourced to a service that will keep all of your safety records electronically which can be accessed on their website by you or an officer doing an audit of your files. The best advantage to this is it just looks more professional and you can guarantee that the files are being kept in a legal manner. It may seem a little expensive for just one to a few trucks, but when you consider that almost every little error could cost you a possible $10,000 fine then it doesn’t seem so steep. Think of it as D.O.T insurance and money well spent. One of the top companies that offer this service is Foley Services.

For mechanical upkeep it is something that in most small trucking companies will absolutely be outsourced. The best approach to doing this though is to build a relationship with a shop that is local to your company and get every bit of work needed done there. While many repair shops are out to gouge for every dime they can, you are more likely to get better deals by giving them steady business. Not to mention when one shop does the majority of your repairs they will have all of the records on hand to better evaluate current problems rather than just shooting in the dark and costing you more money. I had a great relationship with a shop local to me where they would often throw me small repairs for free since I always used them for my big repairs.

The last thing that should be outsourced is accounting. You need to make sure that in some way you and your drivers are keeping the best records possible so that when it is time to file your taxes it will cost less by taking less man hours for the accountant to calculate the data. In the future you can be sure to look for a new free program called “TruckLogix” that will help with not only financial record keeping but also mileage and fuel data. By using a program such as this all you need to do is input all of the data and hand over a copy to your accountant for filing.

By outsourcing these tasks you are going to be left with more time to concentrate on the bread and butter of trucking, freight! Finding loads, dispatching them and transporting them as well as working on customer relations. In my next post join me as I will be talking about the importance of including the driver in the freight logistics process to give your company a better chance of succeeding.

It’s never too soon to get set up for quick filing of your heavy tax needs here at Express2290, don’t procrastinate in order to have your filing needs ready for the click of a mouse with the best pricing in the trucking industry.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

New PTIN Requirements for Tax Return Preparers

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Beginning January 1, 2011 the IRS will require paid tax return preparers who prepare all or substantially all of a tax return to register and obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). The requirements are intended to ensure tax preparers are competent and qualified.

Tax return preparers may apply for a PTIN using the IRS PTIN online application system at irs.gov. Individuals who currently possess a PTIN will need to reapply under the new system but generally will be reassigned the same number.

The IRS has also set up a special toll-free telephone number, 1-877-613-PTIN (7846), that tax professionals can call for technical support related to the new online registration system. Applicants will pay a $64.25 fee to obtain a PTIN, which will be valid for one year.

Receipt of a PTIN will be immediate after successful online registration. Tax preparers may also submit a paper application (Form W-12: IRS Paid Preparer Tax Identification Number Application). Paper applications will be processed in four to six weeks. Before registration, applicants should consider that the date the PTIN is assigned is established as the annual renewal date.

PTIN applications will require a Social Security number. Individuals without a Social Security number may apply but will be required to provide one of the following: Form 8945 (PTIN Supplemental Application for U.S. Citizens Without a Social Security Number Due to Conscientious Religious Objection) or Form 8946 (PTIN Supplemental Application for Foreign Persons Without a Social Security Number.)

Check the Express2290 blog soon for more information regarding the IRS PTIN requirements.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Freight Logistics for Beginners

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Featured Blogger
Benjamin Bellville
When you go to start a trucking company it is important to understand freight logistics for beginners as this is the core of a trucking operation, whether a one truck operation or a multiple truck fleet. Logistics is defined as the management of the flow of goods, information or services from the point of creation to the point of consumption. Freight logistics simply put is the process by which you will get the goods from point A to point B, but entails much more than just driving the truck. Let’s take a look at all of the operations that will make up your freight logistics daily process.

1. Management - managing yourself, other drivers or employees to make sure that all the cogs in the wheel are rolling together properly.
2. Booking Freight - making contracts for direct freight or finding loads from brokers on load boards.
3. Dispatching - properly assigning the load to a truck that can get the freight there in a timely and compliant manner.
4. Safety and Compliance - ensuring that all company operations follow federal and state guidelines for safety and compliance, as well as keeping the company files stored properly up to code.
5. Accounting - keeping proper records of accounts receivable and accounts payable.
6. Transporting Goods - driving in a safe and compliant manner while making sure to be on time with agreed to scheduling for pickups and delivery.
7. Customer Relations - building strong relationships with brokers, shippers and receivers as well as any businesses you work with to maintain other aspects as mentioned above.
8. Mechanical Upkeep - making sure your equipment meets guidelines set forth by federal and state regulations, keeping it looking presentable and professional.

Perhaps the number one reason that many one truck operations fail quickly is that they are started by a former owner operator who is used to someone else performing all of these tasks for them and they neglect one or more of these steps when they operate their own company. You have to be able to wear many hats as an independent trucker and have the time to dedicate towards the cultivation of all areas.

It can seem overwhelming at times to find the time to put towards each task as much of your time is spent doing the transporting of goods and you also have to have proper rest so you can be safe behind the wheel. In order to accomplish this you need to be able to kill many birds at a time rather than doing each separate. Multitasking properly is something you should be good at before you even consider starting your own small trucking company.

In my next blog post here on Express2290 I will be getting into ways in which you can make freight logistics for beginners more manageable to optimize your time and your business image so be sure to come back and check it out.
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Introducing Featured Blogger: Benjamin Bellville

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It is our distinct pleasure to introduce our new featured blogger - Benjamin Bellville.

With more than a million miles under his tires and 11 years of experience as a company driver, owner operator, and fleet owner, Benjamin writes with a wealth of experience.

Over the last year, Benjamin has quickly gained recognition as a prominent blogger in the transportation industry, sharing his tips, tricks, and information with the millions of drivers already on the road - and those still dreaming of their first set of keys.

Stop by often to read Benjamin's blogs on topics affecting the world of transportation and the industry today. From compliance and regulations to the vital basics of trucking operations, Benjamin will keep you informed and on the road.

For more information about Benjamin and his other work, check out his articles on HubPages, BlogSpot, his new personal site StartATruckingCompanyBusiness.com, and as always, right here on our ExpressExcise Blog. You can also follow Benjamin on Twitter at BenjaminB35.

Thank you for stopping by and let's keep it safe!
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Can I File IRS Form 2290 Without an EIN?

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Unfortunately, the answer is no. The IRS requires ANY taxpayer filing a Form 2290 to use an EIN number when filing. The IRS expressly prohibits the use of social security numbers for the filing of 2290.

We receive many questions from taxpayers who believe they're not a business - simply a driver. In these cases, you still need to have a business such as a sole proprietorship.

To get Employer identification number from the IRS, you can follow one of the following option:

a. Apply Online: The customer can apply for EIN by visiting IRS Online EIN application
b. Apply over the phone: Taxpayers can obtain an EIN immediately by calling the Business & Specialty Tax Line at (800) 829-4933. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. local time, Monday through Friday. An assistor takes the information, assigns the EIN, and provides the number to an authorized individual over the telephone. Note: International applicants must call (215) 516-6999 (Not a toll-free number).
C. Apply Fax: Fax the completed for SS-4 to IRS - State fax number (http://www.irs.gov/file/article/0,,id=111453,00.html). If you provide a return fax number, IRS will send a fax to that number within 4 days with a new EIN.
d. Apply by Mail: This is the slowest way to get the EIN number. mail the completed Form SS-4 to the IRS. The address is listed on the form itself. This could take up to 4 weeks to get the EIN number.

If you need help, call us at 704-234-6005 or visit us at express2290.com
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Monday, October 25, 2010

File 2290 - Month end is here

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Express2290.com is the best solution for filing your Form 2290 (Heavy Truck Use Tax) Always double check the tax information you enter in your 2290 returns.

Few points to keep in mind while e-filing.
* E-file your 2290 returns with Express2290.com
* Review Federal Tax ID# or EIN# [Employer Identification Number]
* Review your Tax Year and Month
* Review your VIN# [Vehicle Identification Number]
* Sign and date your return electronically
* Choose IRS payment option
* Review all the information
* Double check your Business Name
* E-File Your 2290 Return

Choose IRS payment option:
There are several options to pay the HVUT taxes with the IRS.
Direct Debit or EFW: IRS will debit directly from your bank account.
EFTPS: You have to schedule the payment to the IRS by going to EFTPS.gov.
Check/Money Order: IRS also supports Check/Money Order if you have can schedule it in time. We strongly advice our Canadian customers to use this option as EFW option may not work for canadian banks.

Just a reminder, if you choose Direct Debit (EFW) as a payment method, the IRS will not process your return during the weekends, or on federal holidays, but on the next business day.

Review Tax ID Numbers
Carefully check Tax Identification numbers on your return.

Review Your Return
Express 2290.com is a very smart program, it automatically checks for any errors before you transmit your 2290 return to IRS, but its always good to double check everything before you hit the 'Transmit to IRS' button.

We are always available to help if needed. We are one of the few companies which is locally based to offer customer support. Call 704.234.6005
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Friday, October 8, 2010

What Happens If I Forgot to File My Form 2290 to the IRS?

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A 2290 can be filed with the IRS at any time after the deadline has passed but the tax due may be subject to penalties and interest. The penalties for filing late will not be imposed if you can show reasonable cause for not filing on time.

The penalty for failing to file IRS Form 2290 in a timely manner is equal to 4.5 percent of the total tax due, assessed on a monthly basis up to five months. Late filers not making an HVUT payment also face an additional monthly penalty equal to 0.5 percent of total tax due. Additional interest charges of 0.54 percent per month accrue as well.

As you can see, the penalties for failing to file can add up quickly. HVUT for an 80,000 lbs vehicle would typically cost about $550. However, for every month that passes without filing, penalties and interest add more than $30 to the total tax due. If you fail to file for 5 months, the total HVUT tax due to the IRS for that vehicle would be more than $700.

Additionally, many states won't permit the vehicle to be registered without proof of payment for the HVUT. Needless to say, it's important to file your Form 2290 on time!

If you would like more information about heavy vehicle use taxes and penalties and interest, please visit the IRS or DOT websites.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

IRS To Stop Mailing Out Tax Forms

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The IRS continues to encourage taxpayers to E-File in order to save time and money!

The IRS has announced that starting next year it will stop mailing out tax forms as an effort to reduce the costs associated with printing and postage. However, the IRS also cites the growing trend of electronically filing as a major reason for the change.

Have you considered E-Filing IRS Form 2290 for your heavy vehicle use taxes (HVUT)? It's fast, convenient, and secure! Stop driving to the "nearest" IRS office miles away. Stop waiting in line or wondering if the IRS received your 2290 you put in the mail. You can electronically file your single-vehicle IRS Form 2290 for just $9.90. Receive your stamped Schedule 1 back in minutes. Electronically file today!

For more information about the new IRS policy, please visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=228162,00.html
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Monday, October 4, 2010

How Do We Keep Our 2290 Prices So Low?

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We get asked this question all the time and we love it! We can’t say why the other companies charge so much but we can certainly explain why we keep our prices so low. The short answer is value and customer loyalty.

As a single vehicle owner-operator, we understand how important it is to manage your time and money. We’re here to help. We believe very strongly in solid, long-term customer relationships. Our business model is founded on providing more features and better services for less than the other guys - a lot less. For just $9.90, you can e-file your IRS Form 2290 and still get all the great services and features that we provide to every one of our Express2290 customers.

We believe that this approach helps establish long term customer relationships, repeat business, and customer referrals. We’re in this for the long haul and we hope you are too.

Want proof for yourself? Look at the other E-Filing providers and the services they offer (or don't offer!) Then come check out all of the services you get with Express2290 for just $9.90. You can even try our program for free. Give us a call right here in the Queen City (Charlotte, NC) and experience our USA-based customer support. We dare you to compare. We know you'll be blown away! E-File your single vehicle tax 2290 forms today for just $9.90!
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Genuine Thank You to Our Customers!!

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Now that August has finally passed we'd like to take the time to give our genuine thanks to the thousands of trucking companies and Owner-Operators that E-Filed their 2290s, 8849s, amendments and VIN corrections to the IRS with us.

An extra thank you goes out to those of you that emailed, called, or chatted with our customer support team. I hope we exceeded your expectations with our knowledge of HVUT, quick response and friendliest support in this field. Our entire team worked well into the night on August 31st making sure all of our customers were able to get their questions answered and 2290s filed on time.

We love helping our customers in any way that we can. We believe our efforts to go above and beyond are showcased by our numerous free services - such as free VIN corrections, free automatic notification of your Schedule 1 to your contracting company, free text alert, free fax of schedule 1 and free full-service filing – found exclusively at www.express2290.com.

For many of you, we probably won’t hear from you again until next year. That’s OK, we understand! But we encourage you to stop by and check out the new services and features we continually add throughout the year. Let us know what you think or how we can better serve you. We never stop looking for better ways to provide the best service at the best value. We truly appreciate any referrals you may provide to your trucking business friends about our HVUT services.

Thank you again to everyone. Drive safe and we look forward to working with you soon.

James Harris
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Express2290 now offers proof of payment notifications!

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Express2290.com is all about saving customers time and money. The program is already packed with great features--like free VIN correction, bulk uploads, text message notifications--but they went ahead and added one more.

Usually owner-operators are required to provide proof to their contracting trucking or leasing company that they have filed their 2290 form and paid the HVUT. The problem is, as owner-operators, they're not always near a fax machine, computer, or post office. That's where Express2290.com comes in. 

The folks at Express2290.com will send a free proof of payment notification on behalf of the owner operators that file through them. All they have to do is enter in the contact information for the trucking company they drive for and Express2290 will automatically send both the owner-operator and their company a copy of the stamped Schedule 1 form when it comes in.

Everyone wins with this system--the owner-operator doesn't have to find a fax machine, and the trucking company doesn't have to follow up with drivers to make sure they submitted their proof of payment. As with the other exclusive features at Express2290.com, the proof of payment notification is completely free. Just another way the folks at Express2290.com make taxes less taxing.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Last Minute Tax Tips

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There are just 10 days left to e-file your HVUT forms at www.Express2290.com. Here are some tips to help you get through the process as quickly as possible,

-Have your information close by. Know your business name, address and EIN. Also make sure to have the correct VINs for all the vehicles you're reporting.

-Know your vehicles. Got any suspended vehicles? Any vehicles lost or stolen? Make sure you report all your relevant vehicles to the IRS.

-Get instant notification. With www.Express2290.com you can get fax and text message notifications so you know exactly when your Schedule 1 is ready.

-Get some help from the experts. If you're pressed for time, or just need a bit of assistance www.Express2290.com has incredible customer support. They can walk you through the program, even assist you in filing. Contact them via email, chat or phone.

Just 10 days left. Gather your info and head over to www.Express2290.com now to get started!
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Take advantage of some great Express2290.com exclusives!

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Express2290.com is all about speed and convenience--hence the Express name. Here are a couple of great exclusives you get with Express2290 that will help save you time and money.

-FREE fax and text message notifications. You'll know when your Schedule 1 is ready just minutes after filing!

-Send a fax of your stamped Schedule 1 from within the application--FREE

-CPA's/tax professionals can fax paperwork to their clients without leaving the application

-E-file a VIN correction FREE

-Automatic generation of your 8849 form while you're filing 2290.

On top of all this, they also have US-based phone, email and chat support. Head to Express2290.com now to take advantage of these great features and so much more.
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Filing Form 2290? Express2290.com can help!

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Any individual buying or using a heavy duty truck must file and pay the Heavy Duty Trucks Road Tax. The filing process involves filling out Form 2290. You can use Express2290.com to fill it out and get it done in just a few minutes.

Make sure to have the Vehicle Identification Numbers of any vehicles you are filing for. If the truck(s) you're filing for will travel 5,000 miles or less during the tax period (July to June of the next year), a tax refund can be claimed by the filer. That also applies if the heavy highway vehicle was destroyed, stolen or sold during the tax period. Claiming the refund requires a different form. Express2290 will even help tax payers file for their refund using Form 8849.

There are different tax rules for different types of trucks--depending on the weight and what the truck is being used for. The taxable gross weight is 55,000 pounds or higher in most cases. Refer to Form 2290 or Express2290.com for help with your particular truck.

Express2290.com offers bundles that will let you file forms for hundreds of trucks for one price. This is useful if you have trucks that aren't going on the road till later in the year.
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Friday, July 30, 2010

Filing your HVUT forms

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IRS Schedule 1 Form 2290 is used to pay Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (let's call it HVUT for short). Those that need to pay HVUT can do so online through an IRS authorized e-filer. Online filing is mandatory when filing for 25 vehicles or more. Even if you don't have a lot of vehicles, the IRS still recommends that file online. Make sure you use a secure and authorized online e-filer. The government uses the money received from the taxes to help maintain and improve roads/

Peak season for paying your HVUT starts in July. Taxes can be paid through June of the next year.

Here's some of the information you'll need when you file.
  • Name and company information
  • Vehicle Identification Numbers
  • Number of vehicles
  • Gross weight of the vehicles
You'll need more info than that of course, but the form isn't hard to fill out, especially if you're using helpful online software that will get you through the process step by step. You can even use the online software to send your payment in.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The 5 W's of filing HVUT

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What is Form 2290?
Form 2290 is the form used to file a Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. It is required for highway motor vehicles that have a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

Who files Form 2290?
If a taxable highway motor vehicle is registered (or required to be registered) in your name at the time of its first use and the vehicle has a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. This goes for individuals, limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, or other organizations.

Why file Form 2290?
You're required to file Form 2290 with the IRS for highway motor vehicles that have a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

When is Form 2290 filed?
Form 2290 must be filed for each month a taxable vehicle is first used on public highways during the current tax period, which begins on July 1, 2010 and ends on June 30, 2011.

The IRS provides this example:

John uses a taxable vehicle on July 1, 2010. John must file Form 2290 by August 31, 2010 for the period beginning July 1, 2010, through June 20, 2011. To figure the tax, John would use the amounts on Form 2290, page 2.

Where to file Form 2290
The IRS encourages all filers to file electronically, though it is required of those reporting 25 or more vehicles. You can get your filing done at Express2290.com and save time and money.
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Monday, July 26, 2010

HVUT Common Questions

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Need some help with your 2290 filing? The experts at Express2290.com have the answers to all your questions.

What qualifies as a "highway motor vehicle"?
The IRS says a highway motor vehicle is any self-propelled vehicle designed to carry a load over public highways, whether or not that vehicle is also designed to perform other functions. Examples include trucks, buses and truck tractors. For the most part, vans and pickup trucks are not subject to this tax because their taxable gross weight is usually less than 55,000 pounds.

What qualifies as a "public highway"?
Any rod in the United States that is not a private roadway. That includes federal, state, county and city roads.

Are there any vehicles exempt from filing Form 2290?
Yes. Vehicles operated by:
  • The Federal Government
  • The District of Columbia
  • A state or local government
  • The American National Red Cross
  • A nonprofit volunteer fire department, ambulance association , or rescue squad
  • An Indian tribal government but only if the vehicle's use involves the exercise of an essential tribal government function
  • A mass transportation authority created under a statute that gives it certain powers normally exercised by the state
  • A qualified blood collector vehicle
  • Mobile machinery that meets the specifications for a chassis
Who files when a vehicle is dual registered?
If a taxable vehicle is dual registered to an owner and another person, the owner is liable for the tax and must file Form 2290.

What is the Taxable Gross Weight?
The taxable gross weight of a vehicle (except buses) is the total of
  • The actual unloaded weight of the vehicle fully equipped for service
  • The actual unloaded weight of any trailers equipped for service usually used with the vehicle
  • The weight of the maximum load usually carried on the vehicle and on any trailers usually used with the vehicle.
What is the Taxable Gross Weight for buses?
It's the bus' actual unloaded weight fully equipped for service plus 150 pounds for each seat provided for passengers and driver.

Can I pay my tax online?
Yes. If you're filing electronically, you can pay the IRS using Electronic Funds Withdrawal, or with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Express2290.com now accepts filing for 2010 Tax Year

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Good news everyone! Express2290.com is now providing e-filing services for Heavy Vehicle Use Taxes for 2010.


As the name implies, Express2290.com has everything you need to keep you rolling when it comes to IRS Form 2290. It's got a slick and intuitive interface that makes filing your forms easy, tons of contextual help windows, and expert customer support through email, chat and phone, based outside the Queen City (that’s Charlotte, NC).


You can file your 2290 form in minutes and receive your Schedule 1 in not time. It doesn't stop at 2290 though. You can e-file an 8849 Form too--they'll even fill it out for you while you file your 2290 form!


They offer self-service, and full service, meaning you can register and file yourself, or have them take care of the filing. Got a lot of trucks? The IRS has a mandate that you must e-file if you have more than 25 trucks. There's no need to enter them in one by one with Express2290.com. You can upload them using an Excel file, and keep on trucking.


Express2290.com has dozens of flexible pricing options to fit your business, plus support for tax preparers—if you’re a tax professional you can take advantage of deep discounts and special pricing plans. Whether you’ve got a single truck, or a fleet of thousands, Express Excise has you covered. Express Excise was built by one of the most talented teams in the industry—no one has more experience in HVUT e-filing!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Why file?

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What's the purpose of Form 2290 and why should you file it? Here are some of
the reasons you may need to file, straight from the IRS:
  • Figure and pay the tax due on highway motor vehicles used during the period
    with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.
  • Figure and pay the tax due if, during the period, the taxable gross weight of a
    vehicle increases and the vehicle falls into a new category. See the
    instructions for line 3 on page 5.
  • Claim suspension from the tax when a vehicle is expected to be used 5,000
    miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles) during the period.
  • Claim a credit for tax paid on vehicles that were destroyed, stolen, sold, or
    used 5,000 miles or less (7,500 miles or less for agricultural vehicles).
  • Report acquisition of a used taxable vehicle for which the tax has been
    suspended.

Use Schedule 1 (Form 2290):
  • To report all vehicles for which you are reporting tax (including an
    increase in taxable gross weight) and those that you are reporting
    suspension of the tax by category and vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • As proof of payment to register your vehicle(s) (unless specifically
    exempted) in any state. Use the Schedule 1 stamped and returned to you
    by the IRS for this purpose.
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Saturday, July 10, 2010

E-filing your Form 2290 is as easy as 1-2-3!

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1. Gather your information.
This includes your company address, the trucks you're filing for and the VIN of each truck.

2. Register and login with an IRS authorized e-filer.
They'll help you get through the process faster, and when you e-file,
you get a quicker response from the IRS.

3. File your form, then come back for more! If you have
other forms to file, like an 8849, chances are you'll be able to do that
online as well. You could take care of all your filing needs in one
place.
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Friday, July 9, 2010

What you'll need to file Form 8849

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-Name and address. Make sure it is accurate and matches what the IRS has on file.
-P.O. Box. If your post office does not deliver mail to
your street address, show your P.O. box number instead. If you have a
foreign address, enter the information in the following order: city,
state or province, country, then the postal code.

-Taxpayer Identification Number. Enter your Employer Identification
Number. If you are not required to have an EIN, enter your social
security number. An incorrect or missing number will delay processing of
your claim.
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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Form 8849 Facts

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Form 8849 is used to claim a refund of excise taxes. Here are some quick
facts, brought to by the IRS.

-You can e-file Form 8849 with most IRS authorized e-file providers
-Use Schedules 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8 to claim certain fuel related refunds such
as nontaxable uses (or sales) of fuels.

-You are not required to claim a refund; however, if you do so you must
provide all the information requested on Form 8849 in order for your
refund to be processed properly.

-If a claim was not made for any gallons during the income tax year on Form
8849, an annual claim may be made. Generally, an annual claim is made
on Form 4136.
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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The E-File Checklist

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Using a website or online software to e-file your Excise tax? Look for these things first:
-An IRS authorized e-file provider logo
-A secure, encrypted site (indicated by https URL) to keep your information safe
-Security certification from a third party internet security company
-Updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Use documents
-A phone number and physical address
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Pros of E-filing

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There are a lot of pros to e-filing
your Form 2290. First and foremost, the chance for errors is much lower,
and if any are made, you can correct them easier and faster than
before.



E-filing
is the only way you'll receive confirmation from the IRS that your form
was received. You won't hear anything back if you do it on paper, which
could lead to late penalties if you're denied and don't know it. Also,
if you're filing for a large number of taxable heavy trucks--more than
25--the IRS requires it.



Check
out this quote, straight from IRS Excise Tax Program Director Ricky
Stiff.



“Taxpayers
should take advantage of the benefits of filing Form 2290
electronically. This really isn’t new. Most taxpayers file and pay their
personal federal income taxes using a computer and this is no
different. The best part of 2290 e-file is that taxpayers will receive
their Schedule 1 almost immediately."



Remember:
The American Jobs Creation Act requires that any taxpayer who
files a Form 2290 return with respect to 25 or more vehicles for any
taxable period shall file such returns electronically.



Some e-file sites will send you an
email confirmation when your filing is finished. In addition to email
confirmation, you can also count on IRS authorized e-filers to provide
support, in case you hit any speed bumps along the way.



Speed,
security, specialized knowledge; important in driving and important and
filing. An IRS authorized e-filer can provide that for you.
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Friday, July 2, 2010

HVUT Taxation Period

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It’s all about the taxation period! From July to June of the following year.

For the most part the federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 is self-explanatory. You’ll need to:

Figure and pay the tax due on highway motor vehicles used during the period with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

If the vehicle is expected to be used 5,000 miles or less--or 7,500 miles for agricultural vehicles--claim suspension from the tax.

You can claim a credit for tax paid on a vehicles that were destroyed, stolen, sold or used less than 5,000 miles.

For more information, and to easily file your form. Use online tax filing software.
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Filing 2290? Tax Software Can Help

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Any individual buying or using a heavy duty truck must file and pay the Heavy Duty Trucks Road Tax. The filing process involves filling out Form 2290. You can use online software to fill it out and get it done in just a few minutes.


Make sure to have the Vehicle Identification Numbers of any vehicles you are filing for. If the truck(s) you're filing for will travel 5,000 miles or less during the tax period (July to June of the next year), a tax refund can be claimed by the filer. That also applies if the heavy highway vehicle was destroyed, stolen or sold during the tax period. Claiming the refund requires a different form. Some online programs will even help tax payers file for their refund.


There are different tax rules for different types of trucks--depending on the weight and what the truck is being used for. The taxable gross weight is 55,000 pounds or higher in most cases. Refer to Form 2290 or your online tax software for help with your particular truck.


Some online programs offer bundles that will let you file forms for hundreds of trucks for one price. This is useful if you have trucks that aren't going on the road till later in the year.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Filing HVUT

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IRS Schedule 1 Form 2290 is used to pay Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (let's call it HVUT for short). Those that need to pay HVUT can do so online through an IRS authorized e-filer. Online filing is mandatory when filing for 25 vehicles or more. Even if you don't have a lot of vehicles, the IRS still recommends that file online. Make sure you use a secure and authorized online e-filer. The government uses the money received from the taxes to help maintain and improve roads/

Peak season for paying your HVUT starts in July. Taxes can be paid through June of the next year.

Here's some of the information you'll need when you file.
-Name and company information
-Vehicle Identification Numbers
-Number of vehicles
-Gross weight of the vehicles

You'll need more info than that of course, but the form isn't hard to fill out, especially if you're using helpful online software that will get you through the process step by step. You can even use the online software to send your payment in.
Read More »

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The 5 W's of Tax Form 2290

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Tax 2290 Info
The 5 Ws of Form 2290

What is Form 2290?
Form 2290 is the form used to file a Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. It is required for highway motor vehicles that have a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

Who files Form 2290?
If a taxable highway motor vehicle is registered (or required to be registered) in your name at the time of its first use and the vehicle has a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. This goes for individuals, limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships, or other organizations.

Why file Form 2290?
You're required to file Form 2290 with the IRS for highway motor vehicles that have a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more.

When is Form 2290 filed?
Form 2290 must be filed for each month a taxable vehicle is first used on public highways during the current tax period, which begins on July 1, 2010 and ends on June 30, 2011. The IRS provides this example:

John uses a taxable vehicle on July 1, 2010. John must file Form 2290 by August 31, 2010 for the period beginning July 1, 2010, through June 20, 2011. To figure the tax, John would use the amounts on Form 2290, page 2.

Where to file Form 2290
The IRS encourages all filers to file electronically, though it is required of those reporting 25 or more vehicles.
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Tax Form 2290 FAQs

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What qualifies as a "highway motor vehicle"?
The IRS says a highway motor vehicle is any self-propelled vehicle designed to carry a load over public highways, whether or not that vehicle is also designed to perform other functions. Examples include trucks, buses and truck tractors. For the most part, vans and pickup trucks are not subject to this tax because their taxable gross weight is usually less than 55,000 pounds.

What qualifies as a "public highway"?
Any rod in the United States that is not a private roadway. That includes federal, state, county and city roads.

Are there any vehicles exempt from filing Form 2290?
Yes. Vehicles operated by:
-The Federal Government
-The District of Columbia
-A state or local government
-The American National Red Cross
-A nonprofit volunteer fire department, ambulance association , or rescue squad
-An Indian tribal government but only if the vehicle's use involves the exercise of an essential tribal government function
-A mass transportation authority created under a statute that gives it certain powers normally exercised by the state
-A qualified blood collector vehicle
-Mobile machinery that meets the specifications for a chassis

Who files when a vehicle is dual registered?
If a taxable vehicle is dual registered to an owner and another person, the owner is liable for the tax and must file Form 2290.

What is the Taxable Gross Weight?
The taxable gross weight of a vehicle (except buses) is the total of
-The actual unloaded weight of the vehicle fully equipped for service
-The actual unloaded weight of any trailers equipped for service usually used with the vehicle
-The weight of the maximum load usually carried on the vehicle and on any trailers usually used with the vehicle.

What is the Taxable Gross Weight for buses?
It's the bus' actual unloaded weight fully equipped for service plus 150 pounds for each seat provided for passengers and driver.

Can I pay my tax online?
Yes. If you're filing electronically, you can pay the IRS using Electronic Funds Withdrawal, or with the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System
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